September 13, 2019

In This Issue

" This week, my AB 1560 passed the Senate Floor! If signed into law, it will help fulfill the region's unmet housing demands by encouraging the development of affordable & transit-oriented communities near the orange line. Thank you VICA for your amazing partnership on the bill. "

- Assemblymember Laura Friedman
Media Mentions

VICA Celebrates 70 Years of Service
September 6

Los Angeles County Rent Control Ordinance Approved by Board of Supervisors
September 10

Anti-Gig Worker Bill Passes California Senate
September 11

Public Banking and the Slow Takeover of the Private Sector
September 12



Members
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VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

Coca-Cola Bottling Company
(2012)

Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST)
(2013)

The Termo Company
(2014)
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Welcome to our New Members

 
JCI Worldwide

VDP Consulting Group


The Week Ahead

Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, September 18
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Penny Lane Centers
15305 Rayen St.,
North Hills
Click  here to RSVP

After Dark with Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
Thursday, September 19
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
The Bel-Air 
662 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
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Save the Date

Ambassador Committee
Tuesday, September 24
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

2019 Health Equity Awards
Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
Thursday, October 3
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel Gulfstream Ballroom
Click here for the flyer

Land Use Committee
Tuesday, October 8
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland 
4222 Vineland Ave.,
North Hollywood
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Not-for-profit Committee
Thursday, October 10
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Child Care Resource Center
19809 Prairie St., 2nd Floor
Chatsworth
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Hot Issues 

Homelessness
Officials from the Trump Administration visited Los Angeles to meet with Mayor Eric Garcetti's staff to discuss homelessness in California.

Rent Control
The California Legislature passed VICA-opposed AB 1482, which places statewide price controls on rent.

Electric Vehicles
The sales of electric cars in California rose by 63.7% in the first half of 2019. However, electric car sales still only make up 5.5% of total state car sales.

Metro Blue Line
Metro  announced
that the Blue Line, connecting Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles, will reopen in October after nine months of renovation.

Poverty
According to the US Census Bureau, California's poverty rates ranked among the highest in the country at 18.2%. In 2018, the state's poverty rate was 5 points higher than the national average of 13.2%.

College Athletes
A California bill passed in the State Legislature would allow college athletes to earn money from endorsements, a measure opposed by the NCAA.

Homelessness
A plan has proposed by the Los Angeles City Council to ban sleeping on sidewalks near schools, parks, child care centers and other facilities.

VICA Celebrates its Successes in Sacramento
As the bustle of activity in the State Capitol comes to a close, VICA is pleased with its victories in advocacy. Housing remains a major issue to tackle in California, and VICA continues to advocate for sustainable solutions. VICA is proud to have sponsored AB 1560 (Friedman), which will encourage more affordable housing construction near transit, particularly along the Metro Orange Line. AB 1560 passed the State Legislature and VICA hopes Gov. Newsom will sign it into law.

Another major victory for VICA is the passage of SB 330 (Skinner), which would make temporary changes to housing laws and expedite housing construction for a 5-year period. Additionally, the State Legislature passed VICA-supported SB 5 (Beall), which will leverage property tax revenue to fund more affordable housing and related infrastructure. 

VICA is also pleased with the passage of SB 58 (Wiener), which would give Los Angeles and nine other cities the option to extend last-call for on-site consumption of alcoholic drinks to 3 AM. Although the Los Angeles City Council did not support the program, VICA hopes that such a pilot program will prove to be an economic boon and attract a more vibrant nightlife.

VICA will continue to urge the Governor to veto AB 857 (Chiu), which will allow municipalities to operate risky and expensive public banks.

2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR 2020 
Assemblymember Laura Friedman Inducts Board
VICA's 2020 Board of Directors nomination and selection process is underway, and we want your nominations! 
 
Board members must be able to attend regular board meetings and be prepared to vote on a wide variety of public policy issues. Board members must also attend regular committee meetings and VICA events. Additional responsibilities may include calling or writing lawmakers, attending press conferences, testifying, authoring editorials, interacting with top opinion leaders and more. 
 
For more information on the 2020 Board of Directors guidelines, click here .
 
If you or someone you know is interested in participating on the board in 2020, please click on the nomination form below and submit to  Jessica@vica.com. If you don't want to serve on the board, but are interested in serving as a committee chair, please let us know that on the nomination form. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, September 20.
Submit your Nominee to Cathy at cathy@vica.com.
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Expand Costly Rent Control Measure

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a permanent ordinance to limit rent increases and a program for eviction defense and prevention services, which would hurt small mom-and-pop property owners and landlords. VICA attended the Board's hearing on the measures to voice strong opposition. These policies will ultimately not address the housing and homelessness problems it purports to solve, instead they will significantly reduce rental stock and increase housing costs. 
Harmon Ballin Community Service Award
Nomination & Selection Process
LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE 
VICA's Harmon Ballin Community Service Award annually honors an active VICA member who has made an outstanding contribution to our community through their long-term community service activities. A nominee is someone who:
 

  1. Has been an active VICA member and is actively engaged in the organization currently.
     
  2. Has significant and long-term involvement in philanthropic and community/public serve organizations or a significant record in that area.
     
  3. Is a role model as a community leader

Click here to download the Nomination Form.

All Nominee forms must be submitted via email to Cathy@vica.com by Friday, September 20, 2019.

Submit your Nominee to Cathy at cathy@vica.com.
AB 5 Exemptions Still Leave Many Independent Contractors Out in the Cold
VICA advocated strongly ahead of the passage of Assembly Bill 5, the much-talked-about bill that would codify the California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision and effectively ban the use of independent contractors in many industries. The exemptions for many workers who have traditionally operated independently are a positive step - these include insurance agents, financial services and many others. However, the many exemptions just goes to show how flawed the overall law is, and VICA will continue to advocate for a more comprehensive fix that doesn't leave thousands of workers out in the cold.   
Committee Meetings
Transportation Committee (9/10)
Hosted by The Garland
  • Peter Carter, Project Manager from Metro, provided updates on the Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor project.
  • Vartan Djihanian, Congressional and Public Affairs Manager from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, discussed current federal transportation and infrastructure policy.
  • Brad Cox, Gabe Hungerford and Karen Shorr (Trammell Crow Company) presented on the development of the District NoHo project in conjunction with Metro.

Healthcare Committee (9/12)

Hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital 

  • The Committee toured Valley Presbyterian Hospital's newly restructured Emergency Department and learned about the hospital's emergency services.
  • The Committee recommended to support Assembly Bill 1550 (Bonta), which would allow certified Crisis Stabilization Units to provide crisis stabilization services to behavioral health patients beyond 24 hours.
  • The Committee discussed healthcare legislative priorities for 2020.
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