December 20, 2019

In This Issue
"It's hard to imagine fully what the San Fernando Valley looked like then. Now look at where we are. "

- Tony Mueller, President of Spectrolab, a Boeing company, speaking during VICA's 70th Annual Meeting

Media Mentions

2020 Vision for California
Business Life
December 1

CSUN President Retires
December 9

A Resolution That Will Help Valley 
December 9

Around The Valleys - San Fernando Valley
December 9

Calabasas: NIMBYs Versus Affordable Housing
December 9

Next L.A. Council President has Backed Big Development in Her District
December 11

VICA Passes Gavel to Incoming Chair Brad Rosenheim
December 13


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 

President's Circle





Kramar's Iron & Metal

M Strategic Communications

North Los Angeles County Regional Center

Rodriguez Strategies


Traders Loan & Jewelry

Welcome Our New Member

Raymond James & Associates

Save the Date

Not-for-Profit Committee
Sponsored by Pacific Federal
Thursday , January 9
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, January 14
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood
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Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, January 15
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Newsmaker Connection:
CD12 Candidate Forum
Presented by State Farm
Thursday, January 23
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Ambassador Committee
Tuesday, January 28
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Rosa Porto
Rosa Porto, founder of Porto's Bakery & Cafe and VICA SFV Hall of Fame inductee, recently passed away at the age of 89. VICA expresses our heartfelt condolences to her family and recognizes the impact she has had on our community.

Martin v. Boise
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the landmark case, upholding the decision of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that curbs the ability of cities to stop people from sleeping in public places.

The Trump administration and House Democrats reached a deal, finalizing the terms of the new, VICA-supported North American trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

Los Angeles County unveiled a new GIS map which helps track homeless population density and shelter capacity across the County. 

The Los Angeles City Council moved forward with a new rule requiring new homes built on city-owned land to be 100 percent affordable unless a developer could provide more affordable units by including other mix of housing types.

Independent Contractors
Vox Media will end its contract with about 200 freelance journalists in California in order to comply with the state's independent contractor law coming into effect in January.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the creation of the Healthy California For All Commission, a body that will look into ways of expanding healthcare coverage, including single-payer.

VICA Closes 2019 With 70th Annual Meeting
State Senator Bob Hertzberg swears in VICA's 2020 Board of Directors.

Last Friday, VICA concluded another amazing year with its 2019 Annual Meeting, celebrating 70 years of service to the San Fernando Valley. The Annual Meeting was held at the  Airtel Plaza Hotel , where California State Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg swore in VICA's 2020 Board of Directors. VICA also honored three of its members for their service and commitment to the community. 

Brad Cox ( Trammell Crow Company) presents the President's Award to Scott Mills ( The Garland)
Among the three recipients was VICA Board Member Scott Mills ( The Garland ). Mills was presented with the 14th Annual President's Award, which is given to a VICA member who goes above and beyond in service to VICA throughout the year. Mills recalled coming to the Valley seven years ago and has since committed to "continue the way  The Garland partners with the community through charities, with industry organizations, as well as engaging with greater Los Angeles tourism." Mills continued, "I'm very proud to stand before you today, being a resident of the Valley and being a  member of this community." Scott Mills serves on the VICA Board and as Chair of our 2020 Sports, Entertainment, Tourism & Hospitality Committee.

The 27th Annual Harmon Ballin Community Service Award was presented to VICA Board of Governors Member Lee Kanon Alpert ( Alpert, Barr & Grant ) for his outstanding contribution to the community through long-term community service activities. Alpert has long been an active community and civic leader, serving in various governmen t,
Lee Alpert (Alpert, Barr & Grant) receives the 27th Annual Harmon Ballin Award from James Theiring (Mission Community Hospital) and 2018 Harmon Ballin recipient Jane Skeeter (UltraGlas)
community and philanthropic boards and organizations. He currently serves, among others, on the boards of 
Providence Health & Services , and Genesis L.A., which raises private and public funding to assist in the development of blighted urban areas. On community service, Alpert encouraged others to "be involved in one cause." He added, "love the cause and it will love you back."

Since 1978, VICA has presented the Robert E. Gibson Corporate Award of Excellence  to industry leaders who have contributed in making the San Fernando Valley the most forward-thinking business community in Southern California. The 41st Gibson Award was presented to the Chevron Corporation. Rod Spackman, member of the VICA Board of Governors, represented Chevron and accepted the award. Founded in 1879 as the Pacific Coast Oil Co., Chevron has since distinguished itself for its socially and environmentally responsible practices, and the benefits they bring to the communities they serve.

Steve Nissen ( Comcast NBCUniversal) presents the 41st Robert E. Gibson Corporate Award to Chevron Corporation, represented by Rod Spackman
VICA also recognized three distinguished Valley students. Congratulations to all scholarship recipients: Ivy Chen (Granada Hills Charter School), recipient of the 4th Annual Melvyn A. Kohn Scholarship; Elden Mirzoian (California State University, Northridge), recipient of the 5th Annual Marvin R. Selter Memorial Scholarship; and Lawrence Crown (California State University, Northridge), recipient of the 4th Annual Rickey M. Gelb Scholarship.

The 70th Annual Meeting was presented by  The Boeing Company and the  San Fernando Valley Business Journal , and co-sponsored by  The Garland and  Los Angeles Daily News . A big thank you to our sponsors, members and those who attended this event. 
Click here to view photos of the Annual Meeting.

2020 Trip Dates
January 21
February 25
March 17

VICA's regular advocacy trips to the state capitol are crucial to ensuring the voice of the business community is heard by legislators. 

These member-only trips allow direct interaction with state elected officials and create the freedom for discussion on issues that are vital to our members.  Don't miss this opportunity to be heard on how legislation affects your company!

 The cost of the trip is $50, which includes lunch and group transportation between the airport and Capitol.  The cost of the flight is not included.

For more information or to register please contact or call 818.817.0545.


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Committee Meetings
Land Use Committee (12/10)
Hosted by The Garland
  • Ashley Atkinson (Los Angeles Department of City Planning) provided a progress report on Los Angeles City Housing and Transit Oriented Communities.
  • The committee discussed updates on the City of Los Angeles' new Vehicle Miles Traveled thresholds and guidelines.
  • The committee briefly discussed anti-displacement and proposed rules on new development.
Healthcare Committee (12/12)
Held at  Valley Presbyterian Hospital
  • Dr. Amanda Ruiz, Interim Director of the Intensive Care Division for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, presented on the Department's Bed Shortage Report. 
  • Matthew Welsh, Government Affairs Senior Manager for Amgen, provided an outlook on Amgen's priorities and initiatives for 2020.
  • Vartan Djihanian, Congressional and Public Affairs Manager for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, provided updates on federal healthcare policy.
  • Committee Chair and Executive Director of Government and Public Affairs for Providence St. Joseph Health, Michael Tou, presented on their Housing is Health Initiative.
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