January 31, 2020

In This Issue
" We need a housing production bill that includes consensus solutions so we can help solve our housing affordability crisis. "

- California State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins after SB 50 failed to pass the Senate

Media Mentions

Steve Nissen to Retire
January 29

Marilyn Koziatek for LAUSD School Board in District 3
January 30


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 






AV Masters

California Grocers Association

Cowe Consulting

Greer-Dailey, Inc.

The Week Ahead

Labor & Employment Committee
Wednesday, February 5
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
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Education Committee
Thursday, February 6
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Land Use Committee
Tuesday, February 11
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood
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Energy, Environment, Manufacturing & Utilities Committee
Sponsored by
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Thursday, February 13
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Government Affairs Committee
Sponsored by Dolphin Group and Rodriguez Strategies
Wednesday, February 19
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
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Sacramento Advocacy Day
Tuesday, February 25
All Day
Sacramento, CA
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Hot Issues 
U.S. Budget Deficit
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. budget deficit is expected to  reach $1 trillion for the first time since 2012, despite the nation's strong economic performance in recent years.

President Trump has signed the VICA-supported USMCA trade agreement, formally replacing NAFTA, which will be a boon to U.S. manufacturing and North American trade.

Independent Contractors
Art groups have raised concerns that AB 5's ambiguous language regarding fine artists would negatively impact dance troupes and theater companies that have long relied on the independent contractor model.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner announced a tentative and experimental plan to increase funding in 20 schools with the goal of raising standardized test scores by 20 points. 

Pacific Gas & Electric
Governor Gavin Newsom reiterated his opposition to Pacific Gas & Electric's current bankruptcy plan, doubling down on a possible state takeover of the utility.

The Los Angeles City Council moved forward with a plan to prevent the conversion of Westside residential buildings into condominiums, provided that such conversions have a 'significant cumulative effect' on the rental market and if an area's vacancy rate is determined to be 5% or less.

Bureau of Cannabis Control Chief Lori Ajax revealed proposed regulations that would require California marijuana stores to display a QR code used to confirm if they have a license to sell cannabis.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell revealed a set of proposed changes for Hollywood Boulevard, which includes the reduction of travel and parking lanes in order to widen sidewalks and add protected bike lanes.

The first set of columns have been built for Los Angeles International Airport's Automated People Mover system, which will connect the Central Terminal Area to ground transportation hubs.

VICA Continues to Make Housing a Top Priority
Addressing our housing crisis remains a top priority for VICA and its members. Yesterday, VICA-supported Senate Bill 50 (Wiener), which would have forced local municipalities to take meaningful action on the housing crisis, failed to pass out of the California State Senate. Further demonstrating the need for robust state action, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are set to vote on Tuesday on establishing a new fee on housing developments in order to fund arts projects. VICA will be present at the Board of Supervisors meeting to continue voicing our concerns regarding this unnecessary fee on newly-built homes. Onerous local regulations, fees and inaction have made new housing construction virtually impossible. It is irresponsible and inappropriate to require new fees on residential development while California continues to experience a serious housing shortage.

Friday, March 13, 2020
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City

VICA invites you to dinner with your state lawmakers!
VICA provides a rare opportunity for Valley business leaders to connect with state lawmakers and enjoy an exciting program during its annual State Officeholders Dinner.

Confirmed speakers as of January 27, 2020

Oppose Bill that will Eliminate Workplace Flexibility
VICA opposes Senate Bill 850 (Leyva), which would disallow business owners from creating schedules that work for both businesses and employees. This bill would force employees in the retail and food industries to commit to a rigid work schedule 28 days in advance. Employers would be required to provide "modification pay" for schedule changes made with less than 7 days' notice, with harsh penalties for failing to do so. This would discourage employers from accepting an employee's request for a change in schedule because of the threat of financial penalties and costly litigation. Flexibility is essential in the retail and food industries, with small businesses in particular being dependent on having adaptable schedules in order to respond to customer needs. SB 850 would eliminate this flexibility and ultimately hurts both employers and employees. 

Upcoming 2020 Trip Dates
February 25
March 17
April 1
May 5

VICA Delegation with Assemblymember Richard Bloom during the January 2020 Advocacy Trip.

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. Join VICA in Sacramento for one of our monthly advocacy trips.

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

Sacramento Advocacy Trips are reserved for VICA members.

Support Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program
VICA supports Senate Bill 795 (Beall), which would allow local agencies to leverage property tax revenue to pay for affordable housing and related infrastructure projects.  SB 795 would create a program similar to RDAs, but contains adequate safeguards to ensure the appropriate use of funds, such as the minimum requirement of 50 percent of funds being used for housing developments This bill makes the state a long-term partner and provides much needed funding to cities and counties to build affordable housing while generating thousands of jobs throughout the state and spurring more than $60 billion in economic activity over a ten-year period. 

Monday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 11
Conference Hotel:
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-3000

VICA's 2019 Access D.C. Trip

Join more than 200 civic and business leaders for the region's premier advocacy trip to the nation's capitol. Attendees will meet with members of Congress and senior Administration officials on priorities important to Southern California.

Register with VICA for exclusive access to additional meetings and lunch, and the opportunity to join the VICA delegation dinner (additional fee for dinner).

Registration Deadline:
February 27

Early Bird Registration Fee (By February 12):

Registration Fee After February 12:

*Refunds are not available after February 27

For an additional $400 , registrants will receive a one-stop Southwest Airlines round-trip flight.

VICA Legislative Affairs Manager - Position Opening
VICA is looking for a Legislative Affairs Manager who will be responsible for advocating for business issues at the local, state and federal levels, as well as advocating policies, legislation and regulation that are conducive to a positive and successful business environment through the engagement of our members. 

If you or anyone you know would like to work for the most influential business group in the Valley, email a resume and cover letter to VICA President Stuart Waldman at Stuart@vica.com.

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