VICA Weekly
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
June 3, 2022
In This Issue
  • VICA Delegation Advocates in Sacramento during Two-Day Trip
  • VICA Voter Guide
  • VICA Board Supports Tax Credits for COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
“Water scarcity is a global problem and it must be met with a global solution. So today we make clear the United States will be a leader in the solution.”
Vice President Kamala Harris
Statement as White House unveiled its Global Water Security Action Plan
VICA Delegation Advocates Transportation, Film, Music and Manufacturing in Sacramento
This week, VICA President Stuart Waldman and a delegation of VICA members traveled to Sacramento for a two-day advocacy trip to discuss causes that matter most to you.

The Delegation joined the California Chamber of Commerce's Capitol Summit where business and local leaders from throughout the state met. They also participated in the Host Reception, which presented a networking opportunity for California business leaders from all industries to discuss key issues facing California with elected officials. On day two, they joined the 96th Annual Host Breakfast, which invited California’s top industry and government leaders to meet, socialize and discuss issues facing business, the economy and government.

The VICA Delegation had dinner Wednesday night and were joined by Assemblymembers Suzette Valladares and Mike Fong.

During the two-day trip, the Delegation also met with Senator Bob Hertzberg and the offices of Senators Patricia Bates and Lena Gonzalez, as well as Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. They also met with Assemblymembers Isaac Bryan, Mike Fong, Adrin Nazarian, Thurston Smith, Suzette Valladares, Randy Voepel and the offices of Assemblymembers Phillip Chen and Blanca Rubio. Below are the issues they discussed.
VICA President Stuart Waldman, Sarah Sheehy (KB Home), Senator Bob Hertzberg, Samona Caldwell (State Farm), and Maricela Gomez (Bechtel Corp.).
Senate Bill 213 (Cortese): Workers’ Compensation: Hospital Employees OPPOSE
This bill would establish a presumption in the workers’ compensation program for a broad range of illnesses and injuries and relieve hospital employees from having to demonstrate that certain infectious diseases, musculoskeletal injuries, and respiratory diseases arose out of their work environment. SB 213 set a troubling precedent and has the potential to significantly alter the state’s workers’ compensation system.

Senate Bill 301 (Skinner): Combating the Online Sale of Stolen Goods – SUPPORT
SB 301 would combat the online sale of stolen goods. SB 301 is a critical part of that effort, as one of the key factors driving the increase in ORC is the availability and use of online marketplaces by organized retail crime networks as a “fence” for stolen goods. Using third-party accounts, online marketplaces can provide a seller access to a global market of consumers plus a shield of anonymity from law enforcement.

Senate Bill 922 (Weiner): California Environmental Quality Act: Exemptions: Transportation-Related Projects – SUPPORT
SB 922 builds on earlier legislation acknowledging the environmental benefits of sustainable transportation, including biking, walking, and public transit. With this bill, environmentally friendly projects which support sustainable transportation would be exempt from CEQA protocol which requires a lengthy report on the project’s environmental impact. Such exempt projects may include bicycle transportation plans, bicycle parking and storage, signal timing improvements, and related signage for sustainable transportation.

Senate Bill 1044 (Durazo): Employers: State of Emergency or Emergency Condition: Retaliation – OPPOSE
This bill would prohibit an employer, in the event of a state of emergency or an emergency condition, from taking or threatening adverse action against any employee for refusing to report to, or leaving a workplace within the affected area because the employee feels unsafe. SB 1044 completely ignores the protections that these regulations already provide in making long term emergency topics – such as wildfire and heat – safer for California’s workplaces. Instead, this bill just allows workers to walk away regardless of how outdated the state of emergency is or how distant it is from the workplace.
Assemblymember Mike Fong, Samona Caldwell (State Farm), Sarah Sheehy (KB Home), Assemblymember Suzette Valladares, Ruben Zaragoza (Southwest), Francisco Uribe (Home Depot), Maricela Gomez (Bechtel Corp.) and John Dillon (Home Depot).
Senate Bill 1162 (Limon): Employment: Salaries and Wages – OPPOSE
SB 1162 would encourage new, burdensome litigation against employers based on the publication of broad, unreliable data collected by the state. Further, this bill undermines employers’ ability to hire, imposes administrative and record keeping requirements that are impossible to implement, and subjects’ employers to private right of action and penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The bill will similarly open businesses up to litigation. Once the data is made public, a plaintiff’s attorney would simply have to review the companies with perceived pay disparities and send a settlement demand or threaten litigation.

Assembly Bill 437 (Kalra): Employee Obligations: Exclusivity Options: Actors – OPPOSE
AB 437 would prohibit exclusivity provisions in contracts between producers of movies, television and streaming programs and their employees, radically upending nearly a century of business practices and legal principles that have benefited employers and employees alike. AB 437 attempts to undermine that collective bargaining process by legislating around it. By abandoning the strong, well-working framework and freezing deal terms in inflexible statutory text, AB 437 will reduce advances for all but the biggest superstars.

Assembly Bill 983 (Kalra): Employee Obligations: Exclusivity Options: Musicians – OPPOSE
Similar to AB 437, this bill would prohibit exclusivity provisions in musicians’ contracts and destabilize California’s music business, cut opportunities for working artists, and weaken the state’s economic recovery. AB 983 would disincentivize the investments that record companies make in artists, which would result in fewer artist signings and fewer new acts, especially for diverse and less commercial genres. It would take away existing flexibility and control that artists currently have over when to deliver their records by forcing premature option decisions on a narrow timeframe and create the perverse result of discouraging labels from exercising options negotiated and desired by artists.

Assembly Bill 1001 (C. Garcia): Environment: Mitigation Measures for Air and Water Quality Impacts: Environmental Justice – OPPOSE
AB 1001 proposes the expansion of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The bill will effectively be a housing and private development mitigation tool by putting limitations on local zoning. It puts up new legal barriers for local agencies to contend with by creating new guidelines that will further slow the development of new housing. While we support the continuance of environmental justice throughout California, AB 1001 is not a proper path to take when considering the gravity of California’s housing crisis. AB 1001 is using backchannel reasoning and arguments to expand CEQA. It uses discriminatory land-use policies to enforce its environmental justice policies.
Fuyumi Hashimoto (Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber), Samona Caldwell (State Farm), Nancy Hoffman Vanyek (Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber), Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Rafael De La Rosa (CSUN), Michael Fiore (EPG Technologies), Ross Pendergraft (Leavitt Group).
Assembly Bill 1951 (Grayson): Sales and Use Tax: Exemptions: Manufacturing – SUPPORT
This bill would provide a full sales and use tax exemption for manufacturing and research-and-development equipment purchases up to $200 million, investment and production opportunities in California. AB 1951 will make California competitive with the 38 states that already exempt manufacturing equipment from sales and use tax. Through this exemption, California can provide more opportunities for growth, innovation, and high-quality jobs that come from increased investments in California manufacturing.

Assembly Bill 2097 (Friedman): Residential and Commercial Development: Parking Requirements – SUPPORT
AB 2097 would prohibit a public agency from imposing a minimum automobile parking requirement, or enforcing a minimum automobile parking requirement, on residential, commercial, or other development if the development is located on a parcel that is within one-half mile of public transit. AB 2097 will eliminate requirements that homes and commercial buildings near transit or in neighborhoods with less car use be built with more parking than necessary. By reducing the overbuilding of parking, this bill would reduce traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, reduce the cost of housing to renters and homeowners, and improve the prospects of small neighborhood businesses fighting to survive during the pandemic.
Maricela Gomez (Bechtel Corp.), Sarah Sheehy (KB Home), Assemblymember Jim Patterson, Francisco Uribe (Home Depot), and VICA President Stuart Waldman.
VICA PAC's Voter Guide:
Primary Elections
California's Primary Election is approaching on Tuesday, June 7. Some of you may have already received your ballots in the mail, while others will be heading to the polls once they open.

The VICA PAC has been interviewing candidates from different races, and has voted to endorse the following candidates as well as one ballot measure for the Primary Election.

Take a look below at the PAC's current positions:
City of Los Angeles
Measure BB - SUPPORT
Prioritize local businesses in the City of Los Angeles before outside entities for public contracts.

Los Angeles County Assessor
Los Angeles County Assessor Jeff Prang

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor - District 3
Bob Hertzberg

Los Angeles City Mayor
Rick Caruso
Los Angeles City Attorney
Kevin James

Los Angeles City Council - District 3
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

Los Angeles City Council - District 7
Councilmember Monica Rodriguez

Los Angeles City Council - District 13
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell

Los Angeles City Council - District 15
Tim McOsker
VICA Supports Tax Credits for COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
The VICA Board strongly supports a budget request which would provide a qualified taxpayer a credit under the Personal Income tax (PIT) Law and Corporation Tax (CT) Law equal to amounts paid in COVID-19 paid sick leave benefits.

Businesses are struggling to recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and under SB 114, employers are mandated to pay up to 80 hours of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave with no financial assistance from California. The income tax credit is a much-needed measure to help support our businesses who are barely staying afloat. This bill creates an income tax credit that mirrors SB 114, so that any employer who is mandated to provide supplemental paid sick leave will get a dollar-for-dollar credit from the state.
Small businesses are at their breaking point. They face labor shortages, minimum wage increases, continuous new health and safety obligations, and multiple new leave mandates since the start of the pandemic. Federal tax credits that helped employers absorb the cost of prior COVID-19 sick leave mandates have expired. The newest state supplemental paid sick leave mandate will add a significant burden to the businesses struggling to keep their doors open and this bill's tax credit will assist with offsetting these difficulties.
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VICA Thanks Our New & Renewing Members
VICA After Dark: LAFD Chief Kristen Crowley
Thursday, June 23 | 5:30 PM
FIVE on the Hill

VICA After Dark is a regular evening reception designed to give VICA members and guests the opportunity to hear updates about policies impacting the business community from a featured opinion leader and network with other prominent business leaders from the community.
Leaders Forum with Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins
Thursday, July 7 | 8:30 AM
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport

Stephanie Wiggins, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), most recently served as Executive Director of Vendor/Contract Management for Metro. She has more than 20 years of experience working for transportation agencies.
This Week Ahead
VICA Ambassador Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 8
9:00 - 10:30 AM
VICA Office
Sponsored by the Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America
Healthcare Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 9
12:00 - 1:30 PM
VICA Office
Sponsored by Hospital Association of Southern California & Heritage Sierra Medical Group
SETH Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 9
8:30 - 10:00 AM
Hosted by The Garland
Save the Date
Land Use Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 14
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Hosted at The Garland
Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 15
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Dolphin Group
Hot News
Fast Food Industry
For three days, a striking group of Jack in the Box cashiers and cooks shut down their Sacramento County store. They were calling for better schedules, more staff and for management to repair a broken ice maker. Donning red T-shirts from the decade-old “Fight for $15” minimum wage campaign, the workers chanted for the passage of Assembly Bill 257. AB 257 threatens to upend the fast food franchise business model in California. It would create a state-run council to negotiate wages, hours and working conditions for the industry.

Homeless Camps
The Los Angeles City Council backed a proposal Tuesday by five council members to amend the city’s law against homeless encampments in certain areas of the city to extend to within 500 feet of all schools and day care facilities. The ordinance already restricts sleeping and encampments within 500 feet of schools and day care facilities after each individual location is approved for enforcement by the City Council. On Tuesday, the council voted 13-2 to have the city attorney prepare an ordinance amendment to prohibit sitting, lying, sleeping or storing personal property within 500 feet of “any school or daycare.”
Water Restrictions
Get ready for short showers and brown lawns: More than 6 million Southern Californians will be placed under new drought rules in an unprecedented effort to conserve water. The restrictions are a response to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s urgent call for a 35% reduction in water use following California’s driest-ever start to the year. MWD’s board has never before issued such severe cuts, but said they were left with little recourse after state officials slashed deliveries from the State Water Project to just 5%.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The city of Los Angeles has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 36% from its 1990 baseline, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday while announcing an update of his “Green New Deal.” The mayor said the city’s energy grid now runs on 62% zero-emission sources. The city aims to have a 100% renewable energy grid by 2035. The program was launched in 2019, setting ambitious new environmental goals in a range of areas including electric vehicles, air quality, trees and public transportation. The goals are collectively expected to save 1,650 lives, 660 trips to the hospital, and $16 billion in avoided health care expenses each year by 2050.
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