June 28, 2019

In This Issue
"If cities aren't interested in doing their part, if they're going to thumb their nose at the state and not fulfill their obligations under the law, they need to be held accountable."

- California Governor Gavin Newsom on California's housing shortage 
Media Mentions

VICA Adds Businesses to Hall of Fame
June 21

Stuart Waldman Discusses SB 58  with Alex Cohen
Spectrum News
June 25

Businesses Still Won't Get No Respect
June 26

Metro Bus Lane Projects Need Support
June 26


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members



Save The Date

Transportation Committee
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, July 9 
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland 
4222 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood
Click here to RSVP

Not-For-Profit Committee
Hosted by Child Care Resource Center
Thursday, July 11
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Child Care Resource Center
19809 Prairie St, 2nd Floor,
Click here to RSVP

VICA After Dark with Assemblymember Christy Smith
Tuesday, July 16 
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Avenue, 
Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Government Affairs Committee
Hosted by  Penny Lane Centers
Wednesday, July 17
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Penny Lane Centers
15314 Rayen Street, North Hills
Click  here to RSVP

Hot Issues 

2020 Census
The Supreme Court on Thursday, refused to uphold an effort to ask all households  about the citizenship of their residents as a part of the 2020 Census. 

California legislators voted to set aside $650 million to help fight homelessness, with the money set to be divided between cities and counties across the state.

Robotic Cargo Carriers
The Port of Los Angeles voted to begin production on driver-less cargo carriers, which would work 24 hours a day and not require a man to operate it.

Grocery Store Strike
Grocery store workers at Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Ralphs stores voted, and of the 46,000 who voted 96% voted yes to a strike.

The City of Los Angeles is suing the Federal Aviation Administration to get a court to invalidate the routes jets now use to access Los Angeles International Airports. 

North San Fernando Valley Bus Route
Metro's Board of Directors has delayed a vote that could have kicked off the initial environmental review of a major dedicated bus line.It was designed to transport riders across the north end of the San Fernando Valley.   

SoCal Refineries
On Saturday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District voted to reject a ban on a chemical used in South Bay refineries, and instead voted to move forward with a MOU. VICA supported the MOU as a way to implement safety and mitigation measure unique to each of the refineries.

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order that establishes a "White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing," which will study exclusionary local zoning laws that prevent the construction of multifamily housing. 

VICA Fights for the San Fernando Valley in Sacramento
VICA Vice Chair Ross Pendergraft ( Leavitt Insurance Group), Marilyn Koziatek ( Granada Hills Charter School), Assemblymember Luz Rivas, VICA Board member Natasha Fooman ( California Financial Service Providers Association), Andres Molina ( WSP USA), and VICA President Stuart Waldman.
Last Tuesday, VICA headed to Sacramento to continue advocating on issues important to the business community. The VICA delegation urged legislators to support legislation that would help expedite housing construction throughout the state; support investing in the remodeling of existing and new facilities at the University of California; and support a bill that would allow ten cities to participate in a pilot program that would attract visitors and investment by  permitting the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption until 4 a.m.

VICA members met with Attorney General Xavier Becerra to discuss making improvements
VICA members meet with Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as well as reforming the Private Attorneys General Act. 
The delegation also voiced opposition to allowing school districts to deny a new or renewing charter school; opposition to  an unnecessary labeling law that would mandate warning labels on many sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California; and opposition to a bill that would require state regulatory agencies to adopt strict state environmental regulations in response to changes to federal standards.
Thank you to Attorney General Xavier Becerra for meeting with our VICA members. Our thanks for the following legislators for meeting with VICA: Senators Mike Morrell and Anthony Portantino, and Assemblymembers Heath Flora, Vince Fong, Chris Holden, Marc Levine, and Luz Rivas. Thank you to the staff of Senator Galgiani for meeting with VICA.

VICA will return to Sacramento for it's last advocacy trip on  August 21! 
Click here to RSVP for our final Advocacy trip to Sacramento! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave.,  Van Nuys

Assemblymember Christy Smith

Join VICA for our upcoming After Dark, featuring California State Assemblymember Christy Smith. Attendees enjoy hosted drinks and appetizers as they meet and interact with other prominent business leaders from the community.  VICA After Darks are complimentary to VICA members.

Sponsorships are still available - email Jessica@vica.com or call the 
VICA Office at (818) 817-0545

Non-members who are interested in attending are encouraged to contact Cathy @vica.com.

Support Funding Program for Affordable Housing Construction
VICA supports Senate Bill 5 (Beall), which  would allow local agencies to use property tax revenue from the Education Revenue  Augmentation Fund to pay for affordable housing and related infrastructure projects. California is facing an unprecedented housing crisis, which has
resulted in incredibly high housing costs and an increase in homelessness. Due to the lack of housing production over the last 30 years, California has failed to produce the estimated 180,000 necessary new housing units per year. According to the California Department of Housing and Community Development, California has a 1.5 million housing unit shortage available for low-income households. SB 5 responds to this desperate need for housing construction by providing ongoing investment to cities and counties, and offers an effective finance tool lost when RDAs were dissolved while still containing adequate safeguards to ensure both the appropriate use of funds and the protection of school funding. 
Click here to send a letter supporting SB 5.

11:30 - 2 P.M.



Board of Supervisors: 
Kathryn Barger
Sheila Kuehl

City Attorney
Mike Feuer

Paul Koretz
Paul Krekorian

City Administrator
Richard Llewllyn

General Manager
Seleta Reynolds
City of Burbank 
Sharon Springer

City of Pasadena
Terry Tornek

City of San Fernando
Joel Fajardo

Scott Schmerelson
Nick Melvoin

Scott Svonkin
Support Tax Credits for Property Owners Who Accept Section 8 Vouchers
VICA supports Senate Bill 521 (Portantino), which would create a tax credit for property owners
who rent units to Section 8 voucher recipients. 
Current law allows for various tax credits for property owners, including the Gross Premiums Tax, the Personal Income Tax Law, and the Corporation Tax Law. State tax credits are also available to assist with costs related to construction, rehabilitation, or the purchase of low-income housing. However, there are currently no tax credits for property owners who accept Section 8 vouchers.  For the voucher program to realize its full potential, the program must appeal to a wider variety of landlords. SB 521 provides a much better approach by providing incentives rather than a punitive mandate. SB 521 will encourage more housing development, particularly affordable housing, as more property owners would be keen to participate in the Section 8 program.
Click here to send a letter supporting SB 521.
VICA is Hiring!
VICA is currently looking for two individuals to join our dynamic team. The two positions are:

Membership Manager: VICA is looking for a Membership Manager to help recruit new members, retain existing members, sell sponsorships and advertising and develop a strong membership program and ambassador committee. This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated professional who wants to facilitate participation and networking in the most influential business community in the Valley. 

Legislative Affairs Associate: VICA is looking for a Legislative Affairs Associate to support the legislative affairs team's advocacy efforts for business at the local, state, and federal level. This is an excellent opportunity for a recent graduate to work in a fast-paced environment on a wide range of policy issues, with opportunities to learn, grow, and gain valuable networks and experience.

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  Jessica@vica.com  

Click here to view the job descriptions.
Member Messages:
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VICA members can promote their business, events and news in VICA Weekly. Member messages are available for $50 per week or $175 for four weeks. Messages are text-based and may not contain more than 70 words. A logo may be added for an additional $5 per week. For more information or to schedule your member message, contact cathy@vica.com  or 
call (818) 817-0545.