April 10, 2020

VICA remains up and running and will continue to fight for the Valley and the business community as we face uncertain times.
In This Issue
" VICA can be an even bigger partner, welcoming input and help to get people back to 'normal' after this pandemic."
- Assembylmember Laura Friedman during the Virtual VICA After Dark
Media Mentions

Parsons Promotes Rashmi Menon to SVP, Aviation Sector Manager
April 1

Mayor Orders Big Businesses to Pay Sick Leave
April 8


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 

Premier Partner


 Association of Greater Los Angeles

Western States Petroleum Association

The Week Ahead

Land Use Committee
Sponsored by  The Garland
Tuesday, April 14
8 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Government Affairs Committee
Sponsored by  Dolphin Group and  Rodriguez Strategies
Wednesday, April 15
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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VICA University - Employer Protection Amid COVID-19 Crisis
with  Gaspar Insurance
Thursday, April 16
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
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Save the Date

VICA After Dark with Controller Ron Galperin
Thursday, April 23
4 to 6 p.m.
Online Video Conference
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Newsmaker Connection with Councilmember David Ryu
Friday, April 24
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Newsmaker Connection with LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin
Tuesday, April 28
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Online Video Conference
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Hot Issues 

Public Health
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the number of ICU placements in California saw its first   daily decrease   on Thursday. Though encouraged by the news, Governor Newsom urges Californians to maintain all precautions to continue 'flattening the curve'. Earlier in the week, the Governor sent   500 ventilators   to the national stockpile in order to help other states, stating that California's current resources are sufficient.

Stock Market
With the launch of Federal Reserve programs related to the recent $3 trillion federal stimulus package, the New York Stock Exchange closed with its best week since 1974. The S&P 500 was up by 1.4 percent, the Dow Jones by 1.3 percent, and the Nasdaq by 0.8 percent. This is a marked difference from the drop seen in early March.

Delivery Service
The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services launched a temporary program to deliver groceries and other vital items to seniors and adults with disabilities who are now home-bound due to local and state orders.

Due to the extended period of businesses unable to continue operations, the past three weeks have seen 17 million U.S. residents filing for unemployment benefits. The unemployment rate for April is expected to reach 15 percent.

Presidential Election
After Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders withdrew his candidacy, Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive nominee to be the Democratic Presidential Candidate in the General Election on November.

Hollywood Burbank Airport announced it will close Terminal B in relation to the ongoing public health crisis. All remaining operations are moved to Terminal A.

Global Oil Market
Member nations of OPEC and Russia, with input from the U.S., have reached an agreement to cut oil production in order to boost oil prices. Oil prices saw a steep decrease in early March in connection to the COVID-19 crisis.

VICA Holds First Virtual After Dark with Assemblymember Laura Friedman

Yesterday, VICA held a special Virtual VICA After Dark with Assemblymember Laura Friedman. VICA members joined via Zoom, conversed and shared tips on maintaining wellness while staying at home.

Assemblymember Friedman spoke about her work and the work of other California elected officials to aid those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Assemblymember said, "w e continue to look for gaps to ensure we can provide the support needed and notify the G overnor's  office." Assemblymember Friedman also spoke about efforts to help individuals experiencing homelessness, providing them safe shelters, and to further minimize the spread of the disease. 

When asked about the consequences of AB 5 amidst this crisis, the Assemblymember said that the Legislature had been working on adjustments and amendments to the independent contractors law, but also noted that tackling COVID-19 will take precedent. "It seems most of" the bills addressing AB 5 "have been pushed to next year," the Assemblymember said, noting changes would have to come from the Governor via executive action. Friedman wrapped up her remarks by saying, "we should engage in discussion to be more resilient for these times of shutdowns and planning for the future." 

Thank you to all who participated in our first ever Virtual VICA After Dark.

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Via Online Video Conference

Employer Protection Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Join VICA for a special webinar with VICA's  Labor & Employment Co-Chair Sue Bendavid as she covers  employer concerns  during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Webex information will be e-mailed to all those that are registered.

Mayor Garcetti Issues Emergency Order on Paid Sick Leave
Thanks to VICA's efforts and the efforts of the Los Angeles business coalition group, Mayor Garcetti decided to return the Supplemental Sick Paid Leave Ordinance approved by the City Council on March 27. In place of the Ordinance, Mayor Garcetti issued an Emergency Order on Paid Sick Leave, which requires an Employer to provide Employees classified as full-time Employees or who work at least 40 hours per week 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave. The Emergency Order also addresses many of VICA's concerns. The Order included the following changes suggested by VICA:
  • Exemptions for collective bargain agreements which include COVID-19 related sick leave provisions;
  • Exemptions for emergency and health services personnel, and critical parcel delivery employees, making the Order consistent with other state and local orders which provide exemptions for essential workers; and
  • Offsetting the requirement to provide supplemental paid sick leave with every hour an Employer allowed an Employee to take paid leave in an amount equal to or greater than the requirements in the Order.
Board of Supervisors Will Hear Report Back on Countywide Worker Retention and Sick Leave Policies
On Tuesday, April 14, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to receive a report back on the motion regarding emergency responses to the ongoing public health crisis. The motion calls for a provision requiring employers to guarantee 10 days of supplemental paid sick leave to employees for COVID-19 related reasons. The motion also looks to establish a "right of recall" for recently laid off workers, giving them priority in rehiring and worker retention policies. 

Continue contacting the Board of Supervisors to let them know how these policies would impact the business community.

4 to 6 p.m.
Via Online Video Conference

Los Angeles City Controller 
Ron Galperin

Let VICA virtually help you escape!
Let's chat and cheers from home with other prominent business leaders from our community!

Event information will be e-mailed to all those that are registered.

VICA Labor & Employment Co-Chair Sue Bendavid Covers Employer Concerns During Crisis

VICA University goes virtual with the first of a series of webinar workshops to inform our members what they need to know about running businesses in this 'new normal.' During Tuesday's webinar, VICA Labor & Employment Committee Co-Chair, Sue Bendavid (Lewitt & Hackman), covered essential information including S
tay at Home orders, Essential Workers, Communicating With Employees, Wage & Hour Issues, Telecommuting & Business Expenses, Furloughs and Layoffs, Leaves of Absence, and Paid Sick DOL Guidance.
State Bill Would Reduce Tax Deductions for Homeowners
VICA opposes AB 1905, which would eliminate the mortgage interest deduction on non-primary homes and reduce the amount of mortgage interest that can be claimed on a primary home. Mortgage interest deductions were designed to assist homeowners by lowering the costs of buying a home. As the lack of housing supply continues to raise housing prices, reducing the cap on mortgage interest deductions for a primary home would only increase the financial burden of homeowners and further discourage homebuying. With California's housing crisis, the state should not roll back tax incentives that help current and prospective homeowners.

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Via Online Video Conference

Councilmember David Ryu

Join VICA for a special Newsmaker Connection with City of Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu.

Event information will be e-mailed to all those that are registered.

VICA's 2019 Annual Report is now available!

VICA Member Spotlight: Alex Kasendorf
Alexander Kasendorf serves as VICA Vice Chair and is a member of the Board of Directors.

Alexander Kasendorf, Esq., is a Partner at
Alpert, Barr & Grant, APLC. The firm assists their clients in all facets of real property, business and lobbying matters and have been members with VICA for 28 years. Alex and his firm have a broad involvement with the San Fernando Valley and find it incredibly valuable to connect clients and organizations to assist in effectively accomplishing goals. Alex is also a dedicated family man, married with three children and loves sports, including playing, watching and coaching his kids. As one of VICA's Executive Board members, Alex plays a key leadership role with the organization.

Tell us about your experience with VICA, how has VICA been valuable for you?
VICA has connected me to our region's leaders helping me provide a pipeline to our clients and assist them with achieving their goals.

If you were to tell a peer or friend about VICA, what would be your sales pitch?
There is no better place for you to invest your time and resources if you want to make a difference for you, your business and your community in Los Angeles.

What is your favorite experience or memory with VICA?
Being honored with the rest of my firm when we were inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Has your company made commitments or taken action to support employees and/or the community during the COVID-19 pandemic? 
Our firm remains intact and have converted to a virtual/remote law practice in a matter of days. We participate in daily Zoom calls to check in on each other and offer support.

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