April 26, 2019

In This Issue
"I think we have a very, very strong agreement on SB 50 that will help address the deep housing crisis that California faces. "
- State Senator Scott Wiener

Media Mentions
County Board of Supervisors Votes to Extend Rent Control Measure for Unincorporated East Pasadena
Pasadena Now
April 20

'No Plan on How to Fix Themselves' - Business Leaders Say LAUSD is undeserving of $500 Million Parcel Tax After Years of Little Reform and Accountability
LA School Report
April 22

LAUSD Wants Accountability on Possible Tax, but Valley Groups Aren't Impressed
Los Angeles Daily News
April 23

Facing Mounting Financial Pressure, Los Angeles's School District is Asking for a $500M Parcel Tax. Its Biggest Barrier: Business Leaders Who Want Reforms First
April 24


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members





Carollo Engineers

CBRE Group, Inc.

Golden Heart Ranch


The Week Ahead

Newsmaker Connection Council District 12 Election Forum
Tuesday, April 30
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Labor & Employment Committee
Hosted by Sun Hill Properties / Hilton Universal City
Wednesday, May 1
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City
Click here to RSVP

Education Committee
Sponsored by California State University, Northridge
Thursday, May 2
8:30 to 10:00 a.m. 
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys 
Click here to RSVP

Leaders Forum with Los Angeles Rams COO Kevin Demoff
Thursday, May 2
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood
Click here to RSVP

Save The Date

Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee
Sponsored by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Thursday, May 9
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Joint Transportation - Land Use Committee
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, May 14
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood
Click here to RSVP

Government Affairs Committee
Hosted by Penny Lane Centers
Wednesday, May 15
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Penny Lane Centers
15314 Rayen Street, North Hills
Click here to RSVP

2nd Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast
Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley
Thursday, May 16
7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Hilton Woodland Hills
6360 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills
Click here to RSVP

Hot Issues 

Rent Control
This week, VICA-opposed AB 36 (Bloom), which would have reduced Costa-Hawkins protections against rent control for new housing and single family homes, died in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a former mental health facility in Canoga Park. Under a partnership with the City of Los Angeles, the project plans to turn the facility into bridge housing for homeless Angelenos.

Tax Cuts?
According to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, California households benefited the least from the income tax cuts in 2017 because of new restrictions on State and Local Tax deductions.

Transit Funds
This week, the Metro Board voted to send a letter to the Governor requesting a re-evaluation of plans to further invest in the Central Valley segments of the state's high-speed rail project. Board members indicated that projects in Los Angeles could potentially benefit from receiving funds that would have gone towards high-speed rail.

Minimum Wage
A study by the University of California, Riverside, found that the state's restaurants are creating fewer jobs because of the rising minimum wage. According to the study, part-time, low-skilled, and disabled workers have been most impacted by the lost job opportunities.

VICA Meets With Governor to Discuss Economic Development
On Monday, VICA President Stuart Waldman and other business leaders met with Governor Gavin Newsom to discuss plans for economic development in the state. VICA urged the Governor to reestablish certain aspects of Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs) to drive investment and generate jobs in local communities. VICA supports RDAs as a critical tool to address our state's lack of affordable housing. 

For more information, email Armando@vica.com

Thursday, May 2, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave., 
North Hollywood

Kevin Demoff
Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Rams 
On May 2, Kevin Demoff, Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the  Los Angeles Rams , will discuss last year's NFC Champions, the 
Los Angeles Rams. Demoff will take time to answer members' questions and give an overview of last season, next season, and the new stadium.

Co-sponsored by BYD America

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

Today is the last chance to register!

Click here to register
VICA-Sponsored Bill to Spur Housing Development in the Valley Moves Forward
VICA-sponsored Assembly Bill 1560, by local Assemblymember Laura Friedman and principal co-author Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, was passed unanimously by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Monday. AB 1560 would bring more homes along Metro's Orange Line by amending the definition of Major Transit Stop. The existing definition excludes parts of California served by Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), but not served by rail. This means that the Valley and other communities across the state cannot take advantage of CEQA exemptions and incentive programs offered to affordable housing projects built within a 1/2 mile of a Major Transit Stop. AB 1560 will allow the Valley to take advantage of housing development incentives where housing is ideal.

AB 1560 will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

Make sure your voice is heard in Sacramento: click here to send a letter supporting AB 1560.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170,
Van Nuys

Council District 12 Special Election Forum

Join VICA for a special Newsmaker Connection as candidates for Council District 12 gather to discuss issues affecting businesses across the San Fernando Valley. This special Election Forum will provide members with the unique opportunity to meet, listen and speak with the CD 12 contenders.

Confirmed Speakers
(as of 4/26/19)

Scott Abrams Jeff Daar Frank Ferry John Lee

Loraine Lundquist Stella Maloyan Josh Yeager

This event offers attendees the opportunity to ask questions and receive immediate responses from our candidates.

Breakfast is included. The event is free for VICA members. Non-members interested in attending, please contact  Helene  at the VICA Office.

Today is the last chance to register!

Click here to register
Share Your Design for the New Hollywood Burbank Airport Terminal
Last month, VICA joined other community stakeholders to provide insight and suggestions for the new Hollywood Burbank Airport terminal's design. On May 1, the airport will hold another design "charrette" to seek input from the community on the proposed terminal's design. VICA will attend the May 1 meeting and looks forward to being part of the design process for this  new terminal.  VICA strongly supported Measure B, which allowed the Hollywood Burbank Airport  to reconstruct its passenger terminal to meet modern FAA and seismic standards.

For more information, email Elizabeth@vica.com
Oppose Environmental Standards Bill That Will Create Uncertainty for CA Businesses
VICA opposes Senate Bill 1 (Atkins), which would give broad discretion to state agencies to adopt more stringent environmental regulations in response to California's concerns about roll backs of federal environmental rules. SB 1 is overbroad, vague, and ambiguous. By creating an expedited administrative procedure without public comment, SB 1 would remove public input on future environmental regulations. Additionally, the broad nature and undefined standards in the bill would creates significant costs for regulated businesses. 

Make sure your voice is heard in Sacramento: click here to send a letter opposing SB 1.
Spotlight on VICA Committee Leadership
Steven Kats is the AVP, business development director for WSP USA in Los Angeles. Kats serves as a VICA Board Member and is co-chair of the Transportation Committee Kats keeps a finger on the pulse of the transportation market and is responsible for partnering with regional leaders, stakeholders, and clients to strategically advance infrastructure in Los Angeles.

Why is VICA valuable to you or your business?
I have been actively involved with VICA for 5 years now and it has been a true pleasure. Serving on the Board of Directors and as the Co-chair for the Transportation Committee has opened up my professional network exponentially. Also, it has allowed me to have a much better insight to the future opportunities within my industry.

Why should members consider becoming more involved with the Transportation Committee?
If you are in the Transportation industry, then you need to become involved with the Transportation Committee here at VICA. This has become one of the most beneficial parts of VICA in my opinion. It is always a small group setting and is attended by influential speakers and decision makers in our industry. I know that other affiliations have taken note and are trying to mimic this VICA committee but none are as advantageous as this one.

The Transportation Committee's next meeting is on May 14.
Click here to RSVP for the May 14 Transportation Committee meeting.

Click here to learn more about VICA's Policy Committees
Bill to Increase Housing Development Near Transit Moves Forward
This week, VICA-supported Senate Bill 50 passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee with negotiated amendments to assuage concerns about gentrification. SB 50 would allow housing to be built near high-quality transit and in job-rich areas. The bill's provisions ensure to preserve local planning approval processes, displacement policies and affordable housing requirements for new construction. As investments to improve transit systems are being made throughout the state, SB 50 will give cities the tools to maximize development near transit and create transit-oriented communities.

Make sure your voice is heard in Sacramento: click here to send a letter supporting SB 50.

Join Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley's Chair Jessica Yasukochi (VICA) as her guest. To RSVP please contact jessica@vica.com

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