December 7, 2018

In This Issue
"[Cannabis enforcement] takes a 'joint' effort."

- Cat Packer,
Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation
Media Mentions

California HCD Issues Final Guidelines for Streamlined Ministerial Permitting
December 4

California HCD Issues Final Guidelines for Streamlined Ministerial Permitting - Guidelines have the Force of Law in Implementing SB 35 of 2017
December 4

Pasadena City College's Incoming President Says Listening First on her Agenda
Los Angeles Daily News
December 5

Pasadena City College's Incoming President Says Listening First on her Agenda
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
December 5

California HCD Issues Final Guidelines for Streamlined Ministerial Permitting
December 7


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members


Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles

Gregory N. Lippe Accountancy Corp.

Rocca Development

Ross B. Hopkins & Associates

VICA Welcomes Our New Members

Champs Charter High School of the Arts

Cowe Consulting


This Weekend

Casino Royale
Saturday, Dec. 8
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
CHAMPS Charter High School
Phoenix Building 6th Floor
6842 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys
Click here to view the flyer

The Week Ahead

Land Use Committee
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, Dec. 11
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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69th Annual Meeting
Presented by the  San Fernando Valley Business Journal and The Boeing Company
Friday, Dec. 14
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys
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Save the Date

After Dark with State Assemblymember Luz Rivas
Thursday, Jan. 10
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
15800 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Sacramento Advocacy Day
Wednesday, Jan. 23
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Hot Issues 

The city and county of Los Angeles both took steps Tuesday to limit the availability of single use plastic straws in restaurants, joining the state and a slew of smaller cities that have approved similar restrictions. 

Congestion Pricing
The head of Metro endorsed congestion pricing for Los Angeles Thursday, telling the agency's board of directors that rush-hour tolls on drivers could fund free fares on public transit. This is only a report and the Metro Board has yet to take a position on congestion pricing.

Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan to ease Los Angeles' homeless crisis by putting up temporary shelters across the city moved forward Wednesday after City Council members supported shelters in Venice, Wilmington, San Pedro, Watts, and South L.A. 

Aerial Tram
Metro CEO Phil Washington announced Thursday that the agency had signed a letter of intent with a company called Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies that plans to build an aerial tram running between Union station and Dodger Stadium.

 Senate Bill 50 (Wiener) has the potential to add apartments and condominiums near transit. SB 50 is a resurrection of a similar bill that died in its first committee hearing earlier this year.

California legislators are attempting to eliminate the sales taxes on diapers and tampons. Democratic Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and Cristina Garcia have reintroduced bills to exempt purchasers from paying sales tax on the products.

The California Building Standards Commission voted unanimously to require homes built in 2020 or later to be solar powered.

Los Angeles City General Managers Discuss Business in the City
Eric Ruhle (Dosist), Mariam Bedrosian-Valencia (OutFront Media), Cat Packer, Doane Liu, Michael Shull, Frank Bush, VICA Chair Lisa Gritzner (LG Strategies)

On Thursday,  VICA members enjoyed lunch at the  Sportsmen's Lodge  with Frank Bush, General Manager of the Department of Building & Safety; Doane Liu, Executive Director of the Department of Convention and Tourism Development; Cat Packer, Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation; and Michael Shull, General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks, at VICA's Leaders Forum. Each general manager discussed a wide range of topics including the issues in their departments that relate to the business community. Bush spoke about his department's work on housing, billboards, and seismic safety; Liu discussed the LA Convention Center expansion; Packer described the need to treat cannabis like any other business; and Shull spoke about the 2028 Olympics and other exciting investments in Los Angeles.

Thank you to our presenting sponsors, Dosist and Outfront Media Group. Also, thank you to our co-sponsors Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Bureau, FilmL.A., Hilton Universal City, Rosenheim & Associates, The Los Angeles Rams, Stantec, and UCBA.
Click here to view photos from the event. 
Sponsor or Host a VICA Committee in 2019
VICA is looking for members to host or sponsor committee meetings or a board meeting in 2019. If your company can accommodate between 20 to 40 people comfortably, we may have a committee for you. As a host you will have an opportunity to make welcome remarks and give members the chance to visit your site. You will also be listed on each agenda as the host and table cards will be provided at the meeting. If you have the financial wherewithal, but not a site, consider sponsoring the meeting at VICA. Please see the costs of sponsorships below. Your company would still get to welcome everyone at the meeting and would have their logo on the agendas.

Please call Jessica at the VICA office at (818) 817-0545 to discuss.

Click here to learn more.

Sacramento Advocacy Day

Wednesday, January 23
Wednesday, February 13

VICA's regular advocacy  trips to the state capitol are crucial to ensuring the voice of the business community is heard by legislators. Join us for our first trip of the year.

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. Don't miss this opportunity to be heard on how legislation affects your company.

Click here to RSVP
Take Two! Senator Wiener Takes Action to Address Housing Crisis
This week, Senator Scott Wiener introduced Senate Bill 50, reaffirming his commitment to address California's housing crisis. SB 50, the More H.O.M.E.S Act of 2019, is a spin-off of Senator Wiener's SB 827, which failed to make it out of committee in the 2018 legislative session. VICA is proud to support SB 50 as an innovative approach to building more housing, cutting gridlock and reducing emissions. The bill's provisions preserve local planning approval processes, displacement policies and affordable housing requirements for new construction. VICA looks forward to working with Senator Wiener to make SB 50 a bill that will transform housing in California. 

Click here to read VICA's press release.

California State Assemblymember
Luz Rivas
Thursday, January 10, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
15800 Roscoe Boulevard,
Van Nuys

Join VICA for our upcoming After Dark, featuring California State Assemblymember Luz Rivas. 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.

Non-members who are interested in attending are encouraged to contact

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The IDEAL Conference will take place on April 3-4 in Studio City, featuring prominent keynote speakers Shiza Shahid, Founder, NowVentures Co-Founder & Founding CEO, Malala Fund, Justin Wolff, Chief Giving Officer at Yoobi, and Warren Riley, President of NPO Solutions and 24 breakout sessions in advocacy, technology, research, fundraising and marketing. With multiple tracks, inspiring keynote presentation, panels, and networking opportunities to suit all levels and areas of responsibilities. 
Click here to learn more. 
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