August 23, 2019

In This Issue

"Our housing affordability crisis demands that every city step up and say yes to more housing. I applaud the state for taking bold action by proposing a target that not only plans for future growth but addresses the accumulated housing need across the region."

-  Mayor Eric Garcetti on Gov. Newsom's call for 1.3 million new homes in the next decade

Media Mentions

How Valley Can Get Soccer League
August 19

Capitol Weekly's Top 100: Ten Years and Counting
August 21


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members





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The Lamar Companies

Mercury Public Affairs

Sutton Law Firm


The Week Ahead

New Member Breakfast
Wednesday, August 28
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Aviation Committee
Wednesday, September 4
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Aerolease Associates Van Nuys East
7943 Woodley Ave.,
Van Nuys
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Entertainment Committee
Thursday, September 5
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Transportation Committee
Tuesday, September 10
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
Studio City
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Healthcare Committee
Thursday, September 12
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St.,
Van Nuys, CA 91405
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Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, September 18
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Penny Lane Centers
15305 Rayen St.,
North Hills, CA 91343

Hot Issues 

Business Roundtable
Chief executives from 200 US companies signed a statement saying that a company's primary purpose is not only to maximize shareholder value, but to benefit all stakeholders, which includes workers and society at large. 

Credit Rating
Fitch Ratings upgraded California's credit rating for the first time in three years. The Wall Street debt-grading agency raised California's rating from "AA-minus" to "AA", citing the state government's improved financial practices.

California-Automakers Deal
Two more automakers joins California's plan to have car manufacturing meet the State's greenhouse gas emission standards, which are more stringent than the current federal standards. 

DASH to Class
LADOT launched a pilot program called DASH to Class that offers free bus rides to K-12 and college students in Los Angeles.

Fire Zones
The LA City Council is considering to give public safety officials authority to force campers and the homeless out of high-fire danger areas on hillsides. The new rules come after a fire in the Sepulveda basin.  

Wildfire Relief
California's Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci issued a warning that a new FEMA regulation could make it difficult for California to receive federal wildfire relief. The new regulation may penalize states assumed to have the "fiscal capacity" to handle disasters with its own resources.

Voting Age
A proposed amendment to the California state constitution, which would allow 17-year olds to vote in primary and special elections if they turn 18 before the following general election, passed in the State Assembly.

Housing Development
 State housing officials released a statement calling for California cities and counties to build 1.3 million new homes by the next decade in order to alleviate the housing crisis.

VICA Stands Up for Valley Businesses in Sacramento
Derrick Alatorre ( South Coast Air Quality Management District ), David Gonzalez ( Association of Independent Commercial Products ), VICA Legislative Affairs Manager Armando Flores, VICA Board Member David Gershwin ( David Gershwin Consulting ), Assemblymember Laura Friedman, VICA Board Member Samona Caldwell ( State Farm Insurance ) and VICA President Stuart Waldman.

This week, VICA continued advocating on issues important to the business community and the San Fernando Valley during our last Sacramento advocacy trip for 2019.  
The VICA delegation with Senator Holly Mitchell

The VICA delegation met with Senator Holly Mitchell and with the Chief of Staff of Senator John Moorlach. The delegation also met with Assemblymembers Kansen Chu, Laura Friedman, Tim Grayson, Ash Kalra, Christy Smith, and the staff of Assemblymembers Jay Obernolte and Miguel Santiago. 

During the meetings, the VICA delegation focused on supporting legislation that would expedite the permitting process for housing development, spur development near transit, make improvements to the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), and protect the status of employees and independent contractors alike.  



Assemblymember Laura Friedman inducts the 2018 Board of Directors.

VICA's 2020 Board of Directors nomination and selection process is underway, and we want your nominations! 

Board members must be able to attend regular board meetings and be prepared to vote on a wide variety of public policy issues. Board members must also attend regular committee meetings and VICA events. Additional responsibilities may include calling or writing lawmakers, attending press conferences, testifying, authoring editorials, interacting with top opinion leaders and more. 

For more information on the 2020 Board of Directors guidelines, click  here.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating on the board in 2020, please click on the nomination form below and submit to If you don't want to serve on the board, but are interested in serving as a committee chair, please let us know that on the nomination form. Applications are due by Friday, August 30.

Click here to submit your 2020 Board of Directors interest form!
Support CEQA Exemptions for Supportive Housing and Emergency Shelters
VICA supports Assembly Bill 1197 (Santiago), which would exempt supportive housing projects funded by Measure HHH or emergency shelter projects funded by the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) from CEQA requirements. AB 1197 would prevent the abuse of CEQA, which has purposefully been used to obstruct supportive housing development. This bill would exempt from CEQA, until January 1, 2025, activities approved or carried out by the City of Los Angeles towards supportive housing projects funded by HHH or emergency shelter projects funded by HEAP. AB 1197 would help Los Angeles continue to expeditiously develop emergency housing and move Angelenos suffering from homelessness off the streets and into safe and decent housing.
Click here to send a letter to support AB 1197.
Harmon Ballin Community Service Award
Nomination & Selection Process

VICA's Harmon Ballin Community Service Award annually honors an active VICA member who has made an outstanding contribution to our community through their long-term community service activities. A nominee is someone who:

  1. Has been an active VICA member and is actively engaged in the organization currently.
  2. Has significant and long-term involvement in philanthropic and community/public serve organizations or a significant record in that area.
  3. Is a role model as a community leader

Click here to download the Nomination Form.

All Nominee forms must be submitted via email to by Friday, August 30, 2019.

Submit your Nominee to Cathy at
Be Involved In Exciting Changes at Hollywood Burbank Airport
Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) is partnering with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to implement voluntary measures to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Southern California basin. BUR will kick off its green initiatives with presentations and a discussion on Monday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hollywood Burbank Airport Skyroom. 

BUR will also be hosting its fifth charrette design workshop for a 14-gate replacement passenger terminal. Join the meeting to share your input on how the replacement terminal should look and function to serve passengers. The charrette will take place on Wednesday, September 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Castaway Burbank.
Click here for more information on the charrette workshop.
Oppose Unrealistic Recycled Content Standards
VICA opposes  Assembly Bill 792 (Ting), which would impose specified minimum post-consumer recycled content standards for plastic beverage containers subject to the California Redemption Value (CRV). AB 792 would require, by March 1, 2022 and annually thereafter, every beverage manufacturer to report to CalRecycle the amount of new plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic used by the manufacturer for plastic beverage containers.  The timeline established in AB 792 is unrealistic and t he time and money that manufacturers would need to invest in upgrading their machinery and equipment has been overlooked, as are the significant supply chain constraints that manufacturers already face. 
Click here to send a letter opposing AB 792.
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Be inspired, ignite change, and level up at The IDEAL Conference on September 18-19, 2019 at The Garland in North Hollywood. Connect with 40 inspiring experts and choose from 24 sessions that will give you new strategies and methods to further your business.

VICA members save 20% with the CCRCPartner20 discount code.

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