November 8, 2019

In This Issue
" By bringing housing closer to jobs, we can fight climate change and create healthier, sustainable communities across California."

- Governor Gavin Newsom announcing the release of $610 million to build more housing and increase transit options close to job centers.

VICA Thanks our Renewing Members 

Port of Los Angeles

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

The Week Ahead

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, November 12
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
North Hollywood
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After Dark with Councilmember John Lee
Tuesday, November 12
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Toll Bros - Cascades at Westcliffe
20340 West Aberdeen Lane,
Porter Ranch
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Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee
Sponsored by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Thursday, November 14
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Extraordinary Women in Leadership
Tuesday, November 19
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
North Hollywood
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Newsmaker Connection with Chinese Consul General Zhang Ping
Wednesday, November 20
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Ambassador Committee
Tuesday, November 26
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Housing Crisis
Apple joined Facebook and Google in pledging $2.5 billion for the construction of affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay area.

Waymo plans to introduce robotaxi services to parts of California, but faces a setback due to the California Public Utilities Commission's temporary ban on robotaxi pilot programs charging fares for their services.

Electric Bikes and Scooters
The City of Los Angeles temporarily suspended Uber's permit to rent out electric scooters and bicycles due to tensions regarding the City's data-sharing rule for its one-year pilot permit program.

The California Supreme Court expressed skepticism over a California law that requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to run for office.

Split Roll
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his plans to support the VICA-opposed Split Roll measure currently on the November 2020 ballot.

Prompted by a report detailing the rapid closing of board-and-care homes, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors requested county health agencies to draft a plan to stabilize existing facilities and to open more board-and-care homes.

Reports  show that the manufacturing slowdown at the national level has barely impacted the manufacturing sector in Southern California, which currently employs 627,000 people.

Trade Deal
The U.S. and China may agree to roll back some tariffs as part of a yet-to-be-finalized phase one agreement to bring an end to ongoing trade disputes.

Ahead of the launch of its new streaming service, the Walt Disney Company saw its  fourth-quarter earnings top Wall Street estimates with a strong showing in the summer box office.

VICA-Supported Amendments Introduced for Predictive Scheduling Ordinance

The Los Angeles City Council moved forward with a proposed predictive scheduling ordinance that will require retail employers with over 300 employees globally to provide work schedules 14 days in advance. Since the proposal was first introduced, VICA shared our concerns and suggestions so that the ordinance did not inadvertently harm employees and employers. Unfortunately, the staff recommendations included many concerning provisions which would be extremely difficult to comply with. VICA worked with the City Council to amend some of report's recommendations, excluding self-scheduling employees and reducing the length of time that records must be retained. Councilmember John Lee also introduced a motion to limit the scope of the good faith estimate of hours to the first 90 days of employment. VICA will continue to work on this issue as the City Attorney's office drafts the ordinance.

Click here to read our letter outlining our concerns.

Hosted by the VICA International Trade Committee

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Noon - 1:30 P.M.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170,
Van Nuys

Zhang Ping
Chinese Consul General, Los Angeles

This event offers attendees the freedom to ask questions and receive immediate responses from community leaders.

Lunch is included. The event is free for VICA members.

Metro Project Moves Forward in a Major Win for the Valley
The Valley received a major victory after the Metro Board unanimously voted to move the North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project forward to the environmental review phase. This would allow Metro to examine the potential benefits and impacts of each proposed route curently under consideration. The North Valley BRT will help get cars off the road and encourage more people to commute by providing a premium east-west transit service to link key activity centers, including CSUN; improving access to jobs, education, essential services and the regional transit system.

In addition, Metro is asking for community feedback on the North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project. Attend one of Metro's upcoming community workshop sessions to voice support for the North Hollywood-Pasadena BRT Project.

Tuesday, November 12
6 to 8 p.m. 
Glendale Central Library
222 E. Harvard St.
Glendale, CA 91205

Wednesday, November 13
6 to 8 p.m.
Buena Vista Branch Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505

Saturday, November 16 (3 Sessions)
9 to 10 a.m. (Session 1)
11:30 to 1 p.m. (Session 2)
2 to 3:30 p.m. (Session 3)
Yosemite Recreation Center
1840 Yosemite Dr.
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

Tuesday, November 19 
5 to 7 p.m.
Los Angeles Soccer Club
11466 Chandler Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Due to limited capacity, please RSVP for one session only.

Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite, or register by email at

Friday, December 13, 2019
11:30 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Airtel Plaza Hotel
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170,
Van Nuys
Presented By

27th Annual Harmon Ballin Award ~ 14th Annual President's Award
41st Annual Robert E. Gibson Corporate Award of Excellence ~ Holiday Toy Drive

For more information, please call 818-817-0545
City Council Motion Could Help Promote Local Businesses
taxis_road_view.jpg Next Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council's Transportation Committee will consider a motion by Councilwoman Martinez, which would establish a taxi pilot program for digital rooftop advertisements. This type of advertising offers local businesses an innovative model of promoting their product or services to consumers throughout Los Angeles. Small-scale digital advertising will allow small businesses to reach a diverse audience in neighborhoods that are typically hard to reach while remaining within their budget. VICA will attend next week's hearing to voice support for the pilot program, as it will help guide the development of good policy while ensuring public safety and allowing businesses to thrive using new technology.

Please contact for more information.
VICA is Hiring!
VICA is currently looking for a Membership and Development Manager who will  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.
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

Click here to view the job description.
Committee Meetings

Labor and Employment Committee (11/6)
Hosted by Sun Hill PropertiesHilton Universal City
  • Lori Werderitch (Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP) presented on employer drug testing in California after the legalization of cannabis.
  • Sue Bendavid (Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan) provided updates on new statutory developments in labor laws, including legislation on independent contractors and new limits on arbitration agreements.
Education Committee (11/7)
  • Gayle Nadler, Executive Director of the Multicultural Learning Center, presented on the policy and practice of dual language immersion in K-12 public education.
  • Elsa Jacobsen (Child 360) provided updates on Governor Newsom's Master Plan and Early Childhood Policy Council, AB 378, and outreach for increasing participation in the 2020 Census.
  • The committee recommended to support the Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020.
The holiday season is approaching and there is no better place for your event than the Airtel Plaza Hotel. Offer your guests an amazing experience, with a special holiday menu to conclude an unforgettable evening! 
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