VICA Weekly
Valley Industry & Commerce Association

November 18, 2022

In This Issue
  • VICA Voices Support for Valley Oriented Transit
  • VICA Voices Opposition to Extending COVID-19 Labor Regulations
  • VICA Congratulates Karen Bass
  • 2022 Election Results
  • VICA's 2023 Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • VICA's 2023 Legislative Priorities
  • 2023 Bylaw Change
  • Powerful and Effective Advocacy Isn't Cheap

"I see this win as a mandate not for me, but for a community that deserves good jobs, better wages, clean air and water, more affordable housing, effective solutions for homelessness, safe neighborhoods, transparency in local government, and a voice in City Hall."

Los Angeles City Council Candidate Tim McOsker

Election Victory Statement on Tuesday

VICA Voices Support for the North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project

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VICA voiced support at Metro's Planning and Programming Committee for the North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Network Improvements Project (NSFV BRT Improvements Project.)

The NSFV BRT Improvements Project is a Measure M project with a goal to increase east-west connectivity throughout the North San Fernando Valley and the Metro Transit System.

The project can be rolled out quickly, within its designated Measure M budget, with minimal construction impacts. This approach is capable of delivering as much new ridership to the Metro transit network as a single new BRT line but spreads the benefits much more widely, bringing much needed high-quality transit to the San Fernando Valley.

The Planning and Programming Committee voted to approve and authorize the project. The item will be heard again at the next Metro Board Meeting for final approval by the full board.

VICA Voices Opposition to Further Extending COVID-19 Labor Regulations

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VICA attended Thursday's Cal/OSHA Standards Board Meeting to urge the board not to extend the current COVID-19 regulations.

Cal/OSHA is currently considering extending their COVID-19 regulations for another 2 years. Additionally they have been discussing a possible extension of exclusion pay, which, under the current draft is on track to end this year. VICA strongly opposes both of these considerations.

The business community has worked hard to remain in compliance with these state standards, but these standards have been costly and difficult to keep up with for the past few years. Now that we are years into COVID and the state of emergency is coming to an end in early 2023, extending these standards would not only be unnecessary, but would be detrimental to a business community that is finally starting to recover from the past two years.

The final vote on this item will be in December. VICA will continue to monitor the situation and fight for the needs of the Los Angeles business community.

VICA Congratulates Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Karen Bass

VICA would like to congratulate Karen Bass on her successful Mayoral Campaign and looks forward to working with her in the coming years. In particular, VICA looks forward to Bass' plans to create the position of Deputy Mayor for the San Fernando Valley and to bring back the Mayor's business team.

VICA members discussed these two important proposals with Bass at our Leaders Forum hosted in March of this year, and are excited to see them implemented to ensure the needs of the Valley business community are heard and met.

Stay Up-to-Date on 2022 Election Results

Last week marked the culmination of months of work by VICA. VICA's Board vetted various ballot measures and the VICA PAC endorsed business-friendly candidates.

This hard work paid off. VICA successfully advocated for and against a number of ballot measures, and a high proportion of the candidates endorsed by the VICA PAC were successful. Still, nearly two weeks after election day many of the local races have yet to be called.

Click the button below to view the most up-to-date election results for the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, and the State of California.

2022 General Election Results

VICA's 2023 Board of Directors and Executive Committee Slates

At VICA's 73rd Annual Meeting, VICA members will elect a new Board and Executive Committee for 2023. Nominees from a diverse set of businesses, organizations and industries were carefully selected to lead VICA in the coming year. Click the buttons below to view the 2023 Slates for VICA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

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VICA's 2023 Legislative Priorities

Over the past few months, VICA gathered recommendations from our members on what they believe are the most important legislative priorities for 2023. After working to consolidate this list of recommendations, we are now turning back to our members to vote on their top ten priorities for the new year.

VICA members, please keep an eye on your email for a survey requesting your input on our 2023 legislative priorities. This survey will be distributed through SurveyMonkey.

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VICA Hopes to Expand Board of Directors

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At VICA's November Board Meeting, Board Members voted to amend VICA's bylaws. The amended bylaws read as follows:

A. Authorized Number and Qualification

1. The Board shall consist of at least twenty (20), but no more than eighty (80) one hundred (100) Directors.

This bylaw change will be voted on by the membership at the 73rd Annual Meeting on December 9.

Powerful and Effective Advocacy Isn't Cheap

As Southern California’s most influential business advocacy group, VICA is devoted to advancing the economic interests and opportunities of its members through effective legislative correspondence, civic leadership representation and conscious community engagement. This work has a cost, and the time has come to increase dues so that VICA’s critical advocacy can continue.

We understand that increased rates are not ideal. With that in mind, if you would like to keep your 2022 level dues for one more year, you can if you pay your dues in full by December 31, 2022. If you would like to take advantage of the 2022 rates, contact today. 

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VICA's 73rd Annual Meeting

Friday, December 9 | 11:30 AM

Sheraton Universal City

VICA concludes every successful year with a celebratory program for its members, volunteers, and business leaders from the Valley. VICA members will elect a new Board and Executive Committee for 2023 from a diverse set of businesses, organizations and industries.

VICA thanks our Presenting Sponsors Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, San Fernando Valley Business Journal and SoCalGas.

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Sports, Entertainment, Tourism, Hospitality Committee Meeting

Thursday December 1st

8:30 - 10:30 AM

VICA Office

Sponsored by History for Hire 


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Hot News

Pelosi Steps Down as House Leader

After months of speculation about her future, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said Thursday she will not seek to lead House Democrats for another term, but remain in Congress.

The decision — capping a 35-year career in which Pelosi became the most powerful female Congress member in U.S. history — followed her party’s narrow loss of the chamber in last week’s midterm election. Pelosi is also abiding by a 2018 agreement with fellow Democrats that she would step down from leadership by the end of 2022 to make way for a new generation. “For me the hour’s come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect,” Pelosi said in a House floor speech Thursday.

Marriage Bill Advances in Senate

The Senate on Wednesday took a crucial step toward passing landmark legislation to provide federal protections for same-sex marriages, as 12 Republicans joined Democrats to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, putting it on track to become law in the twilight of the Democratic-held Congress. The 62-to-37 vote, which came only days after the midterm elections in which Democrats retained control of the Senate but lost the House to Republicans, was a rare and notable last gasp of bipartisanship by a lame duck Congress as lawmakers looked toward an era of political gridlock. The measure still must win passage in the Senate, and then return to the House, which must clear it and send it to President Biden for his signature.

Kevin McCarthy Wins GOP Nomination

House Republicans voted Tuesday to nominate Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as the next speaker, putting the Bakersfield lawmaker on track to achieve a long-sought ambition. In a secret ballot Tuesday afternoon, a majority of the participating current House members and those just elected supported McCarthy. But while the GOP is on the verge of securing a narrow House majority, its surprisingly poor performance in last week’s midterm election forced McCarthy to scramble much harder than anticipated to keep his caucus united and behind him. Even if he wins the top job when the new House convenes in January and elects a speaker, McCarthy faces a difficult road in corralling the party’s factions.

California Facing Budget Deficit

California not long ago was reveling in a record budget surplus. Now the Legislature’s fiscal analysts are projecting a $25 billion deficit next fiscal year as tax revenues decline. The nonpartisan agency on Wednesday put the Capitol on alert by recommending state lawmakers cut spending when they reconvene in January — and even hold back some already-budgeted funding in order to avoid the shortfall. The starker outlook poses a new set of challenges for Gov. Gavin Newsom after years of flush budgets buoyed by a booming stock market and thriving tech sector. Advocates who scored massive victories over two years of skyrocketing surpluses are now worried the money will dry up.

Donald Trump Announces 2024 Bid

Former President Donald Trump, aiming to become only the second commander-in-chief ever elected to two nonconsecutive terms, announced Tuesday night that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. “In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump told a crowd gathered at Mar-a-Lago, his waterfront estate in Florida. Trump’s long-awaited campaign comes as he tries to reclaim the spotlight following the GOP’s underwhelming midterm elections performance.

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