February 9, 2018

In This Issue
"Jobs are not being replaced with other people."

- Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist for Google at WACE Annual Conference

Media Highlights

Taxing Matters,
February 6

Service Council Approves New Warner Center Circulator,
February 8

Shooting Our Own Eye Out - Too Much Regulation
February 9

Utilities Commission Again Postpones Gas Moratorium Vote
February 9

Warner Center's Orange Line Stop is Going Away, Los Angeles Daily News,
February 9
VICA Thanks our Renewing Members

President's Circle




Allison Asset Management Company
Association of Independent Commercial Producers
Bessolo & Haworth, LLP
Castle & Cooke 
Aviation Services
Consulting, Inc.
John W. Bradley, Attorney at Law
MP Printing & Mailing
San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
The Week Ahead

Land Use Committee
Tues. Feb 13
8 to 10 am
Hosted by:  The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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Save the Date

Government Affairs Committee
Wed. Feb 21
12 to 2 pm
Hosted by: Providence Tarzana Hospital
18321 Clark St., Tarzana
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New Member Breakfast
Fri. Feb 23
8:30 to 10 am
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Newsmaker Connection- AD 45 Forum
Mon. Feb 26
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Aviation Committee
Wed. March 7
Noon to 1:30 pm
Aerolease Associates
7943 Woodley Ave,
Van Nuys
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Entertainment Committee
Thurs. March 8
8:30 to 10 am
VICA Office 
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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State Officeholders Dinner
Fri. March 9
5:30 to 8:30 pm
The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood
1000 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
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View VICA's 2018 Event Calendar

Hot Issues 
On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission delayed a vote on a proposed moratorium on new natural gas connections. VICA has stood in strong opposition against this proposal, which would harm hundreds of businesses in the Valley that rely on natural gas as an energy alternative. 

Metro's new Warner Center service plan, which will connect the Warner Center to the Orange Line bus rapid transit, was approved by the San Fernando Valley Service Council with strong support from VICA.

Business Tax
California State Legislators have wasted no time bringing forward proposals to raise taxes even further on hardworking California families and small businesses. The latest example, Senate Bill 993 by Sen. Hertzberg would add a sales tax for common services used by businesses across the state.

California continues to rank No. 1 as the state that has waved goodbye to more residents, about 143,000 last year, than welcomed those who have moved here, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. Despite the state losing 3.5 million people from 2010 to 2015, many experts said there is no mass exodus from California.

The Los Angeles Times has been sold to local billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong for $500 million, ending a strained tenure under Chicago-based Tronc. It will put the Times back in local hands for the first time since 2000.
Higher Education
According to a new report, although California colleges and the state's financial aid system have done a good job of keeping tuition costs manageable, other expenses such as housing, food and textbooks are pushing students into debt and hurting their ability to go to college.
Los Angeles once again topped the list of areas with the worst traffic congestion for the sixth year in a row, according to a new report. Drivers in and around Los Angeles spent 102 hours battling traffic congestion during peak hours in 2017. VICA has been a strong advocate for greater investment in mass transit projects that will help address congestion.

Federal Budget
Congressional leaders clinched a two-year deal to lift strict budget caps on defense and domestic spending, putting an end to a series of short-term spending bills. The deal is expected to increase defense and domestic spending by roughly $300 billion over two years, as well as lift the debt ceiling.

VICA Sacramento Advocacy Day
Irresponsible Sidewalk Vending Bill is Harmful to Businesses
Access DC
VICA Joins Chamber Executives at Annual Chamber Conference
Committee Reports

Labor & Employment Committee - 02/07/2018
Hosted by the Hilton Universal City

  • Michael S. Morrison, an employees' attorney with Alexander Krakow and Glick LLP, gave an information-packed presentation on misclassification of employees in the growing gig economy.
  • Lori Kammerer, Kammerer & Company, Inc., updated the committee on her work pursuing comprehensive reform of the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) in Sacramento.
  • The committee recommended to oppose SB 937, which places additional requirements to provide lactation accommodation. 
Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee - 02/08/2018
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Lisa Carlson from LA Sanitation provided an update on the City's RecycLA program and its next steps. 
  • Kristen Pawling, Sustainability Program Director at LA County, presented on the County's sustainability efforts. 
  • Peter Tonthat from the LA Department of Water and Power presented on DWP's Stormwater Incentive Program. 
  • The Committee recommended taking no position on Proposition 68, The Parks, Environment and Water Bond, and supporting Proposition 70, The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. 
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