September 1, 2017

In This Issue
"The L.A. College Promise is about 
the power of 
opportunity to 
transform lives and shape the future that our young people deserve...Every Angeleno deserves access to educational excellence, and we're continuing to strengthen our commitment to nurturing a new generation of leaders, innovators, and thinkers."

- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on L.A. College Promise Inaugural Class
Media Highlights

How Much Might 'The California WaterFix' Cost Los Angeles?.


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

Bronze Member

Bronze Member

Child Care 
Resource Center

Hollywood Burbank Airport

VICA Welcomes Our New Member

Thor Trucks

The Week Ahead

Labor & Employment Committee
Wednesday, Sept. 6
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
The VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way,
Suite 170
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VICA After Dark with LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson
Sponsored by Toll Brothers
Wednesday, Sept. 6
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Palisades at Westcliffe
11741 N. Manchester Way, Porter Ranch
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Entertainment Committee with
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
Sponsored by Pacific Federal, LLC
Thursday, Sept. 7
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
The VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way,
Suite 170
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Save The Date

Transportation Committee
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, Sept. 12
8 - 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave,
North Hollywood
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VICA After Dark with LAWA Chief Development Officer Bob Gilbert
Sponsored by The Bel Air and Englander, Knabe & Allen
Tuesday, Sept. 19
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Bel Air
662 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
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Government Affairs Committee with Assemblymember Dante Acosta
Hosted by Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Providence Tarzana Medical Center
18321 Clark St., Tarzana
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Manufacturing Committee
Hosted by Bobrick Washroom
Tuesday, September 26
8:30 - 10 a.m.
Bobrick Washroom
6901 Tujunga Ave.,
North Hollywood
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Hot Issues

Today, lawmakers made final decisions about which of the year's most costly bills will get a full vote in both houses, with clearing of the "suspense file" in appropriations committees of both houses - lists that includes 472 pieces of legislation. 

The California Supreme Court has weighed in on how voters raise revenue for local governments. deciding that tax increases propose by city and county elected officials should be treated differently than those put on the ballot through citizen initiatives.  

California lawmakers are eyeing legislation to prevent damage from a potential state disaster. Senate Bill 5 from state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León would ask voters this upcoming June to approve a $4 billion bond to fund water, flood, and parks projects across California. 

Tax Reform
This week, President Trump kicked off the tax reform push at a campaign-style event in Missouri, though Congress will hammer out the specifics. 

Hurricane Harvey
Between the shutdown of oil refineries and chemical plants, impaired roads and ports, and widespread damage to homes, businesses and cars, the economic toll from Hurricane Harvey is now being estimated as the second-costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, with Hurricane Katrina being number one.

Senator Steven Bradford has said that a proposal to fast-track a new arena in Inglewood for the Los Angeles Clippers remains on the table at the Capitol. Bradford has until September 12 to introduce a bill for passage before the Legislature adjourns for the year on September 15. 

Lawmakers are delaying a vote on a series of key bills focused to address the state's affordable housing crisis. The legislation is getting support form Democrats in both the House and Senate, but the funding mechanisms could face pushback from Republicans. 

On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his plan  for spending cap-and-trade revenue, prioritizing cleaner vehicles and improving air quality. Roughly $1.5 billion, all generated by the sale of permits required to release greenhouse gases, is available to be spent by the governor and lawmakers. 

Consumer Trends
Hollywood is suffering its worst-attended summer movie season in 25 years. Studio executives, movie theater operators and analysts cited competition from streaming services such as Netflix and the influence of movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.  

Employers in the U.S. added a less-than-expected 156,000 net new jobs in August. That is down from payroll increases of 189,000 in July and 210,000 in June. The figures for the prior two months were revised down by a total of 41,000 jobs. The nation's unemployment rate edged back up to 4.4%, from 4.3% in July. 
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