December 11, 2017

In This Issue
"I can't tell you how much it means to me to be the woman wearing the pumps that fill the wingtips that have blazed this trail before me."

- Newly inducted VICA Chair Lisa Gritzner (LG Strategies) at VICA's 68th Annual Meeting
Media Highlights 

VICA Installs New Board, Chairwoman, 

Don't Destroy Santa Susana Lab Site, 
Ventura County Star , December 2

VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

Silver Member

Coldwell Banker - Kenneth Sampson

Communities for California Cardrooms

Dart Container Corp.

Dave's Flowers

Roxborough, Pomerance, Nye & Adreani, LLP  

VICA Welcomes Our New Members

New Directions for Youth, Inc. 

North Los Angeles County Regional Center


The Week Ahead

Land Use Committee 

with the Department of City Planning
Tue., Dec. 12
8 to 10 am
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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Save The Date

Transportation Committee
Tue. Jan. 9
8 to 10 am
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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Aviation Committee
Wed., Jan 10
Noon to 1:30 pm
7943 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys
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Government Affairs Committee
Wed., Jan 17
Noon to 2 pm
Providence Tarzana Hospital
18321 Clark St, Tarzana
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Sacramento Advocacy Trip
Wed. Jan 24
All Day
Sacramento, CA
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Ambassador Committee
Wed., Jan 24
8:30 to 10 am
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 
Tax Reform
The Senate narrowly approved the most sweeping rewrite of the U.S. tax code in three decades, slashing corporate tax rate and providing temporary tax-rate cuts for most Americans. VICA continues its advocacy efforts as the bills go to conference.

Assemblymember Phil Ting plans to introduce a bill that, starting in 2040, would allow the DMV to register only "clean" vehicles that emit no carbon dioxide, such as battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars.

Elon Musk's planned tunnel transportation system, called Loop, would run from Long Beach Airport to Sherman Oaks, parallel to the 405 Freeway. Short routes from LAX to Dodger Stadium, and out to the beach in Santa Monica and the South Bay, are also in the plans.

As part of the effort to combat homelessness, the City of Los Angeles has advanced two ordinances intended to facilitate the development of temporary shelters and permanent supportive housing. 

Twenty years of battles over traffic, water and endangered wildfire have given way to brush clearing and construction of roads and infrastructure on 21,5000-home Newhall Ranch, which will be one of the world's first large-scale planned communities that will add no new greenhouse gases to the environment. 

Climate Change
According to new research, California could be hit with significantly more dangerous and more frequent droughts in the near future as changes in weather patterns triggered by global warming block rainfall from reaching the state.

The national high school graduation rate has risen to a new all-time high: 84 percent. It's the fifth straight year of increases, with all student demographic groups showing improvements. 

National Security
The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for place to deploy new anti-missile defenses.

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