June 19, 2020

VICA continues to fight for the  business community and Valley residents as we face uncertain times.
In This Issue

" California's strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations."

- Governor Gavin Newsom speaking about the requirement of wearing face coverings in public.

Media Mentions

County Seeks To Assist Businesses As They Reopen
L.A. Independent
June 12

L.A. City Council Votes to Put Vacancy Tax on Ballot
June 16

Weatherman Fritz Coleman Retires from NBC4
June 17

San Fernando Sun

VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 


Warner Bros.

Welcome Our New Member

The Week Ahead

Newsmaker Connection
with L.A. Rams CEO
Kevin Demoff
Sponsored by  State Farm
Tuesday, June 23
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
Click  here to RSVP

U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Summit on Equality of Opportunity
Thursday, June 25
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
Click here to RSVP

Save the Date

Not-For-Profit Committee
Sponsored by Pacific Federal
Thursday, July 9
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Transportation Committee
Sponsored by The Garland
Tuesday, July 14
9 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Government Affairs Committee
Sponsored by Dolphin Group and Rodriguez Strategies
Wednesday, July 15
9 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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2020 San Fernando Valley Hall of Fame - Home Edition
Thursday, July 23
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Online Video Conference
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Hot Issues 

On Wednesday, June 17, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued an emergency order mandating insurance companies to lower premiums for employers for workers' compensation insurance.

Mask Requirement
According to a new order from the California Department of Public Health, all Californians are required to wear masks in public or in other high-risk settings such as grocery stores, medical providers and public transit. For the full text on guidance for face coverings, click here.

County Reopening
The County of Los Angeles is moving forward with reopening more businesses for Phase 3, including bars, nail salons, wineries and tattoo parlors. 

California Budget
On Monday, June 15, the State Legislature moved forward with a State Budget following negotiations in which Governor Newsom agreed not to make proposed cuts to public education and health care originally intended to make up for the expected $54 billion budget deficit.

Restaurants Reopening
Restaurants owners are experiencing difficulties navigating various rules and guidelines intended to keep public health and safety after the County of Los Angeles loosened Shelter-at-Home restrictions.

Governor Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 860, which would require county officials send mail-in ballots to all California registered voters in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

California Economy
According to a study conducted by UC Merced's Community and Labor Center, California is expected to see greater economic challenges than every other state except for New York. The sectors seeing the brunt of the economic downturn include the entertainment, construction, and retail trade industries.

VICA and CJAC Explain COVID-19 Workplace Regulations

Yesterday, VICA partnered with the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) and the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce (GSFVCC), hosting a VICA University Webinar in an effort to bring our members up to speed on how to stay in compliance with workplace regulations in the age of COVID-19. During the webinar, attendees received valuable information on COVID-19 related updates for Extended Family Medical Leave, Paid Family Leave, Unemployment Insurance and Workers' Compensation. Attendees also learned how to lawfully take actions to protect the health and safety of employees. 

Thank you to CJAC and GSFVCC for their partnership in helping businesses navigate the web of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.

1:30 to 3:30 PM
via Zoom Video Conference

Kevin Demoff
Executive Vice President and COO
Los Angeles Rams

VICA's Newsmaker Connection lets our members connect with important government and business leaders.

Register now to receive more details.

City Council Rushes Consideration of Expensive Vacancy Tax Measure
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council moved forward with a consideration to impose a vacancy tax throughout the City of Los Angeles. The vacancy tax would create an additional tax on residential units that are not currently occupied. VICA raised major concerns over the rushed process of pushing a vacancy tax with a serious lack of public oversight. Despite several concerns from stakeholders, the Council voted to instruct the City Attorney to draft an ordinance on a vacancy tax and they are expected to consider placing it on the November 2020 ballot next week. Placing a vacancy tax on the November 2020 ballot would cost the City $12 million and would make the already excessively high costs of housing even higher. VICA continues to engage with the City Council and their staff, urging them to allow more public input and urging them to reject placing a vacancy tax measure on the November 2020 ballot.

Join us Thursday, June 25th for the National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, where leaders from across the private and public sectors will discuss solutions to some of the underlying challenges driving inequality of opportunity for Black Americans in four critical areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and the criminal justice system.

Event Schedule

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM PST
National Summit

12:45 to 1:30 PM PST
Breakout Forums

Oppose Statewide Right of Recall
VICA opposes Assembly Bill 3216 (Kalra / Gonzalez) which would create redundant paid leave requirements, create a statewide right of recall and place unnecessary financial burdens on the business community already grappling with a major economic crisis. On top of the emergency federal and state measures regarding paid family and medical leave, AB 3216 would require employers to foot the bill for an additional 7 days of paid sick leave. Such an expectation is unrealistic considering the impact COVID-19 has already had on California businesses. Additionally, AB 3216 would take away employers' flexibility with a right of recall. The City and County of Los Angeles have already established their own right of recall ordinances, which VICA fought hard against. A statewide right of recall would burden employers with duplicate regulations and increased liabilities. A strong recovery plan would work to help businesses and not tie their hands.
Urge the Governor to Delay Implementation of VMT Requirements
VICA is urging Governor Newsom to extend the July 1, 2020 deadline for the implementation of Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) CEQA requirements for development projects. Last year, the City of Los Angeles adopted a VMT methodology and thresholds, which has already impacted development construction for a number of projects that have been proposed. While the City has allowed projects that have already been approved through the entitlement process before the July 1 deadline to move forward without the new VMT requirements, the cancellation of public hearings and the backlog of projects awaiting approval in the entitlement process makes it impossible for projects to be approved before July 1. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to consider the potential economic impact of VMT implementation and to delay it while our state economy recovers.
Committee Meetings
Aviation (6/15)
Sponsored by Aeroplex / Aerolease
  • Michelle Schwartz, Chief External Affairs Officer at Los Angeles World Airports, presented on LAX operations updates and response to COVID-19.
  • Richard Smith, Chief of the Aviation Division of the L.A. County Public Works Department, provided updates on County-operated airports.
  • Diana Sanchez, Community Relations Director at Van Nuys Airport, gave updates on the Airport's operations.
Government Affairs (6/17)
Sponsored by Dolphin Group and Rodriguez Strategies
  • Los Angeles City Administrative Officer, Richard Llewelyn, discussed changes to the City's budget.
  • Jennifer Barrera, Executive Vice President of the California Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the California State Budget.
  • Allison Dembeck Aitken, Executive Director of Congressional and Public Affairs with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, brought the Committee up to speed with recent federal legislation.
  • The Committee recommended to oppose AB 398 (Chu) - the COVID-19 Local Government and School Relief Fund tax.

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