December 6, 2019

In This Issue
" [VICA has] been integral in pushing the City, pushing the State forward."

- Councilmember Bob Blumenfield on celebrating VICA's 70th anniversary
Media Mentions

Calabasas City Council Puts Housing Project on Ballot
November 22

CSUN Nazarian College and Lt. Gov. Call on Women in Business to Not Just 'Lean In,' but to Link Arms
November 22

Valley's Nury Martinez Becomes President of L.A. City Council
December 3

2020 Elections: Who's Running For L.A. City Council and LAUSD School Board in March Primary?
December 4


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 



Mission Valley Bank

Morgner Construction Management

Valley Community Healthcare

Welcome Our New Member

President's Circle

The Week Ahead

Land Use Committee
Tuesday, December 10
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood
Click  here to RSVP

Healthcare Committee
Thursday, December 12
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St.
Van Nuys
Click  here to RSVP

VICA 70th Annual Meeting
Friday, December 13
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave.
Van Nuys
Click  here to RSVP

Hot Issues 

The head of the Los Angeles Homeless Service Agency, Peter Lynn, announced his resignation, officially leaving his office by the end of December.

Electric Car Rebates
On Tuesday, California regulators stopped offering rebates for electric cars and plug-in hybrids that cost more than $60,000.

Campaign Finance
The Los Angeles City Council moved to prohibit real estate companies from donating directly to candidates of City elections.

Fire Department Parcel Tax
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved forward with placing a parcel tax to provide more funding for the Los Angeles County Fire Department on the March 2020 ballot .

Housing Laws
A San Mateo County judge ruled that, as a charter city, the City of San Mateo is under no obligation to follow a state law on housing approvals.

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a one-year moratorium that prohibits insurance carriers from canceling coverage of homeowners affected by wildfires in 2019.

California Economy
A new forecast by the UCLA Anderson School expects the California economy to grow faster than the national growth rate in 2020.

Agriculture Department
The Trump administration issued a rule requiring states to enforce work requirements for adults receiving food stamps.

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner revealed a plan to provide affordable staff and student family housing by using vacant district properties.

VICA's 70 Years of Service Recognized by L.A. City Council

Today, the Los Angeles City Council presented a resolution to honor VICA's 70 years of service to the San Fernando Valley, its businesses and its residents. VICA President Stuart Waldman, VICA First Vice Chair Brad Rosenheim (Rosenheim & Associates) and other VICA leadership accepted the resolution from Councilwoman Nury Martinez, who said: "since I've taken office, it's been a pleasure to work with VICA." Martinez added, "it was associations like VICA... that developed the San Fernando Valley as we know it." Councilmember Paul Krekorian said, "the people who started VICA had a vision for the San Fernando Valley - a place where we could create jobs, create opportunities, and that has been done."

The presentation ended with a few words from Brad Rosenheim, who said "as the incoming Chair of VICA, I'm looking forward to continuing VICA's work to make the Valley the location of choice for Southern California businesses and families."

Thank you Councilwoman Nury Martinez for presenting this honor; and to Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, John Lee, Mitch O'Farrell, Monica Rodriguez and David Ryu for their kind words and for working with VICA through the years. VICA is grateful for this recognition and will continue to advocate for policies that advance the Valley's economy and quality of life. 

Click here to read more about VICA's 70-year history.

And click here to watch the video of the presentation.

VICA is looking for members to host or sponsor committee meetings or a board meeting in 2020. If your company can accommodate between 20 and 40 people comfortably, we may have a committee for you. As a host you will have an opportunity to say a few words of welcome and give members the chance to visit your site. You will also be listed on each agenda as the host and table cards will be provided at the meeting. If you have the financial wherewithal, but not a site, consider sponsoring the meeting at VICA. Please see the costs of sponsorships below. Your company would still get to welcome everyone at the meeting and would have their logo on the agendas.

For those interested, please call Jessica at (818) 817-0545 or email her at
VICA Recommends Smart Corporate Housing Policies
VICA supports policies which facilitate the continued availability of corporate housing in Los Angeles for short-term rentals for longer than 30 days. For businesses looking to invest in Los Angeles, corporate housing is an important amenity for companies looking to relocate or start a business in our region. Corporate housing companies contribute to our local economy both directly and indirectly through rental dollars paid for market-rate units, as well as visitor spending. This industry utilizes large complexes and apartment communities, but are currently restricted by rules imposed on short-term rentals in the City of Los Angeles. As decision makers continue consideration of rules and regulations on short-term rentals, it is important that the corporate housing industry receive thoughtful regulatory consideration as valuable service to businesses and employees in need of temporary housing.

For more information, please email


The  VICA Government Handbook  is 
the San Fernando Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area's  go-to guide for information about federal, state and local government officials and elected leaders. It is frequently used from Los Angeles to Sacramento and even in Washington, D.C. 

Download our Rate Sheet and reserve your ad space today!

Ad reservations due by January 3, 2020

Ad artwork due by January 17, 2020

For more information call Cathy at (818) 817-0545, or email
County Supervisors Move Urgent Housing Plan Forward
VICA voiced support for a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn, which would require regular reports from relevant County departments on available funding for addressing homelessness. The Board of Supervisors unanimously moved the proposal forward, citing the urgency to find effective housing solutions. VICA looks forward to continue working with the Board of Supervisors in support of policies that effectively leverage every dollar in the County to create long- and short-term solutions for Angelenos experiencing homelessness.
Congratulations Councilwoman Martinez and Supervisor Barger!
Councilwoman Nury Martinez with VICA Immediate Past Chair Coby King, VICA President Stuart Waldman, and Assemblymember Luz Rivas

Supervisor Kathryn Barger speaking during VICA's 2019 Local Officeholder's Luncheon

This week proved to be an exciting one for the San Fernando Valley. The Valley's own Councilwoman Nury Martinez was elected as the new Los Angeles City Council President. The same day, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, representing parts of the Valley, was named Chair for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. VICA congratulates Councilwoman Martinez and Supervisor Barger, and looks forward to continue working with both in creating a stronger future for Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
Committee Meetings
Aviation Committee (12/4)
Hosted by Aeroplex-Aerolease Group
  • Nick Roxborough introduced himself as LAWA's new Board of Airports Commissioner.
  • Hiroshi Ishikawa (Southern California Association of Governments) provided updates on long-term regional aviation planning.
  • Gary McMullin, Manager of Airspace and Navigation for Southwest Airlines, gave a presentation on flight operations.
  • Sarah Sheehy (Hollywood Burbank Airport) and Flora Margheritis (Van Nuys Airport) provided updates on their respective airports.
Sports, Entertainment, Tourism and Hospitality Committee (12/5)
Sponsored by Pacific Federal
  • Tommy Nierman (Hollywood Locations) presented on Metro's partnership with the film industry.
  • Richard Adkins gave a presentation on Hollywood Heritage's mission to preserve Hollywood's built environment and its stories.
  • John Popoch presented on the progress of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield's Reseda Ice Rink project, part of the Reseda Rising Initiative.
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