January 10, 2019

In This Issue
" We must focus on policies that keep people off of the streets and build homeless housing faster by doing everything humanly possible to remove existing barriers. "

- California State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago on introducing Assembly Bill 1907

Media Mentions

People in the News - Brad Rosenheim
January 2

New Year Brings More Frustration
January 6


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 





El Proyecto Del Barrio

Moss Group

Pacific Zoning

Ross B. Hopkins & Associates

The Week Ahead

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, January 14
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood
Click  here to RSVP

Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, January 15
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
Click  here to RSVP

Save the Date

Sacramento Advocacy Day
Tuesday, January 21
All Day
Sacramento, CA
Click here to RSVP

Newsmaker Connection:
CD12 Candidate Forum
Presented by State Farm
Thursday, January 23
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Ambassadors Committee
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Proposition HHH
L.A.'s first Proposition HHH-funded housing project opened on 88th and Vermont with 62 units. 20 other HHH projects are currently under construction, with 30 more set to begin this year.

Warner Center
Near the Westfield Topanga mall in Warner Center, new developments will transform the former Sears building into an upscale entertainment complex, complete with a movie theater, a bowling alley and fine dining.

 Independent Contractors
In a court decision, a federal judge ruled in favor of the California Trucking Association, exempting truckers from AB 5, which requires companies to reclassify independent contractors as employees.

Governor Newsom signed an executive order, which establishes a "homelessness strike team" and directs state departments to identify state property that can be used for emergency shelters. The governor also proposed designating $750 million in the state budget towards addressing the homelessness crisis.

Prescription Drugs
Governor Newsom proposed a plan to have California produce its own pharmaceuticals 
by contracting with drug manufacturers.

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago introduced a new bill, AB 1907, which would exempt certain homeless shelters and affordable housing projects from CEQA.

Metro Transit Network
Metro has finished putting up signs after renaming the Blue Line as the A-Line. Metro is giving its transit lines letter designations in an effort to make the network system more accessible and ease the planning of future lines.

After months of suggestions from our policy committees, input from our board of directors, and a vote by our general membership, VICA is proud to release its 2020 Legislative Priorities. These are the top ten local and state policy issues that will shape VICA's advocacy efforts for 2020:
  1. VICA will support the development of shelters and transitional housing in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles.
  2. VICA will oppose attempts to raise the statewide cap on local sales and use taxes.
  3. VICA will work to ensure that transportation funding is used for transportation projects and transportation purposes.
  4. VICA will lead the effort for business tax reform in the City of Los Angeles, including implementation of the Business Tax Advisory Council's recommended plan to halve rates within five years and eliminate the onerous tax altogether within 15 years.
  5. VICA supports funding for high-quality public education, positive legislation for charter schools, and increased career technical, vocational and computer science funding in schools.
  6. VICA will push to reform and streamline CEQA.
  7. VICA will call for reinstatement of the flexible work week that allows individual employees to request deviation from the 8-hour, five-day state mandate.
  8. VICA will work to support legislative policies and funding that promote the development and deployment of near-zero and zero emission infrastructure, equipment and vehicle technology to protect public health and support a healthy economy.
  9. VICA will work to ensure any attempt to reform healthcare policies does not have a negative impact on healthcare costs, taxpayers or coverage.
  10. VICA will work to ensure the investments Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley are making in transportation is maximized by building more homes near transit.
2020 Trip Dates
January 21
February 25
March 17
April 1
May 5

VICA's regular advocacy trips to the state capitol are crucial to ensuring the voice of the business community is heard by legislators.  These member-only trips allow direct interaction with state elected officials and create the freedom for discussion on issues that are vital to our members. 

Don't miss this opportunity to be heard on how legislation affects your company!

 The cost of the trip is $50, which includes lunch and group transportation between the airport and Capitol.  The cost of the flight is not included.

For more information or to register please contact Cathy@vica.com or call 818.817.0545.
Senator Wiener Re-introduces SB 50
houses_blue_background.jpg State Senator Scott Wiener re-introduced Senate Bill 50, reaffirming his strong commitment to address California's housing crisis. SB 50, also known as the More H.O.M.E.S. Act, failed to make it out of the State Senate Appropriations Committee in 2019. VICA proudly supports SB 50 and Senator Wiener's tireless efforts to solve the state's housing shortage by allowing housing to be built near high-quality transit and in job-rich areas. Although SB 50 faced controversy and opposition last year, the new amendments look to address apprehensions by local leaders and neighborhood groups.

Click here to read VICA President Stuart Waldman's statement on SB 50.

Council District 12 Special Election Forum

Thursday, January 23, 2020
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 70
Van Nuys

John Lee                 
         Loraine Lundquist
Join VICA for a special Newsmaker Connection as candidates for Council District 12 gather to discuss issues affecting businesses across the San Fernando Valley. This special Election Forum will provide members with the unique opportunity to meet and speak with the CD 12 contenders.

Support Critical Funding to Repair and Upgrade School and College Facilities
VICA supports the Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act, designated as Proposition 13, which is a $15 billion general obligation bond measure to construct and improve facilities for public preschools, K-12 schools, community colleges and universities. Many California school and college facilities are in need of serious repairs. This bond measure would prioritize funding projects for improving a school's health and safety, and expansions that address school overcrowding. Given that many schools are underfunded, California must bolster its role in the state-local funding partnership for school facilities. Relying solely on local funding exacerbates existing inequalities. Bond measures are preferable to tax increases, and Prop 13 will benefit schools and higher education institutions in the San Fernando Valley.

For more information, visit the campaign website.

Friday, March 13, 2020
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City

VICA invites you to dinner with your state lawmakers!
VICA provides a rare opportunity for Valley business leaders to connect with state lawmakers and have a fun time during its annual State Officeholders Dinner.

Confirmed speakers as of January 10, 2020:

Bob Hertzberg

Wendy Carillo
Heath Flora
Vince Fong
Jesse Gabriel
Tom Lackey
Sharon Quirk Silva
Blanca Rubio
Miguel Santiago

2020 Employment Defense: Legal Updates
With the New Year comes new legislation. Notably, 2020 sees the reclassification of independent contractors as AB 5 (Gonzalez) comes into effect. Other legal updates employers should keep a look out for include new settlement agreement restrictions, arbitration agreement limits and requirements, expanded Labor Commissioner authority, and additional harassment and discrimination legislation.

RSVP to join  Lewitt Hackman for their annual seminar to learn more about these legal updates and what you need to know to be in compliance with new employment laws.

Where: Lewitt Hackman; 16633 Ventura Boulevard, 11th Floor, Encino, CA 91436
When: Tuesday, January 14, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
     Thursday, January 16, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

- or -

RSVP for the Webinar on Thursday, January 23, from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Click here for more information, or choose a date and register at lewitthackman.com/events.
Committee Meetings
Not-For-Profit Committee (1/9)
Sponsored by Pacific Federal
  • The Committee highlighted Penny Lane Centers work with 27 programs supporting parents, families and young people.
  • Tal Burnovski Yeyni (Lewitt Hackman) presented on what Not-For-Profits need to know about new employment laws for 2020.
  • Jeff Baietto, COO and co-founder of Injoy Global, gave a presentation on workplace culture in Not-For-Profit organizations, and the committee discussed the challenges and opportunities they had experienced.
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