September 21, 2018

In This Issue
"This is a one-size-fits-all approach that is opposed by teachers and school boards... These are the types of decisions best handled in the local community."

-  Governor Jerry Brown's Veto Message for SB 328, which would have delayed school start times, echoing VICA's position.
Media Mentions

VICA Responds to Sidewalk Vending Law
September 18


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members




Roxborough, Pomerance, Nye & Asreani

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

VICA Welcomes our New Members

Citizens Business Bank


The Week Ahead

Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley's Tee Off Fore Kids Golf Classic
Monday, Sept. 24
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Calabasas Country Club 
4515 Park Entrada, Calabasas
Click here to RSVP

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 26
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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After Dark with LAPD Chief Michel Moore
Wednesday, Sept. 26
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Bel-Air
662 Sepulveda Blvd., Beverly Hills
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Save the Date

4th Annual Valley Village Run/Walk
Sunday, Sept. 30
7 a.m. to noon
Kite Field, Anthony C. Beilenson Park
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys
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Land Use Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 9
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
Click here to RSVP

After Dark With Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel
Thursday, Oct. 11
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Van Nuys Airport
The U.S. Department of Transportation has a awarded $20.8 million in Airport Improvement Program funding to rebuild taxiway B and to make improvements to lighting and signage at the Van Nuys Airport.

New Plastic Straw Law
California restaurants will now provide plastic straws to patrons only upon request thanks to new legislation signed by Governor Brown. The new law only impacts full-service dining, not takeout and fast food restaurants. The new law will take effect in 2019 

Proposed Path for CA Bullet Train Revealed
This Wednesday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority announced its preferred route for the Palmdale-to-Burbank segment of the state's bullet train. The 38 mile route will cut through Sun Valley, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Agua Dulce. 

LA Councilman Hosts Open House on Homeless Housing
Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu hosted an open house to answer questions about two proposed homeless housing sites in Sherman Oaks. Community members discussed their questions with groups involved in the effort to mitigate the homeless crisis.

Cryptocurrency Campaign Contributions
The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted 3-1 against allowing the use of cryptocurrency like bitcoin for political contributions. Commissioners decided against allowing cryptocurrencies because of their untraceable nature and the difficulties they would pose in FPCC investigations into campaign finance violations.

Vote NO on Creating Costly Municipal Bank
VICA opposes the City of Los Angeles' Measure B, which would seek voter approval for the creation of a municipal bank. While passage of this measure in November will not create a municipal bank, it is the first step in the process of creating one. Establishing a municipal bank would require enormous startup costs, face extensive risk, and require extensive legislative and regulatory changes. Instead of sinking vast amounts of time, energy and money into this risky project, the city should focus on making its current programs workable. If created, the working capital and reserve funds for the Department of Water and Power, LAX, Sanitation, City pension plans and other rainy-day funds would all be at risk of being mismanaged by this inefficient institution designed to operate at a loss.

The creation of this bank is not a viable alternative to traditional banks, the magic cure to the housing crisis, or the solution to any other problem the city is faced with.

Presented by    

California State Assemblymember
Jesse Gabriel

Thursday, October 11, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys

Join VICA for our upcoming After Dark, featuring California State Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel. Attendees enjoy hosted drinks and appetizers as they meet and interact with other prominent business leaders from the community.  VICA After Darks are complimentary to VICA members.

Non-members who are interested in attending are encouraged to contact

Working Parents Avoid Being Thrown Under the School Bus
VICA  applauds Governor Brown's decision to veto Senate Bill 328 (Portantino), which would have prohibited public middle and high schools from starting the school day before 8:30 a.m. This bill was based on limited academic research and would have placed a significant financial burden on school districts. We are glad to see that Governor Brown agreed that this one size fits all mandate would have completely failed to consider the unique needs of communities across California.

VICA President Stuart Waldman said, "Delaying school start time really would have thrown working parents under the bus. These parents would have been unable to get their kids to school if the later start time conflicted with their own work hours."

VICA strongly believes that a one size fits all approach will create fiscal challenges for home-to-school transportation and the availability of before and after school programs.
YES on Measures E and EE
Increase Voter Turnout for Local Elections
VICA supports Los Angeles City measures E and EE, which would change the date of City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) elections to the same date as the state elections. Prior to the movement of state primary elections, City of Los Angeles citizens voted to align city elections with the state primary and general elections in 2015.

Los Angeles voters have already shown that they recognize the benefits of consolidating state and local elections. Having concurrent state and local elections increases voter participation in a city that has historically been plagued by low turnout, often under 20 percent of registered voters. Measures E and EE will also cut costs by saving the city the expense of holding yet another election a few months after the state primary.
Oppose SCAQMD's Ban on Modified Hydrofluoric Acid 
The South Coast Air Quality Management District Refinery Committee is considering banning oil refineries' use of  Modified Hydroflouric Acid (MHF) with Proposed Rule 1410, which would cost thousands of jobs and increase gasoline prices by an estimated 26 cents per gallon PR 1410 should focus on enhancing and implementing safety measures through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which would allow mitigation concepts to be designed for each refinery  impacted by PR 1410.

Banning MHF is unnecessary and will cost thousands of jobs in Southern California Let SCAQMD know that you oppose this ban or any such phase-out and recommend they move forward with a MOU to implement and enhance safety measures

Provide public comment at the upcoming SCAQMD Refinery Committee meeting THIS SATURDAY:
WHEN : Saturday, September 22 at 9 AM (Arrive by 8 a.m.)
WHERE : Wilmington Middle School (Auditorium)
               1700 Gulf Avenue, 
       Wilmington, CA 90502  
Committee Report
Healthcare Committee (9/20)
Hosted by  Valley Presbyterian Hospital

  • Elizabeth Trombley, Upstream Community Health Manager at Kaiser Permanente presented to the committee on the Social Impact Investing Program and the Thriving Communities Fund.
  • Cynthia Cifuentes, Public Affairs and Brand Communications Senior Director for Kaiser Permanente, discussed Kaiser's Strategic and Legislative overview.
  • Michele Renfrow and Irina Sarkisyan from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health shared an update related to the department's efforts to address mental health and homelessness. 

On October 6, 2018, join Homes 4 Families in going  Over the Edge for Veterans - a chance for the most daring donors to rappel down the Universal Hilton. 100 percent of the funds you raise will help build homes and provide services for low-income veterans and military families in North LA County. Click here to register or explore sponsorship opportunities, or call Donielle DeLeon at (818) 884-8808 x209.
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