February 21, 2020

In This Issue
"Overcoming adversity and tackling intractable problems are as ingrained in California's character as our sun-kissed coast and our bread-basket valley . "

- Governor Gavin Newsom during his State of the State Address
Media Mentions

West Valley Board Members Faces Two Challengers in High-Spending LAUSD Election
February 14


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 


Demsher Civil Engineering

Exceptional Minds

First 5 L.A.


Minute Man Press

Oschin Partners

Saucy Fingers

Tamaki Consulting

Urban Solutions

V&A Inc.

Welcome Our New Members

Many Mansions

Parker Brown

Saybrook College

The Week Ahead

Sacramento Advocacy Day
Tuesday, February 25
All Day
Sacramento, CA
Click  here to RSVP

Save the Date

Aviation Committee
Wednesday, March 4
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Aerolease Associates Van Nuys East
7943 Woodley Ave.
Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Sports, Entertainment, Tourism, and Hospitality Committee
Thursday, March 5
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Access D.C.
Monday, March 9 to
Wednesday, March 11
Washington, D.C.
Click here to RSVP

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, March 10
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood
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Healthcare Committee
Thursday, March 12
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Mission Community Hospital
14850 Roscoe Blvd.
Panorama City
Click here to RSVP

State Officeholders Dinner
Friday, March 13
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City
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Hot Issues 

Global Trade
According to the World Trade Organization, global trade is expected to continue its slowdown as the coronavirus outbreak, tariffs and international tensions disrupt supply chains.

State of the State
Homelessness was the theme of Governor Newsom's 2020 State of the State Address, calling for a myriad of legislation to extend CEQA exemptions to supportive housing, increase funding for programs to curtail homelessness, and  make it easier for local governments to provide involuntary treatment for the mentally ill.

Covered California is extending the deadline for signing up for the state's health insurance exchange through March 31 to increase awareness of new policies and penalties. California's marketplace saw a 41 percent increase in sign-ups from last year.

Creative Sector
According to a study by the Otis College of Art and Design, creative industries - architecture, creative goods and products, entertainment and digital media, fashion, fine and performing arts - supports about 2.7 million jobs and generates $650 billion annually for California's economy. 

Water Supply
During his California visit, President Trump announced moving forward with removing regulations to allow more water to be delivered from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Southern California. Governor Newsom promised to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration to protect endangered fish species.

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara expressed his support for AB 2367 (Gonzalez), which would require insurance companies to cover homes in wildfire zones, provided they meet certain standards.

Economic Forecast
In their annual economic forecast, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation expects economic growth in Los Angeles and California to slow down in 2020 and 2021, citing an aging population and high housing costs as being among the contributing factors.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge approved a settlement in a lawsuit against the state government for failing to address illiteracy in California schools. The Newsom administration agreed to a creating $50 million grant program for improving reading and writing in 75 struggling schools.

Vote No on Property Tax Increase in Burbank
VICA opposes Measure I, the Burbank Unified School District Parcel Tax, which is on the March 3 ballot. The 10 cent per-square-foot parcel tax will increase the tax burden on property owners, businesses and renters in Burbank. For example, a commercial building with 50,000 taxable square feet would have to pay $5,000 annually in taxes, and could be passed on to tenants in monthly lease increases. While senior citizen homeowners are exempt from the parcel tax, senior citizens who rent will not be protected by its effects. Property owners are already facing a potentially significant weakening of protections with split roll on the November ballot. Now is the wrong time to be increasing property taxes for years down the line, when property owners are already facing uncertainty about future taxes.

Upcoming 2020 Trip Dates
Click one of the dates below to RSVP

VICA Delegation with Assemblymember Richard Bloom during the January 2020 Advocacy Trip.

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. Join VICA in Sacramento for one of our monthly advocacy trips.

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

Sacramento Advocacy Trips are reserved for VICA members.

Support Modernizing Seismic Standards to Protect Patient Care
VICA supports Senate Bill 758 (Portantino), which would give hospitals the flexibility to improve seismic safety in buildings where essential services are provided while staying within their budgetary means to ensure patient care. Due to significant changes in modern healthcare delivery, the state's 25-year-old seismic standards would place a heavy financial strain on California hospitals, potentially limiting patient care and costing up to $100 billion. SB 758 would narrow these standards to apply only to hospital buildings that provide essential services such as surgery. This would help hospitals focus limited resources to make necessary upgrades while protecting patient care.


Monday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 11
Conference Hotel:
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-3000

VICA's 2019 Access D.C. Trip

Join more than 200 civic and business leaders for the region's premier advocacy trip to the nation's capitol. Attendees will meet with members of Congress and senior Administration officials on priorities important to Southern California.

Register with VICA for exclusive access to additional meetings and lunch, and the opportunity to join the VICA delegation dinner (additional fee for dinner).

Registration Deadline:
February 27

Registration Fee

*Refunds are not available after February 27

For an additional $400 , registrants will receive a one-stop Southwest Airlines round-trip flight.

Support Pilot Program to Boost Investment and Tourism
VICA supports Senate Bill 58 (Wiener), which would allow ten cities to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption until 3 a.m., an extension from the current limit of 2 a.m. The pilot program would empower local governments to drive tourism and conferences in their cities, benefiting  the California economy. Cities rely on a vibrant nightlife to attract visitors and investment. Creating a pathway to extend opening hours will benefit the community as a whole by creating jobs, increasing tax revenue, and promoting nightlife within specific communities.

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 enjoy an exciting program during its annual State Officeholders Dinner.

Confirmed speakers as of February 21, 2020

Richard Bloom
Wendy Carillo
Vince Fong
Laura Friedman
Jesse Gabriel
Tim Grayson
Chris Holden
Tom Lackey
Marc Levine
Luz Rivas
Blanca Rubio
Miguel Santiago
Christy Smith
Bob Hertzberg

State Treasurer
Fiona Ma

Secretary of State
Alex Padilla

State Controller
Betty Yee

Join the Discussion on the Future of Entertainment in Los Angeles

On Friday, February 28, the California State Assembly Select Committee on Jobs & Innovation in the San Fernando Valley, chaired by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, will hold a hearing to discuss the State of the Entertainment Industry in Los Angeles. The hearing includes a panel on "How We Keep Jobs in L.A.", in which VICA President Stuart Waldman will be one of the speakers. 

The Select Committee invites you to join and comment on the state and future of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

WHERE: American Federation of Musicians 
3220 Winona Ave., Burbank, CA 91504

WHEN: Friday, February 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

VICA Legislative Affairs Manager - Position Opening
VICA is looking for a Legislative Affairs Manager who will be responsible for advocating for business issues at the local, state and federal levels, as well as advocating policies, legislation and regulation that are conducive to a positive and successful business environment through the engagement of our members. 

If you or anyone you know would like to work for the most influential business group in the Valley, email a resume and cover letter to  Elizabeth@vica.com .

Committee Meetings
Government Affairs Committee (2/19)
Sponsored by The Dolphin Group and Rodriguez Strategies
  • Jeff Klein from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Office presented on Los Angeles County's new voting system with a live demonstration of the new voting machine.
  • Konstantin Hatcher, Organizing Director for California YIMBY, provided updates on housing bills being introduced in the State Legislature.
  • The committee recommended to oppose the Local Rent Control Ballot Initiative to repeal many aspects of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
  • The committee recommended to support SB 45 (Allen) - The Wildfire Prevention, Safer Drinking Water, Drought Preparation and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020.

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