November 9, 2018

In This Issue
"People knew what they were voting for and they voted to build. That is a very hopeful sign."

- Governor Jerry Brown addresses the defeat of Proposition 6
Media Mentions

Voters Agree With Business Groups on Ballot Issues
November 3

Measure to Create L.A. Public Bank Fails in Setback for Council President Herb Wesson and Advocates
November 7


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

Coca Cola Bottling Company

Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic

Gaines & Stacey 


The Week Ahead

International Trade Committee with Mexican Consul General
Tuesday, Nov. 13
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way,
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Site Tour: The Campus at LA Family Housing
Wednesday, Nov. 14
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
LA Family Housing
7860 Simpson Ave, North Hollywood 
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Save the Date

Airtel Thanksgiving Day Champagne Brunch
Thursday, Nov. 22
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Landings Restaurant
7277 Valjean Ave. Van Nuys.
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Ambassador Committee
Wednesday, Nov. 28
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way,
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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VICA Hockey Night
Hosted by AEG
Tuesday, Dec. 4
7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Staples Center Private Suite
1111 South Figueroa St. 
Los Angeles
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Aviation Committee
Hosted by Aeroplex Aerolease Group
Wednesday, Dec. 5
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Aerolease Van Nuys East
7943 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys
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Leaders Forum with L.A. General Managers
Presented by Outfront Media and Dosist
Thursday, Dec. 6
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sportsmen's Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd.,
Studio City
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Land Use Committee
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, Dec. 11
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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Healthcare Committee
Hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Wednesday, Dec. 12
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys 
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69th Annual Meeting
Friday, Dec. 14
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Too Close to Call
Nearly one million ballots are still uncounted in Los Angeles County, leaving the outcome of tight races up in the air. 

Councilmember Raided
The FBI raided the home and office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar. Agents executed search warrants at his home and office, removing multiple boxes.  

New Governor
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has been elected governor of California. Newsom ran on a platform of guaranteed healthcare, a fix for affordable housing, a cradle-to-college promise for the next generation and ending child poverty.

On Friday, the Woolsey Fire forced mass evacuations from Malibu to Calabasas. The fire has made a destructive march through Ventura and Los Angeles counties closing freeways and causing evacuations.

Staffing Up
Governor Elect Gavin Newsom has no time to waste choosing staff for his new administration. Newsom will be sworn in on the first Monday in January, leaving him just two months to fill key posts.

Battle for the Speaker's Gavel
After leading her party to a House majority, Nancy Pelosi faces a battle for the speaker's gavel. A growing faction of rank and file Democrats are calling for new leadership. 

Voters Agree With VICA on Housing, Transportation, and the Bank of Los Angeles

Voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, marking the culmination of months of work by VICA. The VICA Board vetted almost every measure on this year's ballot, considering how each proposition would impact the housing crisis, infrastructure, and grow the economy. VICA took positions on twelve state and local measures, and voters agreed with VICA on the most important ones. We were thrilled that voters recognized the importance of building more homes by supporting Prop 1 and rejecting Prop 10, and also protected critical funding for road and bridge safety by rejecting Proposition 6. Voters also resoundingly opposed Prop 8, protecting access to dialysis treatment for all Californians. Los Angeles voters also chose to reject Measure B, the first step to a risky, infeasible and expensive municipal bank. Finally, the race for Measure W, a new per-square-foot tax on impermeable surfaces, is too close to call. We are cautiously optimistic that voters will choose to reject this ill-conceived measure.
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Friday, December 14, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys

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View the flye here.
Board of Supervisors to take up Anti-Housing Ordinance
Next Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider an interim rent stabilization ordinance, which would impose a 180-day moratorium on rent increases. The measure would cap rent hikes at 3 percent per year and impose a moratorium on evictions without just cause in unincorporated areas of L.A. County. This rent control ordinance would be devastating to the rental housing market, especially as California is already being suffocated by the housing crisis. This past week, voters overwhelmingly rejected bad policy that would have exacerbated the housing crisis by saying No to Prop 10. This ordinance would continue to disincentivize the development of more housing, limit funding available for maintenance and repair of older buildings, make it very difficult to evict bad tenants causing problems for other residents, and inflate prices for non-rent-controlled units.
For questions,  please email

Los Angeles Department Executives
Thursday, December 6, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sportsmen's Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

Frank Bush
General Manager, Department of Building & Safety
Doane Liu
Executive Director,
Department of Convention & Tourism Development
Cat Packer
Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation
Michael Shull
General Manager,
Department of Recreation & Parks

Leaders Forums give attendees the opportunity to converse with leaders in an intimate setting. On December 6, City of Los Angeles Department Executives will discuss issues in their departments that relate to our business community and take time to answer members' questions. Find out what to expect for 2019.
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LA City Attorney Seeks Subpoena Power
On Tuesday, Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield introduced a motion to request the City Attorney to draft an ordinance establishing a program to give the City Attorney administrative subpoena power, except over city offices or departments. A similar bill, Assembly Bill 814, was sponsored by L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer and died in the Legislature in 2017. VICA is monitoring the issue and will take action as appropriate.
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Air Resources Board Set to Turn Cap-and-Trade to Cap-and-Tax
Next Thursday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will convene to discuss implementation of the state's Cap-and-Trade program. In 2017, Assembly Bill 398 (Garcia) was enacted and provided direction to CARB on how to design the state's Cap-and-Trade program. At the heart of the design direction, there are cost containment features such as a price ceiling, which places a limit on how high allowance prices can go, as well as two speed bumps which trigger the sale of additional allowances in order to reduce market volatility. However, CARB is considering a price ceiling that fails to meet the Legislature's directive. VICA urges CARB to establish a lower price ceiling and cost containment points. A Cap-and-Trade program which does not meet the test of cost-effectiveness will essentially be a Cap-and-Tax program.
To get involved, email
Join Mexican Consul General Carlos Garcia de Alba at VICA's International Trade Committee
Join us at the VICA office on Tuesday, November 13th at noon for VICA's International Trade Committee meeting as we are joined by Mexican Consul General Carlos Garcia de Alba for a discussion on the U.S.-Mexico trade partnership and California's relationship with Mexico.
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Committee Report
Education Committee (11/1)
Sponsored by Woodbury University
  • Nick Melvoin, LAUSD Board Member, spoke about the financial and academic challenges facing the district, and how L.A. Unified can address some of these systemic issues.
  • Paula Santana (Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce / UNITE LA) and Dr. Elizabeth Adams ( California State University, Northridge) spoke about the CSUN Connections program, a partnership with the Valley's four community colleges which helps students earn their degrees.
Transportation Committee (11/6)
Hosted by The Garland
  • The committee heard from David Mieger (Metro), who presented on Metro's North San Fernando Valley and NoHo to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit projects.
  • Robert Calix (Metro), also presented to the committee on the NextGen Metro Bus Study.
  • Kari Derderian (Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)), provided an update on the LADOT Transit Services Analysis Report.

Labor & Employment Committee (11/7)
Hosted by Hilton Universal City
  • Joseph C. Gjonola (Roxborough, Pomerance, Nye & Adreani), presented to the committee about current workers compensation issues.
  • The committee also heard an update from Richard S. Rosenberg (Ballard, Rosenberg Golper & Savitt) on his outlook for 2019.
Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee (11/8)
Sponsored by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Uduak Ntuk, Petroleum Administrator for the City of Los Angeles, presented the City Controller Report on City of Los Angeles Oil and Gas Wells.
  • Lenise Marrero (RecycLA) presented to the committee about the One Water LA 2040 Plan.
  • The committee discussed SCAQMD's proposal for a ballot measure to increase local Sales tax and recommended guiding principles to the VICA Board.
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