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Here’s what the region’s top media outlets are saying about the Valley Industry & Commerce Association:
“One of the more notable barometers…in the court of public opinion may come from the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.”
“The Valley's most powerful business group”
“VICA, the most powerful business group north of Mulholland…”
“Kudos to VICA…[It] really does take a hard look at issues and isn’t afraid to take controversial stands as it tries to act as an advocate for business.”
Higher Minimum Wage Goes into Effect in Los Angeles
July 1 | Daily News
Los Angeles area employers will pay a higher minimum wage and offer at least six days of paid leave benefits under city and county laws that went into effect July 1. Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, said the multiple minimum wage laws going into effect throughout the county and the state can be confusing for businesses and are “causing quite a bit of consternation” among employers. City leaders, he said, have made only “empty promises” to reduce the city’s gross receipts tax to make it easier for businesses to cope with the higher wages. “The politicians know what they can do to help business; at this moment they choose not to,” he said.
San Fernando Valley Officials Back Mega Transit Tax
June 24 | Daily News
A day after Los Angeles County transit officials chose to seek voter approval this fall for a 1-cent sales tax to fund the most ambitious urban rail and highway overhaul in the nation, Valley officials stood united in favor of the plan. After years of deliberation, the Metro board opted to let voters choose whether to extend the half-cent transit sales tax approved eight years ago in Measure R, and add another half-cent to fund rail and freeway improvements. For the Valley, elected officials and the Valley Industry & Commerce Association called for a rail tunnel and toll road through the Sepulveda Pass; a rail line along Van Nuys Boulevard between Sherman Oaks and Sylmar; an Orange Line upgrade and eventual conversion to light rail, and a dedicated busway from North Hollywood to Pasadena. “This plan will transform how residents and business owners move around the Valley. Now is the time for the Valley to unite behind building efficient, convenient alternatives to congested freeways,” said Stuart Waldman, president of VICA.