VICA’s decision making process is based on our policy committees developing and recommending positions on a variety of legislative issues impacting business for consideration by the board of directors. Issues are assigned to the appropriate policy committee(s), and all ballot measures are also reviewed by the Government Affairs Committee. Your input is appreciated!
Visit the Business Calendar for a schedule of upcoming meetings and agendas
Develops positions associated with airports, air travel and commerce.
Meets Quarterly beginning in January on the first Wednesday of the month at noon. Hosted at the Van Nuys Flyaway. Upcoming meetings: April 10, July 10, October 9.
Chair: Paul Haney (Englander, Knabe & Allen)
Co-Chairs: James Dunn (Airtel Plaza Hotel & Conference Center), Carlynn Huddleston (North Valley Occupation Center-Aviation Center)
Develops positions related to workforce development, preK-12 education and higher education.
Meets every other month beginning in January on the second Thursday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Held at the VICA Office. Upcoming meetings: April 11, July 11, October 10
Chair: Dana Martin (ITT Technical Institute)
Co-Chair: Carrie Boutros (Granada Hills Charter High School)
Develops positions related to energy and environmental issues such as water, air quality, solid waste and others. Also coordinates regulatory workshops.
Meets every other month beginning in March on the first Thursday of the month at noon. Held at the VICA Office and sponsored by Metropolitan Water District. Upcoming meetings: March 7, June 6, September 12, December 5
Chair: Carolyn Casavan (Casavan Consulting)
Co-Chairs: Joseph Ramallo (Los Angeles Department of Water & Power), Sepand Samzadeh (Valley Recycling)
Develops positions related to the entertainment industry and considers ways to keep film, television and commercial production in the State of California.
Meets quarterly beginning in February on the second Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. Held at the VICA Office and sponsored by Pacific Federal Insurance Corp. Upcoming meetings: February 14, May 9, August 8, November 14
Chair: Maricela Gomez (Paramount Pictures Corp.)
Co-Chairs: Pam Elyea (History for Hire), David Phelps (Association of Independent Commercial Producers)
Reviews any public policy issues at state, local and federal levels of government and all ballot initiatives.
Meets every month beginning in January on the third Wednesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Hosted by Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Upcoming meetings: February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18
Chair: Jan Sobel (Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley)
Co-Chairs: Alex Kasendorf (Alpert, Barr & Grant, APLC), Vanessa Rodriguez (Mercury Public Affairs)
Develops positions on issues related to the delivery of health services, insurance and workers’ compensation.
Meets every other month beginning in February on the third Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. Hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Upcoming meetings: April 3, June 5, August 7, October 2, December 4
Chair: Ross Pendergraft (USI of Southern California Insurance Services Inc.)
Co-Chair: Jaime Garcia (California Hospital Association), Gayathri Jith (Valley Presbyterian Hospital)
Develops positions on international trade, transnational relationships and international Law.
Meets as needed, dates to be determined. Held at the VICA Office at 8 a.m. (Check VICA Calendar for meeting updates)
Chair: Jeff Daar (Daar & Newman, LLP)
Develops positions on large projects and general land use issues related to housing, zoning, construction and others.
Meets every other month beginning in February on the second Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. Hosted at The Beverly Garland. Upcoming meetings: February 12, April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8, December 10
Chair: Edgar Khalatian (Paul Hastings LLC)
Co-Chairs: Brad Rosenheim (Rosenheim & Associates), Amy Freilich (Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac)
Develops positions on legislation concerning R&D investment and manufacturing costs.
Meets as needed, dates to be determined. Held at the VICA Office at 8:30 a.m. (Check VICA Calendar for meeting updates)
Chair: Jane Skeeter (UltraGlas, Inc.)
Co-Chairs: Steve Block (Bank of America), Bill Eicher (GNW-Evergreen Insurance Services, Inc.)
Works with VICA staff to develop, identify and reach out to membership prospects. The committee also helps new members become familiar and comfortable at VICA programs, and helps existing members stay connected.
Meets every other month beginning in January on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Held at the VICA Office. Upcoming meetings: March 13, May 8, July 10, September 11, November 13
Chair: Sharyn Quinn (L/B/W Insurance & Financial Services, Inc.)
Co-Chair: John Rodriguez (Billboard Connection)
Develops positions on ground transportation, goods movement and public transportation.
Meets every other month beginning in January on the second Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. Hosted at The Beverly Garland. Upcoming meetings: March 12, May 14, July 9, September 10, November 12
Chair: Francine Oschin (Oschin Partners)
Co-Chairs: Mark Hardyment (Bob Hope Airport), Coby King (Ek & Ek)
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