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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2017
Stuart Waldman, President
Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA)
Office: (818) 817-0545 / Fax: (818) 907-7934
VICA Celebrates Housing, Energy, Technology Legislative Wins for San Fernando Valley Businesses
Van Nuys, Calif. – As California legislators voted on hundreds of bills during the last week of the legislative session this year, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) successfully advocated on a number of priority bills for the business community. VICA was pleased that 74 percent of the bills VICA advocated on in the Legislature were successful, including bills that VICA supported which were sent to the Governor and VICA-opposed bills which failed to pass out of the Legislature.
On housing, VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
“Abuse of environmental laws and convoluted local planning processes driven by NIMBYs have contributed to California’s housing crisis, and the housing bills sent to the Governor last week are a solid start to stopping this NIMBYism so that families can afford to work and live in California.
“There is no point throwing money at homelessness and affordable housing without allowing developers to build enough market-rate housing to keep up with demand. I appreciate that the Legislature chose to make some tough decisions which are in the long-term interest of all Californians.”
VICA supported a package of housing bills which will start effectively addressing the housing crisis facing the San Fernando Valley. Bills such as SB 35, SB 167, and SB 540 help streamline housing development while others, including SB 2 and AB 74, will assist families in need of affordable housing.
On energy, VICA was pleased that SB 49 and SB 100 failed to pass out of the Legislature. These bills presented unaffordable mandates without cost containment mechanisms or off-ramps in case of an economic downturn or increase in ratepayers’ costs.
Other bills which successfully cleared the Legislature include SB 649 by Senator Ben Hueso, which updates the permitting process of ‘small cell’ telecommunications infrastructure to facilitate the deployment of new 5G technology.
Valley patients will be pleased to know that AB 908 by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh was also sent to the Governor, allowing Providence Tarzana Medical Center to invest their resources into their new medical center, rather than waste money on seismic retrofits for a building which is about to be torn down.
A proposal to ban schools from starting before 8:30 a.m., SB 328, failed to pass the Legislature. Working parents will be relieved that local school districts will retain local control, rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all start time with limited evidence for any benefits.
The Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be secured thanks to the successful passage of AB 132, which will protect Los Angeles from cost overruns.
VICA was disappointed that SCA 12, an undemocratic attempt to bypass the will of Los Angeles County voters, passed the Senate and will be taken up by the Assembly in January. VICA will continue to strongly oppose this bill.
The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information.
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