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Stuart Waldman, President
Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA)
Office: (818) 817-0545 / Fax: (818) 907-7934
VICA Celebrates Wins for San Fernando Valley Businesses
Success rate of 70% on the Governor’s Desk
Van Nuys, Calif. – Sunday was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to act on bills passed by the Legislature this year. The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) was pleased that 70 percent of the bills VICA tracked on the Governor’s desk were successful, including bills that VICA supported which were signed and VICA-opposed bills which were vetoed.
“Employers in the San Fernando Valley and throughout California fuel the engine that makes our state an international economic powerhouse,” said VICA President Stuart Waldman. “We are pleased that the Governor recognized the importance of these bills to our employers and our economy. From investing in infrastructure improvements to spurring much-need housing development, VICA worked hard to ensure the business community’s perspective was heard by the Governor.”
The Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be secured thanks to the enactment of AB 132, which will protect Los Angeles from cost overruns.
“We greatly appreciate Gov. Brown’s support for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games that will bring social and economic benefits to Los Angeles with minimized financial risk,” said Waldman, who was a member of the LA28 Bid Committee.
Governor Brown signed a VICA-supported 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.
The Governor signed AB 752, which will implement guidelines to prevent unnecessary expulsions from state preschool programs. Waldman added, “Keeping our youngest learners in school will help working families as it will improve educational outcomes for children and increase economic opportunities in communities statewide.”
Locally, Providence Tarzana Medical Center will benefit from the enactment of AB 908, which will protect Valley patients and allow for investment in building their new medical center without closing the hospital.
SB 145 will streamline the process for testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, helping maintain California’s leadership in technological innovation.
VICA was pleased that Gov. Brown vetoed AB 63, which would have placed significant new barriers on young adults pursuing education or employment by subjecting young adult drivers to curfew and carpool restrictions. AB 1209, also vetoed, would have exposed businesses to unnecessary litigation by forcing them to publish employee salary information by gender.
VICA was disappointed that SB 649 was vetoed; it would have facilitates the deployment of new, faster 5G technology.
Despite VICA’s efforts, the Governor signed some bills that will be harmful to employers and taxpayers. AB 168 will prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. SB 231 will allow local governments to raise property fees and taxes – without voter approval – for stormwater-related projects. VICA will continue to work with legislators during implementation to mitigate the impact these laws will have on businesses and residents.
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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