As some important deadlines passed in the California Legislature, VICA continues to amplify the voice of the San Fernando Valley business community.
VICA has been working for more quality housing and infrastructure for the Valley, encouraging flexibility for employees, lowering taxes for businesses, and maintaining choice in energy consumption, among other issues.
In order to address the statewide housing crisis, VICA is advocating in support of bills, like AB 831 and AB 3037, that remove barriers to increased residential construction and ultimately lower housing costs.
The Valley is home to the film and television studios that make Los Angeles the Entertainment Capital of the world. In order to sustain this critical industry, VICA has strongly supported the extension of tax credits that will help keep and grow production within our region, which continues to advance through the Legislature. Several bills propose to do just that, including AB 1734 and SB 832.
On education and workforce development, VICA is an unwavering advocate for proposals that increase career technical education (CTE) opportunities which help prepare students for college and career. AB 1743 would extend the CTE Incentive Grant indefinitely and SB 1243 would establish the California State Pathways in Technology program.
A lot of bills which have been introduced will harm business, and VICA is making sure that the Valley’s perspective is heard loud and clear in the State Capitol. VICA has already played an instrumental role in defeating some of these harmful bills.
For example, VICA has defeated a pair of harmful bills, AB 1759 and AB 1745, that threatened to derail Los Angeles County’s transformative transit improvement and expansion plans and would have severely limited mobility options for Californians. Other measures that propose increasing labor costs for employers, are unfortunately still making their way through the process.
VICA will continue to advocate for bills that improve the business climate, as well as oppose bills that increase the costs of doing business, as the legislative session continues.
Stay informed by following VICA’s Twitter account @VICASFValley for updates and alerts on how to get involved.