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    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors brought back a proposal to implement a business registration program for all businesses in unincorporated L.A. County. In 2016, when the proposal was first raised, VICA strongly opposed the registration program and fee as the VICA board failed to see what problem it would solve. Creating a new program will add another layer of regulation and fees with no benefits to County residents, local employees or business owners. Read more
    Thursday, February 1, 2018
    The movement of people and goods is essential to the economic vitality of California. Proposition 69, which will be on the June ballot, is a critically important measure that will help ensure our state’s infrastructure needs are adequately addressed. Read more
    Friday, January 19, 2018
    Recently approved school district measure will democratize data for greater accessibility, transparency and accountability. Read more
    Tuesday, January 9, 2018
    Last month, VICA wrote to Governor Brown requesting concurrent special election dates for Assembly Districts 39 (East San Fernando Valley) and 45 (West San Fernando Valley) to minimize the disruption for San Fernando Valley voters. Swift elections on concurrent dates will ensure that the San Fernando Valley regains full representation in the California State Assembly as quickly as possible. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Friday, July 14, 2017
    In Los Angeles, we’re not just competing with other California cities. Economic competition extends far beyond our state borders, and Los Angeles needs to be able to compete for investment and business from all over the world. These days, the availability of latest-generation technology is critical for attracting businesses and new opportunities. Businesses want to know they can rely on this new technology and the technology of the future. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Thursday, June 8, 2017
    In his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor Eric Garcetti applauded the success of ballot measures that invest in transportation and housing for Los Angeles. “We reached for a once-in-a-generation change,” he said. “We asked the people: are you ready to plan the next 50 years? And you said yes… And just as important, you said no to a devastating building moratorium which would have shifted our economy into reverse. Today in Los Angeles, we are thinking big.” But we are opposed to fees which just don’t make sense. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, November 7, 2016
    California businesses sell their products, services and ideas all over the world. In Los Angeles, our economy depends on exporting goods and services. We host two of the largest ports in the world, and one of the largest airports. We have movie studios, technology companies, and manufacturers whose groundbreaking products have helped us explore space. We have so much to offer the world, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership will help us export our goods and services to key markets outside of the United States. Read more
    Perry Smith
    Friday, April 1, 2016
    In the 7 years running our marketing firm, the biggest surprise for my colleagues is when they find out the number of industrial and manufacturing clients Infinite has for Search Engine Optimization and Internet marketing services. I’m often asked… “Wait, you mean companies search online to purchase $20,000 parts?” or even “That Fortune 500 Company looked online to buy those shipping products?” The answer is Yes! Read more
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    Perry Smith
    Thursday, December 17, 2015
    Trash too often seems to be an afterthought. Yes, the trash room was built and the chute installed or a corner of the garage marked off for the containers. But that’s usually it. Most trash discussions usually take place because of a problem, an injury that has occurred, a rodent infestation or the cost has gotten to the point that people are asking questions. Trash-handling and the implementation of a solid waste management program, along with good in-house procedures, can keep costs in check and greatly reduce expenses. The key is to get involved early and include housekeeping and / or the facility manager, as well as outside advice. Identify areas of concern and begin working with a qualified waste services consultant / equipment supplier to establish an understanding in order to develop an unbiased plan. Read more
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    Perry Smith
    Monday, October 12, 2015
    Thousands of businesses throughout Los Angeles rely on signage to support their livelihood. And as many VICA members already know, the city is long overdue in its need for sensible billboard legislation. It's been decades since the city began its process to regulate digital billboards and other signs, which is why VICA recently attended the City Planning Commission’s hearing to discuss the billboard ordinance and sign districts being proposed. We're eagerly awaiting an even-handed solution from City Council, but are concerned on behalf of the business community regarding the restrictive approach the city discussed. Read more
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