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Friday, March 29, 2013
IF We can Build It, Business will Come: Land Use Bills to Watch in 2013
Development is one of the most heavily scrutinized topics in California, particularly in the Los Angeles region. Land use professionals, residents and government officials strive to prudently plan for our region’s urban landscape. Often, their views differ in determining the appropriate balance between economic investment and quality of life.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
School's Back In Session: Education Bills to Watch in 2013
While most schools in California are getting ready for their annual spring break, Sacramento is busy discussing bills that could shape the future of education in the state. Legislators have introduced more than 500 bills that focus on education and schools and VICA is tracking the bills of particular interest and importance to our members and the business community. Here are five bills that could drastically change the next school years to come:
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Zoom, Zoom: Transportation Bills to Watch in 2013
February 22 marked the headline for state bills to be introduced, and brought with it a slew of new bills for the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) to watch.
More than 2,200 bills were introduced, with about 600 of interest to VICA. Some are particularly innovative – representative of the 39 freshman assemblymembers that took office this year. Others are potential hazardous to our fragile economy – as Democratic supermajorities in the Assembly and Senate make it easier for our elected officials to pass legislation.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Last year, labor unions and employers came together to reform California’s workers’ compensation system. The legislative package closed loopholes in the system, in order to ensure that it operated more efficiently with fewer disputes and litigation. In exchange for these employer protections, the bill provided injured workers with nearly $1 billion in benefit increases.
Now, a legislator is trying to eliminate the cornerstone cost-saving provision of last year’s reform package – independent medical review (IMR).
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Water is vital to every business in this state; it is the lifeblood of California’s economy. That is why we need to work to make our imported supplies more reliable, while also exploring local options, like stormwater capture.
Stormwater capture is a basic idea: When it rains, we need to be able to capture that water, store it and then use it later. Today, about half the rain water in Southern California that could be used to replenish groundwater basins and increase local water supplies ends up turning into polluted stormwater runoff.