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    Doug Arseneault
    Thursday, February 28, 2013
    Businesses operating in the City of Los Angeles are victim to an egregious tax system. Devised during the Great Depression, the gross receipts tax literally charges companies for any engagement in city commerce, including both purchases and sales without consideration for losses. The outdated system is a major disincentive for start-up businesses, expansion of existing businesses, and those outside the city considering relocation to Los Angeles. Read more
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    Doug Arseneault
    Friday, February 8, 2013
    The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was hailed to be landmark environmental protection legislation when it was passed in 1970. Unfortunately, its worthy purpose has been distortedby competing developers, special interests and neighborhood groups that block development for personal, economic and political gain. It has even become an obstacle to smart growth legislation, such as 2008’s groundbreaking transit-oriented development legislation, SB 375 (Steinberg) and 2006’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions strategy, AB 32 (Pavley). Read more
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    Doug Arseneault
    Friday, February 1, 2013
    While most of the world conjures up images of Hollywood when they think of film and television production, VICA recognizes filming is a vital part of our entire region’s economy. Unfortunately, our state is suffering from the phenomenon known as runaway production—filming being lured away from California to other states by generous tax incentives. This exodus of California’s staple industry means lost jobs and subdued economic activity at a time when the state needs both desperately. To address this issue, Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) has introduced a bill (AB 3) to extend and/or expand the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program. Read more
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    Doug Arseneault
    Friday, January 25, 2013
    Government agencies in California are out of control. Every year, they add new rules to the plethora of burdensome regulations that hurt California residents and businesses. Meanwhile, existing regulations are reviewed rarely, if ever. While an analysis is required when a new regulation is proposed, current law only requires a regulation to be reviewed “from time to time.” This lack of specificity allows a subset of unelected bureaucrats to impose essentially permanent laws that cost Californians millions of dollars every year. Read more
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    Doug Arseneault
    Friday, January 18, 2013
    As the new state legislative session begins, yet another attempt to raise the minimum wage has been proposed. Currently, the state minimum wage is $8.25 – the fourth highest in the nation. Under Assembly Bill 10 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), the state minimum wage jumps to $8.75 in 2015 and then $9.25 in 2016. Within two years, California becomes the state with the highest minimum wage. And there’s more. In addition to the prescribed increases, the bill calls for additional increases every year thereafter in relation to inflation. Perhaps the most disturbing provision is that the new method of minimum wage calculation under AB 10 specifically does not account for deflation. This means that regardless of economic conditions—such as a recession—the minimum wage would remain at boom highs. Read more
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    Perry Smith
    Monday, January 7, 2013
    The LA Times staff writer, Jon Healey, wrote a piece this past Monday regarding the issue of Walmart in Chinatown. I believe Jon really broke down the REAL issues facing the people of Los Angeles and Chinatown versus the mixed and sometimes erroneous statements that have been made on the project. Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal that would put a hold on all new future chain-store development of Chinatown. As Jon Healey writes, “…a move that specifically would halt the planned construction of a Wal-Mart grocery store in the neighborhood.” Wal-Mart applied for the LA City required permits to build a grocery store in a pre-existing location, that has been sitting vacant for more than 15 years. Empty…no much needed sales tax revenue for the City of Los Angeles and even more important jobs for those residents of Los Angeles, who need them most. Read more
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    Perry Smith
    Monday, January 7, 2013
    SEPTEMBER 11, 2012: U.S. Embassy in Libya is bombed. Four people are killed including the U.S. Ambassador, which is supposedly retaliation for an inflammatory U.S. made film titled “Innocence of Muslims” wherein the prophet Muhammad was depicted as a womanizer and child molester. Read more
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    Perry Smith
    Monday, January 7, 2013
    Los Angeles Tourism is excited to announce that the first ever Summer dineLA Restaurant Week will take place July 16-27, 2012. This promotion allows restaurants to promote al fresco dining and summer menus featuring food items that are only available during the summer months. Presented by Los Angeles Tourism and American Express, dineLA Restaurant Week is a two-week dining event, showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination and highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences LA has to offer. dineLA Restaurant Week is designed to stimulate business and introduce new customers to restaurants located in the many neighborhoods throughout LA County. Participating restaurants are located throughout the city, including several in the San Fernando Valley, such as Casa Vega, Red Room Food & Wine Bar, SUGARFISH and Raphael. Read more
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    Perry Smith
    Monday, January 7, 2013
    Welcome to the Business Advocate Blog—powered by VICA. This blog is a forum for our members to share their insights, opinions and expertise. We have given our contributors free rein when it comes to their posts, so we must remind our readers that the views or opinions expressed by our bloggers are not necessarily shared by VICA or its other members. This is an exciting new step for VICA to expand its online presence and give our members some additional visibility in the process. The Business Advocate Blog will be updated frequently, so I encourage you to visit it often to see what our diverse group of contributors has to say about a range of issues impacting businesses. Read more
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    Doug Arseneault
    Friday, January 4, 2013
    The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) has released its 2013 Legislative Priorities, a list of public policy issues that will receive special attention from the organization during the new year. VICA’s 2013 Legislative Priorities were compiled by the group’s policy committees, and then reviewed by the board of directors, executive committee and voted on by the VICA general membership in order to determine the final list. Read more
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