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    Friday, September 1, 2017
    Media Highlights and News, including stories on PAGA, the 2028 Olympic Games, and impacts of Measure JJJ on the San Fernando Valley. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, August 21, 2017
    A lot of Californians are guilty of complacency when we think about the economy and American jobs. I think many of us consider the decline of American manufacturing and working-class jobs as something that’s happening elsewhere - in the Rust Belt, or the Midwest, or in rural Pennsylvania. The vitriol and overwhelming Democratic majority in California allowed us to dismiss many of the issues that then-candidate Donald Trump raised about the future of the working class. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Every political leader in California pays great homage to democracy, to serving as the people’s voice, and to local autonomy. Each government body has its jurisdiction and power – federal, state, city, county – and no one would want to step on toes. That’s all good and well, that is, until an idea that is just too tempting occurs to an elected official, and they realize they don’t have the power to enact it. Read more
    Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    Later this month, the California State Legislature will take up a bill that would effectively ban a county’s ability to contract with personal service providers, including non-profit organizations and health care providers. This poorly conceived and hugely damaging bill will restrict counties’ abilities to contract for a wide variety of vital services upon which many members of our local community depend. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    The recent passage of Measure M by over 71 percent of Los Angeles County voters was an incredible victory for the San Fernando Valley. For far too long, the Valley had been overlooked for critical transportation infrastructure improvements, but Measure M prioritizes projects that will finally bring a world-class transportation system to the Valley. These projects include improving and eventually converting the Orange Line to light rail, implementing light rail in the East Valley along Van Nuys Boulevard, and constructing a transit corridor through the Sepulveda Pass. Read more
    Monday, July 31, 2017
    Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the San Fernando Valley and the rest of Los Angeles. Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028 gives LA even more time to build our momentum for a truly great Games. The agreement demonstrates that Los Angeles can reap economic and social benefits throughout Los Angeles County with minimized risk. In the San Fernando Valley, we’re excited to host the canoe slalom, equestrian, and shooting events which will bring the Games to Valley residents. Read more
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    VICA was proud to have supported AB 398, the extension of California’s cap-and-trade program. The successful passage of this bill will allow California businesses to continue to compete globally. California’s cap-and-trade program serves as a model for other states with strong and growing economies. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, July 24, 2017
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that Los Angeles is home to the worst traffic in the world. In 2016, L.A. area drivers spent approximately 104 hours in traffic per year, more than residents of any other place on planet Earth. But did you know that Angelenos spend almost as much time looking for parking? 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
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) applauds the decision made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) early Tuesday morning to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games in the fall. The IOC voted unanimously in favor of awarding hosting rights for the 2024 and 2028 summer Olympics in the same session in September, pending agreements with Paris and Los Angeles. Read more
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