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    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, June 26, 2017
    Government inefficiency is such a trope that it’s a punchline in children’s movies. In Disney’s “Zootopia,” the Department of Motor Vehicles is run by sloths. This portrayal isn’t reflective of the individual employees, but it’s telling that even in an animal-filled utopia, we instantly recognize the sense of frustration that arises when facing sloth-like government inefficiency. Read more
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) strongly opposes the last minute trailer bills (Senate Bill 86 and Assembly Bill 102) in the proposed state budget that would result in a sweeping overhaul of the State Board of Equalization (BOE). Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, June 12, 2017
    As President of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA), one of my favorite traditions is our San Fernando Valley Business Hall of Fame. We’ve inducted some of the Valley’s best businesses, which have stood the test of time and which continue to thrive into the 21st century. This summer we will be celebrating our tenth Annual Hall of Fame dinner. We are honored to induct five great businesses this year, and I’m looking forward to celebrating with them on June 8. 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, May 29, 2017
    It’s a millennial world and we’re just living in it. They have crafted a new world and economy, using technology to customize, miniaturize, simplify, and avoid human interaction. This extends to their view of the workplace, the role smartphones play in business, and their desire to telecommute and work in non-conventional office spaces. Millennials expect work to fit into their lives, rather than their lives to fit around work. As business adapts, the law needs to as well. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, April 3, 2017
    Opinions run strong on Facebook and Twitter as friends share, post, and debate the politics of the day. Especially since the November election, it seems that just about everyone wants to get involved and shape the state and country in which we live. Except that all of that energy hasn’t quite translated into votes. Los Angeles just held an election which is going to determine the lives of residents for decades. And yet at one point during the counting process, it looked like Los Angeles was about to set a new record on turnout – the lowest turnout on record. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Friday, March 24, 2017
    Time and time again, California lawmakers pass legislation with complete disregard of the unintended consequences for local businesses and residents. A recent case perfectly demonstrates the problems created as a result. In California, local service providers are contracted with the state to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. These are critical services for people who need support to live full and independent lives. Last year, the bill which raised California’s minimum wage included a provision to adjust reimbursement rates for these service providers to meet the increased state minimum wage. But local elected officials made no provision to adjust rates based on increased local wage ordinances. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, March 6, 2017
    There’s been a lot of talk about the Affordable Care Act recently, and a lot of angry constituents showing up to their local town halls. Reform is coming and has the potential, if done right, to be good for patients and for business in the San Fernando Valley. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, February 6, 2017
    It’s the start of the New Year here in the Valley and with it comes a whole new set of bad ideas to fight. The worse one so far is Measure S, a two-year ban on all development in the City of LA. The business community and elected officials don’t always agree. However there is a priority that we all agree on – we need more housing. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, February 6, 2017
    If business leaders thought we could take a break from ballot measures after the busy November 2016 ballot, it’s time to think again. In Los Angeles County, we are facing a steady and relentless increase in the number of our neighbors who find themselves without a home. This is a human crisis, and as leaders of our community, business owners must help lead the fight against homelessness. It also reflects an economic problem, as rising housing costs push our employees further away from their workplaces. Read more
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