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  • VICA’s decision making process is based on our policy committees developing and recommending positions on a variety of legislative issues impacting business for consideration by the Board of Director’s. Issues are assigned to the appropriate policy committee(s) based on industry impacts. Your input is appreciated!

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  • Ambassadors Ambassadors

    Dedicated to developing VICA’s membership base, the Ambassador Committee is responsible for identifying and reaching out to businesses that would benefit from membership in VICA. In addition to assisting the staff in greeting and introducing guests and members at VICA events, the committee also explains the benefits of VICA membership to prospective members and encourages existing members to take full advantage of their investment in the organization’s work. 

    The chair for 2021 is Andrew Sisolak (Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America) and the co-chairs are Pam Berg (Minuteman Press) and Glenn Terry (LBW Insurance Services). 

    Meetings are held every other month on Tuesdays at 8:30- 10 a.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 1/26, 4/27, 7/27, 10/26

    Aviation Aviation

    Focused on Los Angeles area airports and their stakeholders, the Aviation Committee deals with issues related to the general and business aviation industries. Membership includes aircraft manufacturers, local businesses that serve the airports, and consultants specializing in the aviation industry. Meetings include regular updates from leadership at the Valley’s airports – Van Nuys (VNY), Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Los Angeles International (LAX) – as well as discussion of FAA, Congressional and municipal policymaking.

    The chair for 2021 is Niall Mulcahy (Signature Flight Support) and the co-chair is Ruben Zaragoza (Southwest Airlines).

    Meetings are held quarterly on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

    The dates for 2021 are:1/19, 4/20, 7/20, 10/19

    Education Education

    Covering a broad range of issues affecting early education, K-12, higher education and workforce development programs, the Education Committee focuses on state budgeting for LAUSD, CSUs, LACCD and UCs, as well as regulation of private postsecondary education institutions. Federal regulation of K-12 curriculum and linked learning are also frequently discussed.

    The chair for 2021 is Rafael De La Rosa (California State University, Northridgeand the co-chairs are Marilyn Koziatek (Granada Hills Charter School) and Elsa Jacobsen (Child360).

    Meetings are held quarterly on Thursdays from 8:30 - 10 a.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 1/7, 4/1, 7/1, 10/7 

    Energy, Environment, Manufacturing & Utilities Energy, Environment, Manufacturing & Utilities

    The EEM&U Committee provides organizational guidance on manufacturing, environmental regulation, utility ratepayer protection, and public investment in clean and green technology. The committee focuses on protecting and advancing the interests of local and regional public and investor-owned utilities and the telecommunications and manufacturing industries.

    The chair for 2021 is Lily Lee (Waste Management) and the co-chairs are Aleen Manchester (California Resource Corp.) Jane Skeeter (UltraGlas) and David Meza (Southern California Gas Company). 

    Meetings are held quarterly on Thursdays from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 02/4, 5/6, 8/12, 11/4

    Government Affairs Government Affairs

    The Government Affairs Committee is the catch-all committee for public policy matters with the potential to impact the overall business community. Meetings feature discussions on major local, state and federal legislation related to tax policy, worker relations, government efficiency, election regulation and legal reform, among others. Consideration of ballot initiatives also originates in this committee.                                                           

    The chair for 2021 is David Gershwin (David Gershwin Consulting) and the co-chairs are Cameron Onumah (Amazon) and Brandon Stephenson (Cerrell Associates).

    Meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays from 8:30- 10:30 a.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20

    Healthcare Healthcare

    Covering issues facing the relationship between employers, the health insurance industry and hospitals, the Healthcare Committee deals with major state and federal legislation and interprets the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and medical litigation. Meetings typically feature decision leaders from government agencies and nonprofit organizations on the implementation of PPACA, as well as discussion of state and federal legislation that impacts employer insurance coverage.

    The chair for 2021 is Michael Tou (Providence Health & Services) and the co-chairs are Jaime Garcia (Hospital Association of Southern California), Carol Kim (Health Net Inc.) and Matthew Welsh (Amgen).

    Meetings are held quarterly on Thursdays from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 3/11, 6/10, 9/9, 12/9

    International Trade International Trade

    The International Trade Committee focuses on domestic and international policy priorities that affect foreign economic development or diplomatic relations. The Committee hosts discussions with Consul Generals and business leaders on ensuring strong international business and foreign affairs.

    The chair for 2021 is Jeff Daar (Daar & Newman).

    Meetings are held as needed.

    Labor & Employment Labor & Employment

    The Labor & Employment Committee deals with labor regulations and policies that affect employers at a city, state and federal level, including wage, hour, scheduling, worker’s compensation, and other issues.

    The chair for 2021 is Charles Crumpley (San Fernando Valley Business Journal) and the co-chairs are Sue Bendavid (Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan) and Mark Davis (Sun Hill Properties/ Hilton Universal City).

    Meetings are held quarterly on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 2/3, 5/5, 8/4, 11/3

    Land Use Land Use

    The Land Use Committee provides policy guidance on community planning and development-related legislation. With major reforms underway at the local and state level, meetings feature prominent officials from local and state planning agencies, as well as discussion of major zoning code changes, redevelopment agency successor programs and California Environmental Quality Act amendments. The committee also recommends commercial, industrial and residential projects of regional significance for VICA support.                                            

    The chair for 2021 is David Goldberg (Armbruster, Goldsmith & Delvac) and the co-chairs are Brad Cox (Trammel Crow), Jack Rubens (Sheppard Mullin) and Sandy Sanchez (FivePoint). 

    Meetings are held every other month on Tuesdays from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 2/9, 4/13, 6/8, 8/10, 10/12, 12/14 

    Not-for-Profit Not-for-Profit

    The Not-for-Profit Committee is focused on the unique operating and policy challenges for non-profit organizations in the Valley.

    The Not-for-Profit Committee chair for 2021 is Holly Rasey (New Horizons) and co-chairs are Barry Cohen (Jorgensen HR) and Matthew Swearman (Valley Village). 

    Meetings will be held quarterly on Thursdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 1/21, 4/8, 7/8, 10/14


    Sports, Entertainment, Tourism & Hospitality Sports, Entertainment, Tourism & Hospitality

    The Sports, Entertainment, Tourism and Hospitality Committee deals with local and state issues that affect film and television production, including prop houses and media providers. It also focuses on promoting the San Fernando Valley as a destination for visitors. Meetings feature discussions with local and state officeholders and their senior staff, as well as ongoing advocacy on the industry’s core issues.

    The chair for 2021 is Scott Mills (The Garland) and the co-chairs are Juan Camacho (Fox Corp.) and Pam Elyea (History for Hire). 

    Meetings will be held quarterly on Thursdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 3/4, 6/3, 9/2, 12/2

    Transportation Transportation

    Tasked with consideration of mass transit and roadway planning, the Transportation Committee discusses local, regional, state and federal legislation and rulemaking affecting the L.A. Metro System, the 101, 405 and 5 freeways, and the municipa­­­l arterial street systems of the Los Angeles region. Leadership from Metro frequently presents to the committee on the progress of Metro projects and the implications of legislation to the system construction financing.                                               

    The chair for 2021 is Steven Kats (Parsons) and co-chairs are and Coby King (High Point Strategies), Ted Mekuria (HNTB) and Francine (Oschin Partners).

    Meetings are every other month on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    The dates for 2021 are: 1/12, 3/9, 5/11, 7/13, 9/14, 11/9

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