Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Oct. 28
 

Accenture Pancakes & Politics hosts L.A. County Homeless Initiative Director Phil Ansell
Last Friday, the Chamber was joined by Phil Ansell, who leads Los Angeles County's Homeless Initiative. The Homeless Initiative provides oversight and guidance to deploy Measure H funds for 21 interconnected strategies to prevent and combat homelessness. Ansell walked through the work being done: more than 19,500 individuals and family members have been newly engaged by outreach teams; more than 31,800 individuals have entered crisis, bridge and interim housing funded in whole or part by Measure H; and more than 16,000 individuals secured permanent housing specifically through funding from Measure H. He did, however, make clear the foundational issues within the system and the challenge of the inflow of homeless individuals rising at a faster rate than L.A. is able to place into shelter. The Chamber has been a champion for homeless initiatives for more than 11 years and continues to work daily on the challenges facing the homeless. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
Register for the 6th Annual State of L.A. Infrastructure
State of L.A. Infrastructure brings together the region's most influential business and public sector leaders to discuss the state of the region's infrastructure and the development of a comprehensive, pro-business infrastructure policy agenda that will help the region compete in a 21st century global economy. This half-day program features a keynote address and panel discussions between public and private sector senior leaders that invest in, manage and depend on the region's largest infrastructure assets.

Denita Willoughby, vice president of supply management and logistics at SoCalGas, will emcee the event, and we will hear from Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA, as our keynote speaker. Panelists include:
  • Metro CEO Phil Washington
  • LADWP's new General Manager Marty Adams
  • John Bednarski, Chief Engineer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Neil Navin, Vice President of Gas Transmission and Storage, SoCalGas
 
Life science roundtable with Biocom
The City of Los Angeles created the Ad Hoc on Comprehensive Job Creation Plan Committee that resulted in an extensive report with a multi-pronged approach to economic development and job creation. One of the recommendations was the creation of Jobs and Economic Development Incentive (JEDI) Zones within the City of L.A. There has been interest at both the County and City levels to implement these zones pertaining to the biotech/life science industries. As part of the business community, the Chamber and Biocom hosted a roundtable discussion on what those incentives might look like in these JEDI zones and what incentives should be in place to create a sustainable environment that would attract new business. The roundtable will continue to meet as policymakers identify what these new regulations will look like.
 
Predictive scheduling in Economic Development Committee
Los Angeles City Council's Economic Development Committee heard the first report from the Bureau of Contract Administration on the requested Fair Work Week Ordinance earlier this month. The report proposes 21 different recommendations including the creation of predictability pay for added and subtracted hours to an employee's existing work schedule. Predictability pay would require an employer to pay an extra hour of pay at the employee's regular pay for every instance that hours are added to an existing shift, or for each instance that the date/time of a shift is changed with no loss of hours. Diana Yedoyan, senior manager of public policy, provided public comment on requested amendments to the recommendations prior to the drafting of an ordinance by the City Attorney's office. To see the letter submitted by the Chamber, please CLICK HERE.
 
R.E.A.L. Coalition update
On Wednesday, Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas, Public Policy Manager Kendal Asuncion and Education Business Coalitions Manager Edgar Castillo represented the Chamber at the R.E.A.L. Coalition's CEO Convening in Orange County. The Chamber team discussed the challenges that face the business community in L.A. and throughout California, including housing and homelessness, energy security and transportation. Sen. Tom Umberg and Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris reviewed the 2019 legislative session, including AB 5 and SB 50 and previewed their priorities for the 2020 session. Asuncion, co-chair of the R.E.A.L. Coalition's Water Committee, reported out on the water action day, and planning for 2020 priorities that includes evaluating and weighing-in on Gov. Gavin Newsom's Water Resilience Portfolio.
 
Education & Workforce Development Council hears from Gov. Newsom's administration
On Oct. 11, the Education & Workforce Development Council held a meeting to discuss the state's cradle-to-career data system. The Council was joined by Gov. Gavin Newsom's senior policy advisor on cradle to career and leader of the statewide workgroup, Ben Chida; State Board of Education member and Council co-chair, Kim Pattillo Brownson; and Valerie Lundy-Wagner from California Competes.

The discussion revolved around the new statewide data system and how compiling data on early childhood health and education, K-12 systems, higher education and the workforce will support the design and implementation of interventions that will best serve Californians statewide. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
Land Use, Construction & Housing Council hosts working session meeting
The Land Use, Construction & Housing Council welcomed Equity Residential, who presented their upcoming project located at 4th and Hill. The body voted to support the project, citing much-needed housing units in the City of L.A., and discussed ways that housing can potentially be streamlined. Additionally, updates were given on newly signed state legislation, the Regional Needs Housing Assessment and motions from local jurisdictions. This is the last Council meeting of the year, and the Council will kick off in January 2020. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
Chamber attends the City of L.A.'s Planning and Land Use Management Committee
On Tuesday, Public Policy Manager Olivia Lee spoke in favor of the Dodger Stadium renovations at the City of Los Angeles' Planning and Land Use Management Committee against an appeal filed against the project. During the 2019-20 off-season, the Dodgers will be upgrading their facilities, creating a 360-degree path of circulation around the ballpark and will provide more accessibility to fans with disabilities. The committee denied the appeal and voted in favor of the Dodgers' renovations. This item will go to a final vote at L.A. City Council.
 
Policy council updates
Upcoming councils:
  • Transportation & Goods Movement - Tuesday, Nov. 5, with Avital Barnea, deputy secretary for transportation planning at the California State Transportation Agency. RSVP HERE.
  • Education & Workforce Development - Friday, Nov. 8, with California State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo. RSVP HERE.
  • Government & Fiscal Affairs - Tuesday, Nov. 19, with Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby. RSVP HERE.
 

POLICY CALENDAR

 
Oct. 29 - L.A. City Council on Predictive Scheduling
Oct. 29 - Freight Working Group
Oct. 30 - WSPA Associates Luncheon
 
L.A. Area Chamber And Univision Team Up To Help Thousands Of First-Generation Students Plan For College, Univision, 10.14.19; The rest of America could benefit as L.A. helps former students earn college degrees, Lumina Foundation, 10.9.19
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