Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I June 26
California State Controller talks taxes and more
Last Friday, California State Controller Betty Yee joined Chamber members for our monthly Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast for a mid-year update on California's finances and economic outlook. Yee detailed her efforts to develop an approach to comprehensive tax reform, addressed recent reforms to the Board of Equalization and championed a number of issue areas in which California leads the nation. 
California WaterFix receives federal approvals
Today the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issued a "no jeopardy" finding in the California WaterFix Biological Opinion, which concluded that the project would not endanger a number of fish species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This is a major step forward for the WaterFix project, which the Chamber has long championed at both the state and federal level.
What we're watching in Sacramento this week:
  • The deadline for the Governor to sign the $183.2 billion budget is this Friday.
  • Cap & trade discussions -- the Governor is pushing legislators to come to deal before they recess on July 21 on a proposal that can achieve a two thirds vote in each house. Read more HERE.
  • How conversations proceed on health care funding now that SB 562 (single-payer) has been pulled from consideration by Speaker Rendon. The Chamber applauds the Speaker for recognizing that such a major change to our economy and health care system requires a more researched, thoughtful process.
Measure M implementation moves forward
At the June 22 Metro Board meeting, the Board of Directors received a report on the Measure M Policy Advisory Committee implementation guidelines. Chamber Vice President of Public Policy Jessica Duboff participated in submitting business community recommendations and spoke at the Executive Committee on the importance of maintaining the promises made to voters, which resulted in a motion to define flexibility of mobility options such as active transportation without jeopardizing the delivery of highway and goods movement projects voters supported in Measure M.
The Board also took action to approve the $1.4 billion budget for the 11.5-mile extension of the Foothill Gold Line Light Rail to Claremont. This is the first official major project to move forward using Measure M funds.
While L.A. County voters overwhelmingly supported this permanent investment in our transportation system, efforts are still moving forward in Sacramento to undermine our regional board. SB 268 (Mendoza), which would reconstitute the Metro Board of Directors, will be heard in the Assembly Local Government Committee this Wednesday. See our opposition letter HERE. We urge you to weigh in as well. 
Land Use and Development Updates
  • Last week, the L.A. City Housing Committee met to discuss and consider 'just cause' evictions for housing that is not currently under rent control. Chamber Policy Manager Olivia Lee testified on our work with the City on housing and homelessness issues and how problematic 'just cause' evictions would be to both landlords and tenants.
  • The City Planning Commission approved the community plans last Thursday for South L.A. and Southeast L.A. Policy Manager Olivia Lee urged the commissioners to approve plans that protected the neighborhood, while allowing for growth in a transit-rich area.
  • Post Measure S: The L.A. City Planning Department is moving forward on a long overdue update to the City's General Plan, one of the promises the City Council made to the public during the Measure S debate. Join our Land Use Council this Wednesday to weigh in on the development of the plan.  REGISTER HERE.
LADWP launches 100 percent Renewables/Clean Energy Study Advisory Group
Last week, Chamber Policy Director Sam Beasley participated in the kick-off meeting of the Department of Water and Power's (DWP) Advisory Group to help determine how the Department will move forward on a 100 percent renewable energy portfolio, as outlined by a L.A. City Council motion adopted in 2016. DWP is beginning a comprehensive research study to look at investments necessary to achieve the 100 percent renewable goal. The Chamber will engage to ensure the DWP adequately plans for issues related to feasibility, reliability and economic development workforce. 
Congratulations to L.A. City electeds!
The Chamber would like to congratulate Mayor Garcetti, Controller Galperin, City Attorney Feuer and Councilmembers Cedillo, Blumenfield, Koretz, Price, Bonin, O'Farrell and Buscaino, on their new terms beginning next month. And a special welcome to brand new Councilmember Monica Rodriguez! We look forward to hearing the Mayor's plans for his second term at his Inauguration on July 1. 
Wednesday, June 28

Chamber Closed
Monday, July 3 - Tuesday, July 4

Friday, July 7

Friday, July 21
June 26 - recycleLA Green Ribbon Council Kickoff Meeting
June 26 - SoCalBio Innovation Catalyst Program 
June 26 - WSP USA Celebration Open House
June 27 - L.A. County Board of Supervisors
June 27 - L.A. City Council re: final approval of Lucas Museum
June 27 - Federal Freight Briefing
June 28 - Land Use, Construction and Housing Policy Council
June 28 - State Assembly Local Government Committee re: SB 268 
Mayor Garcetti opens up Tech Job opportunities for young people, PublicNow.com, 06.14.17;Mayor Garcetti opens up Tech Job opportunities for young people, MyHeadlinez.com, 06.14.17; School board extends Supt. King's contract in current majority's final days, L.A. Times, 06.14.17; Smelly, polluting oil well near your home or school? LA may save you, MyNewsLA.com, 06.14.17; Silicon Beach Report June 14: Mayor Garcetti announces youth tech jobs program, Los Angeles Business Journal, 06.14.17; Garcetti announces new jobs program, BeverlyPress.com, 06.15.17.
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