Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Sept. 16

California State Legislature concludes 2019 session
Last Friday was the deadline for the California State Senate and California State Assembly to pass bills out of their respective houses. Legislation now goes to the governor's desk for his signature or veto before the Oct. 13 deadline. Highlights in the last week include:
  • SB 150 - This Chamber-sponsored bill advanced to the governor's desk. It will improve access to the Chafee Grant program by providing up to a maximum of $5,000 in state financial aid for current and former foster youth who are enrolled in a postsecondary education or training program.
  • AB 5 - Though the bill advanced without a gig-economy compromise, the Chamber helped win inclusion of an exemption for AAA tow-truck drivers that will save a number of small businesses and allow members to continue to experience timely roadside service.
  • AB 1483 - Took a support position on this bill to improve data collection on housing.
  • SB 633 - This bill was substantially amended last minute to change existing Department of Toxic Substance Control cleanup standards that would result in less cleanup of contaminated sites and create uncertainty for all cleanup sites. The Chamber joined a coalition who quickly got the bill delayed to 2020.
  • SB 1 - This bill would freeze a number of federal environmental standards that were in place on Jan. 19, 2017. While this Chamber-opposed bill passed both houses, Gov. Newsom indicated his intention to veto it over the weekend.
SEE HERE for a full recap of where the Chamber stands on all legislation we've been working on.
County approves permanent rent control
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors considered a motion for a permanent rent control measure, which would tie rent increases in unincorporated areas to the change in the consumer price index up to 8 percent, and establish just cause protection for tenants. With pending state legislation on a statewide cap, Policy Manager Olivia Lee urged the supervisors to delay the vote on the matter until after the state legislature session ends. The supervisors voted unanimously for the permanent rent control motion. President & CEO Maria S. Salinas made the same case in an op-ed published before the vote. READ HERE.
Register for ACCESS L.A. City Hall
Join us for our annual presentation to City Council on the business community's priorities and the debut of the 2019 Los Angeles City Council Districts Economic Report on Wednesday, Oct. 2. That evening, we will also have a reception featuring city leaders and policy-makers. Confirmed attendees include Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Monica Rodriguez, public works commissioners and representatives from the Departments of Building & Safety, Street Services and Cannabis Regulation. RSVP HERE.
Chamber comments on Safe, Clean Water Program implementation documents
As the County solidifies the guidelines and procedures for the implementation of the Measure W stormwater tax, the Chamber's Measure W Task Force has continued to meet to offer guidance and expertise on the draft documents. In particular, we've continued to advocate that large property owners who go above and beyond in the capturing and treating of stormwater are able to achieve a 100 percent credit. READ our letter.

LAX breaks ground on major infrastructure
Last week, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and officials from Los Angeles World Airports broke ground on the Consolidated Rental Car (ConRac) facility, a component of the Land Access Modernization Program, which the Chamber has long supported. The ConRac will centralize rental car operations into one location and connect directly to the airport by the Automated People Mover. READ MORE.
Chamber supports downtown housing project
Senior Policy Manager Diana Yedoyan spoke in support of the Fifth and Hill project at the Los Angeles City Planning Commission on Thursday. Located in Pershing Square, this project will provide much-needed housing units, new hotel units and restaurant space while being located close to the Metro Red and Purple Lines. The commission voted in favor of the project, adding in a provision for potential developers purchasing this project in the future to return to the commission if they wish to make any changes to the design.
Policy council updates
Upcoming councils:
  • Joint Education & Workforce Development and Government & Fiscal Affairs - Tuesday, Sept. 17, on state and local paid family leave proposals. RSVP HERE.
  • Land Use, Construction & Housing - Wednesday, Sept. 25, with representatives from the L.A. City Planning Department to discuss the DTLA 2040 plan. RSVP HERE.
  • Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability - Thursday, Oct. 3, with representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to discuss recycled water projects. RSVP HERE.
  • Health Care - Friday, Oct. 4, with new L.A. County Director of Health Services, Dr. Christina Ghaly. RSVP HERE.
On a personal note ...
This will be the last Policy This Week coming from my desk. My last day is this Thursday, Sept. 19. Next week, I will be starting a new role with Suffolk, a Chamber Board member company. If you have any questions about who to talk to regarding advocacy work for your organization, please contact Maribel Flores, 213.580.7571. It's been a pleasure to work with everyone from our members to the team here at the Chamber over my 7.5 years supporting the Los Angeles business community.


Sept. 17 - Joint Education & Workforce Development and Government & Fiscal Affairs Council
Sept. 18 - L.A. Tourism Master Plan Visioning Session
Sept. 18 - SCAG GLUE Council meeting
Sept. 18 - OneLA Regional Collaborative press event & reception (LEARN MORE)
Sept. 19 - LADWP 100% Renewables Working Group meeting
Sept. 20 - Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell's Summit on Poverty
California Commissioner Names Members to Insurance Diversity Task Force, Insurance Journal, 9.9.19; L.A. County Board of Supervisors should hold off on permanent rent-control ordinance, L.A. Daily News, 9.6.19
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