Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Aug. 19
 

Chamber Jobs PAC endorsed candidate wins Council race
Congratulations to John Lee, councilmember-elect for the 12th district, which spans the north San Fernando Valley communities of Chatsworth, Granada Hills, North Hills, West Hills, Reseda and Porter Ranch. The L.A. Jobs PAC partnered with the Los Angeles Police Protective League and created a committee to support John Lee's candidacy, San Fernando Valley Alliance for Safe Neighborhoods. We look forward to working with Lee when he joins the L.A. City Council on Aug. 30.

Chamber S.V.P named to California Community Colleges (CCC) Board of Governors
Alma Salazar, Ed.D., senior vice president of the Chamber's Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development, was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to serve on the CCC Board of Governors, which sets policy and provides guidance for the 73 districts and 115 colleges that constitute the system. READ our congratulatory statement.
 
Sacramento legislative update
State legislators returned to the capitol last week for the last month of session, set to end Sept. 13. The Chamber policy team continues to advocate on our priority legislation, including:
  • SB 330 - SUPPORT. Takes a number of steps to address the state housing crisis, including curtailing the ability of local governments to downzone properties to decrease housing potential.
  • CA Consumer Protection Act clean-up - SUPPORT. READ our recent letter to Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins on changes necessary to provide clarity before the 2018 law goes into effect.
  • AB 5 - NEEDS AMENDMENTS. While exemptions have been added to the bill, which will determine who qualifies as independent contractors or employees, there is still work to be done to ensure businesses and workers can maintain the flexibility they need. READ Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas' recent Business Perspective.
Mark your calendars for ACCESS L.A. City Hall, Oct. 1-2
The Chamber will be in City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to present our annual Council District Economic Report. Plan to join us at City Hall for the presentation, and at a kick-off reception with city officials the evening prior at the Chamber. Keep an eye out for registration information.

Chamber hosts two goods movement focus groups for Metro
As a member of Metro's Goods Movement Steering Committee, the Chamber held two focus groups to provide member input on its Goods Movement Strategic Plan. Metro staff discussed the five elements of competitiveness around which the plan will be developed. Members explained the challenges the goods movement sector faces in Los Angeles County, future trends and areas of opportunities that Metro can build on. Participants specifically discussed the 710 South, the Alameda Corridor and explored overlap between South Coast Air Quality Management District and Metro. Staff plans to bring the Goods Movement Strategic Plan to the Metro Board by early 2020, which will guide the next decade of investments. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
Supporting affordable housing at Planning Commission
Policy Manager Olivia Lee attended the Aug. 8 City Planning Commission meeting to support four 100 percent affordable housing projects under consideration, which would provide a total of 200 units. All four of the developments passed through the City Planning Commission and will make their way to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee next.
 
L.A. County Board of Supervisors adopts OurCounty Sustainability Plan
On Aug. 6, Policy Manager Kendal Asuncion spoke at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting on the OurCounty Sustainability Plan. She highlighted shared Chamber and County priorities, including increased housing, improving water quality and investing in transportation infrastructure. We appreciate the plan's inclusion of an economic assessment for forthcoming policies, but indicated that there are still components the business community is concerned about, which are outlined in our letter HERE. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the OurCounty Plan. We will continue to engage as specific policies contained in the plan move forward.
 
Policy council updates
The Education & Workforce Development Council met on Aug. 9 to hear from Edgar S. Zazueta, senior director of policy & governmental relations at the Association of California School Administrators, and Cristina de Jesus, president and CEO of Green Dot Public Schools California, on Gov. Gavin Newsom's California Charter School Policy Task Force recommendations. SEE THE PHOTOS.

Upcoming:
  • Innovation & Technology Council, Aug. 20, on cybersecurity policy. RSVP HERE.
  • Transportation & Goods Movement Council, Sept. 3, with Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) new Executive Director Kome Ajise, and a presentation from Metro on the Purple Line. RSVP HERE.
 

POLICY CALENDAR

 
Aug. 20 - Innovation & Technology Council re: cybersecurity policy
Aug. 20 - Global Council re: USMCA with Congressman Jimmy Gomez
Aug. 20 - California Clean Air Day Working Group
Aug. 21 - Chamber all-staff retreat
Aug. 22 - Farewell reception for Sean Arian and Carlos Valderrama
Aug. 22 - BizFed Freshman Policymakers Reception
Aug. 23 - Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series with LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas
 
Lee defeats Lundquist in Los Angeles special election, Ballotpedia News, 8.16.19; The Night Shift in Los Angeles: A Mixed Picture Emerges, Link TV, 8.15.19; Lee and Lundquist face off in Los Angeles City Council special election August 13, Ballotpedia News, 8.12.19; Newsom appoints 20 to higher education posts, San Francisco Chronicle, 8.9.19; Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Council for Post-Secondary Education, Higher Education Appointments, Imperial Valley News, 8.9.19; LA City Council District 12 Election Guide: Loraine Lundquist Vs. John Lee, LAist, 8.9.19
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