Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Nov. 11
 

Chamber pushed for amendments on Predictive Scheduling
Last Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the first report from the Bureau of Contract Administration on the requested Fair Work Week Ordinance. The report proposes 21 different recommendations including the creation of predictability pay for added and subtracted hours to an employee's existing work schedule. The requested ordinance will have to come back to the Economic Development Committee prior to adoption. 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. We were able to secure three amendments to the recommendations which include the reduction of record keeping from four years to three years, an exemption for self-scheduling employees and language clarifying when employers must provide the good faith estimate to their employees on the number of hours they should expect to work weekly. We will continue to monitor this policy as it moves through the legislative process and continue to request further amendments. To see the letter submitted by the Chamber, please CLICK HERE.
 
Chamber hosts 6th Annual State of L.A. Infrastructure
The Chamber held its sixth annual State of L.A. Infrastructure summit last week. Emceed by incoming Board Chair Denita Willoughby, this year the event focused on resilience infrastructure and smart infrastructure. Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas kicked off the event with welcome remarks and invited discussion among leaders on preparing for the future of infrastructure planning and investment in L.A. Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA, inspired listeners with her keynote outlining the ways Siemens is a thought leader in deploying new technologies, building resilient cities and rethinking supply chain management to be more sustainable. Her talk was followed by a fireside chat moderated by Board Chair Jerry Neuman, which illuminated Humpton's calling and background and ended with her positive outlook on what is ahead. Attendees heard from the General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Marty Adams, on its sustainability and infrastructure investments, and he presented the second Corporate Sustainability Award to Kaiser Permanente.

The event also featured two engaging panels on infrastructure resilience and smart cities. During the first, panelists discussed innovative solutions to plan for resilience in the face of climate change and the L.A. basin's level of preparedness for a major earthquake. Panelists provided a realistic outlook from the utilities stand point, balanced by the need to take into account a number of economic concerns while planning for resilience. After lunch, the Smart Cities, Smart Infrastructure panel brought together the public and private sectors to discuss integrating emerging technologies into L.A.'s infrastructure and the impact it would have on equity and workforce. READ THE PRESS RELEASE. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
Southern California Association of Governments adopts increased density
The Chamber previously spoke in support of L.A. City's comments to the methodology proposed by the Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). The City's comments highlighted the need for housing to be near job centers and transportation, while fighting climate change by reducing carbon emissions. Last week, SCAG's Regional Council voted to push for higher density housing in urban and coastal communities rather than continuing sprawl in the inland communities. L.A. City Council members and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti were in attendance to push for this change and proposed an amendment that would create more housing in coastal communities. This significant shift is in line with the Chamber's ongoing advocacy on RHNA, highlighting the need for housing near jobs and transit, plus the environmental impacts this plan has moving forward. The California Department of Housing and Community Development will now review the plan and work with SCAG to finalize the methodology.
 
CA Sen. María Elena Durazo (SD 24) joins Education & Workforce Development Council
The Honorable Sen. María Elena Durazo (SD 24) joined our Education & Workforce Development Council Friday morning to discuss her vision of education in the state. Sen. Durazo presented her thoughts on a multitude of critical issues concerning Californians, including the need for stronger workforce development, a clearer path for justice-involved youth as they integrate into society, the comprehensive needs of workers from reliable public transit to child care and more. As a key leader in the labor movement, especially among farmworkers, Sen. Durazo shed light on the issue of workers who remain in poverty, 55 percent of which are Latino, and many of which who have college degrees but no path to a stable job. As the vice president of the California Latino Caucus, she proudly noted that California has 28 Latino legislators, the most there has ever been, whose top priorities include education reform for students and families of color. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
Chamber transportation leaders meet with CalSTA Deputy Secretary Avital Barnea
Last week, Deputy Secretary of Transportation Planning at the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), Avital Barnea, and a select group of Chamber members met for a deep dive into the challenges that transportation faces in Southern California. Attendees, including Metro's Michael Turner and Michael Cano, FAST's Hilary Norton and the Chamber's Maria S. Salinas and Kendal Asuncion, emphasized the key role freight plays in the L.A. region and that unreliable transportation infrastructure along freight corridors will impact discretionary freight movement through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The group also discussed transportation funding, and stressed the structural concerns about funding for projects that impact delivery and/or scope of projects. Barnea encouraged the Chamber to continue to partner with CalSTA on transportation and freight priorities for Southern California.
 
Transportation & Goods Movement Council update
Avital Barnea, deputy secretary for transportation planning at the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), joined the Transportation & Goods Movement Council to discuss Secretary David Kim's vision for CalSTA. Barnea discussed CalSTA's work on the California Freight Mobility Plan with members, including the plan's goals and region definitions. One of the goals that was of keen interest to the Council is growing California's economic competitiveness. Barnea noted that this is a vision plan, not an investment plan. The draft plan will be released on Dec. 4. Members also learned about BYD's SkyRail proposal for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor. It is one of the scenarios Metro is evaluating. The proposal includes nine stations, with a potential connection to UCLA. BYD's Ben Jurjevich also highlighted the BYD manufacturing facilities in Lancaster, and the changes in monorail technology since it first entered the scene.
 
Metro's Freight Working Group
This month, Metro's Freight Working Group met at the Port of Long Beach for its third meeting. As part of the working group, the Chamber continued to provide input that will shape the forthcoming Goods Movement Strategic Plan. The Deputy Secretary for Transportation Planning at the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), Avital Barnea, and Freight Planning Office Chief from Caltrans, Yatman Kwan, provided background on the State's planning efforts for freight movement. Barnea discussed goods movement from CalSTA's viewpoint in light of Gov. Gavin Newsom's Executive Order N-19-19. Kwan discussed the updates to the state's freight plan. The meeting also featured an update and opportunity to provide feedback on a potential Clean Truck Initiative for the I-170 Corridor and Metro's Goods Movement Strategic Plan Project Evaluation Criteria Process.
 
Policy council updates
Upcoming councils:
  • Government & Fiscal Affairs - Tuesday, Nov. 19, with Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby. RSVP HERE.
  • Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability - Thursday, Dec. 5. RSVP HERE.
  • Health Care - Friday, Dec. 6. RSVP HERE.
 

POLICY CALENDAR

 
Nov. 12 - Planning and Land Use Management Committee
Nov. 13 - CCA Summit on Homelessness
Nov. 14 - City of Los Angeles Flood Plan Management Committee
 
Take It to the Bridge, Los Angeles Business Journal, 9.27.19
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