Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Oct. 30
Councilman Joe Buscaino discusses Pedro and the Port over pancakes
Last Friday, L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino joined our monthly Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series to discuss his work on making San Pedro a destination for locals and Angelenos. He touched on the recently-approved San Pedro community plan, public and private housing projects, and entertainment and retail initiatives he has pursued since taking office in 2012. The Councilman also urged balance between emission reductions and economic impacts as the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach consider the Clean Air Action Plan update this week. SEE THE PHOTOS.
SB 1 goes into effect this week
On Nov. 1, the 12 cent gas tax increase goes into effect to help fund $5.2 billion annually in road, bridge and highway infrastructure. The Chamber is working with CalTrans and other state partners to roll-out information on the immediate impacts the funds will have on our local communities. Join our last Transportation and Goods Movement Council meeting of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to discuss how this will be a priority in 2018. RSVP NOW. 
Funding secured, now what?  
The Chamber's Land Use, Construction & Housing Council continued their work to address L.A.'s homeless crisis as they met with Tommy Newman and Chris Ko of Chamber partner United Way of Greater Los Angeles last week. The Council discussed next steps and strategies to address homelessness in L.A. now that funding has been secured through Measures H and HHH. The Council also voted to take a support position for the Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance under consideration by the City. LEARN MORE.
Chamber voices support for Metro motion to increase ridership
Last Thursday at Metro's Board of Director's meeting, Policy Manager Kendal Asuncion voiced support for the countywide Transportation Demand Management program motion. The Board unanimously approved the motion, which includes provisions to work with the business community and major employers to develop public-private partnerships that will increase transit ridership. Additionally, it will enhance coordination between transit management organizations (TMOs) to improve regional connections and expand bulk-rate transit pass purchasing abilities to TMOs. This item had been a business community priority at the Metro Policy Advisory Committee. LEARN MORE.
Congress moves forward on tax reform, includes elimination of crucial deduction to California
Last week, the House narrowly approved the 2018 budget resolution, which is the first step towards the passage of a tax bill later this year. Twenty Republicans from high-tax states voted to oppose the resolution as an objection to the proposal to eliminate state and local tax deductions, which are crucial write-offs to many taxpayers. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, repealing the deduction would lead to an average tax hike of $3,218 for those Californians who claim it. No California Republicans opposed the budget resolution. The Chamber urges you to contact your member of Congress to express your concerns. CONTACT CONGRESS.
Chamber opposes Carson's Measure C
The Chamber Executive Committee voted to oppose Measure C on Carson's Nov. 7 special election ballot. The measure would institute a business license tax of one-quarter of one percent on the gross receipts of oil companies located in Carson to raise approximately $24 million annually for the City's General Fund. The Chamber has a long-standing record of opposing industry-specific taxes, particularly when the money would go to programs that have no nexus to the taxed-industry.  
Upcoming California HR changes
With the 2017 legislative session complete, there are a number of bills that your Human Resources manager should be aware of:
  • The New Parent Leave Act (SB 63) requires small businesses with as few as 20 employees to provide up 12 work weeks of unpaid parental leave to bond with a new child.
  • Assembly Bill 1008 is ban-the-box legislation that prohibits employers with five or more employees from asking about criminal history information on job applications and from inquiring about, or considering, criminal history at any time before a conditional offer of employment has been made.
  • Assembly Bill 168 bans employers from asking about or considering a job applicant's prior salary history in determining whether to hire the applicant or how much to pay the applicant. An employer can also be penalized for not providing a pay scale for the position upon demand.
  • Senate Bill 396 requires expansion of mandatory supervisor sexual harassment prevention training to include information on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
  • The Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) shields workers from immigration enforcement while on the job. The legislation prohibits employers from providing federal immigration enforcement agents access to a business without a warrant and requires employers to notify employees of Form I-9 inspections performed by federal immigration enforcement officials.
L.A. City Planning fall newsletter
The L.A. City Planning Department has released their fall newsletter, which contains information on community plan updates and the guidelines for the transit-based affordable housing incentive program, which voters approved as part of Measure JJJ. READ the newsletter.