Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I June 10
 

June 4 special election - Measure EE defeated, Chamber-endorsed candidate advances
In last week's special election, Measure EE, a 0.16 cent per square foot property tax for LAUSD opposed by the Chamber, was defeated 45 percent to 54 percent. The measure needed two-thirds to pass. While we disagree that this measure was the right solution to the school district's challenges, the Chamber is ready to be back at the table to work on a solution the entire community can get behind. READ our statement. Additionally, in the race for L.A. City Council District 12, our endorsed candidate, John Lee, came in first and will face Loraine Lundquist in an August run-off.

2019 Homeless Count shows increase in City, County
Released last week, the Homeless Count showed a total of 58,936 people experiencing homelessness in L.A. County (12 percent increase) and 36,300 people in L.A. City (16 percent increase). While disheartening, we believe our investments in Measure H resources kept the numbers from increasing as much as our neighboring counties. See data HERE.

In addition to Measure H, the Chamber strongly supported Proposition HHH, which saw the opening of its first funded development in late May. The Irmas Family Campus at L.A. Family Housing, with a mix of permanent supportive housing, temporary bridge housing, a health clinic and other on-site services, will house 49 permanent residents and 250 people in bridge housing.
Chamber joins Mobility 21 in Washington, D.C.
Last week, Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas and Vice President of Policy Jessica Duboff joined a Mobility 21 delegation of 30 business and transportation leaders in Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of the Southern California region. Advocacy items included support for a long-term reauthorization, support for an increase in the federal gas tax and expansion of innovative funding programs that have had proven results. See the agenda HERE.
Sacramento legislative update
The California Legislature's deadline to get bills out of the house of origin was May 31. Our policy team has compiled a list of victories to date, as well as the more than 40 bills we will be working on for the rest of session. You can see the report HERE.
 
CA Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) meetings
As part of the Privacy Coalition, Policy Manager Olivia Lee and partner organizations met with Sen. Robert Hertzberg and the Office of Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel regarding a number of cleanup bills after the 2018 passage of the CCPA. The meetings covered concerns on compliance and unintended consequences to businesses, shared thoughts on the intent and implementation of the CCPA and focused on the need for clarity to the community after this legislative session.
 
The House of Representatives passes the Dream and Promise Act; focus shifts to Senate
The Chamber applauds the House of Representatives and the Southern California Congressional members who voted in support of the Dream and Promise Act (HR 6) which passed the House on Tuesday. The Chamber has long supported enacting protections for DREAMers and preserving the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Temporary Protected Status to eligible individuals, a central theme of the Chamber's annual advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. The focus now shifts to the Senate, where the DREAM Act and Secure Act, offering similar protections as the House bill, have already been introduced.

L.A. County Art Fee meetings with supervisors
The Chamber and partner organizations met with Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the Office of Supervisor Janice Hahn on the County's proposed art fee on commercial and residential development, raising concerns on how that will impact new housing construction during a housing and homelessness crisis, in addition to impacting areas in unincorporated Los Angeles County in need of economic revitalization. Both offices shared their perspectives on the issue and the Chamber will continue working with them on the proposal.
 
Policy council updates
The Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council hosted Jeff Kightlinger, general manager and CEO of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Met), to discuss the future of water supplies in Southern California. Kightlinger reviewed California's history of water projects since the 1960s, and the impacts of climate change on our imported water supply. He discussed the path forward for Delta conveyance under Gov. Gavin Newsom, with a plan to likely be rolled out in October and be further refined by the end of 2019. On the local supply side, Kightlinger discussed Met's water recycling demonstration project in Carson. The partnership between Met and Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County will demonstrate the ability to produce high quality water from purified wastewater, helping to increase local water supplies. SEE THE PHOTOS.

Last Friday's Health Care Council met with L.A. County's Public Health Officer, Dr. Muntu Davis, on his role at the County and priorities for the year. Dr. Davis leads a robust team tasked with overseeing critical health care system operations for L.A. County and partnering with organizations to help spread educational information on how to improve health and well-being for County residents. The council also heard from the newly launched Los Angeles County Community Collaborative aimed at creating an asset based collaborative model to help fight the opioid crisis in L.A. County. SEE THE PHOTOS.

Upcoming councils:
  • Joint Education & Workforce Development and Innovation & Technology, Friday, June 14, to discuss STEM and computer science standards. RSVP HERE.
Wildfire Commission releases report
In response to the increasing threat of wildfires, former Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 901, an extensive piece of legislation to mitigate wildfire risk and increase the pace and scale of recovery efforts. As part of this legislation, the Commission was created to reach out to the public and experts and then prepare an assessment report. A draft was released on May 29. SEE what our President & CEO and partners had to say.
 
New tariffs on Mexico would have had major impact on California
On May 30, President Donald Trump announced that the White House planned to impose a five percent tariff on all goods from Mexico starting June 10 in response to the influx of migrants across the southern border. The tax would gradually increase to as much as 25 percent until the flow of undocumented immigrants across the border stops. However, over the weekend, the President announced an agreement with Mexico to stave of the tariffs. SEE the state-by-state impact these tariffs could have had.

Business community provides housing input to local policymakers
The Chamber participated in a housing roundtable hosted by the Valley Industry & Commerce Association and Assemblymember Laura Friedman last Friday, with special guests Sen. Henry Stern, Assemblymember Luz Rivas, Councilmember Paul Koretz and Los Angeles City Planning Director Vince Bertoni. The session was primarily designed for representatives to learn about the barriers to creating more housing and find common ground in order to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis. Chamber members Beverly Kenworthy of the California Apartment Association and Sandy Sanchez of FivePoint were active participants in the roundtable.
 

POLICY CALENDAR

 
June 11 - Metro Policy Advocacy Committee
June 13 - LADWP 100% Renewables Committee
June 14 - Joint Education & Workforce Development and Innovation & Technology Council meeting
June 14 - Housing tour with Treasurer Fiona Ma
June 15 - Chamber Dodger night
 
Failure of L.A. school tax measure could put resources and alliances to the test, Los Angeles Times, 6.6.19; Labor, Business, Public Safety, Seniors, Environment, Taxpayers and Community Groups Encouraged by the SB 901 Commission Draft Report, Yahoo Finance, 6.5.19; Los Angeles voters decisively reject parcel tax that would have raised $500 million annually for schools, EdSource, 6.5.19; LAUSD Parcel Tax Measure Falls Short of Two-Thirds Majority Needed, NBC4 Southern California, 6.4.19; Voters to Decide Fate of LAUSD Parcel Tax Measure, Beverly Hills Courier, 6.4.19; Parcel tax for L.A. schools is latest ask of taxpayers, Los Angeles Times, 6.4.19; Voters to head to special election polls and decide on Measure EE, property tax for LA schools, L.A. Daily News, 6.4.19; Measure EE: Everything You Need To Know About The Proposed Tax Hike For LA Schools, LAist, 6.3.19; Measure EE: What You Need to Know About the LAUSD Parcel Tax, NBC4 Southern California, 6.3.19; Given the lack of accountability, Measure EE is not the answer, L.A. Daily News, 6.1.19; Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Shares L.A. Care CEO's Blog on Public Option, L.A. Care Health Plan, 5.31.19; Maria S. Salinas talks to Univision about Measure EE, Univision 34, 5.29.19; Obstacles deter many California child care providers from building, expanding facilities, EdSource, 5.29.19; Safe Lot Bill Gains Momentum, Passes the Assembly, The People's Vanguard of Davis, 5.24.19
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