Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Oct. 16
Major victory for California WaterFix
The California WaterFix took another step forward as Metropolitan Water District's (MWD) Board of Directors voted to support the project last Tuesday. Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben advocated for the project at the MWD meeting. "History will record this vote as a visionary action that will benefit future generations of residents and employers in Southern California and help the economy of the entire state," said Toebben following the Board's vote. While MWD's support is critical, the CA WaterFix still needs significantly more funding, and will be voted on by further water agencies in the coming weeks. Read the Chamber's SUPPORT LETTER or LEARN MORE.
Sacramento legislative wrap-up
Midnight last night was the deadline for Governor Brown to sign or veto legislation to wrap-up the 2017 legislative session. This year, the Governor had a total of 977 bills reach his desk, 859 of which he signed, 118 of which he vetoed. The Chamber was successful on nearly two dozen of the bills we were working on. Additionally, a number of Chamber priorities, including transportation funding and cap and trade reauthorization, were approved earlier in the session. See our final round-up HERE.
Victories include:
  • AB 132 - State support for Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games: SIGNED
  • AB 19 - California College Promise, which lays groundwork to waive fees for first year of community college for all first-time students: SIGNED
  • AB 1209 - New data collection mandate on employers: VETOED
Chamber supports housing projects
Last Thursday, Policy Manager Olivia Lee spoke in favor of the Lake on Wilshire project at the City's Community Planning Commission. The Commission approved the transit-oriented project, which will help address L.A.'s housing shortage with 478 new housing units, 11 percent of which are very low-income affordable housing units. In addition, Lake on Wilshire features a robust multi-cultural center for the surrounding community, retail space and a hotel. SEE the project.
Linkage fee moves forward
The Chamber opposed Affordable Housing Linkage Fee (AHLF) was approved by the City's Planning and Land Use Committee last week. The Chamber spoke against the proposed fee, which would charge a per square foot impact fee on all new residential, commercial and industrial construction in L.A. The proposed ordinance now heads to the City's Housing Committee before moving to the full Council for a final vote. Read more on why the AHLF is the wrong way to fund affordable housing HERE
Municipal Lobbying Ordinance at L.A. City Ethics Commission tomorrow
The Chamber has been tracking proposed modifications to the City of L.A.'s lobbying ordinance, which will greatly impact anyone who engages with city officials on policy matters. After a constructive first hearing a couple months ago where the regulated community and nonprofits shared our concerns and suggestions, the ordinance has come back without incorporating any of that feedback. The Chamber will be at the hearing tomorrow morning to continue to express our concerns and the challenges some of these changes would create for our members. SEE the recommendations.
Congressional Republicans respond to SB 1 coalition letter
After a potential ballot measure to repeal SB 1 was filed with the California Attorney General's Office, the Chamber, along with a number of other organizations, sent a letter to the Congressional Republicans in the state. The letter from the Fix Our Roads coalition urged the members to rethink their strategy. Last week, Republicans responded. READ their letter and LEARN MORE.
Oct. 17 - Innovation & Technology Council re: Rise of Cryptocurrencies 
Oct. 17 - City Ethics Commission re: updated lobbying regulations
Oct. 17 - LA Jobs PAC meeting
Oct. 17 - Meet & Greet for new DWP Commissioner Aura Vasquez 
Oct. 18 - State of the County with Sup. Janice Hahn
Oct. 19 - POLA Harbor Commission Meeting re: support for Everport Terminal
ALL WEEK - Watching the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series!
L.A.'s 20 hottest jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree, KPCC, 10.3.17; Los angeles region facing mid-skill worker shortage, study finds, Los Angeles Business Journal, 10.3.17; Will need California law red tape for developers?, TheRealDeal.com, 10.05.17; California Republicans spot political opportunity in fight for repeal of new gas tax, L.A. Times, 10.8.17; Los Angeles City Council to review proposal aimed to require real estate developers to help fund affordable homes, NBC4 LosAngeles, 10.10.17; 'Now is the time' -- Pepperdine gathers education policy voices to foster collaboration, LA School Report, 10.10.17; Opposing the California WaterFix is courting disaster, Fox & Hounds, 10.11.17; Southern California community colleges need to do more to prepare future workers,report says,  L.A. Daily News, 10.11.17; 'Linkage Fee': Plan to make developers fund affordable housing moves forward, Curbed.com, 10.11.17.
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