Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Aug. 5
 

Majority Leader Ian Calderon speaks at Accenture Pancakes & Politics
July's Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series welcomed California State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon to the Chamber. Calderon spoke candidly about his experience as the first millennial legislator in Sacramento, how his experiences as an athlete and as a father influence his leadership priorities and his perspective on a number of controversial bills. Calderon also serves as the co-chair of the California Tech Caucus and discussed his legislation on blockchain and artificial intelligence to keep California at the forefront of these advancements. SEE THE PHOTOS.

Business organizations unite for major push on USMCA
More than 600 organizations throughout the country, including the L.A. Area Chamber, submitted a coalition letter to Congress urging support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) when legislators return from summer recess. Four billion dollars a day of trade are done between the U.S. and our North American neighbors, impacting more than 12 million jobs. READ the letter.
 
County to study impact of art fee on residential development
On July 23, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took up the proposed art fee ordinance, which would impose a one percent art fee on all new development with the exception of affordable housing projects and residential projects with four or less units. With the Chamber's advocacy alongside partner business organizations on this proposal, the Board proposed and passed amendments to separate residential development from the art fee ordinance and have a 60-day report back from staff on the effects of the art fee to housing. The fee will still apply to commercial and industrial projects in Los Angeles County. READ our letter.
 
County approves implementation ordinance for Measure W
At last Tuesday's Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board unanimously voted to adopt two key components of the Safe, Clean Water Program: the Implementation Ordinance and the recommended Watershed Area Steering Committees and delegates. Supervisors emphasized their hope that water infrastructure and water management will generate new, green jobs in the county. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl indicated that she'll soon bring a motion to ensure that funds from Measure W, M, H and A are spent synergistically. County staff is still refining the supplemental program documents. The Chamber's Measure W Task Force will continue its collaboration with the County to ensure the credit program is designed for maximum participation by property owners. The next task force meeting is tomorrow, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. Contact Kendal Asuncion if you'd like to participate.

Vice President of Policy Jessica Duboff was approved as an appointee to represent the business community on the North Santa Monica Bay Watershed Area Steering Committee (WASC). These nine WASC's guide their respective watershed areas in pursuit of program goals, including recommending projects and programs to include in the Stormwater Investment Plan.

Governor signs water quality legislation
On July 24, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 200 (Monning) to establish the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to help local water systems provide safe drinking water. The Chamber has advocated the last two years for a solution to help the more than one million Californians without clean drinking water. In June, Gov. Newsom's budget allocated $130 million to begin implementation of a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Program. SB 200 makes that money available for safe drinking water projects. SB 200 also requires the State Water Resources Control Board to develop a fund expenditure plan to identify failing water systems, as well as solutions to provide safe and affordable drinking water.
 
Chamber represents business on Floodplain Management Plan committees
Both the City and County of Los Angeles are participants in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (CRS). Their participation in the CRS program enables property owners to obtain flood insurance at reduced rates. Per regulations, the City and County are required to update their Floodplain Management Plan every five years. Vice President of Policy Jessica Duboff has been invited to participate on both steering committees to help determine the overall strategy of the program, projects and measures to reduce the impacts of flood hazards.
 
One week left to support Chamber-endorsed candidate for L.A. City Council District 12
The special election to replace Councilmember Mitch Englander in the northwest San Fernando Valley is next Tuesday, Aug. 13. The Chamber Jobs PAC has endorsed John Lee as the best candidate for the position, and we are currently participating in an independent expenditure in support.
 
Save the date for State of L.A. Infrastructure
The 2019 State of L.A. Infrastructure will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in downtown Los Angeles. The annual event will feature panels on issues of importance to a cross-sector of infrastructure fields, a business leader keynote and the presentation of our Sustainability Award. Keep an eye out for more information as we confirm topics and speakers. You can see the 2018 speaker line-up HERE.
 
Policy council updates
The July Land Use, Construction & Housing Council meeting featured Leonora Camner and Luke Klipp of Abundant Housing Los Angeles for a discussion on the housing crisis, issues in getting more housing created and their priorities for advocacy. SEE THE PHOTOS.

The Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council met on Aug. 1 to welcome new South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Governing Board Member Vanessa Delgado. During her conversation with members, Delgado outlined her top priorities, which include: funding to provide incentives to transition trucking fleets to cleaner technology, ensuring South Coast AQMD can reach its federal air quality attainment requirements, developing the necessary fueling infrastructure to increase consumer choice in light-duty passenger vehicles and successful implementation of AB 617. SEE THE PHOTOS.

The Health Care Council held a panel on the workforce shortage in the health care industry, which is projected to only grow over time. It is estimated that there will be a shortfall of nearly 105,000 physicians by 2030, including a shortage between 7,300 and 43,100 for primary care physicians and a shortage of 33,500 to 61,800 for non-primary care specialists. Speakers included Bridget Netter, director of business education partnerships, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Juan Puentes, talent acquisition specialist, human resources division, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD); Donna Horowitz, specialist, special programs, student health & human services, district nursing services, LAUSD; and Shari Herzfeld, deputy sector navigator, health workforce initiative regional director, Rio Hondo College. SEE THE PHOTOS.

Upcoming:
  • Education & Workforce Development, Aug. 9, for a discussion on the future of charter schools. RSVP HERE.
 

POLICY CALENDAR

 
Aug. 5 - Metro's Goods Movement Strategy Focus Group
Aug. 6 - Measure W Implementation Task Force
Aug. 6 - L.A. City Council re: Council resolution on support for AB 1404
Aug. 6 - L.A. County Board of Supervisors re: Sustainability Plan
Aug. 7 - R.E.A.L. Coalition CEO's call
Aug. 7 - Metro E3 Youth Initiative Working Group meeting
Aug. 8 - City of Los Angeles Floodplain Management Steering Committee
Aug. 8 - Chamber Executive Committee meeting
Aug. 8 - L.A. City Planning Commission meeting re: 5th & Hill project
Aug. 9 - Education & Workforce Development Council
 
L.A. County Board Sets Up Watershed Committees To Spend Measure W Dollars, MyNewsLA.com, 7.30.19; Many Black App-Based Drivers, Media Freelancers Want to Remain "Their Own Bosses," The Sacramento Observer, 7.23.19
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