Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Oct. 14

Register for the 6th Annual State of L.A. Infrastructure
Join us on Nov. 6 for our annual State of L.A. Infrastructure summit at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. We will be convening top leaders in the business community as well as policymakers to discuss our infrastructure needs. This year, we will dive into infrastructure resiliency and smart infrastructure. We are excited to announce that this year Denita Willoughby, vice president of supply management and logistics at Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), will emcee our event, and we will hear from Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA, as our keynote speaker. Panelists include:
  • Metro CEO Phil Washington
  • LADWP's new General Manager Marty Adams
  • John Bednarski, Chief Engineer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Neil Navin, Vice President of Gas Transmission and Storage, SoCalGas
Predictive scheduling in Economic Development Committee this week
The Los Angeles City Council's Economic Development Committee will hear the first report from the Bureau of Contract Administration on the requested Fair Work Week Ordinance this Tuesday at 9 a.m. The report proposes 21 different recommendations, including the creation of predictability pay for added and subtracted hours to an employee's existing work schedule. Predictability pay would require an employer to pay an extra hour of pay at the employee's regular pay for every instance that hours are added to an existing shift, or for each instance that the date/time of a shift is changed with no loss of hours. To see the entire report, please CLICK HERE. Diana Yedoyan, senior manager of public policy, will be making public comment on this item Tuesday. If you have any comments or proposed amendments that would impact your business, please reach out to Diana Yedoyan at dyedoyan@lachamber.com or 213.580.7558.
Update on bills signed by the Governor
This past Sunday was Gov. Gavin Newsom's deadline to get through all of the bills that reached his desk. The Chamber successfully advocated for many bills that were signed by the Governor:
  • AB 1197 (Santiago) would exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act any L.A. shelter or homeless housing project that gets funding from several state and local sources, including Prop HHH funds.
  • SB 330 (Skinner) would block local municipalities from downzoning or imposing new prohibitions on housing construction.
  • AB 1763 (Chiu) gives 100 percent affordable housing developments an enhanced density bonus to encourage construction.
  • AB 1560 (Friedman) revises CEQA's definition of "major transit stop" to include BRT.
  • Chamber-sponsored AB 150 (Beall) will improve access to the Chafee Grant Program, which provides state financial aid for current and former foster youth who are enrolled in a postsecondary education or training program.
We also advocated against bills, which are dead for the year:
  • ACA 14 (Gonzalez) would have made it mandatory for all contracted employees of the University of California system to have the same protections and standards as full-time employees. Granted reconsideration for 2020.
  • SB 1 (Atkins) freezes in place a number of federal environmental act standards in place from Jan. 19, 2017, until Jan. 20, 2025. (currently in Senate)
  • AB 1066 (Gonzalez) would have raised unemployment insurance costs by using UI to pay workers on strike. Granted reconsideration for 2020.
READ a full legislative recap.
Water resilience in Los Angeles
At last Thursday's Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Met), the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), and Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) discussed their investments in recycled water. Met is implementing its Regional Recycled Water Program (RRWP), beginning with a demonstration treatment plant. LADWP and LASAN are collaborating on retooling the Hyperion water treatment plant, an approximately $8 billion investment, to increase recycled water, which could supply 33 percent of the city's potable water. Both the Met and LADWP and LASAN efforts will help increase local water supply and resiliency as our region continues to grapple with the impacts of a changing climate. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Policy council updates
Upcoming councils:
  • Joint Innovation & Technology and Government & Fiscal Affairs - Tuesday, Oct. 15, with State Assemblymember Ed Chau, author of the California Consumer Privacy Act. RSVP HERE.
  • Land Use, Construction & Housing - Wednesday, Oct. 23, featuring an in-person working session and presentation from Equity Residential. RSVP HERE.
  • Transportation & Goods Movement - Tuesday, Nov. 5, with Avital Barnea, deputy secretary for transportation planning at the California State Transportation Agency. RSVP HERE.
  • Government & Fiscal Affairs - Tuesday, Nov. 19, with Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby. RSVP HERE.


Oct. 15 - L.A. City Economic Development Committee
Oct. 15 - L.A. City Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee
Oct. 16 - HATCH bioscience labs tour
Oct. 18 - AQMD draft contingency measure plan
Our Statement on California's Community College Emergency Aid Legislation, Scholarship America, 10.7.19; SCV business community hears from federal, state reps, Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 10.4.19; County OKs $4.4M in Transportation Funds for 16-City Fiber Network, Techwire, 9.27.19; Should L.A. Metro Invest $4.4M in Faster South Bay Internet?, Government Technology, 9.27.19
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