Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I July 24
Senate pro Tem recaps cap-and-trade deal
Friday, at a joint meeting of our Transportation & Goods Movement and Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Councils, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León discussed the state Senate and Assembly's recent extension of California's cap-and-trade program until 2030. In a show of bipartisanship, the legislators approved a set of three bills: AB 398 to extend the program, AB 617 to reduce pollution, and ACA 1, which will place a measure on the 2018 ballot to establish a legislative "check-up" on the program in 2024. The Chamber was proud to support these bills as a compromise that balances environmental protection with market certainty and economic growth. See our coalition letter HERE.
Chamber welcomes Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
Last Friday, the Chamber hosted a fundraiser for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, with special guests Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León and new Congressman Jimmy Gomez. The Congresswoman shared an update on federal issues, including health care discussions, and what she is working on with her colleagues.
Chamber supported Newhall Ranch project certified by L.A. County Board of Supervisors
Last week, the Chamber stood in support of FivePoint's $13 billion Newhall Ranch project at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting. The Board certified plans for the Landmark and Mission villages, clearing the way for the development of 5,500 homes and apartments, office space and schools. Estimated to create 60,000 permanent jobs and generate $800 million a year in state and local taxes, the project is groundbreaking in its commitment to net-zero emissions in order to balance environmental concerns with economic development and the need for housing. See our SUPPORT LETTER and LEARN MORE.
Chamber supports foster youth policy
Chamber Senior Policy Manager Candace Nafissi testified in front of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in support of a motion to create a Foster Youth Bill of Rights authored by Sup. Janice Hahn and Sup. Sheila Kuehl. The Foster Youth Bill of Rights provides a comprehensive list of resources and services available for foster youth and their families. While the state of California has a foster youth bill of rights, the list is outdated and does not cover programs at the county-level. SEE THE MOTION.
Infrastructure Hot Takes:
  • 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP): The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach released a draft 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). The CAAP outlines a new set of strategies for the nation's busiest harbor complex to continue reducing emissions. The proposals are expected to cost between $8 and $14 billion. See the documents HERE.
  • California WaterFix: The California WaterFIx took another step forward last week when the California Department of Water Resources issued a Notice of Determination indicating the project meets CEQA requirements. In related news, recent polling showed strong support for the project from Southern California voters.
  • LAX terminals: The Board of Airport Commissioners approved the Terminal 2 and 3 modernization project, which will include state-of-the-art facilities and better connections between the terminals on the north side of the airport, and the connection of the two terminals to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The Board also voted in favor of a lease agreement with Southwest Airlines for a new building (Terminal 1.5) that will include a connector between Terminals 1 and 2, as well as space for additional ticket counters, baggage carousels, a bus gate and an additional Security Screening Check Point. LEARN MORE.
Follow L.A. City Planning Dept on Social Media!
Earlier this month, the L.A. City Planning Department launched Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and LinkedIn accounts to better educate, engage, inform and share the work Department is doing. You can find the department on all platforms @Planning4LA.