Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I June 12
 
Affordable Housing Linkage Fee has first L.A. City Council hearing
 
Last Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council's Planning & Land Use Committee considered the Affordable Housing Linkage Fee proposed by Mayor Garcetti. The proposal would impose a fee of $5 per square foot to new commercial and industrial development and $12 a square foot to new residential development to go towards an affordable housing fund. The $75- $92 million annually estimated to be raised wouldn't be able to construct anywhere near the number of affordable housing units we need, it would simply raise the costs for the majority of renters and buyers. The Committee took no action and will hear additional information on the motion later this summer. See the statement Chamber President and CEO Gary Toebben delivered at committee HERE, read our coalition letter HERE, and learn more HERE.
 
Sacramento legislation recap 
 
Friday, June 2 marked the deadline to get bills out of the house of origin for the state legislature. Chamber policy staff has been working on nearly 60 bills in 2017. Victories at this point include the defeat or stalling of AB 5 (Fletcher-Gonzalez), a burdensome scheduling mandate, and SB 57 (Stern), which would have ordered the closing of Aliso Canyon. Priorities moving forward include defeating two bills that would take L.A. County governing decisions out of the hands of L.A. County voters -- SB 268 and SCA 12 (Mendoza), and the passage of Chamber-sponsored AB 1164 (Thurmond), which would create an Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for foster kids.
 
As the session progresses, we will be watching and weighing in on legislation dealing with single-payer health care, cap & trade, and dozens of bills to address our housing crisis. See our bill tracking HERE. 
Federal tax reform
 
As part of ACCESS Washington, D.C. last month, the Chamber delegation urged members of Congress to oppose the elimination of the federal deduction for state and local taxes. The elimination of the deductibility of these taxes would have a very negative impact on the businesses and individuals that have invested in the growth of the California economy and thereby the growth of the U.S. economy. Last week, California State Controller Betty Yee sent letters to Congress echoing these concerns. See her letters HERE and REGISTER to join us at Accenture Pancakes & Politics on June 23 where we will hear from the Controller on this and other issues. 
 
Infrastructure hot takes
  • City Council gave final approval to LAX's Landside Access Modernization Program. Additionally, American Airlines announced a $1.6 billion terminal upgrade. 
  • The DEIR comment period just closed for the Port of Los Angeles' Everport Terminal Improvement Project. See the Chamber's support letter HERE. 
  • The first SB 1 workshops took place last week in Sacramento. You can see the agendas  HERE. The Chamber has signed up to participate in the freight program workgroup.
  • We are a partner on FuturePort's annual Strong Ports = Strong California conference, which is coming up on Thursday, June 22 in Long Beach. Chamber members can receive a discount using the promo code: LACOC2017 Register HERE.
 
 
 
 
June 13 - Board of Supervisors regarding Measure H recommendations
June 13 - LA Jobs PAC meeting
June 13 - L.A. Tech Talent Launch 
June 15 - ITUP LA Health Collaborative meeting
June 15 - Central City Association's Housing Panel & Showcase
June 16 - Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council
June 16 - Mobility 21 Board Meeting
 
Senate approves bill to allow communities to extend alcohol service hours to 4 AM, East County Today, 06.02.17; Essential Politics: California's governor acting as climate ambassador just as Trump abandons accord, L.A. Times, 06.05.17; L.A. committee delays decision on real estate developer's fee to pay for affordable housing, L.A. Daily News, 06.06.17;  L.A. holds off on developer fees, raising money for affordable housing, MyNewsLA.com, 06.06.17; California Senate moves forwards with bill that would overhaul L.A. County MTA, L.A. Times, 06.01.17; California Senate moves forwards with bill that would overhaul L.A. County MTA,  DailyMe.com, 06.01.17.

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