Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I May 30
 
The voice of business goes to Washington 

Last week, the Chamber and more than 150 civic, business and elected leaders traveled to our nation's capital for the Chamber's annual ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip. Delegates met with and heard from many elected leaders including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Kamala Harris, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer as they took part in events, group briefings and small group meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate for issues vital to L.A.'s business community. SEE THE PHOTOS and our ADVOCACY AGENDA.
  • Monday, May 22 -- Delegates gathered at the Newseum to kick off ACCESS Washington, D.C. during the trip's Welcome Reception. They were joined by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, L.A. City Councilmembers Mitch Englander and Curren Price, and freshman Congresswoman Nanette Barragán.
  • Tuesday, May 23 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein spoke to a packed room of delegates at the Willard on Tuesday Morning. She discussed national security, the budget and bi-partisanship. Later on in the day, Congressman Alan Lowenthal hosted the Energy and Regional Economy teams for an energy briefing and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hosted a team in his office. The day was capped off by a visit from Senator Kamala Harris at the delegation reception.
  • Wednesday, May 24 -- During the full delegation breakfast, Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times' Washington Bureau shared his insights on the new administration and the current priorities in D.C. On the Hill, delegates from the Regional Economy team met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, while the Transportation teams heard from a panel of industry experts including representatives from the U.S. Chamber, APTA and CAGTA, discussing a potential infrastructure package, the President's budget and high-speed rail. The trip concluded with Former Congresswoman and current President, CEO and Director of the Wilson Center Jane Harman discussing foreign affairs at the closing dinner.
Legislative victory in D.C.

While we were in D.C., the House of Representatives passed HR 1809, a Chamber-supported bill that reauthorizes the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA) and includes a deeper focus on prevention for at-risk youth. While JJDPA enjoys broad bi-partisan support, it has not been reauthorized in over a decade. However, it remains the federal landmark statute that sets standards for protecting youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.
County Water Resilience Plan
 
Today the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a motion directing agencies and departments to Conduct broad education, outreach, and engagement with stakeholders and the public on County water issues and the County Water Resilience Plan being developed by the Department of Public Works; determine an appropriate parcel tax to fund stormwater capture and water quality projects and programs; and within nine months, develop an Expenditure Plan for the parcel tax. The Chamber has been meeting with other business groups and the County for months to ensure that we are at the table as this program develops. Read the County motion HERE and our letter to Mark Pestrella, Director of L.A. County Public Works HERE.
 
Linkage fee coming to Council
 
The linkage fee policy, which would implement a per square footage charge on new commercial and residential development to go towards an affordable housing fund, is expected to head to L.A. City Council in the next couple weeks. Jessica Duboff, vice president of Public Policy, spoke in front of the L.A. City Planning Commission a few months ago to express concern over any policy that would make it more expensive to build housing. See our October 2016 letter HERE.
 
Additionally, a recently released report by the California Center for Jobs & the Economy and the California Business Roundtable analyzed the potential effects from recently adopted and currently proposed housing regulations, specifically prevailing wage mandates. The results show housing cost increases in the tens of thousands of dollars per unit and an increase in the number of Californians living in poverty. Download the study HERE.
 
Indirect Source Rule Action
 
On March 31 of this year, a broad coalition of goods movement stakeholders expressed our disappointment with the California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) action on March 23 to reverse course on critical freight policy and reject the approach provided in the Sustainable Freight Action Plan and the Executive Order by directing CARB staff to commence development of concepts for indirect source regulations (ISRs). The Chamber participated in an industry group meeting with CARB in mid-May. Following that meeting, we signed onto a letter that provides additional support that the imposition of ISRs or similar measures will limit investment in California's transportation infrastructure, reduce jobs, hurt the competitiveness of California's freight system, increase vehicle miles traveled and overall emissions, especially greenhouse gases; decrease freight system efficiency, and ultimately delay emissions reductions. 
 
 
 
POLICY CALENDAR
 
May 30 - Board of Supervisors regarding Water Resilience Plan
May 30 -  L.A. City Council PLUM Committee regarding sign ordinance
May 31 - Cal Chamber Capital Summit in Sacramento
June 2 - Business Community Roundtable on economic development in Assembly District 59
 
You can't sit with us: California lawmakers to Trump wall contractors, TheRealDeal.com, 05.12.17; Monica Rodriguez stayed in northeast LA, Now she wants to lead it, L.A. Daily News, 05.14.17; LA Election Results: Rodriguez headed to win in CD7 race, with decisive lead over Torossian, L.A. Daily News, 05.16.17; AG Becerra: Lifting the Poor will boost the economy, FoxandHoundsDaily.com, 05.17.17.
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