Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I March 6
 
Tomorrow is election day!

Tomorrow is election day in both the City and the County of Los Angeles. Remember to vote Yes on H and No on S! You can see a full list of Chamber endorsements HERE.
 
AQMD approves 2016 Air Quality Management Plan

Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben attended last Friday's Air Quality Management District (AQMD) meeting where they approved the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) after delaying adoption in February. The Chamber had been advocating for the plan to be adopted as is, after years of stakeholder meetings and input. The Board ended up adopting amendments to phase out RECLAIM and consider new rules for commercial airports, but Chamber-opposed amendments to implement an indirect source rule for the Ports, which would have a detrimental impact on trade growth, failed. The California Air Resources Board is scheduled to adopt the AQMP into the State Implementation Plan on March 23.
 
Linkage Fee and General Plan Surcharge
 
Chamber Vice President of Public Policy Jessica Duboff spoke at the L.A. City Planning Commission (CPC) in February, urging caution on the linkage fee proposal currently being considered. This fee on new construction, at $5 a square foot for commercial and $12 a square foot for residential, would go towards the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. While the Chamber supports a dedicated revenue stream for affordable housing, we are concerned with revenue being derived from making it more expensive to build housing and businesses. CPC approved the policy with some minor tweaks to the proposed exemptions and an extension of the implementation phase. It will now go to City Council Committee. READ MORE.
 
Additionally, L.A. City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee heard a proposal last week to increase the General Plan surcharge assessed on developers by an additional 2 percent. Policy Manager Olivia Lee spoke in support of the fee, as long as the City commits it to going directly towards the updating of our very outdated planning documents. See the reports HERE.
Big week for Los Angeles International Airport
  • Last Monday LAX broke ground on the $1.6-billion Midfield Satellite Concourse, a new facility that will add 12 boarding gates between the north and south runways. Construction for the new concourse is expected to begin in the next few months, with completion scheduled by 2019. The Chamber has long-supported this project, going back to the Master Plan over a decade ago. LEARN MORE.
  • At Thursday's Board of Airport Commissioners meeting, Policy Manager Sarah Rascon spoke in support of the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which will transform the way the public accesses the airport. LAMP components include an automated people mover, consolidated rental car facility and two new intermodal transportation facilities. LEARN MORE.
  • LAX also released the Draft EIR for the Terminals 2 and 3 modernization project, which will be the new home of Chamber member Delta Airlines. You can see the Draft EIR HERE.
Infrastructure Hot Takes:
  • President & CEO Gary Toebben was a panelist last week at the 2017 West Coast Rail Conference to speak about the benefits of high speed rail. Also on rail, Vice President Jessica Duboff spent the latter part of the week in Washington, D.C. to participate in Railroad Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill with freight rail advocates from across the county.
  • Congratulations to Chamber Transportation & Goods Movement Vice-chair Hilary Norton on her appointment to Metro's Policy Advisory Council. The Chamber had nominated Hilary to fill the designated business seat.  
Policy Council notes:
  • Policy councils are dark this month for ACCESS Sacramento. We'll resume programming in April.
  • Congratulations to long-time Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Co-chair Tom McHenry on his recent appointment to president and dean of Vermont Law School. Thank you for all your work at the Chamber -- you'll be missed! 
Chamber, Go-Biz and Mayor Garcetti to hold California Competes Tax Credit Workshop

Mayor Garcetti, the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the Chamber are hosting a workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC). The CCTC program has $243.3 million in tax credits available during the 2016-17 fiscal year for businesses that want to expand in or relocate to California. The next application period begins March 6. Small, medium and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instructions on how to apply for this tax credit program. 
 
Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: L.A. Area Chamber 
350 S. Bixel St. Los Angeles, CA 90017
Parking: Parking available in the Chamber garage located on W 4th Street and Bixel Street.
 
Sup. Hahn recommends Chamber Education & Policy Manager for appointment to Children's and Families Commission
 
Candace Nafissi, the Chamber's Education & Policy Manager, was recommended to be appointed to serve on the Children's and Families Commission by Sup. Janice Hahn. The Commission for Children and Families is the only Commission in L.A. County that focuses solely on issues impacting at-risk and systems involved children and families. Appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, members of the Commission bring additional experience and expertise to government deliberation; support the Office of Child Protection and other stakeholders in creating more effective systems of care; facilitate the development of community, faith-based and philanthropic partnerships; and advise the Board on key opportunities and challenges concerning vulnerable children and families.  
POLICY CALENDAR
 
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28 & 29
 
March 6 - ACCESS Washington, D.C. Steering Committee luncheon to kick off planning for the 2017 coalition trip. Save the date and plan to join us May 22-24. RSVP HERE.
March 7 - Election Day! Various campaign events. 
March 10 - California Competes Tax Credit event with Mayor's office and Go-Biz
 
Endorsement: Say no to L.A.'s Measure S and economic risks, L.A. Daily News, 2.17.17; What's Measure S? A breakdown of the ballot measure to restrict development, L.A. Times, 2.20.17; Endorsement: Vote yes on Measure M to help L.A. make marijuana laws, L.A. Daily News, 2.21.17; 
Endorsement: Vote yes on Measure H, then demand results on homelessness crisis, L.A. Daily News, 2.24.17; Tom Perez becomes DNC Chair in close election victory, KWQC, 2.25.17.
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