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VICA targets reform priorities in 2013

Posted: December 12, 2012 9:47 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2012 9:47 p.m.
 

The Valley Industry and Commerce Association released its 2013 Legislative Priorities on Wednesday.

The list of public policy issues will receive special attention from the organization, said a spokesperson
for the business organization.

Compiled from policy committees, the issues were reviewed by VICA’s board of directors and then voted on by the general membership to select the top priorities.

“As the voice for our members, it is important for VICA to champion the issues that are most pressing to the business community,” said David Adelman, VICA’s chairman.

The 10 priorities are crucial to economic recovery, business development and job creation, he said.

VICA membership voted to support local and state pension reform; lead the effort for business tax reform in the city of Los Angeles; advocate for city and county permitting fee waivers for television pilots filmed; lead the campaign to reinstate the flexible work week; and advocate tax incentives to enable California manufacturers to produce the technology developed by California research and development firms.

The business advocacy organization also elected to pursue legislation to strengthen the state’s Permit Streamlining Act to ensure that state and building permits are issued in a more timely fashion; advocate for a faster investment of the $40 billion raised through the passage of Measure R to speed up transportation projects; and back efforts to repeal state law prohibiting parents and community members from volunteering at K-12 schools to fill unfunded non-teaching positions.

Lastly, VICA members voted to push for reform to the California Environmental Quality Act to eliminate project delays, and pursue immediate reforms to the city of Los Angeles’ zoning code uniform interpretations by the planning department and commission to reduce the use of discretionary approvals.

“VICA works on numerous issues that impact the business community each year,” Stuart Waldman, VICA president.

“While the 2013 Legislative Priorities are not the only issues VICA will tackle in the new year, they are extremely important to the overall health of the business community and economy.”

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