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Santa Clarita Valley Chamber Government Affairs & Transportation Committee
GATC 1 - June 2013
Source: Headington Media Group

A number of issues were discussed at the July Chamber Government Affairs & Transportation Committee (GA/TC)-from an update on the State Route 126 Interchange improvement project, a discussion of the state gas tax increase going into effect and breaking ground on the Newhall Roundabout. Assemblymember Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) also made a personal visit to discuss the California state budget, taking questions from the crowd of two dozen community leaders that included College of the Canyons Board of Trustees Member Bruce Fortine and Santa Clarita City Councilmember Marsha McLean.

GA/TC Co-Chair and Principal of Braly Law Firm, Hunt Braly, opened the committee by outlining the goal of the Chamber Briefing-to engage the Santa Clarita Valley business community and update them on issues the Chamber is addressing. The next meeting will be held in September; the Chamber’s GA/TC will be dark in August.

 

GA/TC Co-Chair and Ex. Dir. of the Golden State Gateway Coalition, Victor Lindenheim, led the conversation on transportation, updating everyone on the 3.5% increase over the current gas tax amount (which he noted that BOE Member George Runner opposed), the groundbreaking of the AV Metrolink line at the Burbank airport and rush hour commute comparisons across the nation-noting that 10% of Californians commute more than an hour each day-every work day. Lindenheim also talked about the new Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, and was optimistic about working with his office regarding Santa Clarita issues.

 

No reports from the office of Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita). Members can contact his District Director, Morris Thomas, with any issues, concerns or updates.

Sarah Tyndall, Field Representative for state Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley), said there are still two bills of his in the Assembly-which should see action before the end of the legislative session in late August. Sarah also noted that Senator Knight will be holding his second Town Hall meeting on July 25th at Santa Clarita City Council chamber from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

Kara Seward, District Director for state Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), noted that the Senate is still in session and Pavley has several bills she is working on. Seward also mentioned an upcoming Grants Workshop on July 19th at Santa Clarita City Hall she is sponsoring with Senator Knight from 10 a.m. to Noon.

 

Scott Wilk - SCV News Assemblymember Scott Wilk attended and spoke largely on the state budget, saying it is “not really balanced” and expressed his disagreement with the Governor and majority party on Enterprise Zones and student funding formulas. Wilk closed with an invite to his July 30th Town Hall meeting on the Accountability Care Act (ACA). Implementation of ACA, referred to by some as “Obamacare,” will have an immediate and lasting effect on healthcare in the Golden State. The main speaker will be Charles Rosen, Immediate Past President of the California Healthcare Underwriters Association. Wilk is a member of the CA State Assembly Committee on Health.

 

David Perry, Field Deputy for Supervisor Michael Antonovich, noted that the Supervisor was now termed-out of his MTA chairmanship-but not before upgrading the MTA fleet with a $263 million purchase. Perry brought up a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and concerns over mandated local worker hire programs projects of $5 million. You can click here for the motion. He also noted that “Round 2” of the Storm Water Tax (also known as the “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” measure) has begun and urged everyone to keep an eye on things.

 

Ian Pari, Senior Traffic Engineer for the City of Santa Clarita, provided an update on the Newhall Roundabout-which is set to break ground on July 23rd at 10 a.m. He noted that he has met with all businesses to be impacted by the construction and all work should be finished by early next year. Both KHTS 1220 AM and the Signal covered the event.

 

Jeffrey Payne, Construction Manager for the SR 126 Interchange Improvement Project, discussed the many benefits related to the project, including: Improved traffic flow and safety; Reduced travel times; Enhanced access to the Valencia Commerce Center; Creating 1,600 temporary jobs; and 7,000 permanent jobs.

 

Payne noted the following traffic impacts: (1) No long-term road closures; (2) Re-routing of traffic when necessary; and (3) Access to properties within project limits will be maintained during construction. The project completion is 2016. Click here for more information.

 

Patrick Bryant, Administrative Analyst for the Santa Clarita Transit agency, provided a transit update, noting that the Summer Beach Bus program was more popular than ever and will be ongoing throughout the summer. The service takes Santa Claritans to Santa Monica and back for $6-or $3 each way. Click here for more information.

Introducing “The Chamber Minute”

 

Fred Arnold - Chamber Minute
Source: Headington Media Group

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest in the state, has launched a new outreach and advocacy effort called ” The Chamber Minute.” It will be used as a way to involve and galvanize the business community around issues, concerns and challenges facing the valley.

The inaugural edition was on Chlorides with a call to action for public comment before the Wednesday, July 24th deadline. Speakers in order of appearance: Terri Crain, President & CEO of the SCV Chamber; Fred Arnold, Chairman of the Board of the SCV Chamber; Greg Amsler, Owner of Salt Creek Grille; and Bill Barritt, CFO of Aerospace Dynamics, Inc. It can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/70775498.

Quote of the Week – Mayor Bob Kellar on the Newhall Roundabout
 
Bob Kellar - Twitter page
Source: Bob Kellar Twitter page

“One of the priorities for revitalization in the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan was to change the character of the area by re-configuring traffic, making Old Town Newhall more pedestrian friendly.” (Source: Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 7/13/13).

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