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Santa Clarita Valley Chamber Government Affairs & Transportation Committee
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Source: Headington Media Group

A number of issues were discussed at the June Chamber Government Affairs & Transportation Committee (GA/TC)-from transportation and County issues to law enforcement and legislative updates. GA/TC Co-Chair and Ex. Dir. of the Golden State Gateway Coalition, Victor Lindenheim, GA/TC and Poole & Shaffery partner, Hunt Braly brought the meeting to order.

 

While attendance was lighter than usual because many members were at the Reagan building in Downtown LA for the High Speed Rail hearing, Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees Member Bruce Fortine was present along with a dozen or so community leaders.

 

Lindenheim brought up the fact that Metro is pushing to update their long-range plan and inquired as to the vision of its new CEO-to which Metro representative Mark Dierking said he would report on at the July meeting.

 

Jennings Imel, Western Regional Manager for the U.S. Chamber, spoke about work being done on the transportation bill for federal highways and expected only short-term fixes of the highway trust fund through the 2016 elections. Imel also reported there was a lot going on about trade, especially on Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) which has been in the national news.

Legislative Reports
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Source: Headington Media Group

 

Wyatt Woodson, Field Representative for Congressman Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley), spoke on support for the Space Act of 2015 (H.R. 2262) and protecting (and continuing) funding for H.R. 2578, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA,) located in Palmdale.

 

Dusty Russell, Field Deputy for state Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), was not present. You can click here for Pavley’s recent newsletter.

 

Vanessa Wilk, Field Deputy for state Senator Sharon Runner, brought delicious treats for everyone and reported on several items: (1) SB 526 on divorce agreements & income taxes; (2) SR 27 regarding Clean Air Month; (3) SR 29 to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis; and (4) the first Runner newsletter just went out.

 

Andre Hollings, Field Representative for Assemblymember Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), reported on a number of items: (1) AB 624 on real estate transaction fees; (2) the California state budget; (3) CEQA Reform; and host of Wilk bills that have moved from the Assembly to the Senate (AB 85 on Open Meetings, AB 951 on the Sanitation Board, AB 882 regarding electronic devices and school bonds, etc.).

Quote of the Week – Stuart Waldman, Valley Industry Commerce Association (VICA)
 

“A spike in the minimum wage could force companies to raise costs, sending consumers to neighboring counties to purchase products at lower prices. Employers may also resort to cutting jobs to compensate for higher labor costs, leaving hardworking people out of a job.”

 

Source: Waldman, Stuart. The Signal: “Minimum Wage Increase Could Hit Unincorporated L.A. County Soon, 5/4/15.

The GA/TC Briefing prepared by Santa Clarita Valley Chamber member
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About the SCV Chamber Government Affairs & Transportation Committee
Our Government Affairs & Transportation Committee (GA/TC) reviews legislative bills and issues brought before them from local, county, state and federal sources, and crafts policy positions for Executive Committee and Board of Director’s support or opposition.
The GA/TC also looks over and considers policy position statements on local bond issues. Candidates running for public office on the local level can present before the GA/TC for possible Chamber of Commerce endorsement.
It meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Chamber boardroom. Hunt Braly and Victor Lindenheim are the GA/TC Co-Chairs. Next meeting: Tuesday, July 14th. 
For more information on this committee, our events or other related Chamber issues, please call (661) 702-6977 or email info@scvchamber.com.

County & City Matters
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Source: Headington Media Group
Rosalind Wayman, Field Deputy for Supervisor Michael Antonovich, updated everyone that AB 353 regarding habitat restoration in Bouquet Canyon is now in the Senate and the County minimum wage conversation is ongoing-and that the LAEDC findings should be back later in June


Richard Yribe
with the L.A. County Public Works reported that SR 126 work continues and will be completed on schedule in the fall of 2016.

 

Mark Dierking, Community Relations Manager for Metro, spoke about new incentives in the Antelope Valley and would report back at the next meeting on the vision of the new CEO, Phillip Washington

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Mike Murphy, Intergovernmental Relations Officer for the City of Santa Clarita, was not present.
Ian Pari, Senior Traffic Engineer for the City of Santa Clarita, was not present.

 

Nancy Starczyk, 2015 Southland Regional Association of Realtors Government Affairs Chair, was not present.

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