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ADVOCACY

Amplifying The Voice of Business.

The Voice of Business

The SCV Chamber successfully works on behalf of its members to maintain a healthy and vibrant business climate in what has been ranked one of the most business friendly cities in California. The Chamber takes an active role in shaping legislative policies in support of business. We represent our members before local, regional, state and federal governmental entities and provides a forum for our members to develop policy positions that directly impact the Santa Clarita Valley business community.  The SCV Chamber works with all elected officials, irrelevant of political party affiliations.

The following information defines and guides the SCV Chamber’s advocacy efforts and provides contact details for our elected representatives.

Public Policy Pillars

The Chamber Board of Directors adopted a set of Public Policy Pillars in 2018 to convey to policymakers what the business community in the Santa Clarita Valley strives for. The Public Policy Pillars are set in place to guide the Chamber in directing our advocacy efforts. They are not intended to set specific policy priorities for the organization, but rather they should shape the way any policymaker approaches the decision they make.

 

Business Climate

The Chamber supports a positive environment in which businesses in our local area, city, region and state can continue to flourish and remain competitive. The Chamber supports the following:

  • Sensible changes in state labour laws and regulations aimed at making the workplace easier to administer;
  • Changes in tax policy that keep businesses competitive;
  • Local efforts to implement roadway improvements, infrastructure projects and other construction in a way that impacts the fewest businesses as possible; and
  • Revisions to the state's workers' compensation system to bring balance and fairness to what has become a contentious system.
  • The Chamber opposes government mandated unionization and supports unionization as a worker's choice.

 

Taxation

The Chamber endorses tax policies that would enhance the competitiveness of our local businesses, such as business tax reforms and other changes to help further business development and worker retention. This would ensure that our businesses are not put at an economic disadvantage.

 

Land Use

The Chamber supports the thoughtful growth of the Santa Clarita Valley under the One Valley, One Vision general plan and supports policies that encourage smart growth planning and a jobs/housing balance.

 

Health Care

The Chamber gets involved with a wide range of health care and health care industry related issues. From educating our members on the details, rules, to critical public policy debates affecting health care costs, health sector jobs and services, we mobilize on health care issues that are important to our members and our economy. We work to inform lawmakers, guide decision-making and generate support for policies on critical issues that impact physicians, patients and the health care environment at the local, state, and federal level.

 

Energy/Environment

The Chamber supports efforts to move toward increase use of renewable forms of energy and is aware of the concern pertaining power shut off. The Chamber recognizes energy choice and is concerned about efforts limiting the choice on natural gas. The Chamber supports recycling, conservation and green development for all new construction and working toward Net Zero goals. The Chamber is also aware that it is critical for business attraction and retention to improve our existing infrastructure and find new, reliable sources for natural gas, water and other resources critical to the sustained growth of our community and economy. The Chamber supports the installation of alternative vehicle charging stations and the availability of low-emission, electric and non-motorized forms of transportation.

The Chamber supports the City of Santa Clarita’s amendments for the 2019 California Building Codes, enforced January 1, 2020, to address local topographic, climatic, and/or geologic conditions, and to include provisions pertaining to the administration of these codes.

 

Transportation

The Chamber supports efforts to move toward increase use of renewable forms of energy and is aware of the concern pertaining power shut off. The Chamber recognizes energy choice and is concerned about efforts limiting the choice on natural gas. The Chamber supports recycling, conservation and green development for all new construction and working toward Net Zero goals. The Chamber is also aware that it is critical for business attraction and retention to improve our existing infrastructure and find new, reliable sources for natural gas, water and other resources critical to the sustained growth of our community and economy. The Chamber supports the installation of alternative vehicle charging stations and the availability of low-emission, electric and non-motorized forms of transportation.

 

Education

The Chamber believes that a workforce equipped with the skills for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs is critical for the future of the region’s economy. The Chamber advocates for educational policy and reforms that heighten community engagement; promote autonomy, critical and creative thinking and entrepreneurship; and, support education systems that inspire lifelong learning among community residents and fulfill the needs of regional employers for a highly skilled workforce.

 

Public Safety

The Chamber considers safety to be a top priority and support increasing the size and presence of our police and fire departments to allow for a decrease in response times and a reduction in crime. It is our priority to work with County, State and Federal partners to ensure adequate aerial firefighting resources and opportunities for expansion. It is imperative that we ensure our public safety officers are effectively equipped to fight fires when they are simultaneously ocurring in other counties and regions.

 

Tourism

The Chamber supports policies to maintain and increase the region's booming tourism industry. With more than 25 million visitors coming to Los Angeles County each year, the Chamber recognizes the industry's importance to our region's economic stability and growth.

 

Industry, Manufacturing & Technology

We support public policies that allow our manufacturing, processing and technology industries to thrive.  We believe in competitive tax policies for manufacturers, increased career technical education and training for students, a direct focus on improving workforce development and achieving greenhouse gas reductions while protecting and promoting industry and manufacturing jobs and the economy.

 

Water

The Chamber supports a safe and reliable water supply in the Santa Clarita Valley. The Chamber recognizes the importance of the State Water Project and the proposed Delta Conveyance system to our local water supply and will advocate for funding. There will be continued support for water use efficiency efforts, locally and throughout the state. The Chamber understands the concerns about polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have been detected in multiple wells across the agency service area, and will work with the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency, the Santa Clara River Watershed Area Steering Committee, and our local and state elected officials and staff on solving this issue.

2020 Legislative Priorities

2020 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Based on input and suggestions from our local business community, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to establish our 2020 Legislative Priorities. Below are the top local and state policy issues that will be the focus of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts for 2020:   

Economy & Jobs

  1. Oppose attempts to raise the statewide cap on local sales and use taxes.
  2. Promote a diverse energy resource mix to preserve consumer choice, ensure reasonable, and reliable energy service.
  3. Support policy decisions that promote the growth of innovation, technology sectors that meet consumer demands.
  4. Oppose legislation that would prohibit or limit local governments’ ability to contract out for the provision of services.
  5. Advocate for regulations and processes that facilitate enhanced film, television and commercial production in the Santa Clarita Valley
  6. Call for the reinstatement of the flexible work week that allows individual employees to request deviation from the 8-hour, five-day state mandate.
  7. Support increased career technical, vocational, computer science and STEAM funding in schools.
  8. Work to ensure that federal funding remains in place for community health centers, which will guarantee access to healthcare and protect tens of thousands of jobs.
  9. Support legislation which limits the time period after termination in which a worker’s compensation claim can be filed.
  10. Advocate for a minimum 65-day right to cure period before a lawsuit can be filed against an employer under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
  11. Work to amend the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees so that it is not linked to the minimum wage.
  12. Support legislation or grant opportunities for local governments that provide funding for development or enhancing alternative fueling stations for vehicles.
  13. Support legislation, regulatory proposals, or administrative actions to accelerate the development and implementation of enhanced electrical utility infrastructure, including undergrounding of utility equipment, that ensures reliable utility service and public safety and prevents the use of public safety power shutoffs.
  14. Advocate for measures that support the City’s continued efforts to retain and promote the growth or expansion of local businesses.
  15. Advocate for the protection of independent contractors and the gig economy, allowing Californians to work independently for many reasons: flexibility, quality of life, more control over their work, more economic security, or extra money on the side.

Land Use & Housing

  1. Protect and defend Proposition 13 and fight against increased property taxes, which would make California’s affordability crisis and high tax burden even worse.
  2. Oppose any effort to create a Split Roll that would potentially remove any protections for nonresidential properties in order to raise taxes on them.
  3. Support land use decisions and zoning changes that will support the economic vitality of our business community while protecting our community’s quality of life.
  4. Continue to support comprehensive policy solutions to protect the public, our communities, and the economy from the risks posed by wildfires and other natural disasters.
  5. Push to reform and streamline the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  6. Oppose legislation that would interfere with, limit or eliminate the decision-making authority of municipalities in the area of local land use.
  7. Oppose legislation that seeks to circumvent local control and local circumstances when addressing homelessness.
  8. Support the development of housing at all economic levels to address homelessness, workforce housing and the housing in the greater Santa Clarita Valley.
  9. Support legislation, regulatory proposals, or administrative efforts that provide additional authority or funding for municipalities to address homeless issues within their communities.
  10. Support legislation to authorize state funding to assist local agencies in the development of affordable housing, infrastructure, and economic development projects.
  11. Water Contamination: Support efforts to protect Santa Clarita residents from water contamination, and work with the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency, the Santa Clara River Watershed Area Steering Committee, and elected official offices.
  12. Energy Choice: Advocate for balanced energy policies that recognize the importance of energy choice for business and a cleaner environment.
  13. Fire Insurance: Support efforts against insurance rate increases for residents and businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley as state declares the area to be hazardous for future fire breakouts. 

Transportation

  1. Support legislative and regulatory efforts to ensure Santa Clarita receives its fair share of transportation revenue; based upon appropriate population statistics or proportionate to transportation tax dollars generate in the SCV and increase funding for local transportation, transit programs, and projects including reauthorizing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
  2. Support acceleration of all Measure M-funded Metro projects.
  3. Oppose legislation that changes the composition of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Board of Directors (Metro), resulting in a reduction of Santa Clarita’s representation or influence with the Board of Directors.
  4. Support infrastructure legislation and grant funding for a federal investment in transportation, water resources, and housing directly to local governments.

Policy Making Principles

For the betterment of our business community, the SCV Chamber works with elected officials from across the political spectrum, irrelevant of political party affiliations.

The SCV Chamber has adopted a set of general principles that can be used to guide policymakers when faced with decisions regarding their constituents. The principles ask to 1) Engage the business community as a partner; 2) Make job creation and economic growth your top priority; 3) Consider the cumulative effects of taxes, fees, and regulations on job creation and economic growth; and 4) Open market for innovation.

Engage the business community as a partner.

Santa Clarita Valley’s business community has always been a source of dynamic leadership, problem-solving, and innovation. Before supporting or proposing solutions to issues, we urge you to reach out to us, so we can work together toward effective solutions. We are your constituents, we employ your constituents, and our collective success is a mutual proposition. Let’s work together from the start so together we can build stronger and more successful communities.

Make job creation and economic growth your top priority.

According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, one in four children in Los Angeles County lives in poverty. While effective, accountable, fiscally responsible public programs are necessary short-term solutions to this crisis, the long-term solution must focus on creating good-paying jobs for your constituents that grow and sustain the economic vitality of our region.

Consider the cumulative effects of taxes, fees, and regulations on job creation and economic growth.

Over the years, our members have vocalized new taxes, fees, and regulations as their top concerns. In isolation, individual new tax, fee, or regulatory proposals might seem reasonable. However, the cumulative costs have become a hindrance to California’s economic success. We urge you to consider how each proposal that crosses your desk will add to or reduce the cumulative burden on the businesses that employ and sustain the quality of life for your constituents.

Open market for innovation.

Innovation, technology evolution, and consumer demand sometimes moves faster than the speed of government. Regulators and policymakers should encourage the market to innovate and grow while balancing affordability, reliability, cost-effectiveness, and the current state of technology for consumers.

Elected Representatives

Below are the contact details for Federal, State, County and Local elected officials representing the Santa Clarita Valley:

Congressman Mike Garcia

U.S. House of Representatives - CA 25
23734 Valencia Blvd. Suite 301 | Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-568-4855
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Senator Henry Stern

California State Senate - 27th Dist.
District Representative: Denise Kniter
5016 N. Parkway Calabasas, Suite 222 | Calabasas, CA 91302
Phone: 818-876-3352
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Senator Scott Wilk

California State Senate - 21st Dist.
District Representative: Kris Hough
23920 Valencia Blvd, Suite 250 | Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-286-1471
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Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares

California State Assembly - 38th Dist
District Director: Javier Reyes
27441 Tourney Rd, Suite 160 | Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-286-1565
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Assemblymember Tom Lackey

California State Assembly - 36th Dist
District Director: Vanessa Wilk
41319 12th St. W, Suite 105 | Palmdale CA, 03551
Phone: 661-267-7636
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LA County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger

Board of Supervisors - 5th Dist
Field Representative: Stephanie English
27441 Tourney Rd., Suite 120 | Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-287-3657
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City of Santa Clarita

Mayor Bill Miranda, Mayor Pro-Tem Laurene Weste and 
Councilmembers Jason Gibbs, Marsha McLean and Cameron Smyth
23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 300 | Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-259-2489
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