Here’s a Deceptively Simple Issue

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

The easiest policy issues are the ones that are black and white – I can happily rail against the latest bright spark who’s proposed a new rule which will kill jobs and hurt working families in the San Fernando Valley. But most policy is complex, and what might look like a terrible idea can be […]

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Summertime; the Livin’s (Not) Easy

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

School’s out! Time for hot days at the beach, popsicles, cranky arguments with bored siblings and freedom. Not to mention a summer job for high school teens, a tradition as American as apple pie. Who else remembers that feeling of being handed their first paycheck? Back in the dark ages, when I was a teen, […]

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Green New Deal: What’s the Cost?

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

If there’s one big trend in politics’ Spring/Summer 2019 Collection, it’s got to be the Green New Deal. Progressives love it, conservatives love to mock it, but either way, an opinion on it is this season’s must-have. What’s ‘it’? Well, that depends on who you’re asking. In February, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressmember Alexandria […]

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Here’s How Privacy Law Will Hurt

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

I see it every day and I was happy to read some numbers to back it up: the San Fernando Valley is thriving in many ways. A recent report done for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Economic Forecast Breakfast by California Lutheran University’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting shows that the Valley’s economy […]

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LAUSD Tax: Is It Really All About the Kids?

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

I’m a father of two beautiful, energetic, smart kids, the oldest of whom is about to start kindergarten. As many of my fellow parents will know, this has felt like an overwhelming decision for my wife and me. I know – it’s “just” kindergarten. But choosing the right school means choosing where my son will […]

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The True Problem

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

The beginning of every year prompts a flood of new ideas from California’s state legislators, and obviously, I’m grateful to them. They’re keeping me and my staff employed, as businesses turn in desperation to advocacy groups around the state who can try and explain to legislators why their proposal would harm our economy and kill […]

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How to Stop Housing Construction

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

Housing. Affordable housing. Market-rate housing. Luxury housing. I find myself talking about this topic way too often, but it’s because decision makers stress the need to address the housing crisis, yet they fail to approve policies that will attract developers to build more projects without breaking the bank. Instead, they approve policies that undermine those […]

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What Do We Want? Homes! When Do We Want Them? Now!

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

Last week, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association released its list of 2019 Legislative Priorities, which are developed by our board of directors and then voted on by our members. Once again, housing is at the top of our members’ list of concerns. VICA’s top legislative priority for 2019 is to “support the development of […]

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A Modest Proposal

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

As we make our way through the holidays, it’s become clear to me that there’s a problem our elected officials need to solve. Food is one of our fundamental needs, as core to our survival as water, shelter and warmth. It only makes sense that as a society, we should regulate it: to make sure […]

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Whose Money Is It, Anyway?

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

Like any business-minded voter, I weigh each ballot proposition carefully to decide whether the benefit will outweigh any burden. As the leader of a business association, I can advocate and explain how each measure will impact jobs in the San Fernando Valley. Across the whole country, stakeholder groups can join together and exercise their First […]

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