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Guiding Legislative Principles & Advocacy
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the San Fernando Valley would be the fifth largest city in America were it its own city. If the Valley was one city, the area’s total population (1.74 million residents) would be behind only New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston (in that order). As an integral part of the valley, Northridge is home to California State University, Northridge, which is the largest university in the state system and the largest employer in the region.  Northridge is also home to a large manufacturing base, the Valley Performing Arts Center and more than 3000 businesses.
As such, the chamber’s business advocacy initiatives are local, regional, state and federal, in concert with our strategic advocacy partners, which includes the California Small Business Association (of which the chamber’s president and CEO is a board member of), the California Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industry and Commerce Association and the Valley Economic Alliance.

Air Quality
NCC supports programs to improve air quality that are centered on market based incentives that prioritize mobile source reductions that do not overburden employers and cause job losses.  

NCC supports structural reforms to bring education closer to the communities served, promote autonomy and entrepreneurship, and create a world class education system that will also serves the needs of employers for a highly skilled workforce. 

Employer Mandates
NCC supports regulatory conformity among local, state and federal agencies affecting workplace rules, wages, and employer conduct—not those that would put local employers at competitive disadvantages and deter job growth and investment. Inasmuch as the city of Los Angeles has adopted a minimum wage law, NCC supports state legislation that would standardize minimum wages in California so as not to leave Los Angeles’ businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

NCC supports policies that promote safe, clean and reliable sources of energy through conservation, investments in new technologies and new source exploration, market-based fuel efficiency, permit streamlining and infrastructure development for new energy generation and transmission facilities. 

NCC supports the expansion of the state film production tax credit program as well as policies that enhance and encourage filming, production and other supportive commerce involved in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles and across the state. 

NCC supports nationally consistent policies that create more access to quality healthcare through programs that do not place undue financial and regulatory burden on small business.

NCC supports policies that increase housing for all income levels particularly along transit corridors.  

Land Use 
NCC supports policies that encourage long term planning for the appropriate placement of development without displacing existing commercial and industrial land that are significant to the preservation of job.  

NCC endorses tax reforms to improve the local, regional and global competitiveness of our businesses through fair allocation of tax burdens. 

NCC supports policies to optimize mobility and relieve congestion on our roads, harbors and airports to maximize the region’s ability to move goods and people. 

NCC supports programs that improve and expand the city and state’s water infrastructure to assure a reliable, clean and affordable water supply.

2015 Advocacy Update

The following are representative of the chamber’s advocacy efforts in concert with the chamber’s strategic partners; not all met with success.

  • Defeated a bill that would have raised the state minimum wage to $13 by 2017, with $1 increases in 2015 and 2016, and increases based on the Consumer Price Index every year after 2017 
  • Unsuccessfully Fought L.A. $15 an hour minimum wage ordinance
  • Fought for the Customs & Border Protection Agency to increase resources to Los Angeles to ensure staff availability for Van Nuys Airport (VNY)
  • Halted legislation that would allow employees to place liens on an employer’s or third party’s property for alleged, yet-unproven wage violations
  • Fought legislation that would require businesses to share all legal responsibility and liability for their third party contractors’ employees’ wages and other forms of compensation
  • Successfully advocated for an increase and extension of the California Film & Television Tax Credit program, which more than tripled funding for the next five years and incorporated high employment and bid budget productions
  • Fought against a ballot measure that would increase the cap on punitive damages in medical negligence lawsuits from $250,000 to $1 million
  • Halted a bill that would have created an unreasonable charity care requirement of 5 percent of net patient revenue for every nonprofit hospital
  • Advocated for the streamlining of CEQA requirements for moderate-density buildings, particularly helping the San Fernando Valley
  • Supported a tax credit for the region’s aerospace industry.
  • Supported legislation that would create a “loser pays” rule for bad-faith lawsuits that are frivolous and intended to cause unnecessary delay
  • Sponsored legislation that repealed a ban on above-ground rail installation in the Valley, prompting a feasibility study by Metro of a possible Orange Line conversion to light rail
  • Participating in a coalition opposing a City proposal to legalize an unlimited number of sidewalk vendors in business and residential areas.
  • In partnership with our strategic partners stopped 25 of 27 job killer bills in the legislature in 2014
North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce 2014