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June 4, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
At a dinner Saturday at the Universal Sheraton, the San Fernando Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. will celebrate its 50th anniversary and bestow its corporate award for excellence on Time Warner Communications. VICA's Robert E. Gibson Award will be presented to Time Warner at the event, which is expected to draw 500 business people from around the Valley.
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July 19, 2006 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Resistance to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed takeover of the Los Angeles public school system is gaining momentum as business, civic and parent groups declare their opposition. The Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
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July 1, 1998 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The largest business organization in the San Fernando Valley announced Tuesday that it has endorsed a charter reform plan to break Los Angeles into 15 semiautonomous units as an alternative to secession. "These should be 'quasi-cities' within the city of Los Angeles," said the plan's designer, attorney David Fleming, a former chairman of the business group, the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. The association's 80-member board endorsed his plan by a 2-1 margin, its officials said.
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November 28, 2000
Leon Panetta, former chief of staff to President Clinton, will discuss public policy issues at the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.'s 51st annual meeting and luncheon Dec. 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Hilton Universal City and Towers Hotel in Universal City. The meeting is open to the public. Panetta was elected to nine terms in the U.S. House from California before joining the Clinton administration.
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May 23, 1998 | JAMES RICCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One after the other, they took turns at the microphones, 12 business managers, educators and public officials. Focused and well-informed, uniformed in the understated attire of professionals, they assayed the complicated process of getting welfare recipients into paying jobs. In the audience, less than 10 feet from the podium, Cheryl Coleman sat waiting. She wore a navy blue jersey-and-slacks ensemble, and large silvery earrings.
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April 17, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblywoman Paula Boland's bill that would make it easier for the San Fernando Valley to secede from Los Angeles will meet its first legislative challenge today in the Assembly's Local Government Committee. Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson is among those expected to testify on behalf of the proposed legislation, which would facilitate secession by removing the power of the Los Angeles City Council to veto such a proposal.
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July 16, 1996
A San Fernando Valley business group voted Monday in support of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's effort to add 710 city police officers, despite an ongoing budget battle with the City Council. "Any survey of taxpayers would show that one of their primary issues is improving public safety," said Bob Scott, chairman of local issues for the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. VICA, a business advocacy group, held its board meeting Monday.
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March 16, 1996 | BARRY STAVRO
The Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. has voted against a proposal for a new 626 telephone area code that would include Burbank and Glendale. The new area code is tentatively set to start in June 1997. But VICA wants to keep the existing 818 area code throughout the San Fernando Valley. "Splitting the area codes . . . would have the effect of balkanizing the Valley," said Robert Scott, a member of VICA's telecommunications committee.
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July 29, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
An influential business group has endorsed a bill to protect the rights of minority and other disadvantaged students in the event of a breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Senate Bill 699 would ensure that financial resources would continue to be distributed evenly and that schools would remain integrated in the wake of a breakup, said officials of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn., which is working to create a better-educated labor force.
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March 25, 1995 | ERIC SLATER
The Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. on Friday endorsed proposed amendments to the Los Angeles City Charter that are up for a vote April 11, saying passage would boost the San Fernando Valley's economy. "Most of them aren't things people get real excited about," said VICA spokesman Bob Scott, "but they're important nonetheless.
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November 6, 1999 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While numerous indicators point to a San Fernando Valley economy on the rebound, the failure of schools to adequately prepare students for jobs in the next century remains a dark cloud on the horizon, speakers at a business conference said Friday. "Educating the Workforce in the Coming Century" was among the most popular, and spirited, sessions at the 11th annual Business Forecast Conference, sponsored by the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
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August 21, 1999
Hoping to solicit a broad sampling of ideas and opinions on City Charter reform from the local business community, the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. will survey more than 600 representatives from member businesses next month, VICA officials said Friday.
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June 4, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
At a dinner Saturday at the Universal Sheraton, the San Fernando Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. will celebrate its 50th anniversary and bestow its corporate award for excellence on Time Warner Communications. VICA's Robert E. Gibson Award will be presented to Time Warner at the event, which is expected to draw 500 business people from around the Valley.
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January 12, 1999
Steven W. Lew, a Universal Studios consultant, has been elected to a second term as chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. Cathy Maguire of the Gas Company was elected executive vice chair. Lew is a past president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, a member of the California Travel and Tourism Commission and the Los Angeles mayor's blue ribbon committee to study police and fire infrastructure, and is active in other national, state and local business promotion organizations.
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December 15, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Valley Industry and Commerce Assn., the San Fernando Valley's main business group, Monday came out in favor of amending the city charter to empower the mayor to dismiss city department heads, with no interference from the City Council. Most major U.S. cities--including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and New York--give their mayors sole authority to fire department heads, a VICA statement argued.
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October 20, 1998 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Valley Industry and Commerce Assn., the San Fernando Valley's most prominent business group, Monday officially endorsed dismantling the Los Angeles Unified School District. The VICA board of directors voted to support a proposal that would break up the nation's second largest school district and divide the Valley into two independent school districts, northern and southern.
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February 12, 1994 | KURT PITZER
The new chairman of the San Fernando Valley's premier business group expects to move half of his manufacturing firm out of state this year, a situation he hopes will translate into lobbying clout for pro-business legislation. "I'm not willing to jeopardize my business to stay in California," said Walter W. Mosher Jr., chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. and president of Precision Dynamics Corp.
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February 5, 1994 | GEOFFREY MOHAN
As surely as it leveled buildings and scattered plans, the Northridge earthquake has provided the San Fernando Valley a chance to reconsider its future. That opportunity won't be lost on business leaders who have rescheduled a meeting on the region's economic future for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. The event originally was scheduled for Jan. 25.
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October 1, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS
In a move that signals the importance of tourism to the San Fernando Valley economy, the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. announced its support for a November ballot measure that would provide nearly $48 million for repairs and upgrades to the Los Angeles Zoo. "Our tourism assets are an important component of our economic future," said Bob Scott, who co-chairs the VICA local issues committee.
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July 1, 1998 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The largest business organization in the San Fernando Valley announced Tuesday that it has endorsed a charter reform plan to break Los Angeles into 15 semiautonomous units as an alternative to secession. "These should be 'quasi-cities' within the city of Los Angeles," said the plan's designer, attorney David Fleming, a former chairman of the business group, the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. The association's 80-member board endorsed his plan by a 2-1 margin, its officials said.
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