• The Voice of Valley Business
  • 32 Business Organizations
  • Including 18 Member Chambers
  • 21,000 Businesses Strong

WHAT WE DO

United Chambers deals with Valley-wide, County-wide and Regional issues and promotes the San Fernando Valley’s overall welfare, progress and economic prosperity.  We also advocate on businesses behalf on a State and Federal level for the good of all business.  United Chambers encourages the development of new business ventures in the community, and supports the existing commercial base.  Additionally, United Chambers provides a network of communication among chambers, businesses and government to amplify local concerns.

2018 Positions Taken:

April 2018

Oppose: AB-3232 Zero-Emissions Buildings and Sources of Heat Energy
Would require the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to “develop a plan to achieve the goal of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases by the state’s residential and commercial building stock by at least 40 percent below the 1990 levels by January 1, 2030.”

March 2018

Oppose: Proposition 69
Seeks to protect the revenue collected under SB-1, by adding an amendment to the California State Constitution requiring the funds be spent for their originally intended purpose.  There are still ways the funds could be diverted to other projects, but Prop 69 is designed to make that more difficult, and to require a specific action on behalf of the State Legislature to do so.

Because there are still mechanisms by which the money can be diverted, the proposition offers no real reform.

Support: Repeal of SB-1
In 2017, the California State Legislature passed SB-1, which created or increased a series of transportation-related taxes and fees.  The revenue was intended to be used to fund road maintenance, rehabilitation and related transportation projects.

The California State Legislature has previously raised revenue for road maintenance and rehabilitation; however, the funds have not always been spent for their originally intended purpose.  They have either been allocated to the general fund and spent on a range of programs, or “borrowed against” to fund non-road related initiatives.

February 2018

Oppose: ACA 22
Imposes a windfall tax surcharge of ½ of the new federal corporate tax cut on corporations with revenue over $1 Million.

Oppose: SB-993
Puts a tax on services with the exception of health care and businesses with gross receipts of less than $100,000.

January 11, 2018

Oppose: Repeal of Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act
The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act places limits on the types, and extent, of rent control that municipalities may enact.  The Act places three primary restrictions on rent control legislation:

It prohibits rent control on new buildings.  Apartment buildings constructed prior to Costa-Hawkins’ enactment remain eligible for rent control legislation.  But any housing constructed after the Act’s signing into law are exempt from any rent control efforts.

It prohibits rent control on single-family dwellings.  This prevents municipalities from applying rent control restrictions on single-family dwellings, such as a property owner renting out a secondary house for additional family income.

It prohibits “vacancy control.”  Prohibiting “vacancy control” means that municipalities cannot prohibit landlords from raising the rental rate for a particular unit up to market rates after a tenant vacates the property.  This is different from other styles of rent control, which limit rental rate increases within the duration of a tenant’s occupancy.

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