At the March 13 WVCBA Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) meeting, Glenn Shepard of Ventura County Watershed Protection provided a report on the status of the Santa Clara River levees, SCR3 and SCR1. They also received a brief report on California legislation from Chris Collier, consultant for the Tri-County Chamber Alliance, of which the WVCBA is a member.
SCR3, which is south of the 101 Freeway, is nearing completion of breach areas. Funding still needs to be identified for SCR1, which is north of the 101 Freeway and adjacent to commercial and residential areas of Riverpark, as well as more design work completed by the US Army Corps of Engineers before the physical work can be done.
They also received a brief report on state legislation from Chris Collier, consultant for the Tri-County Chamber Alliance (of which the WVCBA is a member). There were 2,632 bills introduced this year. 40% of those have no content (they are spot-bills). The Tri-County Chamber Alliance will be focusing a lot on employment issues, such as sick days, flexible work week, employer communications, and pay scales for fast food workers.
All WVCBA members are invited to attend BAC meetings (2nd Mondays at noon); those who want to advocate for the rights of local businesses are invited to join the committee. Contact CEO Nancy Lindholm for the meeting dial-in information.