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  • 28 Oct 2014 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    This election will be that close! You have probably heard that control of Santa Monica Airport’s future could be decided in the November election. A local citizens group has put a measure on the ballot that would protect Santa Monica Airport from City efforts to strangle the airport and redevelop the property (Measure D http://www.smvotersdecide.com/read-the-initiative/). The City has responded with its own competing ballot measure that would keep its hands free to pursue airport closure. The outcome of this vote is crucial to the future of SMO!

    We just learned that developers are helping the anti-airport crowd, contributing to support the City’s ballot measure, and the Mayor has admitted to taking money from developers http://www.smvotersdecide.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Santa-Monica-Mayor-Pam-campaign-finance-mistakes.jpg while voting to approve their projects!

    AOPA has been working with the campaign committee, but the fight gets tougher every day, and now the anti-airport crowd is pulling out all the stops! Pro-development forces won’t stop until the airport is closed, and SMO’s 227 acres have been transformed into high density development.

    If they succeed in closing SMO, every airport in California is at risk! Winning this battle will strengthen their hand, and encourage them to go after other airport properties.

    Let’s stop them here and now! Your support is crucial in these last few weeks. Your contribution of just $25 or $50 https://secure.qgiv.com/for/smfoahdd/ will give the campaign the resources to fight all the way to Election Day.

    The Campaign is also looking for Volunteers to help get out the pro-airport vote. Your help on Election Day could provide those crucial last few votes we need to win this issue. If live near Santa Monica, and can give the campaign a few hours of your time on Election Day, please contact the campaign at sfalcioni@smvotersdecide.com.

    Santa Monica Airport is too important to lose! Please help now – protecting SMO protects your airport too!


    Thanks for your support!

    AOPA Government Affairs Team

    This election will be that close!  You have probably heard that control of Santa Monica Airport’s future could be decided in the November election. A local citizens group has put a measure on the ballot that would protect Santa Monica Airport from City efforts to strangle the airport and redevelop the property (Measure D<http://www.smvotersdecide.com/read-the-initiative/>).  The City has responded with its own competing ballot measure that would keep its hands free to pursue airport closure.   The outcome of this vote is crucial to the future of SMO!



    We just learned that developers are helping the anti-airport crowd, contributing to support the City’s ballot measure, and the Mayor has admitted to taking money from developers<http://www.smvotersdecide.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Santa-Monica-Mayor-Pam-campaign-finance-mistakes.jpg> while voting to approve their projects!



    AOPA has been working with the campaign committee, but the fight gets tougher every day, and now the anti-airport crowd is pulling out all the stops! Pro-development forces won’t stop until the airport is closed, and SMO’s 227 acres have been transformed into high density development.



    If they succeed in closing SMO, every airport in California is at risk!  Winning this battle will strengthen their hand, and encourage them to go after other airport properties.



    Let’s stop them here and now!  Your support is crucial in these last few weeks.  Your contribution of just $25 or $50<https://secure.qgiv.com/for/smfoahdd/> will give the campaign the resources to fight all the way to Election Day.



    The Campaign is also looking for Volunteers to help get out the pro-airport vote.  Your help on Election Day could provide those crucial last few votes we need to win this issue.  If live near Santa Monica, and can give the campaign a few hours of your time on Election Day, please contact the campaign at sfalcioni@smvotersdecide.com<mailto:sfalcioni@smvotersdecide.com>.



    Santa Monica Airport is too important to lose!  Please help now – protecting SMO protects your airport too!



    Thanks for your support!





    AOPA Government Affairs Team
  • 15 Oct 2014 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    CARLSBAD, CA (Oct. 15, 2014) – Southern California Aviation Association continues to advance business aviation in Southern California. And the dynamic group is bringing the region’s young people along for the journey.

    As part of its ongoing mission to mentor, educate and encourage young people to get involved in business aviation, SCAA is teaming with Premier Jet to host a new Aviation Exploring Post Open House on Tuesday, October 21. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be held at Premier Jet’s facilities at McClellan Palomar Airport in beautiful Carlsbad, CA.

    The event will offer an exclusive opportunity for young people to learn about and become involved in Aviation Exploring. Aviation Exploring is a unique and invaluable hands-on program that helps pave the way for young men and women ages 14 to 20 to launch careers in the exciting aviation industry.

    “We are extremely excited about this event,” said SCAA President Craig Foster. “It represents an opportunity to introduce young people to experienced, passionate veterans in the Southern California aviation industry. Not only are we helping expose a whole new crop of area youth to the industry we all love and work in, but we’re helping pave the way for the next generation of workers, leaders and innovators. It’s a big deal, and we’re proud to be a big part of it.”

    At this exclusive event, young attendees will have the opportunity to network with pilots, flight instructors, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, aircraft mechanics and more. It will also serve as an entryway to additional Aviation Exploring events and functions for interested participants.

    Aviation Exploring regularly presents its young participants and members with an opportunity to participate in aviation activities like flying lessons, flight scenarios and tours of airports and other aviation facilities. Skills and practices taught at Aviation Exploring events include aerodynamics, aircraft systems, aircraft manufacturing, ground handling operations, leadership methods and more.

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    About Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA)

    Established in 2006 and headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) focuses on safety, mentoring, career development and networking in the aviation industry. The stated mission of SCAA is to advance and promote aviation-related business throughout Southern California; to be proactive in addressing concerns impacting the region’s airports, including safety and operations; and to promote education on the importance of business aviation to Southern California communities, companies and the general public. SCAA membership is comprised of corporate, service sector and non-profit entities, as well as individuals with a strictly aviation focus. As part of its mission to promote and grow the aviation industry, SCAA also awards multiple scholarships and awards each year. You can learn more online at www.socalaviation.org.  

    About Premier Jet

    Also headquartered in Carlsbad, Premier Jet is a comprehensive and power-packed aviation and flight-support company that continues to innovate and excel in the industry. Premier Jet offers flight support services, concierge services, hangar and office leases, charter services and more from its state-of-the art facilities, located onsite at McClellan-Palomar Airport. You can learn more online at www.premierjet.com.

    For more information about SCAA, contact Debi Carpenter at debic@socalaviation.org or 760.390.7386. www.socalaviation.org.  


  • 14 Aug 2014 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    Desi Cechin, age 5, is fighting cancer and now she has a new ally on her side.

    On the morning of August 16, Orange County-based private jet charter firm STAjets will be flying Desi from the Palm Springs airport to New York City (Teterboro) so that she can undergo crucial surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

    In early April, Desi doubled over with such terrible stomach pain that she was rushed to the ER. It was there the doctor told Desi's parents she had a huge, cancerous, aggressive tumor in her abdomen.

    Desi is fighting neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that strikes about 650 kids per year in the United States. Desi's case is the worst kind: high-risk stage 4. The bad news continued. The tumor already was 11cm x 10 cm long and wrapping around her aorta.

    "We are living in a nightmare," Laura Palada, Desi's mom, said. "One day she's playing at school, then the next you're living in a hospital unit.

    At Loma Linda University Medical Center, Desi had been going through her fourth round of chemotherapy. It is here where the family learned of a revolutionary treatment program at Sloan Kettering on Manhattan's Upper East Side. At Sloan Kettering, Dr. Michael La Quaglia performs about two tumor surgeries a week. It is, also, at Sloan Kettering where a special antibody therapy called 3F8 is used instead of the grueling bone marrow transplants which are routine treatment elsewhere.

    But how do you get a child with a compromised immune system to NYC from California? You need a private charter. Unfortunately, most of the charter planes that fly children to hospitals are not pressurized and are unable to fly across the country.

    That's where STAjets stepped in.

  • 24 Jun 2014 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    California Aviation Day at the Capitol

    Business aviation was well represented on the Capitol steps in Sacramento during the second annual Aviation Awareness Day.  NBAA sponsored a table under the big tent, and participated in visits to legislators’ offices to encourage attendance and raise awareness of the value of aviation, especially general aviation, among  CA elected officials.  Addition business aviation sponsors included SCAA, NorCalBAA, Napa Jet Center, and Aeroplex/AeroLease. 


    Regional Group Events

    Numerous business aviation events took place in Western Region recently including the Southern and Northern California Schedulers and Dispatchers Group (SONO) in Hayward; AZBAA Charity Golf Event in Scottsdale; SCAA’s Charity Golf  Event in Carlsbad and SCAA Career Day at Van Nuys; NorCalBAA Safety Day in San Jose; and NVBAA’s  sponsorship of Sunset High School’s winning entry in the GAMA Build-a-Plane competition by X-Plane.  All of these groups are to be congratulated on their commitment to excellence and helping nurture the next generation of business aviation professionals.


    Regional Groups Roundtable, June 5

    NBAA sponsored the second annual Regional Groups Roundtable in San Antonio.  The Roundtable is an opportunity for local and regional business aviation group leaders to gather for a full day of shared discussions on topics of their choice.  We host this event at no charge because we recognize the value independent regional groups bring to their aviation communities, and encourage strong leadership representation at the table. 


    NBAA Regional Forum in Van Nuys, June 26

    We look forward to seeing you all at the Regional Forum next month.  Registration is open on the NBAA website at http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20140626/


    Santa Monica Airport

    As part of the latest move against KSMO, City staff is developing a plan to “position the city to close all or part” of the airport.  The proposal includes a leasing policy to discourage aeronautical uses; elimination of aviation fuel sales; and creation of new land use zoning that promotes non-aeronautical development on airport land. A group of local citizens has submitted legal paperwork to circulate a petition among Santa Monica voters for a ballot initiative.  If enough signatures are gathered, a referendum will appear on the November ballot that, if approved, will require City officials to obtain voter approval before changing current land uses on airport property. 

     

    Why should we care so much about Santa Monica Airport?

    KSMO is an irreplaceable public asset.  It provides good paying jobs, valuable open space, and extraordinary access to a thriving historic community.  In 1949 the City of Santa Monica signed a lifetime contract with the Federal Government to maintain this asset, one of about 200 U.S. communities with similar commitments for airport lands.  It should be difficult, as difficult as our government, our justice system, and our aviation industry can make it, for Santa Monica or any other community, to vacate those commitments.  Our national aviation system depends upon the vision of past generations and the performance of current leaders to serve the interest of the traveling public.  You can count on NBAA to do our part.


  • 04 Mar 2014 11:45 AM | Anonymous
    Hi Debi,

    Thank you for checking in. The training was amazing, The guys at ProFlight provided a fully customized program designed to meet my specific needs. As non ATP pilot with little jet time I was very nervous going in, however the online learning management system that they gave me access to before I arrived gave me a solid foundation. I found that I was prepared for all subject matters and classroom knowledge was a breeze given the preparation. The instructors were very knowledgeable in regard to both the Citation and real world flying. I will be recommending ProFlight to others!

    In November, I took a job flying TBM's out of Camarillo building single pilot turbine time. I have since reached out to Citation operators in southern California and I should be providing contract pilot services in the CJ3 very soon. Last month, I interviewed with Lattitude 33 and this month I have an interview with Clay Lacy.

    Basically things are going great. I owe a great deal to SCAA, thank you!

    Best,

    Gavin
  • 24 Jan 2014 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AVIATION ASSOCIATION MEMBERS COLLABORATE TO IMPROVE SAFETY PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS

     

    (Carlsbad, Calif., January 24, 2014) –The Southern California Aviation Association’s (SCAA) Safety Committee announced its new SHARE web portal, and second SHARE Roundtable scheduled for February 27th at Long Beach’s AirFlite. SHARE (Safety Hazard Awareness Reporting & Empowerment) is a program designed by SCAA and powered by Baldwin Aviation to create an open format for dialogue and sharing of safety data.

    The SHARE web portal pools safety data from corporate flight departments and general aviation professionals through the electronic SHARE web portal in a de-identified, aggregated format. Participants can use this data and the SHARE roundtable hazard discussions to learn what safety challenges business and general aviation are experiencing.

    Through SHARE, participants identify trends, deviations, successful programs, current issues, and discuss information that can improve the safety among operators. All this is done openly and candidly in a confidential setting. SHARE creates an environment in which operators can feel comfortable enough to share their experiences. Overall, SHARE participants will be able to learn from each other and benefit from a larger collective data and experience set, with the goal of not having to learn any lesson more than once.

      “SCAA’s Safety Committee is confident you will gain value from joining SHARE,” said Candace Covington, SCAA’s Safety Committee Chair. “Whether your flight department has a safety reporting system or not, you can participate with your peers to review case studies, safety reporting challenges and successes, as well as discuss industry hot topics and best practices. It is a great way to improve your safety reporting program.”

    The SHARE web portal is being provided by Baldwin Aviation, a company dedicated to providing the tools aviation needs to enhance safety. Baldwin’s participation in SHARE ensures the value of this program, by providing a larger collective data and experience set, with the goal of not learning any lesson more than once. As a SHARE participant, Southern California operators will have a new, innovative tool available to their safety programs.

    This will be an SCAA staple for future safety events,” said Chuck Reeves, Qualcomm’s Director of Aviation and SHARE participant. “It was a really great and pointed discussion on topics that impact all flight departments.”

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    Southern California Aviation Association’s Mission
    To advance and promote aviation related business throughout Southern California; to be proactive in addressing concerns impacting the region’s airports, including safety and operations; and to promote education on the importance of business aviation to our communities, companies and the general public.

    Southern California Aviation Association’s Safety Committee Mission
    In support of the SCAA Mission, the Safety Committee will proactively promote aviation safety education throughout the region. To this end, the Safety Committee shall develop and facilitate safety education events and/or related communications addressing all disciplines of general and business aviation.

    Baldwin Aviation’s Mission Statement
    Baldwin Aviation is committed to enhancing the aviation safety culture by providing cost-effective Safety Management Programs and support services. SCAA is the first regional Association adopting the Baldwin software for their SHARE program.  Baldwin will be offering this program to other U.S. based regional organizations and safety groups as well. To learn more about Baldwin Aviation visit www.baldwinaviation.com

    To join SHARE visit www.socalaviation.org/share_program.

    For more information about SCAA, contact Debi Carpenter at debic@socalaviation.org or 760.390.7386. www.socalaviation.org. 

     

     

  • 20 Dec 2013 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    Thank all of you who attended the NBAA Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.  By any standard it was a successful and productive conference with over 25,000 in attendance was over 25,000 and over 80 business aircraft on display at Henderson Executive Airport.  This year included a light business aircraft display at the exhibit hall, and feedback from exhibitors indicates they were very pleased with the quality of the customers who stopped by.  We look forward to seeing many of you soon at the 25th NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans, January 14-17, 2014.

    NBAA Regional Representatives attended the fall conference of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) in September. CALTRANS Division of Aeronautics Chief, Gary Cathey, attended the NASAO conference on the very heels of his return from his U.S. Air Force Reserve service in Afghanistan and we were glad to welcome him home.  NBAA works closely with NASAO on advocacy and communications efforts in Washington. Learn more about state aviation on the California Aeronautics website http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/planning/aeronaut/

    Santa Monica Airport is on the front page again.  October 30 the City filed a lawsuit against the federal government to invalidate a 1948 Surplus Property agreement that requires the property to remain a public use airport.  Santa Monica’s claim could set a precedent for federal property agreements around the country. NBAA’s legal advisors are actively engaged in research to assure to assist FAA in preserving business access to KSMO.  The deadline for FAA to respond to the City’s claim is January 10, 2014.

    Passage of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act by Congress is good news for aircraft manufacturers.  The legislation calls for FAA to adopt “consensus-based, design-specific standards” that place greater emphasis on aircraft-and systems-specific criteria, over broader industry parameters such as the aircraft weight-and-propulsion method used now. President Obama signed the bill into law in November.

    San Diego Air and Space Hall of Fame NBAA was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Other 2013 inductees included such notables as NASA Mission Control, WWII Aces Dean “Diz” Laird and Bud Anderson, and the U S Airways’ Flight 1549 Crew.  NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen accepted the award on behalf of NBAA.  SCAA President Steve Nielsen, Minnie Nielsen, Chris Nielsen, Scott Cutshall of Clay Lacy and members of the NBAA Board of Directors were there to share in the excitement.

    NBAA is partnering with the Association of California Airports, California Pilots Association, AOPA and other associations to sponsor the second annual California Aviation Day at the Capitol in Sacramento, April 23, 2014.  This event will feature static displays on the capitol lawn and visits to state legislative offices to promote awareness of the economic value of general aviation.  Businesses, groups and individuals who want to help enhance the image and appreciation for business aviation in California are welcomed to participate. Learn more at http://caaviationday.com 

    NBAA is wishing you all the very best of the holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year!

    Stacy Howard
    Western Regional Representative

  • 04 Nov 2013 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    NBAA's CAM Program Receives Widely Revered Accreditation Status

    Program is the first in the aviation industry to achieve this credential

    Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

    Washington, DC, Nov. 4, 2013 – After completing a rigorous, two-year application process, the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA’s) Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program officially received accreditation on Oct. 28, 2013, from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), an independent body that developed the standards for professional credentialing programs.

    NCCA-accredited programs certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations. NCCA has accredited approximately 300 programs, including the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, and the Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation. In addition there are many medical programs that are certified, such as those from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Medical Technologists, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and more.

    For current CAMs, anyone considering the CAM credential and employers, NCCA accreditation demonstrates that the credential is a valid measure of readiness to be an aviation manager. The CAM program is the first in the aviation industry to receive this accreditation credential.

    Launched in 2001, with the first exam offered on Oct. 6, 2003, the CAM program identifies qualified professionals to lead flight departments and companies that use business aircraft. Through certification, these individuals demonstrate their level of expertise and commitment to the aviation industry, and are tested in five subject areas: leadership, human resources, operations, technical and facilities services, and business management.

    To complete the accrediting application process, the CAM Governing Board had to create more than 700 pages of documentation on meeting 21 NCCA standards.

    "We commend the work of the CAM Governing Board in reaching this major milestone for the program," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "NBAA and the business aviation community acknowledge CAMs as professionals who have demonstrated an exemplary level of industry knowledge and management skills, and this accreditation serves to underscore their outstanding achievements and leadership potential."

    Accreditation of a credentialing program by the NCCA demonstrates to the profession it represents, as well as to the general public, that the program has been reviewed by a panel of impartial experts and found to comply with the rigorous NCCA standards. Those standards cover: the autonomy of the credential’s governing body; fair and transparent policies and procedures; a process for exam development, implementation, delivery and maintenance that is psychometrically sound (psychometrics is the science of testing); and ongoing recertification requirements.

    To earn the NCCA’s approval, the CAM Governing Board thoroughly reviewed the program and made many improvements, including updating the CAM application and bylaws and developing new resources like the CAM Candidate Information Handbook, first released in early 2013. All of the CAM policies and procedures were evaluated, including what types of courses count for CAM credit, the requirements for recertification and many other aspects of the program.

    “We added value to the CAM program by earning NCCA accreditation,” said CAM Governing Board Chair Scott Rose. “Meeting the NCCA standard validates the work of NBAA and CAM to raise the standard of professionalism within our industry.”

    The NCCA has accredited the CAM program for a five-year period through Oct. 31, 2018. To ensure a professional credential remains relevant and current, its accreditation must be renewed every five years, and the program must submit an annual report, including all of its testing data.

    “Not just professionals, but also the people who employ them, can be confident they’ve been tested in a thorough way, and therefore, have the required expertise to do the job,” said Anjali Weber, director of accreditation services for the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), of which NCCA is the accrediting division.

    For more information, contact NBAA at cam@nbaa.org, or learn more about the CAM program at www.nbaa.org/cam.

    # # #

    Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 9,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

    Members of the media may receive NBAA Press Releases immediately via email. To subscribe to the NBAA Press Release email list, submit the online form.

  • 07 Oct 2013 2:02 PM | Anonymous
    NBAA Releases Letter to President, Congress: Government Shutdown Means Vital Industry Shutdown


    Washington, DC, October 4, 2013 – Today, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) sent a letter toCongressional Leaders and President Obama outlining the grave repercussions of the government shutdown on all aspects of the general aviation (GA)industry, including the purchase and use of small GA aircraft for business transport.

    As just one example of the shutdown’s impact on the industry, Bolen’s letter specifically outlines how the government shutdown has resulted in a halt in thepurchase, sale and production of all new general aviation airplane parts or aircraft, given that none of those things can occur without the written approval of the federal government, which operates out of theFederal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Aircraft Registry in Oklahoma City, OK.

    The shutdown has led to the closure of the registry, even though, according to FAA data, over 10,000 aircraft registrations expire each month, and these registrations cannot be renewed while the registry is closed. As a result, the government shutdown is effectively grounding the general aviation industry, severely jeopardizing countless jobs, and America’s economy and infrastructure. In addition, many entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes rely on the airplanes for business flights, as docommunities, for critical servicesincluding medical transport, mail delivery and fire fighting.

    http://www.nbaa.org/membership/letters/2013/20131004-bolen-government-shutdown.php

    http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/contact/


    Thank you for your help!

    Stacy
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    Stacy Howard
    Regional Representative
    NM, AZ, NV, CA, HI
    National Business Aviation Association
    showard@nbaa.org<mailto:showard@nbaa.org>
    480-987-0352
  • 19 Jun 2013 4:20 PM | Anonymous
    Dear VNAA Members and Supporters:
    The Van Nuys Airport Association has repeatedly expressed, both verball and in writing, our opposition to Los Angeles World Airport's proposed deficit recovery program (DRP) at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The main purpose of the DRP is to assess leaseholders and tenants for any operational funding deficits that occur at VNY, for which they have no oversight or control. There are at least four versions of the DRP that appear in tenant lease agreements, most of which place operating deficits in any individual VNY budget category on the backs of airport tenants through annual assessments. The DRP contains no mechanism for airport tenants and users to object to, negotiate or opt-out of these provisions. Nor does it provide VNY tenants or users direct oversight of the airport's operating budget or the ability to enact spending reductions.

    We believe that the DRP 1) places an unfair and severe financial burden on VNY tenants, 2) poses severe negative impacts on the overall economic health of the airport and 3) is discriminatory and violates Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy and gran assurances.

    The VNAA, on behalf of the VNY tenants, has engaged a leading aviation law firm to outline our concerns to the Los Angeles city attorney in the hope of preventing implementation of the DRP. Attached  for your information is a summary of the correspondence sent on VNAA's behalf by Leonard D. Kirsch, Esq. of McBreen & Kopko to Raymond llgunas, Esq. of the Los Angeles City Attorney's office on May 30, 2013. Summary of the Objections to DRP (memo form) (1).pdf

    We will continue to educate the community on the challenges created by the DRP, and it is our hope that we can meet with LAWA officials and counsel to resolve this matter to everyone's benefit. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress regarding this important issue affecting the jobs and businesses at VNY.

    Sincerely,
    Curt Castagna
    VNAA President

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