Posted February 25th, 2019

Media Advisory


Robert L. Duarte, Jr.
Communications Associate
(562) 440-3088


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2019) – Members of both the Los Angeles County Business Federation, BizFed, and Central Valley Business Federation, BizFed Central Valley, are heading to the state capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, to talk with key legislators about some of the biggest issues facing California businesses today from air quality to housing.

“Understanding what our legislators are working toward is vital to business leaders as they plan for the future,” said Tracy Hernandez, Founding CEO, BizFed. “Legislators need to know how their proposals will affect the ability of businesses to provide services, products and jobs to our regions; BizFed decided to bring the two together for a day of intel sharing.”

This is BizFed’s inaugural Sacramento Day event.

The Los Angeles County Business Federation, BizFed, began in 2008 as a grassroots effort to join businesses and associations together to help amplify the voice of business. Over 10 years, BizFed grew to include more than 180 business associations.

Companies in the Central Valley who were also members of BizFed saw how working together on tough issues helped the Los Angeles County economy and sought to bring that success to the Central Valley.

In 2017, BizFed Central Valley, a franchise of BizFed, was created. It currently has more than 50 companies and top business associations from Madera to Kern counties. It began holding its first board meetings, and taking action on issues, in February 2018.

“Valley businesses and associations have been doing a great job speaking up for our economy,” said Lois Henry, Advocacy Director, BizFed Central Valley. “BizFed CV has been working to help them unite and speak with a much louder voice.”

Nearly 70 BizFed members will attend exclusive panel discussions in both the Eureka Room in the morning and Room 126 in the evening at the state capitol. Each panel is geared around a specific topic area: Energy, Utilities & Communications; Air Quality; Revenue & Taxation; Housing; and California Legislative Leadership.

The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with a welcome by Asm. Chris Holden, Chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee.

10 am: Welcome
Asm. Chris Holden (AD41)
Steve Bullock, BizFed Chair

10:30 am – 11:20 am: Energy and Utilities
Asm. Laura Friedman (AD43),
Chair, Asm. Natural Resources Committee

Asm. Miguel Santiago (AD53), Chair, Asm. Communications & Conveyance Committee

11:30 am – 12:20 pm: Air Quality
Katerina Robinson,
Legislative Director, Sen. Nancy Skinner (SD9)
Member, Sen. Environmental Quality Committee & Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee

Katie Valenzuela, Capitol Director, Asm. Eduardo Garcia (AD56)
Member, California Air Resources Board (CARB) & Chair, Asm. Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee

12:30 – 1:20 pm – Lunch
Lenny Mendonca, Chief Economic & Business Advisor to Gov. Newsom

1:35 – 2:25 pm – Panel 3 – Budget, Revenue & Taxation
Sen. Bob Hertzberg (SD18),
Senate Majority Leader
Sen. Holly Mitchell (SD30), Chair, Sen. Budget & Fiscal Review Committee
Sen. Anthony Portantino (SD 25), Chair, Sen. Appropriations Committee
Asm. Autumn Burke (AD62), Chair, Asm. Revenue & Taxation Committee

2:40 – 3:30 pm – Panel 4 – Housing
Sen. Scott Wiener (SD11),
Chair, Sen. Housing Committee

Asm. David Chiu (AD17), Chair, Asm. Housing & Community Development Committee
Asm. Rob Bonta (AD18), Assistant Assembly Majority Leader

3:35 – 4:15 pm – Panel 5 – CA Legislative Leadership
Sen. Steven Glazer (SD7),
Chair, Sen. Business, Professions & Economic Development
Asm. Heath Flora (AD12), Minority Floor Leader
Asm. Mike Gipson (AD 64), Chair, Democratic Caucus

5:00 – 7:00 pm     Reception – Open to BizFed members and guests with RSVP @
KP Public Affairs, 621 Capitol Mall #1900, Sacramento, CA 95814

Media are invited to attend panel discussions. For media that can’t attend, GV Wire, a Fresno-based online publication, will have stories/videos available for use. Please visit:

BizFed will also be issuing a recap of the day immediately following the event.

Also please look for our live tweets during the event @BizFed @BizFedCV #BusinessMakesLAWork #BusinessMakesCentralValleyWork #BizFedInTheBuilding


About Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)

With more than 180 business organizations representing 400,000 employers with nearly 3.5 million employees throughout L.A. County, BizFed is a massive, diverse grassroots alliance that advocates for policies and projects that strengthen the regional economy. Leveraging power in numbers, BizFed explores all sides of critical issues and takes action to make a difference for business growth, job creation, and economic vitality in Southern California.

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