Contact: Genevieve Morrill
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Hollywood, CA, July 12, 2016 – Prompted by the City of West Hollywood and its efforts to stop Assembly Bill 2586, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce joined with the city to lead a coalition of partner organizations to stop California legislation prohibiting valet use of parking meters in local communities.
Sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), AB 2586 originally passed the California State Assembly with prohibitions which would have had devastating ramifications to a local municipality’s ability to manage its parking needs. Ultimately, the bill as proposed would not have allowed use of meters in front of establishments as valet. As example in West Hollywood, one of the densest populated communities in the Los Angeles area, this restriction would have impacted not only the ability to park 100 or more vehicles per evening with a couple meter parking spaces, but also would have impacted the city’s parking credits programs for new businesses under 10,000 feet, along with newly adopted employee parking programs.
“Valet parking is a cornerstone of West Hollywood’s hospitality economy, and we are watching all levels of government to ensure our business community’s interests are protected,” said West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO Genevieve Morrill, who led organization and outreach efforts.
Through the work of many individual businesses and organizations writing to their legislators, the provisions were ultimately removed from the bill in the California Senate Transportation & Housing Committee after the coalition’s vocal opposition to these restrictions. “Our success in defeating these restrictions in Sacramento is a testament to the partnership between the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the City of West Hollywood to protect our common interests and build a strong community in West Hollywood,” said West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Chairman Keith Kaplan.
“The West Hollywood business community has truly come together to achieve incredible results in the last few months, showing West Hollywood truly has an influential voice in the region and beyond,” said West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Chair, Owen Ward.
The coalition included groups such as the California Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Business Federation, Valley Industry and Commerce Association, Westside Chambers of Commerce (WC3), LA Area Chamber of Commerce, Culver City Chamber of Commerce, City of West Hollywood and other local municipalities and regional agencies, with coordinated communication strategies from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Ted Green of Green Public Affairs and Campaigns provided legislative support to build the successful strategy.
Founded in 1921, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6, non-profit organization which supports and promotes a community environment where commerce can flourish. The Chamber fosters prosperity and champions local business by providing resources and leadership to advance activity through economic development. We advocate and represent business interests to government, while enhancing the quality of community life and promoting the uniqueness of West Hollywood.