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Advocating for a Greater Life Science Future

Los Angeles Policy Priorities

Gross Receipts Tax
Gross Receipts Tax

Gross receipts tax the total amount a company receives from all sources, without subtracting expenses or considering whether the company has a commercialized product. These taxes disproportionately impact companies with low or no profit margins such as small and mid-sized life sciences.

Biocom encourages policy makers to consider lowering or eliminating gross receipts taxes on the life sciences and/or companies that are not yet profitable. We urge local jurisdictions to evaluate the impact of reducing or eliminating business taxes on firms in the Los Angeles area, as these adjustments can encourage industry growth.

Housing
Housing

It is common knowledge that there is a housing shortage in the Los Angeles area – the median price of a single-family home is $550,000. This represents an increase of 10% over the previous year, the largest jump in the state1. Biocom supports incentivizing the building of additional middle-income housing units via a variety of approaches, including:

  • Exemption of middle-income housing from new/existing construction fees as appropriate
  • Increased density around transit hubs
  • Relaxation of parking and related requirements
Land Use
Land Use

In regional markets throughout California, land available for life science development is scarce. Preserving industrial land for manufacturing, research and development (R&D), and distribution is vital to long-term industry stability and growth. We also encourage local governments to identify and incentivize physical areas for life science establishments where appropriate.

In 2019, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed the Bioscience Overlay Zone, which streamlines the entitlement process for life science companies looking to locate within county unincorporated areas. Local jurisdictions throughout LA County can use this ordinance as a model to encourage industry growth within their territories.

Transportation
Transportation

Transportation is a key element in the quality of life in LA County, impacting the ability of employees to commute from work in a reasonable time as well as the ability of companies to attract the necessary workforce and transport goods and products. Investment in transportation infrastructure is critical for LA’s future growth and population needs.

As the life science industry continues to expand its research and development facilities, it is important for government entities to fund the necessary transportation improvement projects. Biocom supports a balanced regional transportation plan that includes both public transit and roadway expansion.

Workforce Development
Workforce Development

Biocom supports a robust talent pipeline to fuel the life science industry in Los Angeles. Biocom sits on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (LAWDB), to educate and advocate for workforce development efforts that will support our industry. We are involved in the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) and assisted in its creation of the Bio-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Certification Program, offering individuals hands-on experience in life science companies.

Through collaboration with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and their Bioscience Council, Biocom engages with life science thought leaders and community college representatives to cultivate, recruit, and retain talent specific to the industry’s needs in this region.

Committees

Greater Los Angeles Policy Committee
Greater Los Angeles Policy Committee

Biocom’s Greater Los Angeles Policy Committee meets on an ad-hoc basis to address policy issues in the greater Los Angeles area. This committee provides a forum for Biocom members to proactively deliver input on proposed legislative changes at city and county levels of government. It also conducts review and discussion of proposed Biocom legislative positions and votes on which ones merit Biocom positions, and what those positions should be.

Group participants have the opportunity to attend Biocom policy related events, including legislative roundtables and Biocom receptions for elected officials.

Committee contact: Melanie Cohn

Facilities/EH&S Committee – Los Angeles
Facilities/EH&S Committee – Los Angeles

The joint Facilities/EH&S committee provides a central forum in the Los Angeles life science community for professionals working in these fields to share best practices, participate in continuing education opportunities, and design workshops and events.

Topics include construction, permitting, lab/office design, inspections, and other issues involved in operating a facility. Through this committee, Biocom members work collaboratively with local regulators and inspectors to ensure consistency in regulatory application and consideration of the industry in legislative proposals.

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Statements

Biocom Los Angeles Policy News

Contact Information

  • Biocom Los Angeles
  • For information on policy issues in Los Angeles, please contact Biocom’s Director of Regional Policy and Government Affairs Melanie Cohn at (858) 832-4158.

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