January 2012

Lt. Governor Newsom Joins LABC Holiday Celebration
  1. Nadine Watt, Watt Companies hosted the annual LABC Holiday Party at her home; The Honorable Gavin Newsom, California Lieutenant Governor; Mary Leslie, LABC President; Jacob Lipa, LABC Chairman
  2. Jason Gremillion, Trammell Crow Company; Brad Cox, Trammell Crow Company; Theodore L. Senet, Gibbs, Gidden, Locher, Turner & Senet LLP
  3. Andrea Cohen Gehring, DLR Group WWCOT; Deborah Kallick, Cedars-Sinai Health System
  4. The Honorable Gavin Newson; Mike Massey, National ITC Corporation was the sponsor for the holiday party.
LABC's Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit Surveys the City's Future
  1. Patti Shwayder, Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Communications, AIMCO, presents incoming LA City Council President Herb Wesson the AIMCO/LABC Housing Impact Award for his accomplishments in the City’s housing, community and economic development.
  2. LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivers the keynote address
  3. Traci Stevens, Acting Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency discusses California’s jobs
  4. (From left) Con Howe, CityView; Jacob Lipa, LABC Chairman; David Grunwald, Affordable Living for the Aging
The 10th annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit: Building LA’s Workforce was held on November 16, 2011 at the UCLA Ackerman Union’s Grand Ballroom. Moderated by former HUD Secretary and CityView Chairman Henry Cisneros, the summit was attended by over 250 guests who had the first opportunity to hear LA’s Mayoral candidates share their thoughts on their respective visions for the City. 
Our research partners at UCLA and USC also presented their findings on our latest study, Empowering LA’s Solar Workforce: New Policies that Deliver Investments and Jobs (PDF). This groundbreaking study demonstrates how LA is underperforming in the amount of solar installed and solar jobs created relative to other utilities in the area, and that the solar jobs LA does create are among the most expensive.
The report’s authors urge officials to adopt a solar FiT (feed-in tariff) program, which enables business owners and residents to install solar panels on their rooftops to generate clean energy and sell surplus to the local utility. Such a program has been endorsed by LABC’s coalition of environmental groups, labor leaders, business organizations and other stakeholders. This report is, above all, a wake-up call to policy makers to make certain they are utilizing an important workforce segment – and creating policies that will put qualified people to work. In Los Angeles, the policy mandate is clear: the LA DWP must move forward swiftly on a comprehensive FiT program.
In addition to four informative panels on LA’s workforce housing, the solar workforce, and economic development in the City, we also honored Councilman Herb Wesson, Jr. with the second annual AIMCO/LABC Housing Impact Award for his accomplishments in the City’s housing, community and economic development.  See below for a breakdown of each of the major panels.
Panel I: Executive Vision for
Housing, Transportation and Jobs
(From left to right) This panel was moderated by LA Times Editor at Large Jim Newtonand panelists included The Honorable Henry Cisneros; The Honorable Eric Garcetti, LA City Council; The Honorable Wendy Greuel, LA Controller; and The Honorable Jan Perry, LA City Council.

This was the first forum in which the three announced mayoral candidates came together to discuss their vision for enhancing LA’s housing, transportation and jobs development, as well as what they have been doing in their districts and their capacity as a public official.
Panel II: Workforce Housing in 
Sustainable Communities
(From left to right ) This panel was moderated by Kelly Boyer of US HUD; respondents included: Maria Cabildo, ELACC; Beatrice Hsu, Related Companies; Larry Parks, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco also served as the panel framer; Carmel Sella, Wells Fargo; Percy Vaz, AMCAL; and Linda Wheaton, CA HCD. 
Panel III: Empowering LA’s Energy Efficiency and
Solar Workforce
(From left to right) This panel was moderated by Tony Salazar of McCormack, Baron, Salazar,  and included Doug Guthrie, LAHD; Ryan McEvoy, Gaia; Jose Osuna, Homeboy Industries;Jonathan Parfrey, LADWP Board of Commissioners; Manuel Pastor, USC PERE; and JR DeShazo, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation.
Panel IV: Economic Development and Job Creation
This panel was moderated by Richard Katz, and joined by (From left to right) Chris Essel, CRA/LA; Jim Frances, Union Bank; Gina Marie Lindsey, LAWA; Ken Lombard, Capri Urban Fund; Michael Rosenfeld, Next Century Associates; and Jeff Schaffer, Enterprise Community Partners.
VIP Reception
  1. (From left) Brad Cox, LABC Institute Chairman, Tom Smith, NBCUniversal.
  2. Richard Ziman, American Value Partners; The Honorable John Perez, Speaker of the CA State Assembly
  3. The Honorable Mike Feuer, CA State Assembly; Tim O’Connell, Century Housing
  4. Mary Luevano, Global Green; Keith Parker, UCLA
The VIP reception for the 2011 Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit was held on November 3rd at the home of Mr. Richard Ziman and was attended by over 150 guests.  This was an enjoyable evening where the Honorable John Perez, Speaker of the California State Assembly and the Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Supervisor, spoke on their respective visions for the state and region’s jobs future.
Last month, the Los Angeles City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee held a special hearing on the solar  feed-in tarrif program, or the CLEAN LA Solar Program as we like to call it. We are happy to say that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) revealed its most significant progress to date toward the creation of a private sector solar program that is reliable, cost-effective, and user-friendly. LADWP's commitment to implement 150 MW of CLEAN LA solar by 2016 is very encouraging news for LA's solar future!
To learn more about the studies and coalition the LABC has developed in support on this solar program, please visit our Sustainability page here.

Upcoming Events
April 27, 2012
2012 Sustainability Summit 
The Getty
Featured and Invited Speakers:
The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Governor of California 
Ambassador Mickey Kantor
Mayer Brown LLP
The Honorable Joe Simitian
CA State Senator
Linda Bernhardt
Greenberg Traurig
Matthew Haworth
Chairman, Haworth, Inc
Brandon Hurlbert
US Department of Energy
Danny Kennedy
Scott Lyle
GE/Arden Realty
Nancy McFadden
Office of the Governor of California
Mary Nichols
California Air Resources Board
Ron Nichols
LA Department of Water and Power
Michael Picker
Office of the Governor of California
Tom Roell
Thomas Steyer
Farallon Capital Management
Laura Skandera Trombley 
Pitzer College
And many more...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
42nd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards Luncheon
Beverly Hilton Hotel
11:00 a.m. Project Exhibition
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Program
Emcee:  Frances Anderton, Host of KCRW’s DnA Design and Architecture and L.A. Editor of Dwell Magazine
Weds, February 22, 2012
LABC Members Only Reception honoring Council President Wesson
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
California Club
Tues, February 28, 2012
LABC San Fernando Valley Energy Efficiency/FIT Workshop
Hosted in partnership with LADWP, Southern California Gas Company, SFV Green Team and Councilmember Paul Krekorian
12:00-2:30 p.m.
TreePeople LEED Platinum Meeting Room

March 5-7th
Access Washington, D.C.
The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
Partner: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Recent Press
Partner Event
LABC is a Cooperating Organization with AIA|LA's Upcoming Mayoral Candidate Forums 
Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium
LAPD Police Administration Building, Downtown

Friday, February 17 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry

Friday, February 24 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Austin Beutner

Friday, March 2 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Kevin James

Friday, March 9 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel

Friday, March 16 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti
LABC kicks off our Mayoral Candidate Series. Stay tuned for more details...
Around LA
LA2B Think Lab Workshops
Sat, February 25: Van Nuys City Hall and LACMA West
Sat, March 3: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Pacoima Neighborhood Constituent Services Center
LA2B is a project of the Los Angeles Departments of City Planning and Transportation to envision a new way of moving around the city, using its streets for mobility and beyond.
Participate in Think Lab to participate in “LA/2B: 2050″ and a walk audit, two exciting activities that will allow participants to envision the future of mobility in Los Angeles! There will also be a chance to provide input and ideas in person to complement those submitted through the online Town Hall and Idea Line. Click here for more info.

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