Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane spoke yesterday at Governor Brown’s multi-agency symposium on “Rethinking Transportation in California.” He was asked to talk about building winning coalitions around transportation initiatives -- given his experience organizing the coalition that helped win the 2/3 “yes” vote on the Measure R sales tax (that is providing $40 billion for transportation improvements in LA County!).
Here's a video of some of our coalition partners and other friends and what they say about re-thinking transportation in LA County -- with the help of another transportation ballot measure in 2016! (It was recorded at our 7th Annual Transportation Conversation at Union Station last spring.)
This video stars (in order of appearance):
Mayor Eric Garcetti
LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin
41st LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Nolan Rollins of the LA Urban League
Cecilia Estolano of Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors
Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown
Mary Leslie of the LA Business Council
Move LA’s Denny Zane
Madeline Janis of the LA Alliance for a New Economy
Raffi Hamparian of LA Metro
Jonathan Parfrey of Climate Resolve
Dr. Joseph Lyou of the Coalition for Clean Air
CA Air Resources Boardmember Hector De La Torre
Denny Zane of Move LA
Rusty Hicks of the LA County Federation of Labor
Joyce Perkins of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
Metro Boardmember Jackie Dupont-Walker
Elsa Barboza of SCOPE
Alan Toy of the Westside Center for Independent Living
Move LA Leadership Board Chair Marlene Grossman
Tracy Rafter of the LA Business Federation
Tunua Thrash-Ntuk of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation
Denny Zane is in Sacramento today where he spoke at Governor Brown’s multi-agency "Five Pillars" symposium on “Rethinking Transportation in California.” The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, and the California Independent System Operator held the symposium to discuss strategies to achieve Governor Brown’s greenhouse gas reduction goal of reducing GHGs 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.Read more
The Harbor Subdivision Line: This is the 1st in a series on transit corridor projects that have been proposed by transportation stakeholders in South LA. Currently there is no funding for these projects, but they could be funded by a new sales tax measure that's under discussion for the November 2016 ballot.
The Harbor Subdivision is a 26-mile-long Metro-owned railroad right-of-way that could offer a one-seat ride from downtown LA’s Union Station to LAX, and that would connect the Crenshaw, Green and Blue lines to important destinations in downtown LA, South LA, the South Bay and Long Beach, and to LAX and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It is a project that demonstrates how every incremental addition to our rail system provides ever increasing value because it provides connections to an ever larger set of destinations.Read more
The Strategic Growth Council today announced awards for Round 1 of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program to 28 projects statewide. Our 6-county region posted 8 of the top 10 highest scoring projects, but in total received only 23% of the total $122 million available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.Read more
Here's the most recent version (#33!) of our "strawman" proposal. It keeps changing because of ongoing conversations and new information, and with the goal of creating an ever broader and more engaged coalition of those who are interested in transportation investments.
Projects Likely To Be Funded With Money From The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program Divided Evenly Between North & South
Streetsblog also reports that California’s Strategic Growth Council has announced its recommendations for the first round of funding from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, with 28 projects to be awarded $122 million and the recommended projects split almost evenly between north and south. The AHSC program is funded by California’s Cap & Trade auctions. Most of the recommended projects are infill housing that includes transit, pedestrian or bicycle improvements. The recommended projects are expected to be approved by the SGC at a meeting on June 30, with workshops planned for July in northern and southern California to discuss the lessons learned. Read Melanie Curry’s story here. A list of the projects recommended for funding is available here, and summary project descriptions can be found here.
Despite it’s suspicious title — the DRIVE (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy) Act — the new federal transportation bill proposed by the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee “is not as big a disaster as you might think” to quote Streetsblog. The story goes on to explain that the new 6-year bill is neither a step forward nor a step back, mainly continues existing policies related to streets and highways, and does not include the transit title, which will be drafted by the Banking Committee soon.Read more
The 2nd in a blog series on what Move LA’s partners are saying about the investments needed to fix LA County’s notorious transportation problems -- and climate change.
Jonathan Parfrey’s nonprofit Climate Resolve and the new Path to Positive campaign are mobilizing mainstream local support for climate action, and championing the leadership of Governor Brown and state leaders in setting bold climate goals for the state. Jonathan has called a meeting with 100 local leaders tomorrow at the top of LA City Hall, including LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl; LA City Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Paul Koretz, Mitch Englander, Joe Buscaino and Mitch O’Farrell; LA City Attorney Mike Feuer and Controller Ron Galperin; UCLA’s Richard Jackson, former director of the national Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Environmental Health, and many others. The goal is to mobilize constituents from public, private and nonprofit sectors around climate issues in a way that honors the LA region's progressive tradition of bold action.Read more