The Westside Urban Forum is presenting Move LA with the John Leighton Chase Memorial Award June 7. John Chase, the author and West Hollywood urban planner who championed civic space and vernacular architecture, is perhaps best-known for championing "everyday urbanism."As Christopher Hawthorne wrote in the LA Times upon Chase's death in 2009, Chase found "poetry in stucco-clad apartment buildings, down-market modernism and overlooked corners of the urban realm.”

Move LA is being honored for our transportation advocacy work. In 2007 former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane recognized the opportunity created by first term LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's commitment to build out LA's transit system. In January 2008, with the help of the Annenberg Foundation, Zane convened a “transportation conversation” with major stakeholders, and including a pollster and a political consultant. It was the first convening of what would prove to be a powerful coalition of interests, and it was decided on that fateful day to mount a campaign to get a county sales tax measure on the ballot . . .

Friday, June 7, 2013 at Casa del Mar, 1901 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. For sponsorship info or to purchase tickets go to westsideurbanforum.com.

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