Thank you to our sponsors and to everyone who came out to support us!

We want to thank all of you who attended our Big Stuff celebration at the Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District on June 2 because you made it a very special, very fun party (the album is here where you can download the photos!). And we especially want to thank our sponsors, because we couldn't do the work that we do without their interest and support! 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Anonymous • Annenberg Foundation • Carson Foundation
Greenfield Foundation • Merck Family Fund • The Mobility Fund • 

Los Angeles/Orange Counties Construction & Building Trades Council

BYD • Glen Dake | Rene Dake Wilson • SoCal Gas

IBEW Local 11/NECA • LADWP • L.A. Care Health Plan
Southern California Edison • United Way

Air Products • Alliance for a Just Society • 
Carpenters/Contractor Cooperation Committee • 
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 12 • SCANPH
Skanska • Thomas Safran & Associates • Unite HERE Local 11

AARP • Bloom Energy • LAANE • Tranzito Vector

Eastern Columbia Properties • Fehr & Peers • 
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor • Loren Bloch & Ping Ho
Gannett Fleming • Mass Electric Construction Company • Sieroty Company LLC Trifiletti Consulting • World Energy

Allan Marks & Mara Cohen • California High Speed Rail Authority • 
Marlene & Marshall Grossman • Mike Schneider & Sharon Greene • 
Tom & Debra Shrout


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Hey, how about this? Join our "Let’s Do Big Stuff" webinar in the comfort of your own home TONIGHT, THURSDAY, JUNE 2—the show will start at around 6:20 p.m. There's more about who we'll be talking with below, but first here's how you can do it:

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We'll be honoring:

  • LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who also chairs the Metro Board;
  • Ron Miller, (Retired) Executive Secretary at Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council and Move LA Leadership Board/Executive Committee member;
  • Joan Ling, Move LA Leadership Board/Executive Committee member and affordable housing expert; 
  • Chanell Fletcher, Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Justice for the California Air Resources Board;
  • Alan Greenlee, Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH).


Our state’s historic budget surplus is a BIG opportunity for public transit!

Move LA and our partners statewide have been meeting with legislators since January to discuss the urgent need to fund frequent and reliable transit service. We’ve met with key leaders in the Governor’s office, the State Senate, Assembly budget staff and other legislators, and transit riders, bus and rail operators, and transit advocates have all made the case for discounted fares and funding for the expansion of active transportation and for public transit infrastructure, and fair wages for operators. And our efforts have paid off! 

The Governor’s May Revision to the FY 22-23 Budget includes $750 million in grants for transit operators to offer everyone free transit for 3 months, as well as $9.6 billion for transportation infrastructure—including $1.25 billion for active transportation. Billions more from the federal bipartisan infrastructure bill (IIJA) is coming, and we are working to ensure the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) dedicates some of this funding for complete streets, transit and active transportation too.

Join us and our partners and contact your legislators in Sacramento to include this critical transit funding in this year’s budget! Click here!

But that isn’t all. We think there is an even bigger opportunity with such a historic surplus to fund a successful effort in Los Angeles that attracts riders back to the transit system. We learned this week about the astounding success of LA Metro’s Fareless System Initiative and its GoPass program, which makes transit free for K-12 and community college students.

The program is attracting 5,000 new student riders per week—students have taken 3 million trips since the program was launched last October—and 88 percent of riders are low-income, and a majority are Black and Latino youth! We take some of the credit for the success of Metro’s GoPass program since we began working with Metro in 2015 to develop a program similar to this, and our Just Transit student pass pilot in a South LA high school was the model for how a program could work.

LA Metro’s GoPass success is why we are once again working to create a California “Youth Pass” for every person 25 and under in the state of California. It will be our fifth try over a period of five years (not including the 2 years of COVID when the legislature was mostly shut down) of sponsoring legislation to create this type of program, and we are pleased to once again be working once again with Asm. Chris Holden, now chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Our new fare-free youth pass bill, AB 1919, got off the Assembly floor yesterday, May 26, with no opposition and is headed to the Senate Transportation Committee next! We'll keep you posted on the progress of this important bill—which will "grow" transit riders, maybe for life!—and keep you apprised what's happening next and what you can do to help ensure the success of this bill. 

AB 1919 would create a five-year pilot program that would help offset the costs of the California Youth Transit Pass, a fare-free pass for youth 25 years or younger who live in California, regardless of immigration status. The program will remove socioeconomic barriers and make it easier for students to get to school, to work and to other activities, meantime reducing absenteeism and GHG emissions and increasing access to opportunity and quality of life.

We don’t need any more studies proving that climate change is here. Transportation emissions are having a major impact on climate change in California, and AB 1919 together with the funding already dedicated in the budget for maintaining transit service and paying operators fairly is a cost-effective public policy that will expand access to transit.

Join us to honor Ron Miller, (retired) Executive Secretary of the LA/OC Building Trades, on June 2!

When Ron Miller retired from his very important and powerful role as Executive Secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council last year after nearly a decade, he left quite a legacy—one that included billions of dollars worth of Project Labor Agreements on very high-profile public and private projects.

Those PLAs will provide jobs for skilled construction workers in many of the 14 Trades and 48 affiliated unions and district councils under his purview—jobs on projects such as the SoFi Stadium, Banc of California Stadium, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, LA World Airports, the ports of LA and Long Beach, LA Metro, the LA Department of Water and Power, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, AEG and the Related Companies, and more—many of them with agreements that can be renewed into 2025 and beyond.

Economic equity is the issue that drives the Building Trades, whose members prioritize passing skills on to the next generation of workers through apprenticeships, because union workers make at least 16% more than non-union workers. And yet, as Ron wrote in an op-ed in the Building Trades newsletter on Labor Day last year, union membership has become an opportunity for the few.

Only 10.3% of Americans are now represented by unions, though in California there are more members than anywhere else in this country—14% are unionized. In the 1950s the percentage of union members in the U.S. was 35%, he wrote, but by 1983 that number fell to 20% and has continued to decline, while the federal minimum wage hasn’t been increased since 2009. Major industries have left the U.S. for better deals offshore, where labor is cheap, working conditions are substandard, and there are no environmental standards.

“The laws protecting workers’ rights to form unions in the U.S. are weak. Some voters are prejudiced against the unions. And they in turn elect lawmakers who don’t care about working people,” Ron wrote. “We’re seeing the sad results of this cut in union density. In the past 30 years much more wealth has gone to a small number of people than to the majority of working people.”

The 16% difference in pay for union vs. non-union really adds up over several decades, Ron says, because along with the higher pay comes high-quality health insurance and a pension.

Ron, a consistent presence and voice at Move LA board meetings, made it possible for Move LA to work closely with this powerful union of unions, and we appreciate him for his role on Move LA’s Leadership Board as an Executive Committee member. He worked with us to promote Measure M in 2016 (see the photo above), which followed on the heels of Measure R in 2008—together these two ballot measures are providing $120 billion over four decades to build out LA’s transit system.

Ron also worked closely with us on defeating Proposition 6, a measure submitted to California voters that would have repealed Senate Bill 1, now providing about $5 billion in annual revenue for local streets, state highways and public transportation.

Most recently, Ron was instrumental in setting up a dialogue between Move LA and the national AFL-CIO, the International Trade Union Confederation's Just Transition Centre, and the LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council, to discuss opportunities for building cleaner infrastructure that would result in deep de-carbonization and high-road jobs for the building trades.

Discussions are already underway for bringing in federal and state resources to create a renewable energy hydrogen hub in LA County that would result not only in good jobs but also significant reductions in GHG emissions and air pollution. And we are already enjoying working with Ron’s successor, Chris Hannan, the next visionary to lead the LA-OC Building Trades!

REGISTER HERE to join us, Ron Miller and our other honorees (read more about them on our registration page) for an informal dinner at the Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District in DTLA, Thurs., June 2, 5:30-8pm to discuss our most recent work with the LA/OC Building Trades and other BIG STUFF. 

Join us on June 2 to honor Joan Ling, Move LA's longtime partner on affordable housing!

Joan Ling and Denny Zane, Move LA's founder and executive director, have worked together to build affordable housing ever since he was mayor of Santa Monica in the late 1980s and she was executive director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Together they have, according to Denny's estimation, helped develop more than 1,400 affordable housing units—and they’re not done yet!

Joan has been a key player in the formulation and development of “United to House LA,” a voter initiative that is likely to be put on the November 2022 ballot. If approved by a simple majority vote, it would raise more than $800 million/year in the City of Los Angeles to build and preserve thousands of affordable housing units for very-low-income households as well as to prevent homelessness.

A broad and growing coalition of nearly 150 organizations—Joan and Move LA were key partners—have joined this effort and collected more than 98,171 signatures from Los Angeles city voters, well above the roughly 62,000 needed to get on the November ballot. The City of LA will now check the validity of the signatures, but given the number collected it is very likely to make it to the ballot.

As noted by LA Times columnist Steve Lopez, who discussed the measure in a column published this week, Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich is also gathering signatures for a similar proposal to fund housing and schools. “And in this state of both fantastic wealth and the nation’s highest poverty rate (factoring in the cost of living and housing),” he noted, “other cities are using what some have referred to as a luxury tax to shore up city services.” 

UHLA will use the funds to help the poorest Angelenos afford safe housing and not have to live in encampments.

Joan began working on this effort in 2019 with many long-time colleagues who have sought to address income inequality and the resulting need for housing. She has been a key member of this team because she has so much experience as an affordable housing developer, property manager, real estate financial analyst, government loan underwriter and community planner.

Joan also teaches real estate, housing and planning courses at the highly respected UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and before that she served on the Board of Commissioners of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. She was appointed in 2005 by then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and served as the board's treasurer.

Redevelopment agencies were once the second largest funder of affordable housing in California after the federal government. They set aside at least 20 percent of their tax increment to fund the rehabilitation and construction of housing affordable to very low-, low- and moderate-income households.

Gov. Brown, however, eliminated the state’s redevelopment agencies in 2021, thinking it would help solve the state’s fiscal crisis in the aftermath of the Great Recession, but doing so has seriously reduced the funding available for affordable housing. The UHLA measure would fill that shortfall and then some.

Thankfully Joan and Denny and their colleagues continue to brainstorm about new ways to fund affordable housing as housing prices continue to climb, along with the number of people who have been forced to live on the streets.

Join us to honor our long-time colleague Joan Ling and our other partners over an informal dinner at the Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District in DTLA on Thursday, June 2, 5:30-8pm. REGISTER.

Addressing climate change equitably means “high-road” jobs in renewable energy

Luis Cruz is an Urban Planning Graduate Student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs studying Regional Development and Housing. He has a background in working as an educator in Los Angeles. He has recently ventured into the planning field, particularly interested in advancing economic, housing, and mixed-use development projects to support and promote upward social mobility for low-income families in Los Angeles. Luis has been interning with Move LA for the past 6 months working on an extended white paper for this post, available upon request. 

Addressing Climate Change Equitable Means “High-Road” Jobs in Renewable Energy

As climate change continues to pose a threat to people worldwide, governments everywhere have the responsibility to act before it is too late. In the United States, the federal government has begun exploring ways to encourage collaboration to help address the crisis. Through federal investment funding in public renewable energy projects, the United States has set a standard for other nations to follow. In Los Angeles, this type of investment has presented the region with a prime opportunity to participate in developing innovative renewable energy infrastructure projects, specifically the production of electrolyzed hydrogen.

Southern California has some unique assets; not only do we have plenty of sunshine and wind, we also have the two largest ports in the country that see 45% of all goods that come by ship and an oil industry that supplies most of the Southwest. However, these heavy industries also cause pollution that predominantly impacts low-income and Black and Latinx communities, and so the transition towards renewable energy sources, such as green hydrogen (hydrogen produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable electricity), is all the more important. We must combat climate change and mitigate adverse environmental factors that affect the neighboring communities supporting these industries.

Concurrently, decreasing the dependency on heavily polluting energy sources such as oil should also promote Los Angeles County's social and economic well-being. The infrastructure required to produce and operate clean energy facilities creates jobs by transitioning away from polluting practices. In particular, there is a need for construction jobs to build and modernize this infrastructure. Furthermore, employment in industries supporting or advancing environmentally friendly practices and operations–like the distribution, management, and sale of green hydrogen–can form part of the larger “green” economy. 

Rather than buy into the notion that "green jobs" will displace workers in polluting industries, these jobs present an opportunity for equitable inclusion of marginalized groups, assuring their participation in the emerging green economy and its labor force. As these industries emerge, universities, colleges, technical institutes, labor workforce training centers and apprenticeship programs, and K-12 education needs to ensure that workers in these industries have access to training and economic opportunities to transition to the emerging renewable energy production industry. 

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council, in particular, have a history of providing quality labor services and training for initiatives that promote the environmental well-being of the planet. Training initiatives offered by unions, such as apprenticeship programs, also help provide members of marginalized groups, such as formerly incarcerated individuals, with formal job training and high-quality, good-paying jobs–sometimes called “High-Road” jobs (or the less well-regarded term, “Just Transition”).

These efforts to train the clean energy workforce of the future bust a myth that the transition towards renewable clean energy can only be done by the private sector paying some of the lowest wages. Not only are these jobs in high demand as many workers seek opportunities in the renewable energy sector based on ideological reasons, the building trades members provide opportunities for family-sustaining jobs with good pay and benefits. Building a workforce that can afford to live and work in Los Angeles will help address one of the most pernicious climate change sources–vehicle emissions caused by super-commuters who cannot afford to live close to their worksite.

Although speculation surrounding job numbers and the loss of jobs is a significant component of the conversation regarding the transition away from fossil fuels and renewable energy production, research shows that these jobs are already part of the new green economy and with the right public policies–ones that invest public dollars in renewable energy produced by a unionized workforce–will only grow. 

It is critical to consider the overall objective when considering climate change and social justice. Finding a “high road” path that integrates environmental justice, job opportunities, and equity is vital to ensuring the overall well-being of the Southern California region.

Join us on June 2 to honor Chanell Fletcher, CARB's Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Justice

There was a sea change in land use and transportation planning in 2007 when SB 375, a bill calling for regional action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was signed into law and a statewide coalition of nonprofits began organizing around the bill. The vision of this impressive gathering of otherwise disparate organizations—which included Move LA—was to champion sustainability in order to achieve SB 375’s ambitious GHG reduction strategies.

When Chanell Fletcher became ClimatePlan’s Executive Director a decade later, she wanted to build upon this goal but also address California’s history of inequity and racism and the effect of air pollution and climate change on low-income families, communities of color and other marginalized communities.

This allowed ClimatePlan to deepen its relationship with environmental justice and racial equity partners—including the Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability, PolicyLink, and Public Advocates—while continuing to work with long-time partners such as the American Lung Association and Nature Conservancy. Move LA was then serving on ClimatePlan's Leadership Board.

This broader coalition enabled ClimatePlan to effect real change in the Legislature, at the California Air Resources Board, the California State Transportation Agency, and the California Transportation Commission. At the CTC, for example, AB 179, a ClimatePlan bill, succeeded in bringing more diversity to the CTC board—in the past seats had sometimes been offered to “important" people who didn’t necessarily know much about transportation.

ClimatePlan also helped pass SB 150, which required annual reporting on regional emissions to see if the regions—and California—really were on track to meet climate goals. As importantly, while state agencies were mostly interested in big highway projects, ClimatePlan began prioritizing projects that improved transit, walking, biking and public safety.

ClimatePlan was effectively building a movement toward equitable and sustainable land use and transportation. As Chanell told one reporter: “The great superpower of the network is bringing people together to create system change, and to start tacking the big questions and even bigger structural systems.”

Join us to applaud Chanell Fletcher and our other partners over an informal dinner at the Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District in DTLA on Thursday, June 2, 5:30-8pm. REGISTER.

It wasn’t long before that job—creating system change—was handed to her on a platter: She was appointed Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Justice at CARB, and put in charge of CARB’s Environmental Justice and Community Air Protection Program and responsible for environmental justice and equity policies.

AB 32 required CARB to create an Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) to advise the board in developing its Scoping Plan—which determines how California can reduce GHGs 40% by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2045—and requires the committee be comprised of representatives from communities with the most exposure to air pollution. With Chanell as a Deputy Executive Officer there is a bigger opportunity than ever to operationalize and address environmental justice and advance racial equity.

One of ClimatePlan’s most astonishing achievements was AB 179, which requires CARB, the CTC and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), to meet regularly and work together—hopefully this model will also help CARB and EJAC work together.

This means the initial intent of ClimatePlan—to bring nonprofits together to work on big issues of common interest—is also being realized by state departments that hadn’t worked together and often made decisions undermining each other’s work.

It was the vision of SB 375 that brought Move LA and ClimatePlan together and we deeply appreciate that we are able to continue to work with new ClimatePlan Executive Director Naila Pope-Harden. And we especially appreciate that we now have a friend and colleague who is a Deputy Executive Officer at CARB, where many important decisions about climate change are being made right now.

Join us to applaud Chanell Fletcher and other partners over an informal dinner at the Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District in DTLA on Thursday, June 2, 5:30-8pm. REGISTER.

Join us on June 2 to celebrate the people who do BIG STUFF!

Please join us to celebrate and share an informal dinner in honor of some of the people we really like working with—in part because they do big stuff, and because they're willing to work together with others until they win. Join us at the Boomtown Brewery in DTLA's Arts District at 700 Jackson St.! Register below!

These are some of the very important people we are honoring—in no particular order. We deeply appreciate having been able to work with them all.

Chanell Fletcher, Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Justice for the California Air Resources Board, worked with us while director of ClimatePlan, a statewide coalition of organizations interested in climate, clean air, sustainability, affordability, and the importance of transit, walking and biking. Chanell understands the value and power of a diverse statewide coalition and at CARB she is emphasizing the need to address California’s history of inequity and racism and the effect of air pollution and climate change on low-income families, communities of color, and other communities that are marginalized. 

Alan Greenlee is Executive Director of the  Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) and has partnered with Move LA for many years on finding new ways to build more affordable housing as soon as possible. Most recently and importantly SCANPH helped us gather the 62,000 signatures needed to put the United to House LA measure on the November ballot, which would build enough housing to accommodate everyone who needs it in the City of LA. But we actually gathered 98,171 signatures—obviously a lot of people care about this—and 150 organizations have joined us in support!

Joan Ling is a long-time colleague, real estate adviser and policy analyst in urban planning, teaches at UCLA Luskin, and serves on Move LA's Board and Executive Committee: She and Denny worked on affordable housing together in Santa Monica back when Denny was mayor and Joan headed up the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a nonprofit affordable housing agency. Then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed her to the Board of Commissioners of LA's Community Redevelopment Agency. She and Denny have continued to brainstorm about ways to build more affordable housing ever since, and she was an important advisor during the months of discussion about how to create United to House LA.

Ron Miller, (Retired) Executive Secretary at Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council and Move LA Leadership Board/Executive Committee member: Ron has served on our Board of Directors for many years. He made it possible for us to ally ourselves with this very powerful trade union—on Measures R and M and SB 1 to cite just a few examples—and to create an "LA Labor Dialogue on Just Transition" with labor unions around the world. At this table we are talking about how LA County can transition to a non-fossil-fuel economy that provides good jobs for more people, and we are focusing on a hydrogen hub in LA.

LA County Supervisor and Metro Boardmember Hilda Solis helped bring the Fareless System Initiative into existence—an idea that we'd helped grow county-wide following the success of a pilot program Denny Zane helped organize at Santa Monica College way back in 2012! As Chair of the Metro Board last year Supervisor Solis built support among conflicted board members to make fares free for all K-12 and community college students. This success has encouraged us to work with Asm. Chris Holden on creating a similar statewide fareless pilot program this year.

Join us Thursday, June 2, at the Boomtown Brewery, 700 Jackson St., in the Arts District in DTLA, to celebrate people who do big stuff! There will be drinks and an informal dinner, and stories will be told! REGISTER HERE! 

(If you bought a ticket for our event last December—before COVID made us cancel—your ticket will be honored on June 2!)

Join us and the people who do BIG STUFF on Thurs., June 2!

COVID made us reschedule our annual party at the Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District last December, but that's not going to happen again this year so PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, June 2! And if you bought tickets previously we will honor them now!

Help us celebrate some of the people who make big stuff happen by addressing our transit, climate and clean air challenges, lack of affordable housing, and the good jobs, jobs and more jobs needed for all the people who want/need to work! We will be honoring:

  • LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Member of the LA County Board of Supervisors and Chair of the Metro Board of Directors;
  • Ron Miller, (Retired) Executive Secretary at Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council and Move LA Leadership Board/Executive Committee member;
  • Joan Ling, Move LA Leadership Board/Executive Committee member and long-time affordable housing ally;
  • Chanell Fletcher, Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Justice for the California Air Resources Board; 
  • Alan Greenlee, Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH).

And we'd like to mention some big stuff we're working on right now, including:

  • a voter initiative to raise the funds needed to prevent homelessness and develop affordable housing in the City of LA;
  • fare-free transit passes statewide for everyone under the age of 25;
  • a climate and clean air voter initiative to push back on climate change by funding cleaner cars and trucks and preventing wildfires;
  • a roundtable with the LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council to ID climate strategies that yield good-paying jobs through the development of hydrogen infrastructure.


Join us and Asm. Holden Tuesday 3/22 to hear about his NEW fare-free transit pass program !

We have exciting news—Asm. Chris Holden of Pasadena, Chair of the Appropriations Committee and long-time advocate for student transit passes, has introduced AB 1919—the California Youth Transit Pass Program!

This program would provide fare-free transit passes for everyone 25 years old and under who is living in California, regardless of immigration status. The goal is to remove socioeconomic barriers to reliable transportation and make it easier for students to get to school and work and other activities, meantime reducing absenteeism and greenhouse gas emissions and increasing access to opportunity and quality of life!

Join us and Asm. Holden Tuesday, March 22, at 9 a.m. and we will tell you more!

And we encourage you to register here to automatically track the bill and any amendments—we expect one this week that will create a reimbursement scheme for transit agencies—and it will enable you to know when committee hearings are scheduled. 

Again RSVP for the AB 1919 Coalition Launch Zoom this Tuesday, March 22, at 9am when we will be joined by the bill author, Asm. Holden!

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