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

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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! 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

SO PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 5:30-8:00 P.M. AT THE BOOMTOWN BREWERY IN THE ARTS DISTRICT OF DTLA! IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD TIME!


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!


We were very happy to read this online yesterday: "Streetsblog L.A. Endorses United to House L.A. Initiative"

Streetsblog Los Angeles is pleased to endorse United to House L.A., the ballot initiative that would build and preserve affordable housing in the city of Los Angeles. Using a new tax on high-end property sales, the initiative would generate an estimated $8 billion over ten years, which proponents are calling “the largest long-term housing funding ever considered in the city of Los Angeles.”

Similar to recent provisions in Culver City and a number of cities in the Bay Area, a one-time, 4 percent tax would be levied on sales of properties valued between $5 – $10 million; sales of properties valued over $10 million would be taxed at 5.5 percent.

The authors of the L.A. measure estimate that while the tax would affect just 3 percent of the properties sold in the city, the benefits would be widespread. Funds would be directed towards essential but underfunded programs to build new affordable housing (as many as 26,000 units), preserve existing affordable housing, and provide emergency assistance to help nearly half a million low-income renters and people at risk of homelessness remain housed.

In recent years, the county’s unhoused population has grown to more than 65,000 individuals. More than 40,000 of those folks reside in the city of Los Angeles. L.A.’s unhoused population includes disproportionate numbers of people of color who have long been discriminated against in housing and in building generational wealth.

Unfortunately, the visibility of the problem has increased pressure on elected officials to deploy more punitive solutions, further destabilizing an already destabilized population. Our unhoused neighbors are suffering and dying at unprecedented rates. It’s time for the city to close its financing gaps and invest in making L.A. more livable for all.

Streetsblog Los Angeles hadn’t endorsed ballot measures before they qualified for the ballot, but two initiatives – this and Healthy Streets – present big opportunities for improving livability for Los Angeles. Like Healthy Streets, United to House L.A. doesn’t have the kind of big-money donors to pay signature gatherers to stand outside of grocery stores and public events, so they, too, are relying on a grassroots signature-gathering drive powered by lots of volunteers. With a deadline looming at the end of April, and a goal of 65,000 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot, there’s no time like the present to volunteer to gather signatures. And if you can’t volunteer, consider donating.

For information on how to volunteer, visit the United to House L.A. website.



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