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!
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!)