We had a really, really good time at our Spring Forward LA event in March 2021, when we honored the leaders in business, organized labor, government and the nonprofit world who have worked with us on Measures R and M and so many other issues since 2008! We call them “Transit Transformers”: Metro CEO Phil Washington, former Duarte Mayor and former Metro Boardmember John Fasana, Long Beach Mayor and former Metro Boardmember Robert Garcia, LA County Business Federation (BizFed) CEO Tracy Hernandez, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 300 Business Manager Sergio Rascon, LA Business Council (LABC) President Mary Leslie, and Skanska USA Executive Vice President Mike Aparicio.
This event booklet includes interviews we conducted with these seven honorees, as well as twitter “shout outs” to the sponsors who have also been essential to our success over 13 years. We are so grateful for your support! And let’s be honest—we also staged this event because we felt the need for a little “pick me up.” 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but spring has come and with it renewed hope for the future of LA County, California, and the rest of the world! READ THE BOOKLET HERE.
And we have much more work to do . . .
This past year we learned so many important lessons, especially the understanding that if we don’t come together to meet the challenges in front of us—even if, as with the coronavirus, these challenges demand bold and transformative change—we will not have the future to which we aspire. This is particularly true for Black, Indigenous and People of Color who continue to suffer the most from the pandemic and the recession that has followed it, and the affordable housing crisis that has forced so many people to live on the street.
We must make a concerted effort to “Build Back Better” by addressing the challenges in our future: from curbing climate change to the need to build more affordable housing to the public health hazard of dirty air to rescuing public transit and our transportation system as a whole.
Move LA is proud to have had more than a decade of success building broad-based coalitions to advocate for the bold strategies that are needed. And we are grateful that we have won the support of major business and philanthropic donors.
Thank you all!