We had a really really good time at our Spring Forward LA 2021 event last Thursday night honoring the "Transit Transformers" who have played a crucial role in in pushing forward LA County's expanding transit system and transit-oriented housing as well.
Click the graphic above to get a better view of these transit superheroes (L to R): Former Metro Boardmember/former Duarte Mayor John Fasana, LA Business Council President Mary Leslie, Laborers Local 300 Business Manager Sergio Rascon, Metro CEO Phil Washington, Skanska Executive Vice President Mike Aparicio, LA BizFed CEO Tracy Hernandez and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.
2020 was a challenging year, but spring is here—and pretty soon everyone can get vaccinated—bringing hope for the future of LA County, California, and the rest of the world. We took this opportunity to honor the above leaders—in business, organized labor, government and nonprofit organizations—who have worked with us on so many issues since 2008!
But we have much more work to do.
The last recession taught us many important lessons, especially the understanding that if we don't come together to meet the challenges in front of us in Los Angeles—even if, as with the coronavirus, the 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, the recession that has followed it, and the affordable housing crisis that has forced many people to live on the street.
We must make a concerted effort to “Build Back Better” for those households as a priority, but for everyone else too, by addressing the biggest 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 the major business and philanthropic donors listed below. Because of their support we've been able to continue our work. Thank you all!
And . . . it's not too late to support our ambitious agenda going forward.
Our sponsors include:
Anonymous • TransitCenter
BYD • Carpenters/Contractors Cooperation Committee • Clean Energy • SoCalGas
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power • Southern California Edison
L.A. Care Health Plan • Laborers International Union of North America, Local 300 • NECA Los Angeles & IBEW Local 11 • Southern California Association of Governments • Skanska • Thomas Safran & Associates • Sue Himmelrich & Michael Soloff • Glen Dake & Renee Dake Wilson
AARP California • AECOM • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center • Charter Communications • Eastern Columbia Properties • International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 12 • Kroner Environmental Services, Inc. • Sieroty Company LLC
Comet Electric • Cordoba Corporation • Fehr & Peers • LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor • Mass Electric Construction Company • Mott MacDonald • Plenary Group • PointC • Sequoia Consultants • Trifiletti Consulting • Walter N. Marks, Inc.
Allan Marks & Mara Cohen • Arellano Associates • Cerrell Associates • DRNXMYTH • Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades • Loren Bloch & Ping Ho • Marlene & Marshall Grossman • Mike Schneider & Sharon Greene • Tom & Debra Shrout • UFCW Local 770 • WSP
Energy Action Fund • Marisla Foundation • Resources Legacy Fund • The Durfee Foundation • The Johnny Carson Foundation