March 2012

February 26, 2012

Yaroslavsky to NBC Universal: Save Studio Production Jobs

NBCUniversal released it’s ‘Evolution Plan’ calling to replace their back lot for studio production with 3,000 housing units. LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky explains his stance against NBCUniversal’s housing plan, as well as his thoughts on the end of redevelopment in California.

February 26, 2012

Tim McOsker: What Are CRA’s Legal Obligations?

TPR presents an interview with Tim McOsker, one of the three appointees charged by Governor Brown to wind down the affairs of the Los Angeles CRA. McOsker illustrates what the future holds for the redevelopment agency’s existing obligations, remaining employees, and how removing a major player from the Los Angeles development arena will play out for the city. 

February 26, 2012

Rep. Blumenauer Opines: Congress’ ‘Terrible’ Transportation Bill

Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Portland explains how a Republican-sponsored transportation bill aims to meet highway funding through shifting public transit monies to the general fund. On February 23, Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would rework the bill and intended to eliminate controversial provisions on public transportation.

February 26, 2012

Hamid Behdad on How Best to Update LA City’s Adaptive Reuse Ordinance

In 1999 the Los Angeles City Council adopted an adaptive reuse ordinance that played a significant part in the revitalization of Downtown. Granting developers the flexibility needed to convert historic buildings into modern residences, the ordinance became a model for preservation and growth actoss the city. Now, the City Council may update the original ordinance to meet 21st century needs.

February 26, 2012

Katherman: SoCal Water Supply Crisis Necessitates Conservation & Reuse

As California’s water infrastructure ages and grows increasingly vulnerable, the need for water supply alternatives has become a critical priority. Rob Katherman, Board Director of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, argues that Californians, especially Southern Californians, should look to conservation and reuse as the solution to their water problems.

February 26, 2012

Adel Hagekhalil on Significance of South LA’s Wetlands Park

Natural spaces in cities may provide recreation areas for residents, but in Los Angeles they also contribute to an ecological infrastructure. In South LA, the creation of a wetland on what once was a parking lot marks a commitment to using landscape to treat storm water.

February 26, 2012

David Orr’s Oberlin Project Plans to Transform College Town into Model Sustainable City

At the 2012 VerdeXchange Conference, David Orr, a professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College, presented his work on transforming a small town into a model for sustainability through a city – college partnership. The Oberlin Project is an example of change at a small scale. TPR is pleased to share excerpts from David Orr’s remarks at VerdeXchange followed by excerpts from the Oberlin Project’s literature. 

February 26, 2012

Long Beach Mayor Foster’s ‘State of the City’ Remarks 2012

MIR is pleased to share the following transcript of Long Beach’s Mayor Bob Foster’s state of the city address. As the Long Beach, like many cities across the US, recovers from the economic recession, Mayor Foster stresses the need to meet current challenges while preserving and planning opportunities for future generations.

February 26, 2012

California’s Water: A VerdeXchange Expert Panel on Reimagining the State’s Water Infrastructure

What is the condition of CA’s water delivery system? TPR excerpts a VX2012 panel moderated by Jack Baylis of the Shaw Group. Jeff Kightlinger of the Metropolitan Water District gives the ‘good’, the ‘bad’, and the ‘ugly’ of dealing with CA’s water infrastructure. Phil Isenberg of the Delta Stewardship Council follows with an analysis of water consumption and the impact that CA’s water usage and policy will have on the state’s water sources.

February 26, 2012

Ron Nichols at VX2012: LADWP Must Meet Renewable Obligations

Ron Nichols, General Manager of the LADPW, at the fifth VerdeXchange Conference offers remarks on the challenges the utility faces in reaching renewable energy goals and mandates. Rates will climb, and the Nichols is certain that the LADWP can reach the 33 percent renewables requirement.

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