November 2011

November 10, 2011

Westwood Village Plan Balances Students, Visitors, Businesses, and Public Space

A public symposium held to present the urban design plans for Westwood Village illustrated several debates. Who will take advantage of a redesigned Westwood Village? What role will UCLA have in defining the space? Is a new Metro stop the catalyst for change some claim it to be? A panel of architects, critics, and policy-makers discuss.

November 8, 2011

Sustainable Business Council & UCLA Host Smart Grid Panel

What is the smart grid? Where are the Southern California utilities in working towards its implementation? A Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles panel examines these questions.

November 7, 2011

Future Ports Conference: Engaging in the Expansion of the 710 Freeway

Goods reaching the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach must reach their destinations across the US, and this creates intense trucking traffic along the I-710 corridor. Jerry Wood of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments describes how local government and community groups have engaged in the planning process for an upgrade to that transportation infrastructure.

November 7, 2011

SoCal’s Air Quality & Transportation: “We Need to Bring Down the Silo Walls”

Air pollution is recognized as a negative externality resulting from California's transportation infrastructure. But with limited fiscal capacity, how can the state enact the structural changes necessary for protecting the air while improving mobility? Panelists at the Air Quality and Transportation Regional Conference in Los Angeles discuss how to bring leaders to the table to solve this issue.

November 4, 2011

Millennium Project Will Reanimate Hollywood & Vine

Philip Aarons tells us about the Capitol Records Tower development at Hollywood and Vine by his firm, Millennium Partners. How can a developers push density in Los Angeles? What's exciting about urbanism in Hollywood?

November 4, 2011

Real Estate Ponders Industry’s Future Trajectory At ULI Conference

The Urban Land Institute's conference in Los Angeles featured a panel around a publication on where the real estate industry in trending. Peter Rummell, Patrick Phillips, Joseph Azrack, Thomas Toomey, and Victor MacFarlane discuss finance, Baby Boomers, Generation Y, and investment uncertainties.

November 3, 2011

Environmental Defense's Jim Marston on the Carbon War Room's Goals & Priorities

Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund details his involvement with Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, a entrepreneurial environmental think-tank aimed at tackling global warming through market-driven solutions. The Planning Report asks Marston how he identifies barriers to change and how he's developed financing mechanisms for energy efficient building upgrades.

November 3, 2011

LADWP’s Ron Nichols: We Need Capital Investment

Los Angeles' power and water infrastructure system is aging, and a spirit of environmental responsibility is driving the LADWP to make bold changes. Addressing these developments, however, requires significant capital investment. The current economic and political climate makes advocating for expensive investments a daunting challenge. In a recent talk, LADWP General Manager Ron Nichols explained the situation and his approach.

November 3, 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom: Regaining California’s Place as America’s Opportunity Capital

Snap out of it, California! Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom spoke with Bill Allen, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, on the trajectories of the California economy. The Golden State once led the U.S. in job growth, but these figures have slumped since the 1980s. Lt. Gov. Newsom holds that the green economy, trade, manufacturing, and a skilled workforce will play strongly towards ensuring California's future prosperity.

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