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April 1, 2021

LA Metro’s Moving Beyond Sustainability Plan—Heather Repenning

LA Metro's Heather Repenning highlights Metro’s Moving Beyond Sustainability Plan for integrating sustainability into all aspects of decision-making and execution at Metro and efforts to ensure equitable and sustainable mobility choices for transit-dependent residents across LA County.

April 1, 2021

LA100: The Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study

To assist the City of Los Angeles in meeting its ambitious clean energy goals, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power commissioned the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to provide the city with the analysis necessary to ensure a cost-effective, emissions-reducing and reliable path to 100% renewable energy. TPR excerpts here some of the study's key findings.

March 24, 2021

Bloomberg: The Road to Financing the Net Zero Energy Transition

Bloomberg’s recent The Road to Net Zero webinar was moderated by Bloomberg’s Sonali Basak, panelists Sean Kidney of Climate Bonds Initiative, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan’s Deborah Ng, and TD Securities’ Amy West address ESG strategy in light of COVID’s impact on green investments globally.

March 24, 2021

Cambridge, Mass’ Adopts Citywide Affordable Housing Overlay—A National Model

Alanna Mallon elaborates on the significance and necessity for the local land use regulation to significantly increase supply of permanent affordable housing in one of the nation’s most expensive and inflated housing markets.

March 11, 2021

Bruce Katz: The American Rescue Plan & Preparing Cities for an Equitable Recovery

Bruce Katz offers insights on how cities across the country are preparing for this unprecedented federal investment and strategizing to ensure an equitable and resilient recovery.

March 11, 2021

Feds to the Rescue, But The Peril Remains: Preventing the Next Fiscal Apocalypse

State and local governments across the country are breathing a sigh of relief with the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides $350 billion in aid to states and localities. Former Santa Monica City Manager, Rick Cole, on the implications of the fiscal reset on city budget, policy, and service priorities going forward. Cole asserts that the relief provides California with a unique opportunity to realign local revenues and rebalance the state-local fiscal relationship.

February 26, 2021

Cities Have Leading Role in Achieving A Carbon-Free Future—David Miller, Fmr. Toronto Mayor & C40 Chair

David Miller, the former mayor of Toronto and C40’s Chairman—and now Director of International Diplomacy for C40 Cities—showcases how cities, even in the absence of national leadership, are equipped to take on climate change and have enacted policies and practices to move the needle on global emissions.

February 26, 2021

We're Solving the Wrong Crisis: Finding & Fixing the Real Housing Crisis in California 

Embarcadero Institute president and co-founder, Gab Layton reminds readers that when incentives are created for market-rate housing, Big Tech and real estate interest groups benefit at the expense of addressing the 'real' crisis: California has far too little affordable housing for the minimum wage-earners who live in metro areas.

February 18, 2021

Exporting California's Housing Challenges? Michael Storper & Patrick Condon Correct the Record on Out-Migration

In light of two recent columns published by the New York Times dragging California as the poster child for nearly every governance malady imaginable, but particularly housing, TPR invited economic geographer, Michael Storper, and Patrick Condon to respond to the NYT commentary and opine on what California's population demographics really reveal about housing, density, economic development, jobs, and affordability.

February 18, 2021

Patrick Condon: Density, Affordability, & The 'Hungry Dogs' of Land Price Speculation

Patrick Condon explicitly articulates how increasing density without affordability only further inflates urban land values to the benefit of speculators, resulting in nearly all of the value of individual labor and creative enterprise of entrepreneurs in regional economies to be absorbed as land wealth.

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