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May 11, 2020

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer & League of CA Cities’ John Dunbar on California’s Buckling City Budgets

San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, and board president of the California League of Cities and Mayor of Yountville in Napa County, John Dunbar (pictured), share how drastically city revenues have collapsed as shelter-in-place mandates have frozen entire sectors of the US economy.

May 4, 2020

WorkingNation’s Art Bilger & Jane Oates on COVID-19 Jobs Recovery & Workforce Transition

WorkingNation’s Founder and CEO, Art Bilger, and President, Jane Oates, on their organization’s mission—to inform and educate on the changing nature of the economy, the future of work, and the skills gap—to address what was once a looming, but is now a pressing, nationwide unemployment crisis.

May 4, 2020

Martin Muoto’s SoLa Impact Fund Investments in Housing and South LA Business Center Undaunted by COVID-19

SoLa Impact Founder and Managing Partner Martin Muoto shares his organization's mission to: "Earn good returns, while targeting 'really tough neighborhoods,' often with properties plagued by many vacancies and a lot of deferred maintenance, renovate them and create decent, affordable housing.

May 4, 2020

The Los Angeles Coalition’s Insight into a Strategic LA Economic Recovery

LA Coalition's Michael Kelly argues that it is essential for policymakers to understand the interactions of three major components—economic specialization, human capital formation, and institutional factors— to determine how well a regional economy will cope; and that cross silos collaboration be the rule to address the complex challenges of the post-COVID “new economy.”

May 1, 2020

San Diego Council President Georgette Gómez on 'Pandemic Through the Lens of Equity and Inclusion'

San Diego City Council President, Georgette Gomez, on the critical value of providing accessible and factual information and resources to the city’s diverse constituents during this unprecedented public health crisis.

May 1, 2020

Carl Muhlstein's Candid Assessment of Real Estate Trends Post-COVID

Carl Muhlstein offers his outlook for what lies ahead in real estate and shares his insight on the political tug-of-war between landlords and renters in the struggle for relief and protection from City Hall.

May 1, 2020

LA Building & Safety’s Osama Younan on New Digital Practices During Pandemic 

General Manager of the LA Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) Osama Younan on the shock his agency underwent and the department’s continuing transition away from in-person counter service to online systems to expedite city processes and provide physically distant essential service.

April 29, 2020

Rick Cole: The Four Horsemen of the 'Fiscal' Apocalypse

Rick Cole identifies the Four Horsemen of the 'Fiscal' Apocalypse: Cratering Revenue, Neglected Infrastructure, Pension Debt, and Community Need, as heralds ushering the reinvention of city services to meet the needs of today’s urban realities.

April 28, 2020

'It Ain’t Tame': SMMC’s Edmiston on Pandemic’s Silver Lining: A Critter Comeback

Joe Edmiston opines on the impact—fiscally and operationally- recent closures have had on his organization’s responsibilities and operations, as well as his concern about another fire season compounding the region’s disaster response challenge.

April 28, 2020

COVID-19's Impacts on Urban Design & the Built Environment

Architecture journalist Sam Lubell describes how the COVID-19 pandemic, like pandemics of the past, will trigger a shift in how visionaries of the built environment—planners, urban designers, and architects—imagine place and space in response to the disruption of the moment

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