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April 26, 2020

Cratering Revenues Force Once-Flush Santa Monica to Restructure Budget Priorities: Terry O'Day

Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Santa Monica, Terry O’Day, on the severe economic challenges Santa Monica is slated to face in the coming months and how the city—acclaimed for its mission-driven, nation-leading investments in livability—is realigning its spending priorities to survive the public health crisis at hand.

April 26, 2020

 Austin Beutner: Leading Without Precedent, the Nation’s 2nd Largest School District

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner on the extensive and unprecedented challenges the district—its students, families, faculty and staff—face in the transition to remote ‘distance learning.’

April 24, 2020

CARB Chair Mary Nichols on Pandemic’s Confirmation of the Value of Clear Air

Chair Nichols points to the need for global collaboration and science-based decision-making as keys to navigating both the immediate COVID-19 public health crisis as well as the more slow-moving existential threat posed by climate change and air pollution.

April 22, 2020

Miguel Santana, Former LA City CAO, Reflects on Never-Before-Experienced Fiscal Challenges

Miguel Santana recalls his time as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of LA during the Great Recession and comments on the reality of operating under revenue-starved city budgets.

April 22, 2020

Mark Ridley-Thomas & Darrell Steinberg: Homelessness Taskforce COVID-19 Update

Mark Ridley-Thomas and Darrell Steinberg, co-chairs of Governor Newsom's Council of Regional Homelessness Advisors, provide an update on state and local efforts to secure appropriate supportive housing for some of the state’s most vulnerable.

April 22, 2020

ULI-LA Flags Land-use Challenges to Housing the Homeless

ULI-LA's 7 Pillars for Understanding Homelessness in Los Angeles, a white paper for future research and strategic actions— prisms through which policies and programs can be assessed—to support efforts to end homelessness.

April 19, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom Unveils Economic Recovery Taskforce

Governor Gavin Newsom on April 17 announced a Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery to chart a path forward for economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19

April 19, 2020

'City Under Attack': LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's 2020 State of the City Address

Facing budget shortfalls and fiscal hardships already dwarfing those of the Great Recession, the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic was the focus of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's 2020 State of the City address.

April 19, 2020

Is Rick Cole's Resignation as Santa Monica City Manager a Canary in the Coal Mine for All Cities?

Rick Cole on the existential challenges cities must grapple to be a leading city in the 21st century and shares Santa Monica's incredible achievements during his 5 years as city manager and the sacrifices that remain as the city endures the challenges of COVID-19.

April 13, 2020

Joel Fox: To Tax or Not to Tax, that is the Question

Joel Fox opines on the challenging choices and dire financial straits local and state governments face as the costs of COVID-19 continue to rise.

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