COVID-19

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

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 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.

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