LOS ANGELES, CA - David W. Fleming, Esq., who spearheaded a complete reform of city government in 1997 by joining then Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan to co-chair a voters? initiative to reform the 75-year-old constitution of the City, has been elected Chairman of the California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL), an influential public policy organization that researches and addresses regional infrastructure, economic, environmental and quality of life concerns and issues. Mr. Fleming is of counsel to Latham & Watkins, and Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. As Chairman of CCRL, he succeeds David Abel of Metro Forum Project and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.
"Regional governance is the new paradigm for California, "says Mr. Fleming. As Chairman of CCRL, my goal is to nurture and strengthen the regions to better address and solve the vexing problems they face, that are, in fact, regional in nature. These challenges include: traffic congestion, job creation, air quality, housing access and affordability, water quality and supply, land use, ground and air transportation facilities, and goods movement.
Regional governance transcends the artificial boundaries of cities and even counties, a throw-back to when California was in its infancy. Today's regional collaboratives are the seeds of future governance, and the only way we can effectively create a better California in the future.
David Fleming is a past chairman (2000-2002) and a current board member of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, the largest economic development organization of its kind in the nation. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, a non-profit economic development and marketing corporation.
In July of 2005, he was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to represent the City of Los Angeles as a director of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. In 2003, David Fleming was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a trustee of the James Madison Foundation, a thirteen-member Foundation that is composed of two members of the U.S. Senate; two from the House of Representatives; one State Governor; two Federal Appellate justices; three members from law school academia; the Secretary of Education, and two private citizens, of whom Fleming is one.
Joining Mr. Fleming on the CCRL 2006 Board of Directors are: David Abel, President, Metro Forum Project; Hope Boonshaft, California Film Commissioner and consulting firm owner; Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, the City of West Sacramento; Robert Garcia, Executive Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest; former California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg, Partner, the firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D., C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor, University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning & Development; John A. Perez, Political Director, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 324; Julie Meier Wright, President and CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; and Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council.
The California Center for Regional Leadership is a statewide nonprofit organization, established to support, facilitate, and promote innovative regional solutions for the state?s major economic, environmental, and society challenges, to help achieve a more sustainable California. Bonny Herman is the CCRL President and CEO. For more information on the CCRL, access the organization's website at http://calregions.urbaninsight.com.