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LA AREA CHAMBER, LAEDC, AND CCRL TO HOST REGIONAL GROWTH DIALOGUE TO DISCUSS STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS AND CRITICAL L.A. INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS: HOUSING, SMART GROWTH, TRANSPORTATION
California Center for Regional LeadershipCalTransLos Angeles Area Chamber of CommerceLos Angeles Economic Development CorporationBank of AmericaMorgan Family Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) will join the California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL) in presenting the Los Angeles Regional Growth Dialogue on critical area infrastructure investment needs, including: workforce housing, smart growth, transportation, and the potential impact of restrictions on eminent domain on Monday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the downtown office of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. Bixel Street. [The event is now at full capacity; for more information on other Regional Growth Dialogues, call 818.761.2233 or email ccrl@ccrl.org.]

Agenda items for the Dialogue include a panel discussion on Propositions 1B-1E and 84, which, if passed, would invest $42.6 billion into the state's infrastructure - and regionally, help to underwrite local infrastructure projects; State Proposition 1C and Los Angeles' Proposition H, which, if passed, would provide more than $3.85 billion for workforce housing, as well as rental and permanent housing opportunities; and Proposition 90, a state initiative that, if passed, would restrict the government's eminent domain authority, and possibly, compromise the state and regions' plans for smart growth..

CCRL Chair David Fleming, who is also the incoming Board Chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the Los Angeles Regional Growth Dialogue moderator.

Panelists and speakers include: Bill Allen, President and CEO, LAEDC; Bonny Herman, President and CEO, CCRL; Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; the Honorary Bill Bogaard, Mayor, City of Pasadena; Doug Failing, Director, Caltrans District 7; Gloria Jeff, General Manager, Department of Transportation, City of Los Angeles; James E. Starbird, City Manager, City of Glendale; Jan Briedenbach, former Executive Director, Southern California Association of Non-profit Housing; Lynn Pike, President, Bank of America California; former California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg, Partner: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; Susan Longville, Interim Director, Water Resources Institute; Patrick DeChellis, Deputy Director of Public Works, County of Los Angeles; and David Yale, Director of Regional Programming, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Besides partnering with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the LAEDC, CCRL is co-hosting Regional Growth Dialogues with several other Regional Collaboratives throughout California. The next Regional Growth Dialogue will be in Orange County on the following day - Tuesday, September 12.

Sponsors of the Regional Growth Dialogues are Bank of America; Caltrans; The Nature Conservancy; the Morgan Family Foundation; and the following CCRL Regional Collaboratives: the Bay Area Council; the Fresno Area Collaborative Regional Initiative; the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; the Orange County Business Council; the San Bernardino Associated Governments; and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

The California Center for Regional Leadership, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is a statewide nonprofit organization, established to support, facilitate, and promote innovative regional solutions for the state's major economic, environmental, and societal- challenges, to help achieve a more sustainable California.

In addition to David W. Fleming, Esq. and Robert M. Hertzberg, other members of the CCRL Board of Directors are: immediate past CCRL Chair David Abel, who is also the President of the Metro Forum Project, and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, LAEDC; Hope Boonshaft, California Film Commissioner and consultant; Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, the City of West Sacramento, and President of EdVoice; Robert Garcia, Executive Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest; Randal J. Hernandez, Senior Government Relations Executive, Bank of America; Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D., Bedrosian Chair in Governance, 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.