Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Register here to attend Move LA's 4th annual Transportation Conversation.

This is where discussion starts at Move LA’s 4th annual Transportation Conversation: the map above shows the existing transit Metro and Metrolink systems plus new lines (dotted) that will be built with 30 years of Measure R sales tax funding. This is what we want to talk about: Where we go from here? What’s the latest news about the federal transportation bill? What could we achieve by extending Measure R? Do we focus on ensuring that we can build 30 years of projects in 10 years (the “30-10” plan)? Or do we add new projects to the list? What if we made the goal 50-15, or 60-15? What other funding/ financing sources can help build out the system? Cap-and-trade funding? Public-private partnerships?

In the afternoon we will talk about TOD: Can we redeploy redevelopment tools such as tax increment financing around stations to ensure robust community-building with housing that’s affordable and first-mile/last-mile bike and pedestrian connections to stations? Can existing infrastructure district law help us? What fixes are needed? What other opportunities are pending to help ensure we get development that ensures high ridership? What are the lessons learned from redevelopment around three subway stations in the revitalized Hollywood?

Register here if you haven’t. Friday, Feb. 24, 8 am-3 pm! Speakers include state legislators, agency and nonprofit leaders, advocates. Also, international TOD and urban planning guru Gordon Price from Vancouver, and former CA Assemblymember and LA City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg, was so instrumental in Hollywood’s stunning comeback.


But how do you get to the event? It’s in Union Station in the Main Concourse room (the old ticket lobby at the front of the building) just inside the front door off Alameda Street. We encourage you to take transit to Union Station (hub for the Red, Blue, Gold and Metrolink lines, and the Flyaway bus from LAX), but if you are coming by car, parking is in the Metro Headquarters parking structure ($6/day) to the east of Union Station, which you can enter off Cesar Chavez (as it approaches Vignes) or off Vignes. Whether you arrive by transit or by car you can enter Union Station through the pedestrian tunnel from Metro headquarters or the rail lines.

Directions to parking:


WELCOME (8:30 am)

Denny Zane, Executive Director, Move LA
Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer,
LA County Federation of Labor
Gary Toebben, President & CEO, LA Area Chamber of Commerce

How Great Things Get Done
Art Leahy, CEO, LA Metro

Status of Federal Transportation Bill and 30-10
Yvette Martinez, Deputy State Director/Senior Advisor,
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Finding New Resources for Transit
Denny Zane & Gloria Ohland, Move LA

Getting the 30-10 Plan Done
• Where are we now in terms of accelerating the Measure R transit program? Will Congress create the programs necessary to implement the 30-10 Plan?
• Can the State of California create financing tools to fill any gaps left by Congress?
• What opportunities would be created if we extend Measure R for several decades?

Assemblymember Michael Feuer, Los Angeles
Richard Katz, Metro and Metrolink Boards, former Chair, Assembly Transportation Committee
Raffi Hamparian, Director of Federal Affairs, LA Metro
Kevin Norton, Political Organizer, IBEW Local 11
Michael Turner, LA Metro

New Resources for Transit
• What are the best bets for new sources of transit funding? What are the prospects for an indexed gas tax, or new fuel or VMT fees at the state or national level?
• Why not seek voter approval for a new regional sales tax or other taxes to fund regional infrastructure including commuter rail and goods movement projects?
• Will we forever require voter approval for significant new funding for transportation? Should we lower the voter threshold to 55 percent so a small minority can’t block all proposals? How do we do this?
• How big a role can public-private partnerships play in meeting our infrastructure needs and for which projects?
• Can the new Cap-and-Trade program for implementing AB 32 create new transit revenue? Operating or capital?

Senator Alan Lowenthal, Long Beach (invited)
Assemblymember Julia Brownley, Santa Monica
Councilmember John Fasana, City of Duarte, LA Metro Board
Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments
Anupom Ganguli, Public Advisor, SCAQMD
Mike Schneider, Managing Partner, InfraConsult
Stuart Cohen, Executive Director, Transform
Kristin Eberhard, Legal Director Western Energy and Climate Projects, NRDC
Julie Snyder, Housing California

LUNCH KEYNOTE (11:45 am)
TOD Vision and Lessons from Vancouver, BC
Gordon Price, former Councillor for the City of Vancouver, BC; Director of the City Program, Simon Fraser University

Transit Expansion and Community Building: Lessons from Hollywood
Jackie Goldberg, former California State Assemblymember and LA City Councilmember

TOD Local Initiatives & State Policy
Denny Zane & Beth Steckler, Move LA

The Future of TOD and Lessons
Learned in Hollywood
• In Hollywood, tenants, business people, property owners, social service providers and churches came together under the leadership of the City of LA to revitalize one of LA’s most historic and downtrodden neighborhoods. How well has it worked? What were the smartest ideas underlying Hollywood’s success?
• What are the lessons learned for neighborhoods around new transit lines and stations? What are the lessons learned from concerns being raised about density in Hollywood?

Joan Ling, Boardmember, LA Community Redevelopment Agency
Alan Bell, Deputy Director, LA City Planning Department
James de la Loza, Senior Vice President, AECOM, former Director of Planning, LA Metro

A 2012 Transit and TOD Legislative Agenda
• Last year SB 310 (Hancock) was approved and signed into law. Does this new law make infrastructure financing districts and equitable TOD possible? Can AB 485 (Ma) plug the holes and fulfill the promise? What more can the Legislature do?
• Can equitable TOD and first-mile-last-mile infrastructure issues be addressed locally? What can Metro, the City of LA and other Southern California communities do to address these needs?

Assemblymember Fiona Ma, San Francisco
Assemblymember Mike Eng, Monterey Park
Tunua Thrash, Executive Director, West Angeles CDC
Jay Kim, Planning and Land Use Bureau Chief, LA DOT
Mott Smith, Co-founder, Civic Enterprise, CA Infill Builders
Adrian Martinez, Attorney LA Urban Air Program, NRDC
Alexis Lantz, Planning and Policy Director, LA County Bicycle Coalition
Julie Snyder, Policy Director, Housing CA
Autumn Bernstein, Founding Director, ClimatePlan

Denny Zane, Executive Director, Move LA

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