On Wednesday, November 16, the Los Angeles Business Council and the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate co-hosted the 10th annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Job Summit. The Summit, which was held on the UCLA campus, highlighted a number of critical housing, transportation and workforce development policy issues for the Los Angeles region, including the continued scarcity of adequate affordable housing near major job centers, the urgency of expediting transportation infrastructure projects, and the need to discuss solar policy to create jobs.
The Honorable Henry Cisneros, Chairman, CityView and former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, served as Masters of Ceremonies. The Summit featured the first forum of Los Angeles mayoral candidates, including The Honorable Eric Garcetti, The Honorable Wendy Greuel, and the Honorable Jan Perry. The forum, titled Vision for LA’s Housing, Transportation and Jobs Future, was moderated by Jim Newton, Editor at Large and Columnist, Los Angeles Times. The Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Mayor, provided the Summit’s keynote remarks.
A hard-hitting academic study jointly authored by UCLA and USC research teams was also released at the Summit. The report, which was led by J.R. DeShazo of the UCLA Luskin Center and Manuel Pastor of the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, found that Los Angeles has a significant trained workforce ready to perform clean-energy solar jobs, but that city leaders have so far failed to enact policies that would take advantage of this resource and put city residents to work.