ELP Advisors is proud to announce that LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Foundation is partnering with Trammell Crow Company and the Cesar Chavez Foundation to develop two LA County-owned parking lots directly adjacent to the Foundation’s museum and within walking distance from Union Station. (more…)
As Halloween approaches, we are reminded that it’s actually Fall in Los Angeles despite the 80 degree weather. We also are reminded how important food is in our lives during gatherings with family and friends and that the quality of that food is important for our health and wellbeing. This month, we have asked our friend and colleague Clare Fox of the LA Food Policy Council to give us her thoughts about her food policy work and the larger food movement. Clare is on the front lines of creating more equitable, resilient communities through food access. Also, in case you missed it, there were some big developments out of Sacramento following a busy legislative year. We highlight two notable bills that cleared the Governor’s desk – the creation of Enhanced Infrastructure Finance Districts and a pilot program to allow 15 Community Colleges in California to offer 4-year bachelor’s degree. Taken together, these two new laws create the space to match our people’s skills to the needs of a growing, innovating economy and invest in the building blocks that make our communities places of broad opportunity. With food always on our mind, Happy Halloween and bring on the locally and organically grown and baked pumpkin pie!
Our scary best,
Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano
On October 15, 2014 the North American Integration and Development (NAID) Center at the University of California Los Angeles hosted the Los Angeles Diaspora Forum. The forum is one of 65 events throughout the world that are part of Global Diaspora Week. The global event is sponsored by the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IDEA), an organization that since 2011 continues to provide a space to discuss the impact of international development. (more…)
ELP Advisors is proud to announce that our very own Cynthia Guzman, was selected for the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute’s (WPI) fellowship program. The leadership of WPI fellows has led to 23 laws being passed over the program’s 12 year history. The program works with grassroots women leaders from across the state to craft and advocate for policies that will positively affect the lives of low income Californians. (more…)
I love garden metaphors. (What’s not to love?) In food policy work, it’s too easy and fun to talk about the “seeds” of health we are planting or how we are “cultivating justice” or “cultivating community.” Or the “fruits of our labor,” or “growing the soil” of capacity that will allow our good work to “grow.” See what I mean? Garden metaphors for days! One of my favorite garden metaphors is lesser known. Permaculture, a branch of ecological design, espouses the concept that, “everything gardens.” The idea is that in a healthy habitat, every plant, shrub and tree, and every sentient being, provides some life support to the other residents of the garden. Whether providing shade, soil nutrients or fertilizer, everything in the garden acts as “gardener” for something else. So thrives a vibrant ecosystem.
On September 29, 2014 Governor Brown Signed SB 628, the Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) bill. In many circles, the bill has been touted as redevelopment 2.0. And, in fact, many of the provisions of the bill are reminiscent of old-school redevelopment. But unlike the redevelopment of yore, there aren’t any requirements for the inclusion of affordable housing, so there are concerns that this new financing mechanism will only speed the rising tide of gentrification in our cities. So how can local governments use enhanced infrastructure financing districts to promote equitable, resilient, and inclusive developments? (more…)
In September, Governor Brown signed a bill that would allow some of California Community Colleges to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees as part of a pilot program. This pilot has the potential to fundamentally shift the way that California’s public higher education system operates, and promises to broaden opportunities for low-income and rural Californians to access college. But what kinds of programs will be offered, and what details still need to be worked out? (more…)
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently released the call for applications for its Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program (2015-16) with approximately $9.8 million available in this year’s grant cycle for programs in Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Communities. The Strategic Partnerships grants, which require a 20 percent local match, fund planning projects that address statewide and interregional deficiencies in the state highway system and strengthen government-to-government relationships. (more…)
The LA2050 initiative spearheaded by the Goldhirsh Foundation announced the top ten winning proposals for this year’s My LA2050 Grants Challenge. With the call for submissions on July 1st, LA2050 marked the start of its second grant cycle. The organization offered up a total of $1 million to fund projects, ideas, or programs that help make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, connect, play, and the healthiest place to live. (more…)
The City of Los Angeles has finally done away with a four-decade old rule that required every building over 75 feet tall to have an emergency helicopter landing pad on its roof. This regulation, absent in other big cities in the country, resulted in an LA skyline that can best be described as a panorama of rectangular boxes. (more…)