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Un-Stuck in LA Traffic: Future of Transportation Panel Takes 40 Year Look & Spells Action Plan Options

Here is what hap­pened dur­ing the first half of the con­fer­ence that fea­tured LA Hous­ing Needs:

A fire and brim­stone keynote speech by devel­op­er, Bob­by Turn­er, CEO of Turn­er Impact Cap­i­tal, out­lined why and what LA lead­ers have to do to meet the pop­u­la­tion growth, traf­fic increas­es, and need for more afford­able hous­ing.

A pan­el of investors, econ­o­mists, devel­op­ers, and hous­ing author­i­ties spelled out issues, prob­lems, and con­straints involved with man­ag­ing and pro­duc­ing afford­able hous­ing, work force mobi­liza­tion, and traf­fic man­age­ment.

The sec­ond half of the con­fer­ence con­sist­ed of an extra­or­di­nary pan­el of trans­porta­tion experts in metro rail, car shar­ing, and traf­fic sys­tems man­age­ment who seek to cope with increas­ing pop­u­la­tion growth and urban devel­op­ment.

These pre­sen­ters par­tic­u­lar­ly stood out and are cap­tured on the linked LABC YouTube Stream:

Bob­by Turn­er, Turn­er Impact Cap­i­tal
Gut­sy, straight talk­ing, suc­cess­ful investor devel­op­er in dis­ad­van­taged urban areas of LA who has inno­v­a­tive invest­ment strat­e­gy and is not afraid to use the “F” word to get people’s atten­tion for his 6 “P”s for get­ting things done.

Herb Wes­son, Pres­i­dent of LA City Coun­cil
Quick, fun­ny and insight­ful who gives one hope about and renewed con­fi­dence in City Gov­ern­ment; Peo­ple can’t be afraid to fail and must part­ner to get things done.

Ann Sewell, VP Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion
She is artic­u­late, respect­ed, and con­trols a lot of fund­ing mon­ey that has helped LA City to deal with home­less hous­ing.

Phil Wash­ing­ton, CEO Metro
His lead­er­ship has sparked many mega projects in City trans­porta­tion after being hired in from Den­ver, where he made big improve­ments in traf­fic and urban devel­op­ment. Has craft­ed plans that have not sun­set or look to solv­ing issues with projects cost­ing $120 B in the next 40 years.

Sole­ta Reynolds, GM, LADOT
Smart, quick with quips, respect­ed and artic­u­lates trans­porta­tion issues, prob­lems, and solu­tions with def­i­n­i­tion, per­spec­tive, and grace. Wants EV charg­ers in homes and busi­ness­es. And talks about the impact of Uber, Lyft, & car shar­ing in LA. Mobil­i­ty as a ser­vice,

Nan­cy Sut­ley, Chief Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Offi­cer, LADWP
Respect­ed spokesper­son with a grasp of num­bers, issues, and solu­tions.

Wor­thy of Note even with the com­mer­cial mes­sag­ing:

Tim Burr, Lyft
Shad Balch, Chevro­let

Note: This par­tial “Diges­tion” of this time­ly con­fer­ence is a part of the on-going focus by Auto­mo­tive Infor­ma­tion Net­work and Auto­mo­tive Digest to find, sig­ni­fy, and cov­er the future of Auto­mo­tive and Trans­porta­tion Sys­tems Man­age­ment.

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