Winter 2022

Winter 2022

UC Berkeley’s Ken Alex on Project Climate & Global Methane Pledge

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Ken Alex—former Sr. Policy Advisor for Governor Jerry Brown, OPR Director, and SGC Chair—highlights how Project Climate and other departments at UC Berkeley are significantly boosting research capacity of state and local policymakers to accelerate implementation of “absolutely realistic” and ambitious climate transition goals.

VX News Exit Interview with POLA’s General Counsel & LA City Attorney Janna Sidley

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Janna Sidley

VX News shares this exit interview with Janna Sidley, who since 2013 has served as POLA's General Counsel and is retiring after a 2.5-decade career in the LA City & US Attorneys' offices, in which she reflects on her accomplishments and tenure representing the nation's 2nd largest port.

The Milken Institute’s Matt Horton on Reigniting California’s Innovation Economy

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Matt Horton

Facing significant revenue shortfalls at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, California legislators in June 2020 paused the state's R&D and other business tax credits.

SMMC’s Joe Edmiston ‘Jazzed’ by Newsom Spending & Open Space Priorities

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With generous surplus state funding included for climate resilience in Governor Newsom’s 2022-23 budget request, VX News caught up with Santa Monica Mountain’s Conservancy Executive Director, Joe Edmiston, to elaborate on how the influx of federal and state infrastructure investments will impact Southern California conservation and open space projects.

Malibu Foundation Report on Community Resilience Risks in SoCal Wildland-Urban Interface

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As early February brings heat alerts for communities in Southern California following an otherwise dry January, VX News shares the latest report by the Malibu Foundation assessing the social vulnerabilities and physical hazards of living in Southern California's Wildland Urban Interface.

Respected CA Cleantech Leader Sen. Hertzberg Enters Race for LA County Bd. of Supervisors #3

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Bob Hertzberg

With respected cleantech leader and California Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg announcing his campaign for LA County Supervisor, District 3, VX News shares the below announcement and impressive list of endorsements from a large and diverse coalition of local and regional leaders in support of Hertzberg's candidacy.

Governor Newsom's Proposed 2022-23 State Budget

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On Monday, January 10 Governor Newsom announced his $286 billion budget request for 2022-23. TPR excerpts the Governor’s Proposed Budget Summary, highlighting requested state spending for economic and workforce development, transportation, energy, water, climate, housing, and homelessness.

Westside Urban Forum on the Future of AVs on LA’s Streets & Planning

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VX News excerpts a recent (December 8th) Westside Urban Forum panel, AI on LA’s Streets: Autonomous Vehicles are Arriving. The panel held in front of an an audience of city officials, planners, engineers, people in real estate, focused upon on the future of AVs in Los Angeles and the latter’s impact on design, land use, and city planning.

LAEDC’s Stephen Cheung on LA’s “Blue-Green” Build Back Better Regional Grant Challenge

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Stephen Cheung

Los Angeles was selected in December by the US Economic Development Agency as a finalist in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge.

Recommendations for Strengthening Vancouver's Clean Transportation Sector 

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Clean Transportation: Findings and actions to strengthen the sector in the Metro Vancouver region

As LA County competes for up to $100 million in federal funding to develop and scale blue/green growth innovations for Southern California's goods movement ecosystem,  VX News excerpts this report, prepared by Invest Vancouver—a service of the Metro Vancouver Regional District, operating in support of the Metro Vancouver regional economyon the opportunities and challenges for advancing the region's competetiveness in the global clean transportation sector.