Infrastructure

LA’s ‘10 Across’ Summit Promises Civic Collaboration Among Cities Across the I-10 Corridor

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Wellington Reiter

The I-10 freeway, which stretches from California to Florida, passes through the U.S. Sun Belt and, along its way, many of the United State’s largest and most impactful urban cities, among them Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, and New Orleans -- cities which are simultaneously facing record homelessness, unprecedented weather, and housing crises. VX News recently interviewed Wellington Reiter, founder of 10 Across, a thought network committed to fostering sun belt city collaborations along the Interstate-10. Reiter elaborates on: an upcoming Los Angeles 10 Across Summit (Dec 5-7th); as well as ASU in DTLA; and of the obvious need for civic minded people addressing the nation’s challenges: water, climate mitigation, energy transition, resilience, affordable housing and governance.

DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park Planning Fully Engaged Affected Communities

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Scott Kratz

VX News interviews Scott Kratz, Senior Vice President of Building Bridges Across the River and 11th Street Bridge Park Director, on the decade-long project as it is about to break ground early next year. Kratz talks of the importance of fully engaging with affected communities early and often to create community-centered civic spaces. Kratz also opines on civic lessons learned & applicable to repurposing and extending the life of other federal infrastructure investments, e.g., the Los Angeles River Revitalization project.

Investing In Place’s Jessica Meaney: LA’s Broken System = Broken Sidewalks and Streets

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Jessica Meaney

As the process to begin pulling together the City of LA’s yearly budget moves forward this fall, LA’s City Council is also beginning efforts to seriously explore a Capital Infrastructure Plan (CIP), a document that provides a long-term, unified direction for investment in a city’s infrastructure. VerdeXchange News spoke with Investing in Place’ Executive Director, Jessica Meaney, on how the city’s budgeting could better address the needs of the city, improve equity and be more transparent. Meaney opines that the current way of doing things is failing to serve residents and why her organization’s work to push for a Capital Infrastructure Plan for the City of Los Angeles has been so important.

Moving Equitably From Policy Goals to Shovels in the Ground: VX2023 Plenary Excerpt

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With California’s energy transition well underway with broad public--and now, federal-- support, how is the state transitioning from ambitious goal setting to the “Age of Implementation?” V

Seattle DOT Director Greg Spotts on Implementing Innovation

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With an award of $25.6 million from the US Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets For All program, the City of Seattle recently doubled its available funding for safe streets infrastructure improvements. TPR followed up with Greg Spotts—former CSO and executive officer at Streets LA—to update readers on his recent move north to serve as Director of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

State of the Port of Long Beach 2023 Highlights & Imagines a ‘ZEERO’ Emissions Port

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In his 2023 State of the Port address, POLB Executive Director Mario Cordero announces ZEERO—the Zero Emissions, Energy Resilient Operations Program—to invest in projects aimed at reducing the impacts of operations and improving air quality.

Long Beach Mayor Richardson/ POLB Chair Weissman on State of the Port’s Nexus to the Success of “Opportunity Beach”

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VX News excerpts Mayor Richardson and President Weissman's remarks highlighting the nexus between zero-emissions infrastructure investments at the port and the success of the City of Long Beach's 'Opportunity Beach' agenda. 

Bloomberg Opinion's Liam Denning Sees Climate Win in Proposed Permitting Reform

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Bloomberg Opinion’s Liam Denning says climate advocates shouldn’t be so quick to oppose legislation by US Senator Joe Manchin that streamlines permitting, even if fossil-fuel projects benefit. Published originally by Bloomberg Opinion, find the piece online, here,

OffShore Wind & Protecting California's Coastline & Vital Ecosystems- VX2022 Panel Excerpt

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Christine Harada

At the end of June, the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration designated offshore wind vessels as Vessels of National Interest, making them eligible for financial support and facilitating more offshore wind construction. One of the many expert panels at VX2022 focused on the future of offshore wind in California.

Senator Bob Hertzberg Demystifies California’s Landmark $308 Billion 2022/23 Budget

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In the days after Governor Newsom signed California’s $308 billion budget—which includes record spending across sectors bolstered by a nearly $100 billion surplus—TPR/VXNews interviewed California Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Robert Hertzberg on the highlights of the 2022-23 state budget package. The Senator elaborates on the one-time infrastructure investments embedded throughout the budget for climate resilience—including grid reliability, EV charging, wildfire, water recycling, and more.