Session 3: Health Care
The 2009 Fellows met at the newly-acquired USC University Hospital on May 8 to discuss health care access, delivery and reform; the importance of building healthy communities; and to visit community clinics at American Apparel, Skid Row and Planned Parenthood as part of their session focusing on health care in Los Angeles.
Seminar 6: Southern California's Regional Economy & Strategies for Recovery
The Leadership Southern California 2009 Fellows discussed Southern California’s competitive advantages with author and business columnist James Flanigan, whose recent book outlines the growth sectors of our region's economy and where our strengths lie as a region. A panel of industry experts spoke about opportunities that will drive economic recovery in Southern California focusing around international trade, infrastructure development, entertainment and green technology. Panelists and LSC Fellows agreed that many initiatives will need heightened leadership and planning to capitalize on these opportunities. The day concluded with a case study of the Port of Los Angeles as a major economic engine of Southern California with a tour aboard the Angelena II.
Session 2 - Arts, Culture & Creativity in Los Angeles
The Leadership L.A. Class of 2009 continued its nine-month program with a session on April 3 focusing on arts, culture and creativity in Los Angeles, beginning with an overview of the creative sector's contribution to the economy by Jack Kyser, Chief Economist, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Fellows also met with arts leaders in the education, performing arts, fashion and arts reporting fields, and experienced case studies focused on arts institutions on North Grand Avenue, the Japanese American National Museum and Inner-City Arts to see first-hand the variety of arts and cultural opportunities in Los Angeles.
Seminar 5 - Focus on the San Diego-Mexico Border Region: The People, Places & Trends
The Leadership Southern California Class of 2009 traveled to San Diego and Mexico on March 19-20, looking at a range of issues from the Southern California-Mexico relationship, to security concerns in the region, crossborder manufacturing at Plantronics and Kyocera, health care and arts/culture. Many of the crossborder leaders discussed the importance of Mexico to the California economy, and emphasized the need for additional security, smoother border crossings and upgraded infrastructure.
Seminar 4 - Focus Inland Empire: The People, Places & Trends
The Leadership Southern California Class of 2009 focused on the key people, issues and trends shaping the Inland Empire, including the identity of the region, the economy, housing, transportation, goods movement and political and civic engagement on Feb. 20 at the Mission Inn in Riverside. Fellows had case study excursions focusing on downtown Riverside redevelopment projects; the housing crisis in the region; and rail in Southern California with Union Pacific Railroad Company.
Southern California Leadership Network Alumni Event
The California-Mexico Border at a Tipping Point: A Conversation with Consul General of Mexico Juan Marcos Gutierrez
Seminar 3 - Focus Orange County: The People, Places & Trends
The Leadership Southern California Class of 2009 visited Orange County on Jan. 23 to gain a better understanding of the major trends shaping the region today, including demographics, ethnicity, politics, transportation, and a case study on science, technology and innovation. Fellows took a case study look at Orange County as a hub of science, technology and innovation with excursions to medical device start-up Source Scientific; the Beall Center for Art & Technology; and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.
The Southern California Leadership Network honored four outstanding regional leaders at its annual Southern California Visionaries awards luncheon Dec. 9 at the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall with alumni, sponsors, and distinguished guests. The honorees were Excellence in Civic Leadership: Charlie Woo, founder, Megatoys; Graduate of the Year: Jim McDonnell, first assistant chief & chief of staff, Los Angeles Police Department and graduate, Leadership L.A. 2000; Southern California Leader of the Year: Debra Reed, president & CEO, Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric; and Lifetime "Achieving" Award: Harold M. Williams, of counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and Affiliates.
Seminar 2 - Focus L.A.: The People, Places & Trends
The Leadership Southern California Class of 2009 took a case study approach to the people, places and trends shaping L.A. County with a look at arts, culture and the creative economy of L.A. at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Fellows also heard from a panel of experts on the contribution of the arts, entertainment and tourism to L.A., and experienced the creative economy in West Hollywood and Los Angeles through excursions to the nightlife, fashion, interior design, and fine arts industries.
Graduation & Class Report
Leadership L.A. Class of 2008 celebrates the culmination of its 9-month leadership development program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Session 9 - Water & Environment
The Leadership L.A. Class of 2008
wrapped up its 9-month leadership development program with a look at different aspects of water in Los Angeles and Southern California such as delivery, interagency relations, community input and leadership with water experts including H. David Nahai, CEO & General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Fellows looked at water conservation and recycling at the LA-DWP’s Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. They closed the session with reflections on civic entrepreneurship and leadership commitments to the L.A. region. Applications for the 2009 class are now being accepted through Jan. 20, 2009. Click here for more information and an application
Session 8 - Neighborhood Development: A Valley Case Study
LLA 2008 Fellows immersed themselves in a case study of neighborhood development on Oct. 10 by looking at recent trends in the San Fernando Valley, where millions of dollars in proposed office and residential construction are dividing developers and community residents. Fellows spoke with developers, neighborhood council leaders and long-time San Fernando Valley civic leaders. The participants also saw first-hand new transit-oriented development in the NoHo Arts District via Metro's Red Line. The session closed with both a historical perspective on the Valley secession movement and the political forecast on the local, sate and national elections.