September 9, 2015

Open Partner Meeting and Reception

In September 2015, we convened over 70 partners to discuss lessons learned from SB 535 (2012 de Leon), a bill on cap-and-trade investments that prioritizes housing and transportation funds for disadvantaged communities based on a data-driven framework (CalEnviroscreen). The purpose of our meeting was to apply successes and challenges to our continued work on framework recommendations for Metro’s potential 2016 Los Angeles County Transportation Sales tax ballot measure. (See the letter Investing in Place and over 50 organizations submitted to Metro leadership on September 1st with initial recommendations.)

Keynote speaker Vien Truong from #GreenforAll inspired the group with her experience and lessons learned from SB 535, and offered advice on how leaders could use this framework to inform conversations of transportation investment decisions in Los Angeles County. Vien described the efforts of SB 535, as guided by “collaborative movement and partnerships,” with an inside policy game that was grounded by a community-led effort.

For a blog recap, please click here.