News Article | February 15, 2017
Lord Nicholas Stern recently said, “Strong investment in sustainable infrastructure—that’s the growth story of the future. This will set off innovation, discovery, much more creative ways of doing things. This is the story of growth, which is the only one available because any attempt at high-carbon growth would self-destruct [emphasis added].” More pointedly, the Investment Bank division at Morgan Stanley in 2016 advised clients that long-term investment in fossil fuels may be a bad financial decision, writing, “Investors cannot assume economic growth will continue to rely heavily on an energy sector powered predominantly by fossil fuels." What both Lord Stern and Morgan Stanley understand is that the world has changed and our approaches to investment need to change with it. This is at the heart of what I do working in Next Economics and Next Economy Portfolio Theory. In thinking about Next Economics and investing, then, it’s worth asking two questions. ”What will the world’s economy look like in 10 and 20 years?” And,” What would I like it to look like by then?” Our answers should, at a high level, inform where we invest. In arriving at a well-informed thesis hinged on the economy’s ongoing evolution—rather than on the economy of the past—we can position ourselves to take advantage of high-growth areas, and we can have the effect of advancing a far more efficient economy, one with a better chance of thriving indefinitely. As a pop star once wrote (not the one who won a Nobel Prize), “If it's a future world we fear, we have tomorrow's seeds right here.” Every year since founding Green Alpha, we’ve observed innovations emerge and compound like a fast-rolling snowball. Each innovation, improvement, and tool in the economy is smarter than the last and is immediately put to work in the development of a new generation of smart tools, evidently ad infinitum. I'd write a book with a title like Special Topics in Next Economics 2017, but the pace of innovation is so fast that it would be out of date before I could get it done. Still, there are a few trends that I think merit our attention, and our optimism. They’re cheap and getting cheaper. In 2016, we saw the price of solar-generated electricity fall below that of wind, making it the least expensive source of power generation available, half the price of new coal. Wind and solar, being tech-based (as opposed to commodity-based), will continue getting cheaper, and will generate more and more of the world’s energy until they ultimately have most of the energy market share. At some point, markets will understand solar for what it is and begin to value it appropriately. Companies like First Solar, Inc., and Canadian Solar Inc. are leading the transition in world energy, and if they continue to work on innovation, growth, and maintaining strong fundamentals, they could find themselves among the world’s leading power companies. Is renewable energy adoption at scale for real? President Obama just wrote about the “irreversible momentum of clean energy” in Science, and many of the world’s largest companies are on the same page, working toward running all operations on wind and solar. The poster firm for this is Google Alphabet, which says it will hit its goal of 100% renewable power for all operations this year. The company is a huge consumer of power, and its transition to wind and solar is resulting in large emissions cuts for the economy, as well as business stability and cost controls for their business. Cities are getting in on this, too, with San Francisco, San Diego and others planning to run entirely on renewables by 2035 or sooner. What about arguments that solar makes electricity rates go up? Well, in some places that use the most solar, the opposite is happening, and utility customers are seeing rates fall. Inevitably, all this adds up to jobs in renewables. Though coal jobs were a focus of the 2016 presidential election, renewables are where more paychecks are. Wind power supports 88,000 jobs, while close to 373,807 U.S. workers are currently employed in solar, a 25% rise in 2016—and that number is predicted to rise to 420,000 workers by 2020. Wind power employs 101,738 workers, a 32% increase over 2015. As of October, coal employed fewer than 54,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It has been surprising to many observers, like Jigar Shah, that these remarkable economic changes don’t yet get more recognition. Across the country, wind power has become the “new corn” for Red State farmers, providing a steady source of income in low-income, rural areas. In fact, the 10 congressional districts that produce the most wind energy are represented by Republicans. California and other states, meanwhile, vow to push ahead in the fight against climate change—with or without President Trump's blessing. China is doing more to develop and install renewable energies than any nation. Already the world leader in wind and solar capacity, China now says it will “plow $361B into renewable power generation by 2020, and create more than 13 million jobs” (via Reuters), leaving the U.S. in the dust. According to The Guardian, “China now owns five of the world’s six largest solar-module manufacturing firms and the largest wind-turbine manufacturer.” It’s also far and away the world’s leader in electric vehicle production and sales. Also, China is spending over $500 billion to expand high-speed rail. Its war on pollution and commitments to mitigating global warming are real, and China clearly is happy (and even excited) to accept the leadership mantle in sustainable economics, a title many perceive the U.S. has abdicated. Having taken the reins on renewable energy and technology leadership, China is now shoring up the case for its moral leadership as well, made apparent by Beijing’s recent announcement that it will now ban all imports of ivory. What about renewable energy adoption, plus zero-emissions transportation, plus energy storage? Well, Tesla. I don’t mention this company particularly as a stock recommendation but rather as a primary catalyst and the firm at the nexus of the Next Economy. It’s close to impossible to overestimate Tesla’s importance. Tesla re-introduced, made sexy, and popularized electric cars at a time when major automakers and oil companies were trying to prevent that from ever happening. Tesla’s ambitious approach to battery storage for cars and renewable energy has resulted in their Gigafactory, capable of doubling the world’s current annual output of lithium-ion batteries and lowering costs commensurately. Don’t think storage is a particularly big deal? Consider just one example: After the massive Porter Ranch natural gas leak, the City of Los Angeles decided to invest in battery backup for its electricity supply instead of gas, and has hired Tesla to provide some systems. LA has been among the first big cities to make this move, but then, it was among the first to be bitten by the risks of overreliance on a fossil fuels. What of Tesla’s and others’ plan to scale up mass-market electric cars? Will that become huge or remain niche? Consider these developments: Germany, Holland, and Norway have all taken steps to ban internal combustion engine-driven passenger vehicles between 2025 and 2030; more major economies surely will follow. India, for example, is now considering a similar move. Yes, these are ambitious goals that could easily be missed, but even if these nations get only halfway to their targets, it is not only incredibly bullish for any carmaker selling electric vehicles but also bearish for oil, since ground transportation is its primary source of demand. A New Yorker article said it best, “Vertical farming can allow former cropland to go back to nature and reverse the plundering of the earth.” Vertical farms are revolutionary for a number of reasons: No question, vertical farming is what’s next. Business Insider has posted a nifty photo essay of an indoor farm in Brooklyn if you’re interested in how it looks. Computing power. It’s becoming so massive that our collective ability to assimilate data is now and will increasingly be unprecedented. The question will become, what can we do with this amazing ability? And let us not forget the key related areas of cybersecurity and fast-emerging artificial intelligence and robotics, all of which are ushering in an era of heretofore unimagined economic efficiencies. What about the Internet of Things? After a slow start, it is coming into its own: “The falling cost of sensors and connectivity means the internet of things is finally a reality.” Lots of opportunity there. In medicine? Don’t get me started on CRISPR-Cas9, a technique to edit genomes, thus opening up endless possibilities in medicine and biology, with equally endless humanitarian, ecological, and commercial applications. Okay, enough. We’re overwhelmed with innovations and breakthrough after breakthrough. We get it. For those of us trying to assimilate these changes and find the best path forward, the most important point is this: It’s in seeing the world for what it is becoming and not for what it was that investors and markets are going to allocate capital to manage risks and profit from new opportunities. This all leads, not incidentally, in the opposite direction from fossil fuels. It is funny and yet poignant that some astrophysicists classify we humans as constituting merely a Level Zero Civilization, with nearly infinite scientific and technological prowess yet to be realized. Well, I’m not qualified to evaluate that theory, but what I do know is that so much progress is being made in so many areas, that I wake up every day excited to think about the world anew and uncover its opportunities. An earlier version of this post originally appeared on worth.com Garvin Jabusch is cofounder and chief investment officer of Green Alpha® Advisors, LLC. He is co-manager of the Shelton Green Alpha Fund (NEXTX), of the Green Alpha Next Economy Index, the Green Alpha Growth & Income Portfolio, and of the Sierra Club Green Alpha Portfolio. He also authors the Sierra Club's green economics blog, "Green Alpha's Next Economy."
News Article | November 22, 2016
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program, a partnership of the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District's Beyond the Bell Branch and the private sector is expanding student health and wellness with $20,000 in financial and...
News Article | January 29, 2016
A new smartphone app, dubbed “Go LA,” is now available to give residents of Los Angeles a means of accessing data on most transportation modalities within a single app. The app was developed by the City of Los Angeles in conjunction with Xerox. It allows users to view comparisons (costs, time, distance, carbon emissions, etc) of the various options available (car, bus, ride-share, bike, walk, etc) for their trip. The senior vice president of Mobility Solutions at Xerox, David Cummins, commented: “There are individual apps for public transit, car sharing and other transportation options but the Go LA app captures the array of options in a hyper-local way, mixing and matching both public and private transportation options. Beyond the seamless travel experience for citizens, Go LA will help the city glean important information they can use to advance their transportation systems.” The app aggregates and calculates the time, cost, carbon footprint, and health benefits from walking, biking, driving your own car, parking, taking public transit, as well as the emerging private transportation options — such as Lyft, Zipcar, FlitWays, and Uber — giving users a variety of ways to reach their destination. The app takes an individual’s destination and desired arrival time, and calculates the different routes available, categorized by “sooner,” “cheaper,” and “greener.” Details provided include length of trip, price, number of calories burned, and how much carbon dioxide is released into the air, allowing users to choose the best option to meet their needs. As the app learns more about its user’s individual travel preferences, it will eventually recommend and highlight personalized commuting options. Customers can also save trips they take often, like from home to work, in their “My Rides” area of the app. Interestingly, the city will reportedly be making use of data gathered (anonymously) via the app when future decisions on transit system redesigns or updates are made. The general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Seleta Reynolds, stated: “Our city has many centers. People are commuting in all directions at all times by many modes. Xerox’s work could help us learn where to improve infrastructure for people who walk, roll, bike, take transit, and drive — it’s invaluable insight to help make Los Angeles more livable and enjoyable.” The aim is reportedly to make it so all booking can be taken care of within the app as well. The city of Denver will be rolling out a version of the app in February as well, reportedly. The app is now available via both the Android and iOS app stores. Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.” Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | February 19, 2017
With Chevy Bolt EV production now occurring at a large scale, GM has seemingly begun allocating more and more of the production to end points other than retail customers. Case in point: there was a recent announcement revealing that the Los Angeles branch of GM carsharing service Maven will be getting “more than 100” Chevy Bolt EVs. This shows that GM is at least somewhat serious about using the Bolt for non-retail purposes, and highlighting the car as one of the brand’s best. Given that the company seems to be aiming to use the Bolt, or a successor, as the base of its planned self-driving vehicle taxi services — and is going to be testing Chevy Bolts on a mass scale within the near future — this shouldn’t be too surprising. “Maven’s seamless car-sharing application complements Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s vision to leverage multi-modal transportation solutions to advance mobility and encourage more electric vehicles in the market,” a press release from Maven noted. “The collaboration is expected to increase opportunities in Los Angeles neighborhoods, from reducing mobility barriers to exposing all communities to transportation electrification. “Maven City car sharing in Los Angeles has seen an average of 56 percent member growth month-over-month since launching in October 2016, and Maven will leverage this existing platform as well as in-city infrastructure, fleet management capabilities and operational insights to help advance the City of Los Angeles’ Sustainable City pLAn. Maven members will play an integral role in informing the co-creation process and will provide valuable insights for future infrastructure and transportation developments. … “Maven is the only program to offer the Bolt EV for both car-sharing and ridesharing applications providing immediate solutions for real-world mobility issues. The Bolt EV is uniquely suited for vehicle sharing. The compact hatchback seats five with room for cargo storage, and the flat floor facilitates easy entry and egress. The smooth, quiet electric propulsion is ideal for dense urban areas.” Maven’s use of the Bolt won’t be limited to Los Angeles — it’s also planning to use it in San Diego and San Francisco before long. Interestingly, Maven’s release mentioned that the Bolt is also being used by Lyft — which we’ve already written about a few times. Maven doesn’t make the connection explicit, but GM is also a major investor in Lyft. The reason for these investments (into Maven and Lyft) are of course that there are big changes coming to the auto industry over the coming decades and GM doesn’t want to get left in the dust (and lose substantial market share in the process). The same goes for the switch to EVs. On that topic: “To support the introduction of the Bolt EV to the Maven platform, the team is working with infrastructure providers on building a more effective, robust EV charging network. Drivers using the Bolt EVs, for example, will have access to free charging for a limited time via the entire EVgo Freedom Station network throughout California. Maven is also working with each of California’s investor-owned utilities, as well as Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, on infrastructure projects that can help encourage the use of EVs in the sharing economy. “Maven plans to collaborate with additional metropolitan cities to advance the development of future applications, including a fully electric autonomous network of vehicles tied to mass transportation stations.” So, to sum up the practical implications of this news: those in Los Angeles who want to test drive a Chevy Bolt EV over an extended period of time will soon be able to do so through the Maven carsharing service. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store! Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | February 15, 2017
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - February 14, 2017) - Envision Solar International, Inc. ( : EVSI) ("Envision Solar," or the "Company"), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding, and EV charging product company, announced that City of Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz unveiled Envision's EV ARC™ product at the Rancho Park Golf Course where it is providing solar powered EV charging and emergency power capabilities which provide a robust and secure source of power during outages or other disasters. "Los Angeles continues to lead the way in the fight against climate change," said Councilmember Paul Koretz. "The EV ARC™ is an innovative way to do that and, at the same time, to help cities with essential emergency preparedness." Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board and longtime clean air advocate in Los Angeles, oversees the state's ambitious program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. She attended the event and applauded the Councilmember's efforts to bring more green opportunities to Council District Five. "This pilot project is yet another demonstration of why the City of Los Angeles is known as a national leader on sustainability and electrification," said Chairperson Nichols. "With more than a quarter-million electric cars on the road across California, deploying innovative technology like the EV ARC™ where drivers live, work and play help make it easier to drive electric." "Los Angeles is continuing to show leadership both in climate action and disaster preparedness," said Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar. "I'm very proud that they have chosen our American-made secure solar powered EV charging station to show that you can drive on sunshine and save lives with our solar powered energy storage units." "We are thrilled to host and pilot the EV ARC™ here at Rancho Park Golf Course," said Matthew Rudnick, Chief Sustainability Officer for the Department of Recreation and Parks. "This pilot effort will help the City evaluate the EV ARC™, while we work to expand publicly available EV charging opportunities and strengthen our emergency preparedness toolkit." Chris Paine -- filmmaker best known for his documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" -- was on hand to show his support for the pilot program. In addition to his longtime EV advocacy, he serves on the board of directors for Friends of the Earth and the Coalition for Clean Air. "Electric charging, once again, is proving that plug-in vehicles are safer, cleaner, more versatile, cheaper, and more mobile than ever. Los Angeles is on the forefront once again," said Paine. Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and does not reduce available parking in any way. It generates enough clean, solar electricity to power up to 150 miles of EV driving each day. The energy is stored in the EV ARC™ product's energy storage for charging day or night or for use by first responders during grid outages. Because the EV ARC™ product requires no trenching, foundations or installation work of any kind, it is deployed in minutes and can be moved to a new location with ease. EV ARC™ products are manufactured in the Company's San Diego facility by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other highly talented, mission driven team members. About Envision Solar International, Inc. Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, is a sustainable technology innovation company whose unique and patented products include the EV ARC™ and the Solar Tree® with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ solar Electric Vehicle Charging, ARC™ technology energy storage and EnvisionMedia solar advertising displays. 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News Article | December 26, 2016
America’s Most Dominant Float Builder unveils a line-up that includes: Dole Packaged Foods, Miracle-Gro, Kaiser Permanente, City of Torrance, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, City of Los Angeles, Northwestern Mutual, The Bachelor, California Milk Advisory Board, Lucy Pet, Occupational Therapy Association of California and the Royal Court presented by the Tournament of Roses Association. Carnival–Like Atmosphere: Hundreds of excited volunteers gather at Decorators’ Village and begin affixing thousands of flowers and floral arrangements to this year’s Rose Parade floats - a task that requires over 10,000 cumulative hours for completion. WHY BE THERE? It’s Where the Winners Live: Fiesta Parade Floats has a prize winning rate of over 67% for the last 29 years, the highest prize winning rate in the Rose Parade industry. GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: The best place to get an up-close look at the Rose Parade float preparation, as it is buzzing with excitement all day and night. Inside Look: Bring your audience a behind-the-scenes look at the hard work – and fun – that goes into getting the floats ready for the 2017 Rose Parade. Action: An opportunity for your favorite “on the scene” reporter to get their hands dirty and learn the finer points of Rose Parade float decorating with a line-up that includes brave knights, fiery volcanoes, national landmarks, respected roses, tree-top love, reigning royalty, Olympic-sized celebrations, boundless hope, heroic heritage, extraordinary dairies, a touching tribute and wave-riding K-9’s.
News Article | March 2, 2017
LOS ANGELES, March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Azteca America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A.B de C.V., one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language content in the world, today announced that the network was honored by Cynopsis Media as the 2016 Social Good Award Winner for Awareness Campaign/Initiative in the Civic Empowerment category at the 3rd Annual Cynopsis Social Good Awards. The network was recognized for its recent achievements in civic engagement, which focused on the 2016 presidential election. “It is truly an honor to be recognized for the network’s tireless efforts to engage U.S. Hispanics in the 2016 election,” said Manuel Abud, President and CEO, Azteca America. “No other television network or station in the country, regardless of language, made a similar effort. We pride ourselves on our ability to build bridges and establish alliances across the industry, and we are driven by our commitment to serve the U.S. Hispanic community.” Starting in 2015, Azteca began building a network of alliances with social organizations such as the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM), Voto Latino, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, Univision, Telemundo, Estrella TV, Entravision, and La Opinion. Azteca took the lead to bring these organizations together to work with Azteca and its Spanish-language media competitors to implement the “!Protegete, Ciudadania Ya!" (Protect yourself, citizenship now!) campaign, which launched a call to action aimed at legal residents to become U.S. citizens and then encouraged those same people to register to vote and participate in the 2016 election. After the deadline to apply for citizenship passed, the campaign shifted focus to embolden U.S. Hispanic citizens to register to vote and get to the polls on Election Day. The campaign was designed to be rolled out in Los Angeles first and then replicated nationally. “Voting is one of our most important responsibilities. There is no election too big or too small, from City Council to the President of the United States, we need to participate in every election. Government affects our lives at every level, and it’s critical that we have the right people making decisions for us,” said Luis J. Echarte, Chairman, Azteca America. Azteca America devoted four of its monthly "Solución Azteca," community support events to civic participation. These are on-air “events” over the course of a single day during planned commercial breaks. The network was also instrumental in the execution of a citizenship event held in Los Angeles in April 2016 that generated 3,500 appointments for residents engaged in the process of becoming U.S. citizens and was attended by more than 10,000 people. In addition, 100% of the content of the 6:30 pm national newscast was dedicated to the topic in the five months leading up to the election. Azteca produced many PSAs and promotional products and messages to air in prime time and across other key dayparts. The annual Cynopsis Social Good Awards honor media companies for their efforts to give back to the community through their professional platform. The awards highlight notable achievements across categories such as sustainability partnerships and PSA’s, diversity campaigns, environmental initiatives, and more. Azteca America engages Spanish-language viewers by creating unique, passionate and enlightening content that is relevant to the daily lives of our audience. Wholly owned by Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A.B. de C.V. one of the two largest producers of Spanish language content in the world, Azteca America complements its Mexican programs with an innovative lineup of shows from third-party producers and distributors to ensure the finest programming for its audience. The company provides tailored, multi-platform advertising solutions for clients seeking to reach the most dynamic consumer group in the country.
News Article | December 6, 2016
The new system will streamline the City's utility bill processing and provide comprehensive energy management for 3,500+ meters STATE COLLEGE, PA--(Marketwired - December 06, 2016) - The City of Los Angeles has acquired EnergyCAP utility bill management software through a General Services Administration (GSA) process for comprehensive tracking and reporting of electric, natural gas and water utilities. The City of Los Angeles will use EnergyCAP to better manage and streamline the utility billing process of the Department of General Services (DGS). Toward that end, the City has also purchased Bill CAPture services from EnergyCAP to better facilitate import of utility bill data to a multi-commodity database. "EnergyCAP will help enhance energy analytics, identify cost savings, improve reporting quality and processes, and provide greater accessibility to historical utilities data," said Blaine Clapper, EnergyCAP's Assistant VP & CMO, Sales & Marketing. Bill CAPture will acquire the City's utility bills from vendors, import them, and validate the results using EnergyCAP's extensive audit library. Bill images acquired during the Bill CAPture process will be linked to each billing record, providing EnergyCAP users with an instant visual display of the actual bills at any time. The Los Angeles software acquisition was secured quickly thanks to a GSA process that took just over four months from initial contact to contract, according to Phil Kolb, Marketing Account Manager at EnergyCAP. Enterprise-level software purchases at large municipalities often can take 12 months or longer. When implementation has been completed, utility bills for the entire Los Angeles DGS property portfolio, including approximately 3,000 water and electric meters and another 500+ natural gas meters, will be tracked with EnergyCAP. EnergyCAP's purpose is to publish industry-leading software tools that help clients derive value from utility bills. For more than 35 years, the award-winning EnergyCAP software has helped 10,000 energy managers to track more than $25 billion in energy spending. EnergyCAP utility bill and energy management software helps users get value from their utility bills and meter data. Software features include bill entry (manual, spreadsheet import, and EDI), bill tracking, an optional AP/GL interface, customizable bill approval workflow, audits, rate schedules, interval and production data tracking, cost avoidance (M &V), issue tracking, submeter tracking, virtual meter formulas, re-billing, greenhouse gas tracking, 300+ reports, automated ENERGY STAR building data submittal, building benchmarking, and graphical PowerViews. Discover why EnergyCAP is America's #1 utility bill management software at http://www.energycap.com. Their Canadian representative is Gerald Rubenovitch at EnergyCAP Canada Inc., 416 362 8999, www.EnergyCAP.ca About the City of Los Angeles The City of Los Angeles (Spanish for "The Angels") is the second-largest city in the United States after New York City. Located in Southern California, the city was officially founded in 1781 on land originally claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542. In 1848, it was purchased from Mexico as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States. Oil discoveries fueled its early development. Today, the city is the focal point of the larger Los Angeles metropolitan area containing 13 million people. The city's inhabitants are often referred to as Angelenos. The City's website is https://www.lacity.org/
News Article | December 9, 2016
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UCBA Trade Association (UCBA), the largest trade association of Proposition D compliant medical marijuana dispensaries operating legally within the City of Los Angeles, voted unanimously to publicly support Proposition M, the City of Los Angeles sponsored cannabis regulatory ballot initiative. Jerred Kiloh, the President of the UCBA, stated that “in the spirit of collaboration, the UCBA Board of Directors determined that the best approach to ensure uniform cannabis regulations for patients, communities and cannabis businesses is by working with the Los Angeles City Council rather than continuing to seek voter approval for our own initiative. Proposition N was the catalyst that led to Proposition M and created a much broader inclusion of the overarching initiative.” The UCBA and its partner, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), Local 770, successfully obtained support of their own initiative, the “Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act,” which would have allowed Proposition D compliant dispensaries to continue to operate until the City created their own licensing system. The UCBA initiative also provided for gross receipts taxes, stiff enforcement penalties and strict operational guidelines. The Los Angeles City Clerk validated the over 103,000 signatures gathered by registered voters and the City Council voted to put the measure, now known as Proposition N, on the March 2017 City ballot. “Over a two month time period, 103,000 signatures were collected from City of Los Angeles voters which helped frame the conversation that led to the writing of Proposition M by the City Council’s leadership. We are pleased that many of the ideas in our initiative are included in Proposition M. Our goal has always been to work with the City in writing an ordinance and to regulate cannabis business activity in light of Prop 64 and MCRSA,” noted Kiloh. In October 2015, the state passed the “Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act” (MCRSA) which requires any local jurisdiction to explicitly permit or license cannabis activity. This initiative is necessary to ensure that after January 1, 2018, any cannabis business activity will be allowed to operate in Los Angeles. About the UCBA: UCBA Trade Association, is a trade association of Proposition D compliant medical marijuana dispensaries operating legally within the City of Los Angeles. The association’s charter members include over 40 of the 135 legally authorized medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of Los Angeles. For more information, please visit our website at www.ucbatradeassn.com
News Article | February 28, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CA, February 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- March 18 marks the 6th annual UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball in Los Angeles at the J.W. Marriott at 6 p.m. Since its inception in 1944, UNCF has raised over $4.5 billion in private funds and has become the leading scholarship entity for minority students outside of the federal government. The annual event, hosted by UNCF President and CEO, Dr. Michael L. Lomax and the Honorable Eric Garcetti, mayor of the City of Los Angeles, aims to help provide area students the resources to get to and through college. "College affordability is one of the defining issues of our time, and we must put higher education within reach for everyone who wants to pursue it," said Garcetti. "Historically black colleges and universities have helped countless people chase their dreams. I am honored to host the Mayor's Masked Ball--and thrilled to support UNCF and its donors in their mission to help students get to and through college." "The continued support of Mayor Garcetti and the community of Los Angeles is invaluable to the work of UNCF," said Lomax. "For six years, we've looked forward to a night that brings generations together through education, forging a greater path for our students to be successful." This year, UNCF LA will honor Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; and Marx Cazenave Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame inductee. Both will be recognized with the UNCF Masked Award in Los Angeles for their dedication and support of UNCF's work. "The most famous thing about UNCF is probably our tagline, 'A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in,'" says Jennifer Childress, UNCF Los Angeles area development director. "In times such as these, when neither the challenge nor opportunity has ever been greater, this sentiment rings especially true. It has never been more important to invest in the education of these young leaders. At our 6th annual Los Angeles Mayor's Masked Ball, we will redouble our efforts to ensure that students of color get to and through college, prepared to take their place in the world as the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators." In addition to honoring Bunch and Cazenave, the evening will feature a live auction, elegant dining, live entertainment performed by DW3 plus UNCF's signature Parade of Stars and Dignitaries and the Parade of Masks, which is set to be announced by the incomparable actress and singer, Dawnn Lewis. Follow this event on social media @UNCF #MMBLA #UNCFLA About UNCF: UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in." Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities. Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter @UNCF