Santa Monica College’s Center for Environmental and Urban Studies represents one of Santa Monica’s major hot spots of environmental activism. Within the Center, one can find Sustainable Works, the Environmental Resource Library, and several sustainability-related clubs. For the past 12 years, it has also hosted an environmental lecture series in which local experts come to speak with interested students or community members about “some of the most important environmental and urban issues of our time.”
The speaker for this week’s lecture is none other than Denny Zane, a man who has cast a long shadow over transportation-related politics in the last few years by his work with Move LA. He has received considerable coverage over on our sister site, Los Angeles Streetsblog, and for good reason. Starting off as a member of the Santa Monica City Council, including one term as mayor, Zane has also headed the Coalition for Clean Air and Santa Monicans for Renters Rights. However, it is as the executive director of Move LA that he has exerted the most influence.
This coalition played a major part in getting Measure R on the 2008 ballot and winning its passage. For those unfamiliar with the measure, it is a half-cent sales tax that will allow Los Angeles to implement an extensive build-up of its transportation network. In fact, the rapidly proceeding construction of Expo Line Phase 2 is a direct result of the measure’s successful passage. Yet they didn’t stop there; Move LA continued to push for progress in its support of the 30-10 plan and the subsequent “America Fast Forward” initiative.
With so much experience behind him, Denny Zane will undoubtedly be able to offer insights into the state of Los Angeles’ transportation network, so be sure to attend his upcoming lecture!
Who: Denny Zane, former Santa Monica mayor and Executive Director of Move LA
What: Sponsored by the SMC Associates and the SMC Office of Public Programs, the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies will be hosting a lecture in which Denny Zane shares how Los Angeles “is creating a transportation model for the nation,” and the dramatic opportunities for Southern California going forward.
When: Tuesday, November 26, at 6:30 PM
Where: Room HSS 263 on the SMC Campus (1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405)
Note: Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis. For more information, please contact (310) 434-4743.