Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last week named Global Green CEO Matt Petersen as the city’s first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer. Peterson, according to the mayor's office, will be tasked with "making the city's departments greener and neighborhoods healthier, and fulfilling Garcetti's campaign promise of creating 20,000 new green jobs." Peterson should also have his hands full, not only getting each city department to cooperate, but on thorny issues like regulation of the city's ports and transit corridors. Global Green, if you're wondering, is a non-profit dedicated to "advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs." Since its founding almost 20 years ago it has organized design competitions, testified in congress, hosted awards, and raised money on behalf of green causes.
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In case you've missed it (and you certainly wouldn't be alone), Los Angeles is voting for mayor tomorrow. And if you're an architect, planner, or design lover, you probably want to know who will serve your interests. There are a number of resources, starting, of course, with the candidates'—Eric Garcetti's and Wendy Greuel's— web sites. You should also have a look at the AIA/LA's groundbreaking candidates' forums, moderated by city planning commissioner Bill Roschen and LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. Among so many other debates, another favorite was this one, hosted by KCRW radio host Warren Olney. On specific issues, the candidates seem to hold similar stances on many key issues in our fields. Both candidates say they support dense development around transit corridors, moving ahead more quickly with the city's long-delayed community plans, merging the city's departments of planning and building, and extending Measure R, the sales tax increase that is raising billions for public transit in the city. (As for more specific takes on transportation, this LA Times piece breaks it down pretty well.) Both favor a business tax cut (a relief to small design businesses?), and both also support the Hollywood Community Plan, which many see as a harbinger for a far denser Los Angeles. In the AIA forums, Greuel said she supported the establishment of a deputy mayor for architecture and design (while standing by the city architect, Deborah Weintraub), and said she supported embracing LA's individuality while also learning from other cities' innovations. She hoped to lead the public in the city's quest to figure out "what we want to be when we grow up." Garcetti touted the growth of Hollywood under his watch and his improvements around Sunset Junction and the Silver Lake reservoir, and pushed for community-led planning and more visionary thinking. He pushed for having "the strength to lead but the humility to listen," said "we have to be courageous enough to fail," and added, "you can't stop the momentum. You have to continue moving forward." Most important of all, if you're an Angeleno, don't forget to vote!
Long a haven for architects, artists, and other creative types, Silver Lake needs no introduction. It’s enough to drive by the iconic Sunset Junction sign to know you’re in the heart of LA's bohemian world (although hipsters in Echo Park might argue). Come 2012, that sign might be getting some serious competition. Early this month, LA City Council President Eric Garcetti, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, and Silver Lake community groups announced the launch of “Envisioning Silver Lake,” a design competition meant to squeeze some neighborly love from the hearts and brains of local creatives. The call covers concept designs for a plaza and a permanent installation on Sunset Junction, at the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards. “The competition is looking to create a sense of place so that when Silver Lake residents, people who drive through, pass through, or come to the neighborhood see that installation, they’ll know ‘I’m in Silver Lake,’” said Julie Wong, Communications Director for Garcetti. The competition will use $100,000 of the city's $1.5 million budget set aside from the state's Metro Call for Projects program for the reconstruction project. Submissions are due April 11, and the three finalists will be displayed here starting on April 25 for a vote. The winner will be announced in June. There are no monetary prizes, but hey, maybe a place in Silver Lake history (not to mention a good bit of notoriety) might be enough.