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    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, December 11, 2017
    We’re now squarely in the holiday season. In November, we teach our children to give thanks for their blessings. But barely four weeks later, we ask them to put together their holiday wishlist so we can give them the things that they want. So in that contradictory but all-American spirit, here are the blessings that I’m grateful for, and my wishlist for the things I want to improve for our San Fernando Valley. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Thursday, November 16, 2017
    This month we celebrate America Recycles Day. This is a nationally recognized day to educate the public on recyclable materials and encourage people to make recycling a part of their daily routine. Each of us has a choice every day to invest a few extra minutes to properly recycle rather than tossing materials into the garbage or even worse…littering. Recycling can make a huge impact with some renewed habits. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, November 13, 2017
    In Downtown Los Angeles, an inadvertent experiment has proven a lot of points about the causes and solution to the housing crisis we’re facing in California. While the vacancy rate across the whole City of Los Angeles is a stubborn 4%, the vacancy rate in DTLA has become a much more competitive 12%. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Last year, voters made it clear to our State Legislature that they expect transparency from the body that governs our everyday lives. By passing Proposition 54 by an overwhelming majority, voters created a constitutional requirement that bills passing through the California Legislature must be in print for at least 72 hours before the final vote. A reasonable person might assume that this was merely a technical change to the state Constitution. After all, legislators have nine months to read, analyze, consider and vote on legislation every year – from January, when bills start to be filed, through to the end of session in September. Read more
    Enrique Zaldivar & Stuart Waldman
    Monday, October 16, 2017
    Last year, Gov. Brown issued California’s 75 Percent Initiative to reduce the state’s reliance on landfills by 2020. The state mandate has required Los Angeles to develop new strategies and procedures that transform the way trash is picked up at businesses and large residential buildings throughout the city. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, October 16, 2017
    You may be sick of me discussing transportation in the Valley, but please bear with me for a few more minutes. Reducing traffic and improving our transit infrastructure are worth it, and the story here is about playing politics instead of actually improving our lives. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    When Measure M passed last year with its billions of dollars for public transit in Los Angeles, I was thrilled. VICA worked hard to pass the ballot measure, and every single one of the projects we identified as critical for the San Fernando Valley was included on Metro’s expenditure plan. But already, I want more for the Valley. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, August 21, 2017
    A lot of Californians are guilty of complacency when we think about the economy and American jobs. I think many of us consider the decline of American manufacturing and working-class jobs as something that’s happening elsewhere - in the Rust Belt, or the Midwest, or in rural Pennsylvania. The vitriol and overwhelming Democratic majority in California allowed us to dismiss many of the issues that then-candidate Donald Trump raised about the future of the working class. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Every political leader in California pays great homage to democracy, to serving as the people’s voice, and to local autonomy. Each government body has its jurisdiction and power – federal, state, city, county – and no one would want to step on toes. That’s all good and well, that is, until an idea that is just too tempting occurs to an elected official, and they realize they don’t have the power to enact it. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    The recent passage of Measure M by over 71 percent of Los Angeles County voters was an incredible victory for the San Fernando Valley. For far too long, the Valley had been overlooked for critical transportation infrastructure improvements, but Measure M prioritizes projects that will finally bring a world-class transportation system to the Valley. These projects include improving and eventually converting the Orange Line to light rail, implementing light rail in the East Valley along Van Nuys Boulevard, and constructing a transit corridor through the Sepulveda Pass. Read more
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