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On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Town Hall Los Angeles presented the program, "Raising the Minimum Wage: Will it provide a livable wage or kill jobs in Los Angeles?" a debate between Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and Gary Toebben, President and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The discussion was moderated by Jon Regardie, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Downtown News.

On Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, the 36th and 37th Governors of the state of California joined Town Hall for a discussion on how to keep the state moving forward. The discussion, moderated by Jim Newton, touched on water issues, CEQA and environmental regulations, and the legacy of prop 187. While the 36th and 37th Governors did not agree on all issues, their insight into running this large and important state provided important perspective on how to continue California's forward momentum.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Steven S. Koblik, outgoing president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, spoke to a Town Hall audience about his "Reflections on Leadership in the Museum World from an Outsider." Koblik discussed why doing good work does not equal survival for nonprofits, and the importance of knowing your audiences as a nonprofit. At The Huntington, Koblik said he works with six audiences: scholars, boards, major donors, members, K-12, and the general public.

On Tuesday, April 28th, The Hon. Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator (R-Fla.) and U.S. Presidential Candidate spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles about the upcoming presidential election and his priorities should he be elected president in 2016. Senator Rubio discussed his family background, his youth, and his perspectives on both domestic and foreign policies.

On April 2nd, Dennis Arriola, President and CEO, SoCalGas, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on "Fueling Our Future Economy." Mr. Arriola discussed the importance of diversity in our energy sources, emphasizing the role natural gas will play in the short- and long-term future. Arriola argued that energy goals must be balanced with a healthy economy, and part of that is having a balanced and diversified energy portfolio. Renewables, natural gas, hydrogen, and potential future energy sources will support each other in maintaining a reliable and safe energy supply into the future.



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