On September 3, 2014, Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, discussed "Empowering Entrepreneurs Across the L.A. Basin" in her first public address to the Los Angeles business community as Administrator. Contreras-Sweet discussed her vision for the SBA and the role of small business in California's economic recovery.
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On July 22, 2014, Bert Valdman, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Edison International provided the audience at Town Hall Los Angeles "A Glimpse Into Our Energy Future," replacing Ted Craver, Chairman, President and CEO, who was unable to speak that day. Valdman explained that Edison utilities invest in infrastructure and do not profit from selling electricity. Edison International's goals for the grid of the future are to make the system more sustainable, accurate, and automated.
On June 12, 2014, Mark Morgan, President, Anthem Blue Cross spoke with Town Hall Los Angeles about what has happened so far in the consumer, payer, provider and employer space – and what we may be seeing next. Morgan discussed what Anthem has seen thus far in the health insurance exchanges, the rise of private exchanges, and the shift to consumerism in health care. He shared that 90 percent of Anthem enrollment through the health insurance exchanges was in bronze and silver level plans, the low-cost plans.
In his first year as Mayor, on Monday, May 12th, the Honorable Eric Garcetti talked about jobs and his economic development initiatives with Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison. During the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral race, Eric Garcetti promised to create 20,000 jobs, provide job training that connects skilled workers with hiring employers, and cut governmental red tape to make doing business in Los Angeles easier.
On April 29, 2014 at Town Hall Los Angeles, Los Angeles 2020 Commission Co-chair Austin Beutner and member David W. Fleming, in conversation with Jim Newton, Editor at Large, Los Angeles Times, discussed concrete measures to enhance transparency and accountability in City Hall and put Los Angeles on a path toward fiscal stability and renew job creation in the region.
(from left to right) Kim McCleary, President, Town Hall Los Angeles; Dr. Keith L. Black, Chairman and Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Susan Galeas, Presdient and CEO, Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter; Carl E. Dickerson, Chairman of the Board, Dickerson Employee Benefits