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On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Austin Beutner, Publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, spoke to Town Hall about "132 Years of the Essential Conversation - Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times." Beutner, who was named Publisher in August 2014, discussed his vision for the newspaper and how it will continue to serve our increasingly diverse community. He revealed how he was approached to become publisher of the newspaper, his relationship with the editorial board, and how much of an impact digital will have on the paper and its bottom line.

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Dr. Zhihang Chi, Vice President and General Manger-North America, Air China spoke to Town Hall on "U.S.-China Relations in the New World Order." Dr. Chi, who was raised in China and is a naturalized American citizen, spoke to the cultural differences between the two countries and how continued diplomacy is necessary to help each country's citizens understand each other better.

On October 22, 2014, Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture spoke with Karen Grigsby Bates, Lead Correspondent - Code Switch Team, NPR at Town Hall Los Angeles on "The Power of Museums and How Black California is Shaping the Promise of America." Bunch and Bates discussed what it took to found the museum, what its success would look like, and why the stories and conversations that will take place in the museum are so important to our national dialogue on history and race relations.

On September 22, 2014, Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, spoke with Town Hall Los Angeles on why "Water is Serious Business." Kightlinger's speech addressed the current water supply, what Metropolitan has historically done to ensure reliable water access in Southern California and the challenges of enduring the past few years of drought. It is unlikely that the end of 2014 will provide a strong El Niño as hoped, so California must find new solutions to the water issues of our region.

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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