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On Thursday, February 26th, The Hon. John Chiang discussed his plans for his term as California State Treasurer and the most pressing issues facing the office. The California State Treasurer is the state’s lead asset manager, banker and financier. Treasurer Chiang discussed the ups and downs in this economic recovery, explained some of the challenges to passing a balanced state budget, and emphasized the importance of affordable housing to the state's economy.

It’s no secret that Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the country. Although more people are using alternative modes of transportation (transit, cycling, walking), overall mobility has not improved. According to a 2014 study, Angelenos spend an average of 90 hours a year sitting in traffic.

The Hon. Kevin McCarthy, U.S. Congressman (CA, 23rd District) and Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives, provided a Town Hall Los Angeles with a congressional update on Friday, February 6, 2015. For the first time in eight years, the Republican party controls both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Congressman McCarthy discussed what's in store for the new congress and where both parties can find common ground to pass legislation.
 

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.
 

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