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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.

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.



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