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The Hon. John A. Pérez, Speaker of the California State Assemly, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on Wednesday, Octoer 9, 2013. Speaker Pérez surprised members and attendees when he announced his bid for California State Controller in 2014. His speech, "California: A Gloal Contender," focused on California's progress since its fiscal crisis in 2008 and on future opportunities as well as the need for a continued strong economic strategy.

Dr. J. Joseph Kim, President and CEO, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. His speech, "Are We Prepared for the Next Pandemic Flu Virus? Is a New Universal Vaccine the Answer?" explained that the next flu pandemic is a matter of when, not if. The current flu vaccines protect us against only 3-4 virus strains out of potentially several hundred, but the universal vaccine that Inovio is currently developing provides some hope in the near term.

Whether you are interested in the most electrifying science in the world or the fact that Inovio Pharmaceuticals is a hot ticket in the investment market due to its strong pipeline of new biotech products, this is information that you need to know.

Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary – Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor – AFL-CIO, spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Her speech, "Who is Fighting for the Future of the Middle Class?" addressed what Los Angeles labor unions are doing to create a decent standard of living for all workers and how businesses, nonprofits, labor, and other civic-minded organizations can work collaboratively for the greater good of the region.

On January 14, 2009, Town Hall Los Angeles hosted a debate on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and same sex marriage at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. Gloria Allred, Founding Partner, Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, debated Andy Pugno, General Counsel, ProtectMarriage.com/Yes on Prop 8, and was moderated by Judy Muller, Assoc. Professor of Journalism, University of Southern California and News Correspondent, ABC.



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