Long Beach Unified School District Continues Upward Trend in Test Scores

August 31st, 2013

In 2012, state test scores for students in the Long Beach Unified School District continued a 10-year upward trend with this week’s release of data from the California Department of Education. LBUSD students made gains in all subject areas tested, including English, math, history and science. In English, the percentage of students proficient or above grew to 53.1 percent, up 2.4 percent over the prior year. In math, students achieved a half-point gain with 51.2 percent now proficient or above. In history, students here also saw a half-point gain with 43.8 percent now proficient or above. In science, LBUSD students improved by 1.3 percent to 53 percent in grades 5, 8 and 10 combined.  In addition, students performed 3.6 percent higher on biology, earth science, chemistry and physics exams combined, with nearly 40 percent scoring proficient and above.

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“alston&Bird joins fox group legal for the second year in hosting a summer diversity fellowship program”

June 13th, 2013

In 2011, Alston & Bird joined Fox Group Legal for the second year in hosting a Summer Diversity Fellowship Program. Candidates are eligible if they are currently enrolled as first year students at an accredited law school, with a focus on candidates from Southern California law schools. This program advances the selected candidates’ professional development by enabling the formation of collegial and mentoring relationships and allowing the Fellows an early view into work in-house at an entertainment company and as outside counsel at a major law firm.

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LAEDC Supports Specific Plan Amendment Study Alternative for LAX Mondernization

April 1st, 2013

In April 2013, the LAEDC urged the Los Angeles City Council to approve a Specific Plan Amendment Study alternative that provides for a North Airfield that can conveniently and safely accommodate the forecasted increase in air cargo and passenger traffic expected in the coming years. In addition, to highlight the importance of LAX and this goal, the LAEDC released an Aug 2012 report titled: “Los Angeles International Airport in 2011: An Economic Impact Analysis.”

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LAEDC Urges Metro’s Planning & Programming Committee to Consider P3 Modifications to Contract

April 1st, 2013

In April 2013, the LAEDC issued a statement to Metro, urging Metro’s Planning and Programming Committee to consider modifications to its public-private partnership (P3) consulting services contract for Metro’s first P3 contract to ensure we “get it right” so as to not risk the chance of limiting our ability, as a region, to engage in public-private partnerships on transportation projects going forward.

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LAEDC Issues Letter on Improving California’s Adult Education System

February 8th, 2013

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Editorial: “A model for L.A. planning”

February 4th, 2013

January 31, 2013, Los Angeles Times

“How long does it take to revitalize a moribund section of Los Angeles that was zoned and built according to development and land-use patterns that prevailed in the 1940s? How long does it take to recognize civic assets like the Los Angeles River and incorporate them into vibrant communities with modern transit and modern patterns of living, working and playing? How long does it take to get local residents, environmentalists, affordable housing advocates, developers and transportation planners on the same page? How long does it take to find a way to spur economic development without driving out the very people who need new jobs and improved living conditions the most?

Too often, especially in L.A., the answer is ‘forever.’”

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“Gary Toebben and Jamie P. Merisotis: L.A.’s economy depends on higher education”

January 10th, 2013

By Gary Toebben and Jamie P. Merisotis

“In February 2010, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce convened the business, education, civic and nonprofit sectors for a signed commitment to work toward three goals: ensuring all students graduate from high school, have access to and are prepared for success in college, and have access to sustainable careers.

The L.A. Compact calls for an improved education system that supports students on pathways to successful careers, starting in the very early stages of life and continuing through high school and college.

Since the creation of the L.A. Compact, LAUSD graduation rates have increased from 52 percent to 64 percent in three years. That’s a promising start, but much more remains to be done to ensure that 100 percent of students graduate college and are career-ready.”

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“Construction Begins on New Bridge at Port of Long Beach”

January 8th, 2013

“$1 Billion Project to Replace Aging Gerald Desmond Bridge Will Create Iconic Structure, Improve Economy and Create Jobs”

“Officials celebrated the kickoff of construction today on a $1 billion project to replace the primary bridge at the Port of Long Beach, a four-year effort that will enhance a critical link in the nation’s trade system and improve an important transportation corridor for California.”

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Getting EV Ready in Los Angeles County

January 7th, 2013

Key Facts

  • Over 200 publicly-accessible charging stations in Los Angeles County.
  • UCLA Luskin Center forecasts that in the six-county Southern California region, we will have anywhere between 716,904 and 1,264,314 plug-in electric vehicles.

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January 4th, 2013

From Climate Resolve.  To read the list, go here.

2012-2013 Policy Booklet

The recently released LAEDC 2012-2013 Policy Booklet contains the LAEDC’s policy agenda for 2012-2013, helping advance the implementation of the Los Angeles County Strategic Plan for Economic Development.

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Year 2 Successes

Several recent Strategic Plan “successes” are highlighted in our recently released Second Year Annual Progress Report and reflect the commitment of our region’s public, private and non-profit entities to Create a Business Friendly Environment.

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