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The Water Bond…Letting Go Of The North South Divide

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

In the nick of time, the legislature and the Governor have produced a $7.5 billion water bond proposal for voter consideration in November.  There is a lot to love in this proposal.  Capturing and storing water during wet years, knowing that droughts are a given.  Cleaning up our water supplies to ensure safe drinking water, […]

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Improving the Movement of Freight. Why Should We Care?

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

Freight! Each of us, on the average, consumes 40 tons of freight goods every year, and that fact is finally resonating in D. C. and Sacramento. How to get freight where it needs to be more efficiently is finally getting its due. And, the question of how an improved freight system will be funded is […]

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The Governor’s Military Council…Sustaining Its Mission Of Helping Keep Our State And Nation Out Of Harm’s Way

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

“In this ever-changing world, it’s more important than ever that our top-notch military continues to receive the resources needed to serve and protect our country.” -Max Baucus The California Military Council, constituted last spring by Governor Brown to help preserve and strengthen California defense complex, which is vitally important to American’s security and the state’s […]

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Time to Weigh in on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” ~Mae West Earlier this week the state and its federal partners released the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its corresponding draft EIR/EIS for public review, triggering a 120-day comment period, an important step in working toward a final Plan.   Developed by scientists and water experts, the intent […]

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Meeting Transportation Challenges…Priorities to be Set

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

Mahatma Gandhi once said “Action expresses priorities”.  Importantly, Governor Brown has taken just such an action by directing the new California Transportation Agency to work this year with stakeholders to determine the highest priorities for transportation spending as well as identifying long term funding options to achieve those priorities, determining what level of government can […]

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The Governor’s New State Military Council…Keeping our State & Nation out of Harm’s Way

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

“Successful organizations, including the Military, have learned that the higher the risk, the more necessary it is to engage everyone’s commitment and intelligence.”  Margaret J. Wheatley Kudos to Governor Brown for doing just that.  The Governor recently convened a new Military Council charged with helping preserve and strengthen California’s defense complex which plays a central […]

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Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Congress and California

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

Butch Cassidy : Alright. I’ll jump first. Sundance Kid : No. Butch Cassidy : Then you jump first. Sundance Kid No, I said. Butch Cassidy : What’s the matter with you? Sundance Kid : I can’t swim. Butch Cassidy: Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you. So went the dialogue as Paul Newman […]

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Beware – A Water Supply Disaster

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

“It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you’ve made, and there’s this panic because you don’t know yet the scale of disaster you’ve left yourself open to.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go Even the most skilled […]

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Evidence is In: Tax Credits Work for CA Film Biz

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

How many more studies do we need before decision-makers decide to take additional bold steps to ensure that California remains the film capital of the world? How many times does a message have to be sent before it resonates and rivets action? Several studies which focus on runaway film and television production and California’s response […]

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Putting Water Wars at Rest…and All Californians Win!

Billie Greer
President, Southern California Leadership Council

Many of us remember the renowned film Chinatown, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, which was based in part on real events that fostered water wars when William Mulholland acted on behalf of Los Angeles interests to secure water rights in Northern California.   The main character in the film is L.A. Detective Jake Gittes who […]

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