Los Angeles Consumers Cautious About Economy

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

(Editor’s Note:  Billie Greer has been reporting quarterly on the Los Angeles County Consumer Sentiment Index, as it is released.  This is her fourth update for Fox and Hounds) The confidence of Los Angeles County consumers, which has been steadily declining since year end 2016, has leveled off somewhat but concerns about the economy continue. […]

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California’s Play Book…Lessons To Be Learned

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

A look back at how California took incremental actions over five decades to protect our environment and confront climate change, while at the same time growing the economy, should be a required exercise for our President, his advisors and Congress who are wrestling, often ineptly, with major issues impacting our state, nation and the world […]

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Has The Economy Peaked? Confidence Of L.A. Consumers Continues Downward Spiral

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

(Editor’s Note: Billie Greer has been reporting quarterly on the Consumer Sentiment Index. This is her third update for Fox and Hounds.)  The confidence of Los Angeles County consumers continues its downward spiral which is bad news, given that consumption accounts for, on average, 70 % of all U.S. economic activity. According to the Consumer […]

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Women Dominate This Season’s Game Of Thrones But Not So Much In The Board Room

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

Season seven of Game of Thrones marks the year of the all -powerful woman! Men take a back seat as Cersei, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms and Daenerys, Mother of Dragons, battle it out to determine who will control Westeros, hold the Iron Throne and profit by it.  Despite a lack of dragons and assorted […]

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Wonder Woman And The Battle For Gender Parity In The Workplace

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

(Editor’s note: A devoted fan of Wonder Woman, Billie Greer’s father believed his daughter and millions of women around the globe would continue the fight against injustice and inequality and together confront the evil powers in the world.  As a reminder, Billie found a Wonder Woman comic book in her Christmas stocking each year from 1942 […]

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Is The LA Economy Heading For Trouble? Recent Consumer Confidence Survey Provides Some Clues

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

A decline in the confidence of  Los Angeles County consumers continues–raising concern about where the local economy is heading, since consumer spending accounts for about 70% of  economic activity in our communities. According to the index recently released by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College, Los Angeles consumer sentiment declined by […]

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L.A. County Consumers Survey Impacts Economy – On Mark Or ‘Trump Effect’?

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

An index assessing consumer sentiment in Los Angeles County, recently released by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College, sounds a warning signal that could impact the prospects of the local economy.  The index reveals a marked downturn in consumer attitudes in the County which is problematic, given that consumer spending accounts […]

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Ending Homelessness: New Survey Reveals Grim Statistics, Calling For Permanent Solutions

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington When it comes to eradicating homelessness, a whole lot of lifting is needed.  Fortunately, both the City and County of Los Angeles have been practicing bench-pressing, resulting in the adoption of comprehensive strategies to end homelessness along with making some funding […]

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Approaching 80, I Learned to Speak Millennial-ese

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

Ready for anything at the age of 78, I sold my home on the edge of Ventura County and moved into a downtown Los Angeles high-rise full of millennials and dogs. A demographic poster child for DTLA I’m not, given that my neighbors are in their 30s. And 80 percent of them work downtown, making […]

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Sustainable Freight Action Plan Gets Mixed Reviews

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, She served as a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior staff.

“Men argue.  Nature acts.” – Voltaire The recently released Sustainable Freight Action Plan, which tries to balance economic and environmental objectives in the race to meet climate protection goals in California, is getting mixed reviews. Developed by several state agencies in conjunction with stakeholder groups, the Plan is intended to meet the objective of improving efficiency […]

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