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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Alzheimer’s – Impacting Families, Business And Government

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

Are you 65 years old?  If so, your risk of getting Alzheimer’s is 1 in 20.  70 years old – 1 in 10.  At 75 years, it narrows to 1 in 5.  Frightening – you bet! The extent of this devastating disease is monumental. Alzheimer’s is the 6thleading cause of death in the nation and […]

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Closing California’s Gender Wage Gap – Update On New Law

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

Holding great promise for women who historically have been paid less than their male counterparts and whose families depend upon this income, the California Fair Pay Act, implemented in January, provides the opportunity to get it right.  So, here we are — three months later. Are employers and employees working together to close the gender […]

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No Joe, It Should be Jennifer Lawrence for Governor

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

In a recent column here Joe Mathews, observer of all things political and an excellent journalist with a quirky sense of humor, launched the Kobe for Governor “campaign”. But I have another candidate in mind. Move over Kobe and make way for Jennifer Lawrence. Joe offers up Kobe because he hasn’t hesitated to shoot the […]

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Transportation Funding Bill Signed – Good News Or Slightly Less Good News?

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

“There’s good news and slightly less good news.” – Joanne Harris, The Gospel of Loki After years of  angst and relying on patch-work, short term extensions instead of coming up with the long range funding desperately needed for infrastructure improvements to our highways and transportation systems, Congress recently passed and President Obama just signed the Fixing […]

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Bringing Film And Television Production Home – Tax Credits Kick In!

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

California is on its way to reclaiming its position as the film and television capital of the world, thanks in large part to the enhanced tax credit program approved by the legislature last year to curb runaway production. Although the stepped-up program was launched just a few months ago, the results are already impressive.  A […]

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Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid And Congress – Act II

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

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 and Robert Redford jumped over the […]

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Improving the Movement of Freight. Why Should We Care? Part II

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

My commentary, posted nearly a year ago, spoke to the critical need to fund the repair and upgrade of the system that moves goods through California and the nation, given that international trade is one of the most important drivers of the state’s economy and that competitors, both in the U.S. and abroad, are flexing […]

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