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Creation of Move Inland Empire

January 22, 2013

Denny Zane of Move LA

Efforts to create a new non-profit transportation advocacy group for the Inland Empire was the topic of the January Randall Lewis Seminar Series, held at UCR's CE-CERT Building.

Denny Zane, left, Executive Director of Move LA, discussed efforts he and former Rialto Mayor and State Assemblyman John Longville (below) are making to create the group, which is called Move Inland Empire, or Move IE. Longville also briefly spoke about the project to a near capacity audience.

Move IE would work to implement the regionally adopted Sustainable Communities Strategy, which seeks to link transportation investments and local land use policy to reduce auto dependence, vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

Move IE is expected to collaborate with Move LA on state and regional efforts, said Zane, a Colton native who created Move LA in 2007. Move IE would give special attention to helping secure resources to enhance service on and expand the regional Metrolink commuter rail system; link that system to Inland Empire airports, including L.A./Ontario International Airport; improve transit connectivity; and expand bicycle and pedestrian linkages to transit while encouraging downtown and commercial corridor revitalization near these systems.

John Longville

Zane and Longville said such an ambitious program is possible if more interested groups collaborate under a Move IE organization and work to make it a reality.

Zane and Move LA played a leading role in creating a coalition and campaign for Measure R, approved by LA County voters in 2008. The measure provides a ½-cent sales tax increase to raise nearly $40 billion in new transportation funding for the next 30 years.

About 70 percent of the funding will be spent on public transit projects and services, including the Wilshire Boulevard “subway to the sea,” several new or expanded light rail and bus rapid transit lines, and expanded bus services.

Move LA also helped in securing - with the help of the federal government - accelerated financing that could ensure the development of 12 Measure R transit projects in 10 years, rather than 30.

Zane previously served on the Santa Monica City Council from 1981 to 1994, including a term as Santa Monica Mayor. As a council member and mayor, he initiated and designed the revitalization strategy for Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, and wrote much of the land use policy for downtown Santa Monica. Those policies have since been widely acknowledged as an early example of “smart growth” land use by emphasizing pedestrian amenities, mixed-use housing and commercial development, and effective transit access.

Zane was the Executive Director of the Coalition of Clean Air from 1992-94, and a member of the team that organized the constituency campaign in support of California’s Zero Emission Vehicle program. He is a 1969 graduate of Occidental College.

Audio of presentation (.mp3)

Move LA - "LA's Got Lines" (.flv)

Seminar audience