Making Policy: The Heavy Lifting of Compromise & Collaboration

18 Sep

Policymaking at all levels of government takes coordination and collaboration. In an ideal political and policymaking environment, decisionmakers would adopt a systemic approach that tackles problems by creating a shared set of objectives. But as we all know, such an ideal is rarely achieved. While it would be great to unite under the banner of shared goals and collective outcomes, concessions and compromise are also key to making meaningful change.

This month, we look at policies at the state, national, and local levels. We look at SB 1156, which resurrects certain aspects of traditional redevelopment while adding new provisions for job creation, and environmental sustainability. From California, we move to the national stage and examine how competing objectives at the federal level have resulted in a fractured framework for transportation finance in the U.S. Shifting from federal transportation to local economic development, we look at case studies in emerging industry clusters in Los Angeles.

In all of this, we see that the policies that work engage broad constituencies to achieve a set of shared outcomes even if there are competing ideologies. While collaboration is key, so is compromise. Let’s hope this lesson is one that our policymakers take to heart.

Sincerely yours,

Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine Aguilar Perez

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