Community and business leaders are honing their skills and preparing for a more active role in their communities at the Leadership Academy/LA 2010, a collaboration of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce and Loyola Marymount University Extension. The seven-session course, which convenes once a month, studies the history of the airport and adjacent areas, examines the land-use issues that have affected the area, and gives an introduction to important public and private institutions.
Fernando Guerra, director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles and a professor of political science and Chicana/o studies, addressed the December session on the changing political and demographic landscapes in Los Angeles. Guerra detailed ethnic and demographic shifts in L.A. during the last century and explained how those changes affected the political and economic development of the region. Shane Martin, dean of the LMU School of Education, will talk to the class at the April session on education, public safety and health care.
Participants are drawn from small business owners, managers, employees of nonprofits and executives. They receive four semester units of professional development credit from LMU Extension and a certificate in leadership training. They will also have an opportunity to interact with business and community leaders, tour Marina del Rey aboard a cruise ship, visit L.A. City Hall and meet elected officials, and explore environmental issues in the Ballona Wetlands.
Posted Dec. 7, 2009