We have Hollywood, producer services such as financial services, insurance and real estate, among others. However, Los Angeles is not in an advantageous position in developing innovative high-tech industries despite of the presence of reputable research universities such as UCLA and USC and well as many CSU campuses which provide innovative technologies as well as well-trained high-quality labor, and the world-enviable physical and cultural amenities including the gorgeous climate, beaches, mountains, Lakers, Kings and many others. We have great potential that remains to be explored and realized.
The Southern California region, including Los Angles, is under tremendous pressure with increasing competition from domestic as well as global rivalry cities. High-tech innovative industries are among the weakest areas that this place needs to address in addition to congested traffic, urban sprawl, fragmented regional governance, and the out of date infrastructure, among others.
Many of our current governments are trying to address the long-term structural problems using a short-term approaches. Mayor Eric Garcetti has made great progress in fulfilling his promises on four major problems: homeless, affordable housing, transportation, and education. All those are structural problems that need long-term solutions. We cannot reply on grants from the Federal or the State Governments: they cannot even help themselves, how can they help us?
The major problem for southern California is regional governance: we are a very fragmented community with too many local governments who are not engaged in active communications and collaboration in this direction. We do not have a common vision or strategies.
Silicon Valley, the beacon of US and global innovation center, is in big trouble. Apple is in trouble. Facebook is in trouble. Intel is in trouble. Start Ups are in trouble (Reddit, 2019b; The Economists, 2018a); Talents are leaving Silicon Valley (Agrawal, 2014), and moving to Austin, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and other places.
“History often repeats itself”. The once open, tolerant and failure-tolerant and encouraging innovative institutions and culture in California including Silicon Valley (Saxenian, 1994) are becoming increasingly intolerant: we love innovation, we love money, we love IPO, we love big houses, we love over-night millionaires, and we love everything that is anti-innovation. Saxenian says “that the tech titans have developed an increasingly ‘autarkic’ culture that goes against the way that the Valley used to work, ‘shutting off the flow of talent.’ ‘The problems of Boston,’ she says, ‘are reappearing here’ (Economists, 2018b). We are becoming politically/culturally intolerant; we want to have tougher environmental regulations, we want to be more open to minorities, we want to demonstrate that we care about those people in poverty, and immigrants including those illegal ones. At the same time, we are becoming intolerant towards the traditional and classical values “hard working, self-reliance, wife-husband-kids nuclear families, caring about each other, and engagement in the community. We dislike/hate people who do not share the progressive values we cherish! Are we becoming really tolerant? Or we are simply trying to use our discourse, theories, ideologies and practices to replace the other one so that we can become the dominant and powerful one and to benefit ourselves. It is not about “US”, it is about “me”.
Boston is re-surging and becoming more tolerant and business/people friendly, shackling its historical lessons, learning from the once enviable Silicon Valley, and becoming THE most innovative US and global center. Its cheaper costs, housing, strong Harvard and MIT (Canal, 2019; de Weck, 2013), the open minded leaderships: Mitt Romey, the Republican governor started the first Universal medical care program in the US way before Obama Care. What does this tell you about the urban culture in Mass and Boston.
Similar stories are present in Austin TX, North Carolina Research Triangle (NRT), Los Angeles, and Seattle. They are taking advantages of the Silicon Valley’s increasingly cultural and political intolerance and high rocketing living and business costs.
We have our opportunities right in front of us.
Strategies and Policies
We must solve the problems by ourselves with the help from others!
We must save ourselves to avoid potential problems and solve current ones!
We need to sit down around one table, talk to each other, listen to each other, understand each other, respect each other, trust each other, and be friends of each other, and design and executive a common strategy and the same vision and mission!
We propose to create an innovative local economy with global connections. We hope to create a regional network of high-tech industrial parks. In particular, we propose to create a new high-tech park in the area that extends from Venice Beach, LAX, and Wellreader beach on the west to Culver City and Wilowbrook on the east. This area is anchored around the Los Angeles Airport and and the new Clippers entertainment complex in Inglewood. This is divided among many small municipalities including Los Angeles, El Segundo, Hawthorn, and Inglewood on the south wind, and Venice Beach and Culver City on the north. Such a fragmented area has the potential to become the southern Los Angeles innovation center. We hope that the platform can help create a common platform to exchange ideas, form the common vision and work collaboratively to a common vision. Of course, we cannot overlook the interests of other locations including Burkand, Glendale, Pasadena, San gabriel, Irvine, and many other places.
We also try to create to Los Angles + so that Los Angles can take advantages of world-wide resources.
Together, we can make it happen by 2050!
Yes, we can!
Let's do it now!