Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an unprecedented cultural collaboration on Latin American and Latino art comes to Southern California, September 2017-January 2018

Fowler Museum at UCLA Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis Ayrson Heráclito Bori – Oxum, 2008. Photograph, H: 100 cm; W: 100 cm © Ayrson Heráclito.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST: LA/LA)is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions throughout Southern California.

PST: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty, is presented by Bank of America.

The exhibitions will explore diverse topics, themes, movements and periods such as art and activism; Chicana/o and Latina/o art; identity; gender; design and architecture; film and video; photography; performance art and conceptualism; modernism and abstraction; globalism, borders, and diaspora; and Pre-Hispanic and Colonial eras.

PST: LA/LA will feature the works of more than 1,100 artists from 45 countries in Latin America, North America, and Europe, including Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, El Salvador, United Kingdom, and the United States.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and California Historial Society ¡Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicano/a Murals Under Siege Roberto Chavez at work on The Path to Knowledge and the False University, East Los Angeles





It will also expand beyond museum walls with concerts, performances and events that partner institutions will present at the Hollywood Bowl, The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grand Park, and a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces throughout Los Angeles and the region.

You can find information at or follow on Instagram and Twitter: @PSTinLA or Facebook: @pacificstandardtime.




League of CA Cities
Legislative Action Day – April 17, 2017

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California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
2016 Annual Convention

Join us Friday, September 23 in Riverside as the Southern California Latino Policy Center hosts a Town Hall featuring U.S. Senate Candidate Loretta Sanchez.

Town Hall: HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT – THE CAMPAIGN TO ENGAGE LATINO VOTERS – In Partnership with the Southern California Latino Policy Center

Tremendous effort and resources are being focused on Latino GOTV efforts this year but are those efforts being focused only on “specific” Latino voters? And what about the ethics and corruption scandals involving Latino elected officials — how does that play with Latino voters as they decide whether to engage? Our high-profile panel explores these and other questions at the heart of one of this political season’s biggest challenges.

Moderator: Victor Abalos, Executive Director, Southern California Latino Policy Center

Panelists: Mindy Romero, California Civic Engagement Project; Mike Madrid, Grassroot Labs; Maria Garcia, City of Long Beach; Rep. Loretta Sanchez, U.S. Senate Candidate

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  wehack: Southeast Cities Hackathon

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21st Century Cities & Schools 

June 6, 2015 – Cal State LA


  • 8:30am –  Registration and continental breakfast/networking
  • 9:15am – Program begins
    • Welcome – Victor Abalos, Executive Director, Southern California Latino Policy Center
    • Hon. Luis Ayala – Latino Policy Center Board President & Vice-Mayor Alhambra
    • Raquel Beltran, Associate Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs
    • Hon. Ron Garcia – Latino Policy Center Ex Officio Board Member
    • Lupita Sanchez Cornejo – AT&T, Event Sponsor
  • 9:45am –  Technology Demonstration and Participant Technology Survey – Hon. Michele Martinez, Latino Policy Center Board Member & Santa Ana City Councilmember
  • 10:05am –  Break for Panels
  • 10:10 – 11:30am – Panels and Workshops
    • Wires Cities Panel – Moderated by Ed Coghlan, Director of Communications, CA Fwd
      • Roy Hernandez – President/CEO, Third Wave Corp.
      • Hon. Michele Martinez – Santa Ana City Councilmember
      • Michael Flad – City Manager, City of South Gate
      • Norma Fernandez – California Regional Manager, EveryoneOn
    • Wired Schools Panel – Moderated by Marco Torres – Teacher/Blogger/Techie, Digital Promise
      • Dr. Darryl Adams – Superintendent, Coachella Valley Unified SD
      • Ben Gaines – Principal, Rancho Minerva Middle School, Vista Unified SD
      • Dr. Vanitha Chandrasekhar – Educational Technology Coordinator, Long Beach Unified SD
  • 11:40 – Technology Demonstration and Short Participant Survey Hon. Dr. Sandra Salazar – Latino Policy Center Board Member & Cerritos Community College Trustee
  • 12:00 noon – Lunch
  • 12:20 –  Hon. Aide Castro – Latino Policy Center Board Member & Lynwood City Councilmember introduces Keynote Speaker – Deldelp “Del” Medina, Co-Founder & CEO of Avión
  • 12:25 – Keynote Speaker – Deldelp Medina, Latina Tech Entrepreneur
  • 12:40pm – Medina introduces Tech Jobs Panelists and moderates panel: How Can We Get More Latinos Into The Tech Jobs Pipeline? 
    • Liliana Monge – Founder, Sabio.LA
    • Juan Salazar – Associate Manager of State Political Outreach, Facebook
    • Salomon Davila – Dean of Workforce Education and Economic Development, Pasadena City College
  • 1:20pm Program Ends

Spring 2014 Latino Policy Forum

June 7 – USC Campus

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Policy Forum Crowd

Forum Participants mingle before the event starts.

Barrales and audience

Morning Keynote Speaker Ruben Barrales, President/CEO of GROW Elect, addresses the audience.


Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra (D), who represents the Northeast corner of the SF Valley, was on our Local Economic Development Financing Panel.


Yolie Flores, former LAUSD Board Member and Sr. Fellow with Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, moderated a panel of influential education advocates including Oscar Cruz, Families in Schools; Maria Casillas, Interim Deputy Superintendent LAUSD; and Ryan Smith, United Way’s Director of Education Programs & Policy.


Our Forum also featured an Energy Infrastructure Panel with Maria Martinez, Southern CA Gas; Henry Martinez, Southern CA Edison and Tupper Hull, Western States Petroleum Association.

Southeast Cities Holiday Reception

Walnut Park, December 18, 2013

Southeast Cities Holiday Reception sponsored by The Meruelo Group
Southeast Cities Holiday Reception sponsored by The Meruelo Group
Sonia Lopez, Compton Community College; Karina Macias, Huntington Park City Council; Violeta Alvarez, Bell City Council
Jorge Morales, South Gate City Council; David Conforti, Annenberg Foundation; Laura Barrera, LB Consulting

Southeast Cities policymakers and community leaders mixed a little networking with holiday cheer at Don Chente’s Bar & Grill December 18 in Walnut Park. The evening was hosted by the CA League of Cities, the Southern California Latino Policy Center and Council Members Karina Macias and Jorge Morales from Huntington Park and South Gate, respectively. Our host was the Meruelo Group.

Fall 2013 Latino Policy Forum

East LA College – November 9, 2013

ELAC President Marvin Martinez addresses Policy Forum participants. (Photo Credit: Violeta Vaqueiro)

The Southern California Latino Policy Center (SCLPC), in partnership with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), convened Latino elected officials from throughout the Los Angeles area for its first policy forum. The Fall 2013 Latino Policy Forum, which marked the first partnership between the two organizations, was held on Saturday, November 9.


Forty Latino elected officials from throughout the Los Angeles County, Orange County and Inland Empire area attended the half-day event at East Los Angeles College. Participants at the Forum attended workshops and panels designed to help them become more effective advocates for their communities.

State Sen. Alex Padilla being interviewed at the Forum. (Photo Credit: Violeta Vaqueiro)

“Ensuring Latino elected officials have the skills and information necessary to be successful advocates for their communities is a mission that is near and dear to our hearts,” stated Ron Garcia, Mayor, City of Brea; and NALEO and Latino Policy Center Board Member.

Brea Mayor Ron Garcia, NALEO and So CA Latino Policy Center Board member, explains the mission of the Latino Policy Center. (Photo Credit: Violeta Vaqueiro)

Issues addressed by Southern California policymakers during the Forum included:

    • Implementation and impact of the new school Local Control Funding Formula
    • Economic development for local communities
    • Ethics and Governance
Newly elected Azusa Unified School Board Member Helen Jaramillo learning more about the benefits of So CA Latino Policy Center membership. (Photo Credit: Violeta Vaqueiro)

The forum was organized by the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials and the Southern California Latino Policy Center.

We’d like to thank our sponsors, which included:


2013 Latino Policy Forum Report

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