Founded in 1993, LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy) is a nationally recognized advocacy organization dedicated to building a new economy for all. Combining dynamic research, innovative public policy, and strategic organizing of broad alliances, LAANE promotes a new economic approach based on good jobs, thriving communities, and a healthy environment.

For the past 25 years, LAANE has been at the forefront of Los Angeles’ progressive movement, transforming conditions in key industries and improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of working families in southern California.

LAANE’s groundbreaking policy wins and new approach to economic development have been a model for similar efforts across the country. LAANE is a co-founder of the Partnership for Working Families, a rapidly growing national alliance fighting for good jobs and healthy communities in nearly 20 major metropolitan areas.

Yet with numerous successes that have helped working families, Los Angeles and other cities across the country are still marked by stark inequality, and our work is needed now more than ever.

Check out this interactive timeline to learn about landmark victories from the past 25 years. LAANE didn’t win any of these victories alone; the organization proudly took part in working toward these victories in coalitions with union partners and community allies.



2016 – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Community Solar Pilot Program

The Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Los Angeles City Council approved a pilot program to grant rooftop solar panels to low-income families in Los Angeles, which also creates new installation jobs.

2016 – Zero Waste LA Implementation

The Los Angeles City Council approved the implementation of Zero Waste LA, an innovative franchise system that establishes a zone-based waste and recycling collection program for all customers in Los Angeles.


2015 – Los Angeles Minimum Wage Increase

Led by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 in Los Angeles County, impacting hundreds of thousands of workers across Los Angeles.


2014 – Los Angeles Hotel Living Wage Law

The Los Angeles City Council voted to mandate a living wage of at least $15.37 an hour for hotel workers in Los Angeles.

2014 – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Energy Efficiency Program

The Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power unanimously voted to approve 10-year energy efficiency targets to national leadership in energy efficiency.

2014 – Zero Waste LA Franchise System

The Los Angeles City Council voted to transform of Los Angeles’ waste hauling system, which increases recycling, improves standards for environmental protections, and strengthens working conditions.


2013 – Long Beach Tourism Living Wage, Labor Peace Agreement, and Worker Retention Policies

The Long Beach Council passed a Worker Retention Policy for employees at the Long Beach Convention Center and the Long Beach Airport; a labor peace agreement for the Long Beach Airport and Convention Center; and a minimum wage for city-contracted tourism employees.


2012 – Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority Construction Careers Policy

Los Angeles Metro became the nation’s first transportation agency to unanimously approve a Construction Careers Policy with a Project Labor Agreement and a Targeted Hire Program. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and Building Trades were key in moving this policy, and the Black Worker Center helped facilitate implementation.

2012 – Measure N: Long Beach Hotel Living Wage

Voters passed Measure N, a ballot initiative that mandated a living wage for Long Beach’s hotel workers.


2011 – Department of Public Works Construction Careers Policy

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works approved a Construction Careers Policy for over 100 public works projects, which created over 8,000 construction jobs.

2011 – Port of Los Angeles Construction Careers Policy

The Harbor Board of Commissioners approved a Construction Careers Policy for the Port of Los Angeles, which created over 6,000 jobs.

2011 – Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority Expo Phase II Construction Careers Policy

The Exposition Line Construction Authority approved a Construction Careers Policy covering Phase II of the Los Angeles Metro light rail project, creating over 6,000 construction jobs.


2009 – Los Angeles City Living Wage Ordinance Amendment

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to update the city’s original 1997 living wage ordinance, which provided access to quality family healthcare for thousands of private sector LAX airline service workers.


2008 – Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck Program

Reduced truck emissions near the Port of LA by 90%, drastically improving air quality for residents, and improved wages for truck drivers.

2008 – Los Angeles City Construction Careers and Green Jobs Policy

Groundbreaking policy passed by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA) was the nation’s first program that ties a project labor agreement and local hire requirements to privately developed projects which receive funding from the local government.


2007 – Century Boulevard Hotel Living Wage

Landmark law that mandated a living wage, worker retention, and tip protection policy for 3,500 workers employed in 13 major hotels near LAX, transforming L.A. County’s largest hotel market and nearby communities.


2005 – Inglewood Superstore Ordinance

The Inglewood City Council adopted a superstore policy that required public review and City Council approval prior to the development of any store that sells groceries and is larger than 100,000 square feet; this particular policy kept Wal-Mart from building in Inglewood.

2005 – Los Angeles City Grocery Workers Retention Ordinance

Required purchasers of major supermarkets to retain the existing workforce of grocery workers for at least 90 days.

2005 – Santa Monica Living Wage Ordinance

Required city contractors in Santa Monica to pay a living wage to employees.


2004 – LAX Community Benefit Agreement

This groundbreaking agreement secured $500 million in environmental and job training benefits for residents affected by the expansion of LAX.

2004 – Los Angeles City Superstore Ordinance

Required developers to submit a cost/benefit analysis of a proposed superstore, which allows for a review of the impacts of a particular superstore on a particular neighborhood or the city as a whole.

2004 – Los Angeles Hotel Labor Peace Ordinance

As Los Angeles faced the possibility of a strike at some 15 area hotels, the Los Angeles City Council adopted an ordinance requiring that hotels on public land ensure that labor disputes would not disrupt business.


2001 – NoHo Commons Community Benefit Agreement

The first agreement of its kind for a major San Fernando Valley development project, this agreement included living wage requirements, affordable housing, a child care center, and a union grocery store.

2001 – L.A. Live/Staples Center Community Benefit Agreement

Hailed by business, community, and labor leaders alike, this agreement led by SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) included provisions for living wage jobs, affordable housing, and environmental improvements for the expansion of Staples Center, now known as L.A. Live.

2001 – Santa Monica Right of Recall Ordinance

Santa Monica adopted this ordinance designed to protect workers from permanently losing their jobs.


1999 – Los Angeles City Contractor Responsibility Ordinance

Mandated that a contractor responsibility program be implemented for contractors hired by the city of Los Angeles.

1999 – Pasadena Living Wage Ordinance

The city of Pasadena required contractors who do business with the municipal government to pay their employees a minimum wage.


1998 – Hollywood and Highland Community Benefit Agreement

The first Community Benefit Agreement was for the Hollywood and Highland hotel, retail, and theater complex, which saw the developer finance traffic improvements, a living wage for construction workers, a first-source hiring plan, and a policy of union-neutrality.


1997 – Los Angeles City Living Wage Ordinance

Required a living wage for city contractors, as well as thousands of low-wage workers at LAX, including janitors, airline service workers, retail clerks, and food service workers.


1995 – Los Angeles City Service Contractor Worker Retention Ordinance

The Worker Retention Ordinance preserved the jobs of more than 1,000 workers at LAX after unionized workers were threatened with replacement when non-union vendors took over the service.