City of Justice Awards


On Thursday night, the music industry turned out in full force to the 2017 City of Justice Awards Dinner, adding to the might of labor, environmental, entertainment, political, and business leaders in making the event the most successful in LAANE history. THANK YOU to honorees Gary Stewart, AEG, and Ron Herrera, and to all the supporters that contributed to a powerful, memorable evening.

The premier progressive event in California, LAANE’s annual City of Justice Awards Dinner attracts over 1,000 attendees each year including elected officials, labor leaders, philanthropists, entertainment executives, business owners and activists, and honors outstanding leaders who help to improve the lives of working families.

Join LAANE as we take you behind the scenes of the new green economy!

At the 2017 City of Justice Awards Dinner, attendees had the opportunity to experience 360 video of the Ports of LA, a material recovery facility, and more! Those who took home a cardboard headset now have the opportunity to try it out at home!

How to use your City of Justice cardboard headset:

1.  On your phone, click here to open the video in the YouTube app.
2.  Click the Cardboard icon in the lower right corner of your screen.
3. Place phone on the flap of your headset and close with the phone centered:

4. Use the magnet on side of the headset as selection switch.
5. Enjoy!




The world’s leading sports, live entertainment, & venues company

AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company.  Using its global network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands, ticketing and content distribution platforms and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG seeks to deliver the most creative and innovative live sports and entertainment experiences that inspire athletes, teams, artists and fans thru live event experiences that are both universally and locally cherished, giving the world reason to cheer.

AEG embraces its responsibility to enrich the lives of people in the communities where it does business.

By supporting community-based organizations, and their programs, AEG is dedicated to utilizing its resources to improve and enrich the lives of children and families. AEG creates and supports dynamic and life-changing programs and services that focus on K-12 education; economic development and safety; health and social services; and music and art education with a special emphasis on supporting low-income neighborhoods near company holdings and venues.



Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 396

Teamsters Local 396 Secretary-Treasurer Ron Herrera has been a union member for over 41 years. His father was a longtime member of the International Longshoreman’s Union and worked the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland.

Mr. Herrera has played a pivotal role in the groundbreaking efforts to transform Los Angeles’ commercial and multi-family waste and recycling industry. As a leader, along with LAANE, of the Don’t Waste LA campaign, he helped secure passage of legislation that is dramatically improving conditions for thousands of waste and recycling workers while also reducing truck pollution and extending recycling to all Angelenos. Mr. Herrera has also helped negotiate contracts that have provided UPS workers and solid waste workers with the highest wage and benefit packages in their respective industries.

Mr. Herrera serves as the international director of the 32,000-member IBT Solid Waste and Recycling Division. He is the chairman of the UPS/Teamsters Article 43 National Committee, and the recording secretary of Teamsters Joint Council 42. He currently serves as a vice president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.



Apple Music Catalog

Gary Stewart’s lifelong passion for music and pop culture has taken him from part-time record store clerk to senior vice president of artists and repertoire at Rhino Entertainment to head of catalog at iTunes, where he oversaw music content on the iTunes Store. He is currently a catalog curator for Apple Music.

As a volunteer, donor, fundraiser and advocate, Mr. Stewart works with nonprofits addressing issues of living wages, progressive taxation, marriage equality, affirmative action and immigrant rights, among others. He was a board member for the Liberty Hill Foundation for 20 years, joined the Community Coalition’s Board of Directors in 2015 and has served on LAANE’s Advisory Board since 2012.

He has received a number of honors in recognition of his community service work and philanthropy, including the California Association of Nonprofits’ Public Policy Excellence Award, the Liberty Hill Foundation’s Upton Sinclair Award and KCBS’ “What’s Right with Los Angeles” Community Service Award. In 2017, he was named one of Los Angeles’ “500 Most Influential People” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.




Ryan Michelle Bathe is a Screen Actors Guild nominated actress for her work as Sarah Holt on Boston Legal. She has been in multiple TV series including the acclaimed shows This is Us, Army Wives, One for the Money, Good Fences and Leaving Barstow. She started dancing and acting at a young age in Connecticut and went on to Stanford to get her English degree, then to get her M.F.A from New York University in the Graduate Acting Program. She currently resides here in Los Angeles, California with her two sons, Amare and Andrew, and her husband, Sterling K. Brown.


Richard Foos
CEO, Shout! Factory


Julie Gutman Dickinson
Union Labor Lawyer/Partner, Bush Gottlieb

James P. Hoffa
General President,
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Paula and Barry Litt

Scott Pascucci
CEO, Concord Bicycle Music


Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


From LAX/South: Take Century Boulevard to 405 North. Take 405 North to Santa Monica Blvd. East exit. Go east on Santa Monica Blvd. approximately 2 miles. Hotel will be on the left side (just before Wilshire Blvd).

From North: Take 405 South to Santa Monica Blvd. East exit. Go east on Santa Monica Blvd. approximately 2 miles. Hotel will be on the left side (just before Wilshire Blvd).

From East: Take 10 West. Take Exit 6 for Robertson Blvd. Turn right onto S. Robertson Blvd. Turn left on Wilshire Blvd. Turn left onto N. Santa Monica Blvd. Hotel will be on the right side.

From West: Take 10 East to 405 North. Take Santa Monica Blvd. East exit. Go east on Santa Monica Blvd. approximately 2 miles. Hotel will be on the left side (just before Wilshire Blvd).

Valet: $17, Self-Parking: $12, No validations

Please allow 20 minutes for parking and registration. 


When is the Dinner?
Thursday, December 7, 2017 — Reception: 6 PM, Program and Dinner: 7:30 PM

Where is the Dinner?
The Beverly Hilton Hotel International Terrace and Ballroom

What is the dress code?
Business or cocktail attire.

How do I get my ticket/table number?
The registration table will be located in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, just inside the front doors by the valet circle. Please check in under your last name at the registration table to receive your ticket/table number. Please allow 20 minutes for valet and check-in.

What if I need to send someone in my place?
Please have the substitute guest check in under the original ticket holder’s name.

What if I need to purchase another ticket?
Please do so before the RSVP deadline on November 17 by visiting our payment page.

What’s for dinner?
This year’s dinner features a roasted beets, goat cheese, and grapefruit salad, followed by grilled Pacific sea bass with farro, and topped off with California almond cake. Vegans/vegetarians will enjoy the crispy vegan polenta with Romanesco.

How do I order a vegan/vegetarian meal?
Just let your waiter know that you would like a vegan/vegetarian meal.

What time does the Dinner program conclude?
The program will wrap up by 9:30 pm.


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Nisha Randhava
213-977-9400 x122

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Kristen Schwarz
213-977-9400 x146