Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Antonio Villaraigosa is one step closer to seeing his vision for a cleaner, greener Los Angeles become a reality with the CleanTech Corridor beginning to take shape just east of downtown L.A.
Company: The City of Los Angeles
What Made Him Haute: The first Hispanic mayor in L.A.’s 133-year history has revitalized the city with infrastructure projects, the wooing of tech companies, actively supporting small business, ensuring growth of the area’s unique creative capital and an emphasis on education. His latest venture is a gang-reduction program for the city.
What Makes Him Haute Now: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city officials are finally starting to see their plans become a reality with proposed concepts for the CleanTech Corridor in downtown Los Angeles. Villaraigosa’s hope is that Clean Tech LA will bring eco-friendly companies to the 2,000-acre area, which includes a 20-acre green tech campus. The Southern California Institute of Architecture launched a competition challenging entrants to offer their ideas for the space. Based on the winning teams, Villaraigosa and L.A. residents may soon see artistic mushroom-shaped, solar-powered evaporators, and innovative designs for solar and wind power, as well as treated water transforming the neighborhood built for manufacturing into a green urban landscape.