Cal State LA Downtown has also become home to Civic University—a joint certificate program between Cal State LA and the city of Los Angeles that educates community activists about the civic process. The program gives Angelenos the tools they need to understand, engage and influence City Hall to become effective advocates for their neighborhoods and interests.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti visited the closing session of a recent Civic University course, which was attended by about 100 people, including approximately 80 board members from the Los Angeles neighborhood councils and 20 members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory group.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony in September, Covino welcomed elected officials and community leaders, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, Assemblyman Ed Chau and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez.
Gomez, who represents the 51st Assembly District, says the development boom and population growth signal the revival of downtown Los Angeles as a strong urban core with a strong sense of community.
“Downtown LA is experiencing a transformation that not many urban centers in the United States have experienced recently. The placement of a Cal State LA campus in downtown highlights that the future of Los Angeles is in downtown,” says Gomez. “People are going to be able to work downtown, live downtown and go study downtown. It could be amazing.”