Former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane and State Assembly members Mike Feuer and Julia Brownley were among those in attendance at a MoveLA conference Wednesday, July 2nd, to address transit needs in Los Angeles County.

Hosted by VTBS Architects, the conference was held at the firm’s new design studio in Santa Monica. MoveLA is a nonprofit organization that works to find funding solutions for Los Angeles County transportation needs.

Following a brief reception at the event, Zane gave a presentation that focused on the future of Los Angeles County public transit.

“We can’t have a first-class community and a third-class transportation system,” Zane said at the conference.

As the organizer of MoveLA, Zane discussed strategies to convince the local legislature to support his proposed half-cent sales tax increase, which he says would assist in providing the necessary funding for the county’s growing transit needs.

VTBS Architects founding principal Jan Van Tilburg said he was proud to have facilitated the discussion, saying the firm is widely regarded for its support of transit-oriented development and sustainability.

“We design meaningful solutions for the needs of both our clients and the community,” Van Tilburg said.

“Denny’s design cannot be drawn on paper — it is an uphill battle and deserves the fullest support of those able to help. In the end, we both wish to improve ways in which residents interact with the community around them.”

While many supporters chose to offer contributions to the project, event organizers said the real test will be whether county legislators will agree with the cause and ultimately, the voters.