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Next Generation of Political Leaders Discuss Local Politics and Urban Redevelopment Strategies
By Sentinel Staff Writer
Published October 9, 2008
Urban Leaders Panel
The Next Generation of Political Leaders addresses the audience at this great event.  From R to L, Event Moderator Robert Cole, Esq. Carson City Council Member Mike Gibson, Compton City Council Member and Assembly Member Elect Isadore Hall, Pasadena Council Member Jacque Robinson,  Gardena Council Candidate Shannon Lawrence and Community College Member Angela Reddick.

This year’s presidential campaign is perhaps the most important in our lifetime. Senator Obama’s call for real change in government has echoed all across America. In line with his mission, on Saturday, September 13th, a panel of young political leaders discussed the need for local political change, as well as the challenges, solutions and opportunities inherent in the redevelopment of Southern California’s urban enclaves.

Hosted at urban X marketing’s young professional mixer the Urban Renaissance at Parc, the discussion “New Government: A Dialogue with the Next Generation of Political Leaders” was held in the courtyard of Baldwin Hills’ newest condominium development, Bedford Parc and Bedford Promenade, located at 3740 Santa Rosalia Drive.

The panel of new generation political leaders included: Councilman Isadore Hall, III, (4th Council District, City of Compton); Councilman Mike A. Gipson (Mayor Pro Tem, City of Carson); Councilwoman Jacque Robinson (1st Council District, City of Pasadena); Angela Reddock, (Board Trustee, Los Angeles Community College District); and Shannon Lawrence (Candidate for City Council, City of Gardena). Guests were welcomed by Starlett Quarles, President of urban X marketing, while the panel was moderated by Robert Cole, the CA State Director of African American Outreach, Obama for America.


More than 100 young professionals, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and federal and state officials were in attendance; including Congresswoman Laura Richardson, of the 37th District of California and Assemblyman Curren Price, of the 51st Assembly District.

“The catalyst for this event was to inspire young professionals to get more involved in our local political movement. While so many of us are engaged in Obama’s national platform, I believe it’s just as important for us to also be aware of what’s happening in our own backyards,” said Starlett Quarles President of urban X marketing. “We know that change needs to occur, and in order for that to happen, I believe it’s going to take the extraordinary vision and commitment from a generation ready to accept the charge and take the lead. One generation in particular is our next generation of civic and political leaders.”

The Urban Renaissance at Parc is a premier networking mixer geared towards mobilizing and educating the next generation of urban entrepreneurs, including but not limited to: real estate, finance and community development professionals. The format for this unique event consists of a networking reception followed by intimate conversations with local industry leaders discussing the value of Los Angeles’ urban real estate and business community; as well as addressing the challenges, solutions and opportunities inherent in its redevelopment.

Lastly, the Urban Renaissance mixer was located in the heart of Baldwin Hills’ newest condominium community, Bedford Parc and Bedford Promenade development. Developed by one of Los Angeles’ leading urban infill development firms, The Bedford Group, this 172 unit community offers a rare opportunity to purchase a new residence in one of the City’s most exclusive communities.

“We are pleased to introduce our new residences to this community. Baldwin Hills is a neighborhood so rich in history and it was important to us that this new project compliment the culture and character of the area,” said Charles Quarles, President of The Bedford Group. For more information on Bedford Parc and Bedford Promenade, please visit or contact Eric Gooden at 323-293-4041.

Urban X marketing is the brain child of The Bedford Group’s Marketing Director, Starlett Quarles. Ms Quarles is extremely passionate about promoting the value of homeownership and urban redevelopment to members of her peer group, Generation X; those born between the approximate years of 1965 to 1981. More specifically, urban X marketing is dedicated to helping real estate, finance and community development professionals and businesses increase the homeownership opportunities and financial literacy skills within African American and Hispanic areas. The firm provides marketing, public relations and community outreach services.


For more event information, please contact Starlett Quarles at [email protected] or at (323) 547-7748.

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