Innovation & Technology Council: Disrupting the Disruptors

As the sharing economy grows, new ideas are constantly springing forward to make it easier to take part in. Regulation and incentives are just a few of the things that have been proposed in response to this new hybrid market model. But, are these efforts needed? How does the new business model disrupt current regulations? 

Join the Council as we discuss the government's role in building and managing this growing sector of the economy with L.A. City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (3rd District), chair of the City's Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee, and Timothy Burr Jr., senior public policy manager for ridesharing company Lyft.


The Innovation & Technology Council at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce identifies and engages with business clusters that have economic growth potential — including signature, emerging and innovative industry groups. The Council aims to promote policies that will strengthen these industries, elevate their global reach, drive job creation and regional economic prosperity.




Councilman Bob Blumenfield was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in March 2013. He represents the 3rd Council District, which spans the northwest portion of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, including the communities of Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.

Bob is focused on serving the San Fernando Valley’s day to day needs for City services as well as facilitating the long-term job and economic growth that will help ensure the vitality of local neighborhoods and the City as a whole. Public safety, emergency preparedness, beautification and traffic reduction are some of the key quality of life issues Bob fights for in his district.  At City Hall, his policy priorities include: crafting the City budget to maximize public dollars; transforming the City’s technology infrastructure to more effectively manage resources and provide services; and growing and improving the City’s physical and environmental infrastructure to make LA a safe, clean, green and friendly place for people and businesses. Bob is also committed to social justice, equality and opportunity for all Angelenos. 



Timothy Burr Jr. is the senior public policy manager for Lyft, a ridesharing company based out of San Francisco. Launched in 2012, Lyft now operates in over 180 markets nationwide. Timothy manages government relations and public policy as part of the Western States Policy team, and is responsible for crafting legislative and regulatory solutions for Lyft.

Prior to joining Lyft in October 2014, Timothy served as a deputy district attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for six years. He prosecuted over 30 jury trials to verdict as lead prosecutor, with convictions for first degree murder, and the attempted murder of a peace officer. He also served on the District Attorney's Legislative Committee, making policy recommendations on pending legislation in California regarding law enforcement and criminal justice issues.  

Prior to law school, Timothy worked in the United States Senate, serving on the staff of both Senator Dianne Feinstein (D- CA) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D- MI). During law school, he served as a legal fellow at the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and externed for Superior Court Judge Judge Brian C. Walsh. Timothy also studied Public International Law at Magdalen College, Oxford.  

Timothy earned his B.A. from University of California, Davis in both political science and history, where he served as ASUCD senate president and earned the Chancellor's Award for outstanding graduates.  

March 15, 2016 at 9am - 10:30am
L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S Bixel St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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