Building Skills Partnership

First Annual Statewide Celebration a Success


On February 9th, 2011 BSP held its first annual statewide event titled “Celebrating our Partnerships” at City National Plaza in Los Angeles; BSP provides training to property services at City National Plaza. The event had two distinct objectives: (1) to promote BSP to prospecting funders and (2) to highlight the success of BSP statewide. The event was attended by various local businesses, here community organizations, key community leaders, and elected officials. Over 130 individuals attended the event.

At its first annual event, BSP honored Mike Garcia, President of SEIU United Service Workers West and Alan D. Levy, Chairman of Tishman International Companies for their leadership in initiating a partnership to provide a better quality of life for property service workers and their families. The event was a great example of the relationship and commitment from employers, building owners, and the SEIU-USWW to train workers. Attendees included: Jan Perry, Los Angeles Councilwoman District 9; Moctesuma Esparza, Film Producer / CEO—Maya Entertainment; Monica Garcia, School Board President of LAUSD; Jose Huizar, Los Angeles Councilwoman District 14; and Ret. Senator Richard Polanco.

The event highlighted the unique relationship of business and labor – a true partnership.  A total of $8,000 was fundraised which will be used to continue to provide educational training to low-wage property service workers all throughout the state of California.