Richard W. Willson, Urban and Regional Planning professor and chair, gave keynote testimony at a hearing of the Senate Select Commission on Urban Economies on Oct. 25 at the South El Monte City Hall. Willson’s testimony focused on the San Gabriel Valley/Inland Empire. His research in transportation planning addresses land/use transportation relationships, travel demand management, transit-oriented development, and parking policy. His planning theory research addresses the implications of communicative action theory for transportation planning, educational assessment, and leadership. His work has been recognized by California Chapter of the American Planning Association in the 2005 Outstanding Planning Award for Leadership and Service/Academic.