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Third Street Promenade
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Angelenos Against Gridlock is an advocate for a world-class transportation system for Los Angeles County, the most populous county in America.

About Us

"Gridlock is a soul destroying thing."

Elon Musk, Angelenos Against Gridlock donor and Founder & CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, speaking to Bloomberg TV



LA Deserves World-Class Transportation Options

Angelenos Against Gridlock is committed to a better future for the gridlocked Los Angeles region. We love Los Angeles and believe Angelenos deserve a world-class transportation system, including:

  • a fully built out subway and light rail system that properly serves job centers and major destinations and neighborhoods across the region
  • fast, frequent, daytime and late evening Metrolink commuter rail service akin to options in London and Tokyo
  • high speed rail service
  • improved freeways (and tollways), including fixes to gridlocked or insufficient interchanges, and expansions when necessary
  • gridlock mitigation for local roads, including • left turn signals at major intersections
  • direct, world class airport express rail connections
  • world class bikeways and bike amenities
  • ample carshare & bikeshare services
  • fast, timely completion of infrastructure construction including the 405 project (read more about our "Faster 405 Campaign
  • land use & transportation policies that encourage healthy, walkable, transit-friendly communities

Our Office Location

Angelenos Against Gridlock is based in the heart of pedestrian-, transit- and bike-friendly Santa Monica, on the Third Street Promenade.


Angelenos Against Gridlock is an advocate for a world-class transportation system for Los Angeles County, the most populous county in America.  Our work includes:

  • leading the public conversation: whether it’s an op-ed in the Los Angeles Business Journal, a press conference decrying 405 delays, or commentary on the air on KCRW (“Which Way, LA?”), KPCC, CBS2, NBC4, ABC7, or KCAL9, we work to raise expectations, rally frustrated Angelenos & push for change.
  • organizing events, and bringing global transportation thought leaders to Los Angeles.
  • in-person, old-fashioned advocacy: we meet privately with key civic elites and policy leaders, and testify at public meetings.
  • programs bringing together top civic elites to help LA meet its challenges head-on 
  • leveraging online activism tools. We bring a tech-savvy approach, liveblogging, tweeting, and using Tumblr & Storify, and setting off discussions on Reddit, Curbed LA & HuffPost LA.
  • educating Angelenos: our “Transit 101 Guide” has been distributed by Ralphs to its 30,000 employees.


Structure / Donations

Angelenos Against Gridlock is fiscally sponsored by the Rose Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. Click here to donate to us.


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We acknowledge the generous support of event sponsors like Google, and our top donors, including:

Elon Musk



David C. Murphy, Founder and President     (View Contact Details)

David Murphy founded Angelenos Against Gridlock to tackle Los Angeles’  infamous traffic problems, bringing a depth of experience in public policy from his work doing government affairs for one of LA's most powerful business groups, the Valley Industry & Commerce Association.  Under David's leadership, Angelenos Against Gridlock has received major funding from some of the top leaders of our time, including Elon Musk, the visionary behind Tesla, SpaceX, and PayPal; Geocities founder & LA Philharmonic Chairman David Bohnett’s foundation, and TCW Group founder Robert A. Day. 

David is a frequent commentator in the media on transportation issues, and his work has led to coverage on Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Business Insider, the front page & editorial page of the Los Angeles Times, KCRW’s “Which Way LA?” with Warren Olney, KNBC, KABC, KCBS, KPCC, KNX, LA Observed, The Next Web, and countless other media.

As President of Angelenos Against Gridlock, David has brought on partnering organizations such as Russell Goldsmith’s Los Angeles Coalition for Jobs and the Economy, CicLAvia, and NRDC, among other prominent nonprofits, as well as advisors including former Congressman David Dreier (of the Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands). 

A tech startup entrepreneur turned political and policy operative with experience at the federal, state, and local levels, David’s vision for a better Los Angeles draws on living and traveling in cities across America, Europe, and Asia that have functioning, world class transportation systems. David previously served as Government Affairs Manager at the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA), before leaving to focus exclusively on LA’s transportation woes, as president/co-founder of efforts originally called Building LA’s Future. The organization’s launch was featured on the cover of the Los Angles Business Journal and the CEO Summit on Transportation Infrastructure David organized was praised in a dedicated editorial by LA Business Journal editor Charles Crumpley. 

David is a recipient of the Henry R. Kravis Award for Entrepreneurship and the Avery/Durfee China Fellowship. David studied Government at Claremont McKenna College, and spent summers working for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules, Space Adventures (the world’s leading space tourism firm), and the Kiev, Ukraine, office of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He tweets at @DavidCMurphy and @EndingGridlock, and can be reached at


Advisory Board

Hon. David Dreier

Chairman, Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands

Former Member of Congress & Chairman of the House Rules Committee


Damien Newton

Editor, Streetsblog Los Angeles



Partnering Organizations & Host Committee for Our Speaker Series


Host Committee Members:

  • Sylia Obagi, Annenberg Foundation
  • Michael Kelly, The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs
  • Aaron Paley, CicLAvia
  • Marc Carrel, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
  • Terry McCarthy, Los Angeles World Affairs Council
  • Joel Reynolds, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Janet Elliott, International Visitors Council of L.A.
  • Hilary Norton, Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST)


History: Building on the Past

Under the name of “Building LA’s Future” (of which Angelenos Against Gridlock’s David Murphy was co-founder and President, a wide range of efforts promoting gridlock solutions were undertaken. Building LA’s Future organized a CEO Summit on Transportation Infrastructure at the City Club in 2008, covered in the LA Times and praised in a dedicated editorial in the Los Angeles Business Journal, to discuss the urgency to invest in solutions to LA’s gridlock crisis. Building LA’s Future also carried out a range of other programs and events, including Traffic Fighter of the Year events honoring the following individuals for their extraordinary efforts toward improving L.A.’s notoriously gridlocked transportation system:

  • Assemblyman Mike Feuer
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) President Melody Kanschat


Site Credits: The photo of the gridlocked 405 freeway is from Atwater Village Newbie’s Flickr set.