SESSION 1
9:25 AM - 10:50 AM

BOARD BASICS 101
ROOM: 1050
Coordinator/Speaker: Ivan Spiegel

Joining a Neighborhood Council board makes you part of a dynamic system in a dynamic City, a system that is both changing the City of Los Angeles and being changed by the People of Los Angeles. This workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of: how to build strong Neighborhood Council boards, how to work with your partners in the Neighborhood Council system, and what all those “policies and procedures” really mean for you. This workshop is not a repeat of the EmpowerLA Orientation and will cover many other topics

MEET YOUR CITY OFFICIALS
ROOM: Council Chambers

Coordinator: Sarah Ramsawack
Panelists: Confirmed for the panel are City Council President Wesson (CD10), plus City  Councilmembers Paul Krekorian (CD2); Bob Blumenfield (CD3); David Ryu (CD4); Paul Koretz (CD5); Nury Martinez (CD6); Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD8) and Mike Bonin (CD11). City Controller Ron Galperin and Capri Maddox of the City Attorney’s office will also take part.

A favorite of Congress attendees!  A panel of City Elected & Appointed Officials with Q&A session for 40 minutes, then one on one time.

PLANNING & LAND USE 101 BASICS
ROOM: Public Works Board Room

Coordinator: Cindy Cleghorn
Speakers:  Sharon Commins, reCodeLA Advisory Committee

The best urban planning solutions are not imposed from the top, but generated through civic engagement from the grassroots up. This workshop is designed to introduce newly elected NCs board members to basic land use and planning.  New board members come in with great ideas to improve their communities and then find out quick there’s a process.  In this workshop we will cover the following:  history and effectiveness of land use committees; what triggers an item on the committee’s agenda; how they review, educate and communicate to stakeholders, surrounding neighbors and the city. Also, the interaction between NC land use committees, City Planning and Building & Safety.  You will leave this workshop understanding the importance of being reactive vs. proactive, understand some basics such as how to use the LADBS permitting system and ZIMAS.

CREATIVE PLACEMAKING – COMMUNITY RESOURCE OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE GREAT STREETS INITIATIVE AND THE DEPT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
ROOM: 1070

Community Resource Opportunities from the Great Streets Initiative and the Department of Cultural Affairs
Coordinator: Barbara Chikosi, Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Development Council
Moderator: Naomi Iwasaki, Director of Neighborhood Services, LA Mayor’s Office
Panelists: Lilly O’Brien, Program Manager, LA Mayor’s Office, Great Streets Initiative; Alma Guzman, Arts Associate - Dept. Cultural Affairs; Joe Smoke, Grants Manager - Dept. Cultural Affairs

Join staff from the Mayor’s Office Great Streets Initiative and the Department of Cultural Affairs in learning about community funding and partnership opportunities available with the City of Los Angeles. We will be discussing two innovative new programs designed to implement creative ideas from community members who want to support active, vibrant, and beautiful neighborhoods!

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT CITY HALL (was LOBBY LIKE A PRO)
ROOM: 1060

Coordinator: Terrence Gomes, Chair Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition
Presenters: Matt Hale, Policy Director for Councilmember Paul Krekorian; Dennis Gleason, Council District 15 Policy Director

This workshop will help you to understand how the process works for your Neighborhood Council: from Community Impact Statements to your NC's 5 Minutes to Speak before City Council Committees, Commissions and the City Council. It will cover the Alliances and how they can be a powerful tool in the system. Also, what happens if there is not enough time for your NC Board to vote on a pending Council File? We will address these issues and others as you learn the ins and outs of how to get things done. You will walk away with the knowledge and power you need to make a difference at City Hall.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR BETTER OUTCOMES
ROOM: 1010

Coordinator: Tony Wilkinson, Panorama City & North Hills East NC
Speakers: Tony WilkinsonMarco Sanchez, CD6 Staff; Officer John Lonergan, LAPD Community Relations; Albert Melena, San Fernando Valley Partnership; Dave Brown, Southern California Preparedness Foundation

Community change is too big for any one organization to achieve. Neighborhood Councils need to work with others to make things happen. It is almost a rule that if a Neighborhood Council wants to do something, from a simple event to an ongoing program, it should first locate a community partner. City rules for events that are "sponsored" by a Neighborhood Council make it especially desirable to join in an event that will be sponsored by another entity. This workshop will show you how to find partners. Start with your City Council District office and your LAPD Division. Learn how to partner with other levels of government, place-based initiatives, advisory panels, arts councils, and non-profit organizations. Don't forget other Neighborhood Councils! The benefits of partnership include funding, program management, outreach, and more volunteers. Partnerships multiply what you can do. They also make your Neighborhood Council more visible in the community.

ONE WATER LA / COOL BLOCKS LA
ROOM: 1035

Coordinator: Carolyn Casavan, Co-Chair, Green & Beautification Committee, Sherman Oaks NC
Panelists:  Lenise Marrero, Project Manager One Water LA, LA Bureau of Sanitation; Serge Haddad, Manager of the Water Recycling Policy Group, LA Department of Water and Power; Laura Mack, Executive Director, Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance

Learn about two important programs that are currently underway in the City of Los Angeles.  The One Water LA Plan is currently being prepared with stakeholder input and provides an integrated approach for water supply, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.  Learn all about the vision, objectives and guiding principles for increasing sustainable water management for the City of Los Angeles.  Cool Blocks LA is a new program, led by the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance in partnership with the City of LA, that helps neighborhood block teams develop water stewardship practices that significantly reduce water use, pollution and stormwater volume, and foster community climate and disaster resilience, liveability, and wellbeing.  See how these programs complement each other and provide opportunities for NCs to make a difference on these very important issues.

UNLOCKING THE TRAFFIC GRID
ROOM: 1040

Coordinator: Jay Handal
Speakers: Richard Platkin, Executive Board, Beverly Wilshire Homes Assn.

A frank discussion of Los Angeles traffic gridlock and the safety problems created by the gridlock. Traffic patterns, density and development, traffic light timing, DOT "White Gloves" program, "Vision Zero",  ATSAC, quality of life and more.

PUBLIC SAFETY IN LOS ANGELES - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NCs
ROOM: 1020

Coordinator: Glenn Bailey, President, Northridge East NC
Speakers:  Giselle Espinoza, Lieutenant, Community Relationship Division, Los Angeles Police Department; Nat Gale, Principal Project Coordinator, Active Transportation Division, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Crime rates have been increasing throughout Los Angeles.  Concerns about police-involved shootings are growing.  Some believe 10,000 police officers is an insufficient number for a city of four million residents.  Others advocate expanding the existing community policing model.  Another 200 Angelenos are killed every year due to traffic collisions. What tools are available for Neighborhood Councils to help make our communities safer for everyone?  This workshop will introduce LAPD’s new Community Relationship Division and how it will be partnering with NCs.  Vision Zero, a new action plan to eliminate traffic deaths in LA by 2025, will be presented.