SESSION 3
1:20 - 2:35 PM

ETHICS - PART 1 OF 2
ROOM: 4th Floor Media Room

(*REQUIRED FOR ANY NC BOARDMEMBER WHO NEEDS ETHICS CERTIFICATION*)
Coordinator: Jasmine Duckworth & Carmen Hawkins
Presenter: Darren Martinez, Managing Deputy City Attorney, Neighborhood Council Advice Division General Counsel Division

As elected public officials, Neighborhood Council board members are required by the State of California to take an Ethics training course, and renew that training every 2 years. If you haven't taken your Ethics course yet - or if your Ethics certificate is expired -  take this two-part workshop series to fulfill that requirement.
*IMPORTANT: You must take both workshops in the series to get your Ethics certificate.*

SOCIAL MEDIA BASICS FOR NCs
ROOM: 1035

Coordinators & Speakers: Ann-Marie Holman & Freddy Cupen-Ames
(Coursework prepared with assistance from Deputy City Attorneys Carmen Hawkins, Elise Ruden & Dania Minassian)

Social media is vital for Neighborhood Council outreach and community engagement. But there are also are important legal considerations when using social media, such as Public Records Act requests, or the potential for Brown Act violations. In this workshop, you will learn to create and use NC-appropriate accounts on popular social outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Learn how to:

  • Set up accounts on different social media platforms
  • dentify and grow your audience
  • Use hashtags effectively and correctly
  • Tailor posts to different audiences and outlets
  • Use free tools to create quality graphics sized correctly for each platform
  • Schedule posts to make updating easy
  • Create and share engaging event invites
  • Decide how and when to respond - or not respond - to questions and comments

Any NC member will benefit from this class, whether a social media novice, or an experienced user.

WORKING COMMITTEES CREATE GREAT COUNCILS
ROOM: 1040

Coordinator: Tony Wilkinson, Panorama City & North Hills East NC
Speakers: Tony WilkinsonCarolyn Casavan, Co-Chair Green & Beautification Committee, Sherman Oaks NC; George Francisco, Vice President, Venice NC; Dennis Gleason, CD 15 Policy Director

After one session that runs to 10 pm you realize that Neighborhood Councils cannot do everything at their monthly Board meetings. Also, there is no way to have a real dialog with the public and still get the monthly decision-making done. The answer to these challenges is simple: committees. A healthy committee system makes a successful Neighborhood Council. Committees help to separate the good ideas from the problematic. They offer an opportunity for real public discussion and involvement. They provide an organization ready to carry out a project after it is approved by the Board.  This workshop is a guide to what should be the most relaxed and fun part of Neighborhood Council work. We'll cover the good and the bad, including rogue committees, how proposals get on the Board agenda, and how a Board should assure that it is served well by its committees. Hear different perspectives, plus Q&A.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS
ROOM: 1010

Coordinator/Presenter: Tony Braswell, President, Neighborhood Council Valley Village

This workshop is a MUST for Neighborhood Council presidents, board members and committee chairs to develop the know-how and confidence to effectively lead their councils, conduct successful meetings, and motivate their boards and committees to be functioning and effective. Also included, how to create and work with an Executive Committee and how to organize a meaningful Board Retreat to build rapport and work as a team. The topics will also include: Developing the social skills necessary to be a leader; how to put together a meeting that will ensure action, attract the public and keep within time constraints; how to maintain control at meetings and still be fair; how to create leadership in others; and how to deal with public comment and controversial issues.

MANAGING AND SPENDING NC (TAXPAYER) FUND$
ROOM: 1070

Coordinators: Corinne Ho & Garry Fordyce
Moderator: Corinne Ho, President, Canoga Park NC
Panelists: Ray Regalado, President, Northwest San Pedro NC; Danielle Sandoval, Treasurer, Central San Pedro NC; Judith Daniels, Terrence Gomes

Ninety-Six Neighborhood Councils, representing roughly 1850 Duly Elected City Officials, are charged with proper, prudent fiscal stewardship of Public Funds.
          Public Funds representing $3,552,000 ÷ 96 = $37,000 per NC.
The Workshop Panel will discuss best practices in seeking acceptable ROI (Return On Investment) in administering accountability to equitably and responsibly accomplish Stakeholder Participation and make Government More Responsive. Then, best practices to avoid traditional year end giveaways to NPGs. Fiscal timeline management in Board event planning can avoid this and refocus Our City Charter Mandate.

BUILDING CREDIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR NC
ROOM: Public Works Board Room

Coordinator: Lydia Grant
Speakers: Kevin James, President Public Works Commission; Lydia Grant, Former Board of Neighborhood Commissioner

This workshop will help you begin the journey to increasing your level of credibility with elected officials and community members. How do you appear to others? Build your future and learn to introduce yourself to others in a way that they will connect with you, how to find and create opportunities to engage with your elected officials, and how to build relationships and networking skills.

HOMELESS ISSUES: CAN NCs MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
ROOM: Council Chambers

Coordinator: Robert Newman, DLANC
Speakers: Douglas Guthrie, Alisa Ordina, Peter Lynn, Mark Troutman, Blair Besten, General Jeff

How can NCs make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness in our communities?

BUILD THE PARK OF YOUR DREAMS IN A CONCRETE WORLD
ROOM: 1060

Coordinator: Patti Berman, President, Downtown Los Angeles NC (DLANC)
Speakers:  Patti Berman, President, Downtown Los Angeles NC; Kevin Regan, Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks; Scott Epstein, Chair, Mid City West Neighborhood Council

DLANC will share their accomplishment with building the park of their dreams.

CLEAN STREET LA AND PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMS FOR NCs
ROOM: 1050

Coordinator: Marlene Savage
Speakers: Keith Mozee, Executive Officer, Bureau of Street Services,

Come learn about the latest programs that the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) and Bureau of Street Services (BSS) have developed for Neighborhood Councils.  Learn how your NC can take advantage of LASAN programs like the Clean Streets LA Challenge with awards of up to $25,000, bulky item pickups, and trash cans for public areas.   Also, hear from the BSS regarding their programs including sidewalk and street repairs, street sweeping, tree maintenance, and more.

BYLAWS AND STANDING RULES
ROOM: 1020

Coordinator: Ivan Spiegel
Speakers: Leyla Campos, Director of Neighborhood Council Operations, Empower LA

NC Bylaws set the tone and structure for your Neighborhood Council and they have turned out to be unique for each organization. This workshop will discuss the problems that NC elections have had from these unique bylaws, opportunities to streamline the NC bylaws so your NC can be more effective faster, less costly to your volunteer budget and maintain ongoing credibility for the NC.  You will take away actual examples of Bylaws amendments including the process for board approval, the paperwork and procedure for approval by BONC / DONE.  For any NCs with issues during the last Elections, this is an opportunity to not be missed.