SESSION 4
2:45 - 4:00 PM

ETHICS - PART 2 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.*

PLANNING & LAND USE 102: AFFORDABLE HOUSING
ROOM: Public Works Board Room

Coordinator/Speaker: Kathy Delle Donne
Panelists: Isela C. Gracian, President East LA Community Corporation; Magdalina Zakaryan, LA City Housing & Community Investment Dept.; Athena Novak, President, AHN & Associates, LLC Land Use & Entitlements

This workshop will cover the basics to understanding just what is the definition of Affordable Housing.  What qualifies for an Affordable Housing unit?  Income levels? Location?  Preferences?

CIVIC YOUTH: ENGAGING FUTURE BOARD MEMBERS
ROOM: 1060

Coordinator: Jasmine Elbarbary, Neighborhood Council Advocate, Empower LA
Speakers: Civic Youth Leadership Academy Participants

Learn how best to engage youth in the Neighborhood Council system by hearing from young people that participated in this summer's inaugural class of the Civic Youth Leadership Academy (CYLA.) The youth panelists will be discussing their experience and lessons learned, and will cover topics such as:

  • Attracting youth to your Neighborhood Council
  • Meaningful modes of participation for youth in NCs
  • Community involvement in neighborhood service projects (i.e. cleanups)
  • The value of youth presence in NCs

NC ELECTIONS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE FUTURE
ROOM:1020

Coordinator: Jay Handal, Neighborhood Council Elections Administrator, Empower LA
Speakers: Christopher Garcia, City Clerk’s Office; Michael Lynn, Chair Public Safety, South Robertson Neighborhoods Council

Elections are over but not forgotten.  This workshop will be a discussion on the success (and failures) of the 2016 elections including the registration challenges, polling sites, outreach effectiveness. What is the future for online voting in the NC system? What is the future of the community interest stakeholder ? How do we make NC Elections better in 2018 and beyond, starting today?

PUBLIC RELATIONS BASICS: PRESS RELEASES, PRESS KITS & MORE
ROOM: Council Chambers

Coordinator/Speaker: Ann-Marie Holman

Learn how to establish an effective public image for your Neighborhood Council by creating the PR materials you need to forge stronger relationships with your stakeholders and with the media.  This workshop reveals the best practices for successfully writing and sharing key PR elements such as:

  • Press Kits
  • Press Releases
  • Boilerplates (short About Us blurbs)
  • Flyers for meetings & special events
  • Graphics & videos
  • Multilingual versions of promo materials & meeting notifications
  • eb content with effective SEO

You’ll also learn to navigate the legal issues NCs must consider when creating PR content. Handouts with helpful templates and checklists will be provided.

PURPOSEFUL AGING IN LA: NCs CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN
ROOM: 1040

Coordinator: Sherri Akers, Co-Chair, Aging In Place Committee, Mar Vista Community Council
Presenters: Laura Trejo, General Manager, Los Angeles City Dept. of Aging; Adriana Mendoza, Associate State Director at AARP; Sherri Akers and Tatjana Luethi, MVCC Aging in Place Committee Co-Chairs/Co-Founders

Learn about Mayor Garcetti’s initiative for Purposeful Aging LA in collaboration with AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Let’s make Los Angeles the best big city to age in! You’ll learn about his initiative and the role that NC’s are expected to play. We’ll give you the tools to create an outreach plan and explain the working groups that every NC will be asked to engage in. You’ll learn how to create a committee on issues for aging, what have proven to be best practices and how to engage the community.

THE CITY BUDGET: IT STARTS AND ENDS HERE
ROOM: 1035

Coordinators: Brandon Pender & Bridgette Kidd, NC Budget Advocate
Speakers: Miguel Santana, Chief Administrative Officer; Matt Szabo, Deputy Mayor; Melissa Kranse, Inspector General, CAO; Dr. Dan Wiseman

Everyone knows the City Budget can be very boring.  BUT, every service our City provides must be funded and it comes from the general fund (OUR CITY BUDGET).  When services are slow, staff is laid off, and the excuses are that we have no budget, that becomes OUR problem. The City Charter gives Neighborhood Councils the duty to weigh in on budget issues. Come and learn how to have your voice be heard.

LADWP — THE $5 BILLION BUDGET WHERE NCs HAVE THE INSIDE TRACK (& MOU)
ROOM: 1050

Coordinator: Tony Wilkinson, DWP Representative, Panorama City Neighborhood Council
Speakers: David Wright, LADWP General Manager; Joseph Ramallo, LADWP Assistant General Manager and Director of Communications, Marketing and Community Affairs; Fred Pickel, Director of the Office of Public Accountability and Ratepayer Advocate.
Panel participants: Marvin Moon, LADWP Director of Power Engineering; Julie Spacht, LADWP Executive Managing Engineer, Water System; Susan Rowghani, LADWP Assistant Division Head and Director of Water Engineering and Technical Services; Tony Wilkinson, Chair of Neighborhood Council - DWP MOU Oversight Committee

A whirlwind overview of what is going on at this huge city department. Meet the new General Manager David Wright, some key DWP executives, and the independent Ratepayer Advocate, Fred Pickel. Neighborhood Councils have an official Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with DWP. It's the only one with any city department. The MOU provides a unique level of information sharing and transparency. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is an essential part of life for everyone who lives or works in LA. It is the nation's largest municipal utility. YOU own it. Find out about your rates, where the money is going, performance benchmarks, and customer opportunities for savings. LADWP is in the midst of a complete revolution in power production and distribution. At the same time it is leading a major effort to rebuild the local water supply in the face of ongoing drought. This is exciting stuff.

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
ROOM: 1070

Coordinator/Presenter:  Ivan Spiegel

Parliamentarians are an essential component of Neighborhood Council meetings, but what exactly do they do? Actually, most of a Parliamentarian’s duties happen outside of meetings. Why does a Neighborhood Council Parliamentarian need a different skill set from those who work with other kinds of organizations? Why doesn’t Robert’s (and Rosenberg’s) Rules apply in many situations? This is a workshop for “would-be” Parliamentarians, meeting chairpersons, board members who have been asked to assume this role but really have no clue, and all those who would like more information about this exciting and necessary position. NOTE: Although we will cover some aspects, this is not a class on basic parliamentary procedure.

MAKING LA A MORE SUSTAINABLE CITY: THE ROLE OF NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS
ROOM: 1010

Coordinator: Glenn Bailey
Speakers: Torin Dunnavant, Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal; Lisa HartFarah JohannsenMark Morris; Alexandra Nagy

It has been more than a year since Mayor Garcetti released the Sustainable City pLAn.  While some progress has been achieved, much work on the Plan’s environmental, economic, and equity goals  remains.  Over the summer, many Neighborhood Council leaders met and identified over a dozen local and citywide issues of concern and are now working together to make progress on many of them.  Be updated on the pLAn’s implementation and learn how you and your NC can also help make LA a more sustainable city.