SESSION 1
9:55AM – 11:25AM

BOARD BASICS AND EFFECTIVENESS
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator/Presenter: 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
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator: Daniel Perez / Semee Park

Check back for confirmed speakers!

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


HOW TO RUN A PLANNING COMMITTEE
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator: Cindy Cleghorn / PlanCheckLA

TBD


THE POWER OF COMMUNITY IMPACT STATEMENTS
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinators: Lydia Grant

TBD


THE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL’S ROLE IN THE CITY BUDGET
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinators: NC Budget Advocates / Barbara Ringuette

TBD


PUBLIC SAFETY: NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS AND SENIOR LEAD OFFICERS
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinators: George Francisco
Presented by: Chief Robert Arcos, LAPD

TBD


DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinators: Semee Park & Emily Williams

TBD


TRANSPORTATION OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator: Glenn Bailey

TBD


HOT LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinators/Speakers: Elise Ruden & Carmen Hawkins, Deputy City Attorneys

This workshop presents an overview of state and city laws pertaining to Neighborhood Councils, and tells you how to successfully navigate legal matters commonly arising in Neighborhood Councils, and where to seek appropriate advice. This workshop will also include how to avoid going into “exhaustive efforts” or the “freezing of funds”. Who has access to a City Attorney when you need one and when to ask ? This is also the workshop where you’ll see the top Neighborhood Council inquiries both inside and outside the Neighborhood Council system that the City Attorney receives with thought provoking conversation on how to avoid obstacles to your Neighborhood Council’s success. The City Attorney’s advice is advice. The actions of the board member and the board responsibilities. What happens to the advocacy when your Board takes a position and who carries it through.


EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS / RYLAN PROGRAM
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinators: Dave Brown, NC Emergency Preparedness Alliance, SCPF
Presenters: Bob Gelfand, Conrad Starr, & Dave Brown

Neighborhood Council Community Emergency Plan.

Presentation of an editable template that all Neighborhood Councils can “brand” as their own Community Emergency Plan.  Description of topics and “personalized” information sources each NC can use to fill out their own plan. Examples of several NC’s that are well involved in doing so.

See: https://www.nhwnc.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-0603-nhwnc-emergency-plan-and-appendices.pdf

RYLAN (Ready Your L A Neighborhood)

Coordinator: Crisanta Gonzales, Los Angeles Emergency Management Dept
Presenters: Carol Parks & Crisanta Gonzales

A free service offered by the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Dept. that empowers neighborhoods to be more prepared for the next big disaster.

See: https://emergency.lacity.org/rylan/about


COOPS & COGS (CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS & CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT)
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Coordinator: Terrence Gomes, LAFD CERT Battalion 18 Coordinator
Speakers: Captain Cody Weireter LAFD and Terrence Gomes, LAFD CERT Battalion 18 Coordinator

A three-step emergency preparedness and recovery plan for Neighborhood Councils to meet the Mayor’s Resilience Los Angeles prepared and responsive City goals. Attendees will learn strategies to meet those goals by developing a sustainable plan utilizing existing city services provided by the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team Unit (CERT) and other City departments.