1:00PM – 2:30PM
HOW TO NAVIGATE THE EVENT APPROVAL PROCESS
Coordinator: City Clerk Funding NC Funding Division
During the workshop, NC funding Reps will work through each step of the event approval process. Board members will be given hands-on training on how to submit an Event Request to the NC Funding Program. NC board members will have an understanding of what documents are needed from vendors, what vendors will require a contract and when an event request is not needed. We will also provide a Q&A session to address any questions related to events.
HOW TO RUN A SUCCESSFUL MEETING
Coordinator/Presenter: Ivan Spiegel, Parliamentarian
Running an effective meeting is an art, not a science. The group must accomplish real work, participants must have an opportunity to be heard, and they should believe that the process is fair. That’s a tall order for a meeting chair, especially if you have never managed a large public meeting. Nevertheless, these are essential skills for board presidents as well as committee chairs. Learn how to create a clear, descriptive agenda with time targets and ways of keeping your stakeholders aware of the procedures. Where does the Brown Act come into play and how does it help to ensure the integrity of your meetings? Robert’s Rules of Order is only one framework for fair meeting control; there are other options that can sometimes be more effective. Learn what role a parliamentarian can play to help plan a meeting. Tips and best practices on how to run a more effective meeting, most of which you can’t learn in a textbook.
CITY PLANNING: PROJECT REVIEW AND POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
Coordinator: Fabiola, LA Planning Department
How are the zoning code and other planning policies implemented in Los Angeles? What kind of review process do development projects undergo? Join the City Planning Department to learn about how the project review process implements development regulations and policies. The Department will also go over how it receives, processes, and reviews proposed entitlement applications, prepares recommendations to decision makers, and issues determinations. The session will conclude with a tutorial on how to best access project information online.
HOW TO INTERACT WITH CITY DEPARTMENTS / AGENCIES
Coordinator/Moderator: Joy Atkinson, Commissioner of BONC
Check back for confirmed speakers!
BRINGING LA’s GREEN NEW DEAL TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS: SUSTAINABILITY / RESILIENCY
Coordinators: Glenn Bailey, Conrad Starr, and Ernie Hidalgo
In April of this year, Mayor Garcetti announced a refresh of LA’s sustainability pLAn, LA’s Green New Deal, to address the climate crisis. What can Neighborhood Councils do to support LA’s Green New Deal at the hyperlocal level while increasing civic engagement? We will talk about how to create actionable goals that are aligned with the Green New Deal and will also provide participants with tools for effecting change in urban forestry, decarbonizing buildings, addressing extreme heat, and more!
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS: A SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS?
Coordinators: Angie Aramaypo and Semee Park
Presenters: Deputy Mayor Christina Miller
This workshop will explore what different neighborhood councils are doing to help confront the City’s homelessness crisis. It will start with an overview of what the City is doing to address and prevent homelessness and improve public health for everyone. Panelists will provide a list of referrals that neighborhood council leaders can use to serve their communities. This workshop will then segue into a series of presentations on different ways neighborhood councils have augmented what the City is doing to address homelessness and culminate in a discussion and brainstorm by attendees and panelists about additional ways the City and Neighborhood Councils can partner to solve homelessness in Los Angeles.
WORKING COMMITTEES MAKE GREAT COUNCILS
Coordinator: Tony Wilkinson, Panorama City NC & North Hills East NC
Speakers: Tony Wilkinson, Land Use Chair for Panorama City NC, Vice President for North Hills East NC, Executive Board for Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils
Interactive Panel Discussion with topics that will include the role of committees in Board operations, subject areas for committees, committees as vehicles for outreach and dialog, and the practical mechanics of running a committee. Committees are where people of passion and special skills work with the public to create action recommendations for a Neighborhood Council Board. Great committees make great Boards. Committees are also places where people can have real conversations. They engage stakeholders, give the community a voice, and spend the time needed to research issues and craft workable solutions. Running a committee is like building a small club. This workshop will give you tips on how to make your committee effective, share some best practices, and help you to build your committee into a community resource. When the Board approves your recommendation, your committee becomes a working team to carry it out. If you want to be a thinker, a collaborator, AND a doer, committees are the place for you.
OUTREACH TOOLS FOR NC’S: SOCIAL MEDIA, NEXTDOOR, NEWSLETTERS, AND MORE
Coordinator: Ann-Marie Holman
While social media and email might be a part of your everyday personal life, it's different using these tools as an elected public official, or on behalf of a government agency such as an NC. Learn best practices for creating content and graphics to engage and educate your stakeholders through your NC newsletter and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor accounts, while meeting standards for accessibility and transparency.
CREATING AND ENHANCING PUBLIC SPACES
Coordinator: Scott Epstein
CITY PROGRAM FORUM A
Coordinator: Semee Park
The following Departments will be speaking about their role with the public:
Mayor's Office - Census
Dept of Aging
LA World Airport
Dept of City Planning