SESSION 3
1:20PM – 2:35PM

GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TO BENEFIT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: TBD

Many city, county, regional, and other government programs exist that can help Neighborhood Councils with community improvement projects, accessing city services, and more! This session will provide attendees with an introduction to a variety of topics including a behind-the-scenes look at myLA311, air pollution mitigation programs at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), upcoming jobs available from the Census Bureau, and more!


GIVING REAL POWER TO NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS: WHAT WOULD IT BE?
ROOMS: TBD
Coordinator: Bob Gelfand

This is the second in a series of workshops about reforming the system. We all know that neighborhood councils have been limited to an advisory role, and even then, our advice is often ignored. What if we had the power and authority to veto land use actions taken by the City Council? What if we had the power and authority to veto appointments to city commissions? Bring your thoughts & opinions and let's get into it!


NEED A LAWYER? LEGAL ISSUES FOR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: Carmen Hawkins

Carmen Hawkins is a Deputy City Attorney with the Neighborhood Council Advice Division with over 30 years of experience, and she is responsible for addressing the legal concerns from half of the 99 neighborhood councils in the City.  This session is an opportunity for both Carmen to share the most common issues she faces in her offices (so your NC won't have to) as well as for you to have an opportunity to ask questions of one of the NC system's most valuable resources.


OUTREACH & SOCIAL MEDIA 101
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: Ann-Marie Holman

A major component of Neighborhood Council operations is outreach, and there are a ton of strategies & tools for engaging stakeholders in your boundaries - residents, businesses, organizations, etc - to engage.  This workshop will cover topics such as creating flyers & banners, filling Board vacancies, and significant time will be spent on the sometimes-scary (but actually very helpful) tool that is social media.


A DIALOGUE ABOUT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING: HOW CAN YOUR NC ENGAGE?
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator: Corinne Ho

Do you have questions about supportive housing projects being proposed in your neighborhood? Permanent supportive housing and other measures to curtail homeless populations can be divisive issues, and this workshop will provide a space for attendees to voice concerns or share positive experiences.


MEDIATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION: ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR EVERY BOARD MEMBER
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: TBD

Whether between Board members or stakeholders, conflict is part of the job. How you deal with the conflict is important to developing your identity as an individual and as a Board.  When contentious issues, such as land-use or homelessness cause high tensions, are you prepared to maintain civility? This workshop will introduce Board Members to basic mediation skills to assist with maintaining everyone's sanity.


SECRETARY'S ROUNDTABLE
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: Dave Brown

An organized Secretary can take a Neighborhood Council from being in exhaustive efforts to being an administrative force of nature, and we want you to learn how! Come share tips & tricks to being organized, consistent and reliable in your operations. What time-saving measures do you use? How do y'all track (and enforce) attendance? Bring your questions and an open mind!


OIL WELLS & GAS STORAGE OR FEWER GOOD JOBS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS: A REAL DILEMMA OR A FALSE DICHOTOMY?
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: Lisa Hart

Asthma? Nosebleeds? From Wilmington to Porter Ranch, people in Los Angeles have suffered health impacts of gas storage facilities, oil wells, and gas wells in their neighborhoods. How do we balance our needs for energy & jobs with our health and the environment? Are there trade-offs, or can we have it all? How can Neighborhood Councils help in the transition to a green economy? We will talk to experts with different perspectives about impacts and possible actions.