SESSION 3
1:20PM – 2:35PM

GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TO BENEFIT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
ROOMS: City Council Chambers

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: Stephanie Spicer, Donna Arrechea, Rocio Gandara, Deisy Gonzalez

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, upcoming jobs available from the Census Bureau, Emergency Preparedness programs,  DWP programs, and more!


GIVING REAL POWER TO NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS: WHAT WOULD IT BE?
ROOMS: 1010

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!


SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES & THE LEGAL ISSUES FOR NCs
ROOMS: 1060

Presenter: 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: 3rd Floor Public Works Room

Coordinator/Presenter: 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: 1050

Workshop Coordinators: Corinne Ho & Freddy Cupen-Ames
Moderators: Sandra Trutt & Lex Roman from the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles
Panelists: Ann English from a Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH); TBD, a Speak Up advocate; & Dora Gallo, a Supportive Housing Developer

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.


DEALING WITH THE DIFFICULT: RISING ABOVE THE FRAY!
ROOMS: 1020

Presenter: Vivienne A. Swanigan

We all have that person that comes to mind when reading this workshop title. In this session, you will learn techniques for handling difficult communications, situations, or interactions with skill & confidence. The workshop will cover approaches or responses that can be used both to stop or respond to personal attacks, and to promote an appreciation for opposing viewpoints. Scenarios will be utilized in an interactive format to address a variety of situations in different contexts which might arise in NC interactions.


SECRETARY'S ROUNDTABLE: ADMIN ISSUES FOR NCs
ROOMS: 4th Floor Media Room

Workshop Coordinator: Dave Brown
Moderator: Sarah Ramsawack
Presenters: David Levine & Wendy L. Moore

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, while saving valuable time.  Topics to include attendance, public requests for information, tracking votes, and employing temporary staff. 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: 1070

Workshop Coordinator: Lisa Hart
Presenters: Lisa Hart, Bhavna Shamasunder, Mijin Cha, & Dave Quast

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.