SESSION 4
2:45PM – 4:00PM

GOOD DEVELOPMENT OR NIMBYism? A LAND USE PANEL
ROOMS: City Council Chambers

Workshop Coordinator: Cindy Cleghorn
Presenters: Jill Stewart, Barbara Broide, Dick Platkin & Brad Kane

Land Use issues are sometimes the most hotly contested items in which Neighborhood Councils engage, especially given the current affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles and the desire to improve our empty storefronts.  This panel will discuss how NCs can be more effective.


CITY GOVERNMENT REFORM: REPLACING DICTATORIAL CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
ROOMS: 1020

Coordinator: Bob Gelfand

We don't always think about the fact that our City Council representatives make decisions for their districts unilaterally, a process that would not be allowed in almost any other city.  Can we replace our system of fiefdoms, and would it help? If so, how would we do it? One possible way would be to increase the number of City Council representatives in each district. Let's discuss your ideas for what our city could be.


CANNABIS IN OUR COMMUNITY
ROOMS: 1060

Panelists: Cat Packer, Vito Ceccia, Alex Freedman

In March of 2017, Measure M, authorizing the licensing and regulation of cannabis businesses, was passed by over 80% of voters, but what does that mean for our neighborhoods? Join the newest City Department, the Department of Cannabis Regulation, along with LAPD and the City Attorney's Office, in a discussion about what neighborhoods can expect as the City implements its new cannabis laws and regulations. Please bring your questions, concerns, and an open mind!


OUTREACH 102: TOWNHALLS, ENGAGING SCHOOLS, AND MORE
ROOMS: 1010

Workshop Coordinator/Presenter: Lydia Grant

So maybe you know how to put on an event or you have a decent amount of turnout at your General Board Meetings, but you'd like to take your Outreach to the next level? You're in the right place!  In this breakout session, participants will be introduced to additional outreach strategies, including partnering with local schools, utilizing townhalls, non-profit partnerships, and more. Come ready to learn and to share!


THE INSIDE SCOOP: AFFECTING LEGISLATION & THE CIS LIFECYCLE
ROOMS: 1070

Coordinators: Lydia Grant & Semee Park

Neighborhood Councils are empowered to affect City legislation by passing a Community Impact Statement (CIS), which is added to the Council File, but to what effect does your CIS make a difference? Are you aware that NCs are also allocated time to speak on agendized items before council? There's a lot to know, and we're bringing in some folks who have worked on Council Staffs to share the behind-the-scenes knowledge of how to make your NC voice most well-heard.


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & PRACTICAL POLITICS: BUILDING CONSENSUS
ROOMS: 1050

CoordinatorPresenter: Wayne Neal

Neighborhood Council leaders will greatly benefit from attending this break-out session where we will give space for folks to address some of the challenges in getting teams to work together, as well as develop strategies for potentially overcoming those strategies.  Where do we draw the line between healthy debate and harmful mudslinging? When is it time to call a recess or a table an issue? All this and more in this session on building consensus.


ENGAGING YOUNG LEADERS: A YOUTH PANEL
ROOMS: 4th Floor Media Room

Coordinators: Semee Park & Jasmine Elbarbary

Every day, young people contribute to our city in new & exciting ways, and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has been encouraging some of those youth through the EmpowerLA Civic Youth program. A panel of these participants will be present in this workshop to answer whatever questions you may have, as well as share their experience as youth leaders. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to engage with these key stakeholders!


EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATION & ROUNDTABLE
ROOMS: 3rd Floor Public Works Board Room

Presenters: Dave Brown, Conrad Starr & Patrick Botz-Forbes

Now more than ever, it is important that our communities be ready for emergency situations, whether they be fires, earthquakes, active shooters, etc. This workshop will include short presentations on some of the Emergency Preparedness programs available to NCs, especially RYLAN (Ready Your LA Neighborhood), as well as time for folks to share what they are doing in their communities to make their homes and workplaces safer for everyone.