SESSION 4
2:45PM – 4:00PM

GOOD DEVELOPMENT OR NIMBYism? A LAND USE DEBATE
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: Cindy Cleghorn

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. In this debate, between Jill Stewart, Executive Director of the Coalition to Preserve LA, and Helen Hua of the BizFed Institute, we will also invite questions from the audience, so come ready to engage!


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

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.


THE LA CANNABIS INDUSTRY: DO NCs HAVE A SAY?
ROOMS: TBD

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: Mac Shorty

In March of 2017, Measure M 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 how Neighborhood Councils will play a role in this policy implementation.  Bring your questions, concerns, and an open mind!


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

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

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

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

Coordinator(s)/Presenter(s)/Panelists: Semee Park

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: TBD

Coordinator: Dave Brown

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.