|Good afternoon everyone,
In just a few weeks, 1000 Angelenos will gather in 100 homes and spaces across the city for thoughtful dinner dialogues centered on one of the most important topics of our time: race. We invite you to join us!
Sign up to participate. Dinners are FREE and all residents of Los Angeles are welcome to apply. The application is short and simple. Applications are due April 1st.
Invite others & share online! Please share this incredible opportunity with your networks. Check out our Promotion Toolkit for shareable social media images and sample language. #embRACELA
About embRACE LA:
embRACE LA is an initiative aimed at unifying Angelenos and empowering communities through a citywide conversation about race and racism challenging and changing inequities. Launched by Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, the initiative seeks to foster understanding, healing and growth throughout the city.
Hands Around City Hall
On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Los Angeles’ Civil Unrest, Council President Herb Wesson and the Los Angeles City Council invites you to:
A symbolic gesture of cross-cultural support and understanding
Join us as we stand together, hands clasped around City Hall, to reclaim one of our City’s most destructive and divisive dates in our history and mend the wounds with peace, unity, and cross-cultural understanding
Friday, April 28
12-1 pm 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information, please contact Justin Wesson
at 213-473-7010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles residents are wanted to discuss race, ethnicity and diversity through a program called embRACE LA.
LA leaders kicked off the program Thursday at City Hall, where councilmen Herb Wesson and Mitch O’Farrell touted the importance of the effort, which aims to foster stronger race relations by engaging residents across the city through dialogue and activities.
“When you look at the rise of hate crimes in this city then there is without a doubt a need for us to do something,” Wesson said, speaking at the Rick Orlov Memorial Media Center at City Hall. “As a child of the ‘60s, I know what it’s likely to turn a community around, a city around, a state around, a country around, and you do that by having an uncomfortable conversation about what is going on.”
Added Councilman O’Farrell: “As city leaders, it is our responsibility to engage in these conversations. To move toward the issue and not run away from it. The dialogue between people and institutions the fundamental mechanism we use to become a better and more inclusive city.”
The pilot program starts with an online survey, which residents will be invited to fill out. The city’s Human Relations Commission plans to go door-to-door in the 9th Council District (which includes L.A. Live and Exposition Park) with a longer interview survey.(Continue reading at LA Daily News)
Marijuana (Cannabis) Regulatory Framework – Council File No. 14-0366-SS
Dear City Residents:
The City Council is in the beginning stages of an open and public conversation about how best to regulate all aspects of the marijuana, or cannabis, industry within the City of Los Angeles. It also marks another important opportunity for the Neighborhood Councils to be fully engaged in the City’s legislative process and truly have a seat at the table. As Chair of the REIRN Committee that will oversee this process and also oversees Neighborhood Councils, once again this is your time to shine and show the City and its residents the importance and value you bring to City government. These are your communities … your neighborhoods, and together we will have a robust conversation about the regulatory issues concerning the cannabis industry and a healthy debate prior to recommending anything to the full City Council.
As part of our conversation over the next few months, we are requesting that each Neighborhood Council, Alliance, and citywide committee agendize this item for discussion and action at your October or November meetings. We want you to take advantage of this opportunity to provide the City Council’s REIRN Committee with Community Impact Statements, white papers, suggestions and recommendations. We will consider all the information provided to us prior to the City Council making any major decisions.
Furthermore, we plan on holding at least three regional meetings throughout the City, partnering with the Neighborhood Council Alliances, the Neighborhood Councils in each region, and cannabis industry groups to host and participate as full partners in this conversation.
Below is a list of the currently scheduled meetings.
Monday October 24th @6pm -Van Nuys City Hall
Wednesday November 2nd @6pm-S0uth Los Angeles (TBD)
Tuesday November 29th @6pm -Los Angeles City Hall
Lastly, we also want to ensure that other residents, including homeowner groups, civic organizations, business groups, and others participate in this process, and we look forward to discussing this further with many of you. As part of this process, my office will be setting up a working group of neighborhood council leaders and cannabis industry advocates to help develop and advise my office on a balanced approach that will respect our communities, and at the same time, finally provide the proper regulatory, enforcement, and taxation framework for cannabis in the City of Los Angeles.
My staff will be reaching out to you shortly to participate in these meetings in October and November of this year, and we look forward to your partnership and engagement.
If you have any questions, please contact my Assistant Chief Deputy Andrew Westall at (213) 473-7010 or via email (email@example.com). I invite everyone to be a part of this discussion, because only together will we make each neighborhood, and our City as a whole, stronger and a better place for all of us.
HERB J. WESSON, JR.
President, Los Angeles City Council
Councilmember, 10th District
Click here to view PDF letter
OurCycleLA Connects CD10 Residents with Internet Access, Technology, and Training
Today, 35% of Angelenos are without household internet service. A new program hopes to alleviate that number over the next 12 months by providing participants with low-cost internet offers available only through this program and free access to the tools and resources they need to succeed.
The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with local non-profits, businesses, and community-based organizations, is proud to announce the launch of the OurCycleLA pilot program. This program is designed to connect Los Angeles homes with internet service and the computer technology to use it, in the hopes of connecting all Angelenos to the benefits and resources that the internet and technology have to offer.
WHO: Residents of Council District 10
WHAT: Receive a free refurbished computer when you subscribe to the internet and participate in a 2.5 hour computer training.
HOW: For more information and to register for the next event, call (213) 267-4670 or visit http://ita.lacity.org/ForResidents/OurcycleLA/index.htm
OurCycleLA will connect 1,250 residents of Council District 10 (extending from Koreatown down to Leimert Park) with low-cost internet service, a free refurbished computer, and digital literacy training to support participant success.
The program is a collaboration between the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council District 10 President Herb Wesson, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and the Information Technology Agency, in collaboration with Los Angeles area organizations including Community Build, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Youth Policy Institute (YPI), human-I-T, Isidore, and the Southeast Community Development Corporation. Funders include the California Emerging Technology Fund, Citibank, and REDF.
City Council President Wesson Holds Neighborhood Council Town Hall
On May 16 in South Los Angeles, Council President Herb Wesson joined the South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils to host the second Neighborhood Council Town Hall this year.
At the town hall, members of various Neighborhood Councils around Los Angeles discussed their thoughts on enhancing the relationship between Neighborhood Councils and the L.A. City Council and how Neighborhood Councils can increase their civic involvement. Newly-elected Council District 8 Councilmember-elect Marqueece Harris-Dawson was also in attendance to hear stakeholders’ concerns and ideas for enhancing the Neighborhood Council system and its relationship to the City in order to better serve the community.
Thank you to all who participated in both town halls in the Valley and in South Los Angeles!