SESSION I WORKSHOPS – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
As it Flows: The Future of the Los Angeles River
The historic lifeblood of the City of Los Angeles, come hear about recent efforts to return the Los Angeles River to its former glory as the center of the City.
Josephine Axt, Army Corps of Engineers
Omar Brownson, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation
Bruce Saito, Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Moderator: Lupe Vela, City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilman Ed P. Reyes
Getting to Green: Implementing Green Streets
Green Streets are streets that serve beautification, environmental as well as transportation purposes. Join the experts to learn more about these environmentally-innovative roadways.
Eileen Alduenda, Council for Watershed Health
Christopher McKinnon, Mar Vista Community Council
Wing Tam, City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation
Moderator: Melani Smith, Melendrez
Opening the Toolbox: The Next Chapter of Redevelopment
2011 was a year of sweeping change for redevelopment across the State of California. Hear experts explore new tools and opportunities for fostering economic development.
Stan Hoffman, Stanley R. Hoffman Associates
Henry Madrid, Madrid Consulting Group
Moderator: Don Spivack, Formerly Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles
Jumping Out: Breaking the Cycle of Gang Activity
Discover what programs are available and working towards the goals of reducing gang involvement and creating alternatives for youth and workforce development.
Gloria Lockhart, City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilman Joe Buscaino
Doug Semark, Gang Alternatives Program
Moderator: Tony Ostos, Gang Resistance is Paramount, City of Paramount
SESSION II WORKSHOPS – 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Food for Thought: Eating Fresh in Your Neighborhood
Encouraging healthy eating provides the perfect backdrop for illustrating the connection between improving public health and neighborhood livability. Learn about the many ways that Los Angeles is at the forefront of the movement to increase access to fresh foods in some of our most challenged neighborhoods.
Teresa Dahl, Los Angeles Unified School District
Michael Prelip, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Moderator: Suzanne Bogart, Formerly RENEW Program
Hear how local community members are mobilizing, advocating and succeeding in bringing real change to their neighborhoods.
Oscar Dominguez, El Salvador Community Corridor
Bob Gotham, Take Back the Boulevard
Armen Makasjian, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council
Moderator: Rick Stoff, Chrysalis
Building the Future: How Measure R is Creating a Regional Transit System
In 2008 Los Angeles voters overwhelmingly passed Measure R. Now what? Learn about the future of transportation in the City made possible by this unprecedented voter-backed legislation.
Diego Cardoso, Metro
Ken Husting, City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation
Denny Zane, Move LA
Moderator: Pat McLaughlin, MIG
The Possibility of Parklets!
Have you ever wanted to create more pedestrian space, increase the visibility of your local businesses and help slow traffic all at the same time? Participate in this workshop to learn more about Parklets: what they are, how they function and how they can help energize your neighborhood.
Facilitator: Alan Pullman, Studio 111