a little about us:
A little history ...
at the Congress, 10/9/04 - a report
Dear LANC Stakeholders:
By all accounts, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Citywide
Issues Group workshop at the Congress of NCs on October 9th was
a big success.
Ken Marsh of the Mar Vista Community Council did a wonderful job
producing a new flyer and brought hundreds of copies that were
distributed liberally both to the workshop participants and at
the general assembly.
The flyer is very clean and succinctly features a general description
of our group's efforts as well as the LANCissues website and e-group
info. It's a tool we'll be able to reproduce and use for quite
some time (here it is in PDF format for anyone to download and
Additionally, Heinrick Keifer of the Historic Highland Park NC
produced a simple and very tasteful PowerPoint presentation based
on the flyer and some additional information.
The room was a comfortable space and among other amenities had
a screen for projection, microphones and an easel with a large
pad and marking pens (similar to what's been provided in the past).
Heinrick and I led the session which began with him running the
PowerPoint while I described a bit about our mission, history,
philosophy, how to find us on the web and when / how we meet (again,
all on the new flyer).
From there we asked the group to express some of the issues they
considered timely. Heinrick wrote them all out on the large pad,
and as we usually do we posted them up on the wall as we went
NOTE: Steve Twining of the Bel-Air Beverly Crest NC ended up with
the complete list of issues, which I've added to the website:
Issues. He also has the sign in sheets from which we'll add
currently non-existing members to the LANCissues e-group list.
We then had those assembled vote on all the issues that had been
mentioned (to rank them) and thus selected the top few as possible
topics for discussion during the remainder of the session.
In the end the first issue chosen, the Mayor's Budget Survey Process,
which had easily won first place in the voting, engendered quite
a lively discussion, and the second most popular topic, the LAX
expansion, filled the time remaining.
Perhaps a couple dozen stakeholders participated in all, though
some floated in and out of the room. Many of our Citywide Issues
Group members stopped in before and after the session to lend
support, but actually attended other workshops being held at the
I hope we'll be hearing from some of them in the near future ...
Finally, DONE had provided evaluation forms for the workshop which
all the stakeholders completed. These were collected at the end
of the meeting. Participants were asked to rank their opinions
of how the session went in 10 or 12 categories. We consistently
earned the highest marks.
Yours in service,
Arroyo Seco NC