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LA Neighborhood Council to Host Primary Election Candidate Forum – Feb 16

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LOS ANGELES — On Sunday, February 16th, the Neighborhood Councils of LA City Council District 4 will host a candidate forum in advance of the upcoming March 3 primary election. KPCC Senior Political Correspondent Libby Denkmann will moderate.

Sunday, February 16, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
John Marshall High School
3939 Tracy Street, Los Angeles 90027

Make your voice heard by asking “20 Questions for 2020”: Submit your questions here

This event is from the Los Feliz, Hollywood United, Bel Air – Beverly Crest, Central Hollywood, Greater Toluca Lake, Greater Wilshire, and Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Councils.

Additional support provided by John Marshall High School, the League of Women Voters Los Angeles, and the Los Feliz Improvement Association.

The event is free to attend, but registration is recommended. To register for the event, go to Eventbrite.

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Free Advocacy Training Project: How to Write an Op-Ed – Mar 8

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has been offering advocacy training for residents. In March, the focus in writing an op-ed.

An op-ed, short for “opposite the editorial page”, is a written prose piece typically published by a newspaper or magazine which expresses the opinion of an author usually not affiliated with the publication’s editorial board.

Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’ (NCJW/LA) Advocacy Training Project presents ‘How to Write an Op-Ed,’ an expert-led workshop that will teach participants how to craft an impactful and memorable op-ed and how to get published.

The free workshop will be facilitated by Tom Zoellner, Chapman University Professor, journalist, and best-selling author, who will share his expertise on the purpose of an Op-Ed and how to write one.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. at NCJW/LA, located at 543 N. Fairfax Avenue

Admission is FREE

For details, contact NCJW/LA at (323) 852-8508.

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City of WeHo Hosts Community Conversation on Housing – Feb 19

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood cares deeply about the housing needs of its residents.

Since 2012, the City has been hosting “Community Conversations on Housing” to engage with residents, renters, property owners, and others about the City’s housing policies and programs.

The last event was on Wednesday, February 5 at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard

The next will be Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

There will be an opportunity to attend this conversation to learn about the City’s housing policies and programs.

A summary of market trends and review of activities and special studies undertaken in the last year will be presented. Participants have an opportunity to provide input, which will inform activities in the coming year.

The City of West Hollywood’s Rent Stabilization and Housing Division is dedicated to programs that promote “the quality of residential life” — a core value of the City. The City provides a breadth of information and services to tenants, owners, and property managers of residential rental properties, which includes information services and written materials.

For additional information, please visit weho.org/rsh.For more information and to RSVP, please contact Tom Trevor, Administrative Specialist at (323) 848-6472 or at ttrevor@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Inspector General Oversight Panel Focuses on LASD Policies & Discipline

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission recently hosted its monthly meeting. The Commission listened to presentations from L.A. County Office of the Inspector General and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department as well as public comments.

L.A. County Inspector General Max Huntsman presented examples of information his office has requested from the Sheriff’s Department but has not received. Huntsman expressed concerns with the department’s compliance with internal discipline, secret societies, transparency, hiring and harassment.

“The relationship between the Office of the Inspector General and the Sheriff’s Department is absolutely critical to the work that the Office of the Inspector General is mandated to do, and to the work that the Civilian Oversight Commission has to do in terms of our oversight,” said Patti Giggans, L.A. County Civilian Oversight Commission Chair and Executive Director of Peace Over Violence.
 
Huntsman provided a verbal report on the inquiry into harassment allegations of families impacted by officer-involved shootings. He discussed his office’s lack of access to information and addressed protecting people’s right to grieve around incidents in which their loved ones have been shot.

Huntsman also connected the harassment allegations to the issue of secret societies because a portion of them come out of the East L.A. station.

“This problem has to be resolved,” Inspector General Huntsman spoke of the secret societies. “I hope that the Sheriff’s policy goes into effect soon, I hope that it is enthusiastically enforced, and I hope it is embraced by the deputies’ union.”

“As I’ve said in the past, no deputy had a choice about whether or not to be a part of this structure,” he continued. “These societies have existed for fifty years, and all the deputies who are employed today joined an organization that already had them. It’s a management problem that needs to be addressed.”

Following these topics, Commander Chris Marks, from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Detective Division, presented an overview of the proposed Body Worn Camera policy. He provided a status on the request for proposal, the hiring of additional personnel, the policy development process, and key areas of the policy. View the presentation.
 
The Civilian Oversight Commission’s Executive Director Brian K. Williams announced that the next Commission Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Bienvenidos, affiliate of Hillsides (TELACU building), 5400 E Olympic Blvd., 1st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90022. RSVP.

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