Friday, July 24, 2009

CityWatchLA - Public Meets to Frame CD2 Campaign Issues

CityWatch, July 24, 2009
Vol 7 Issue 59

Council District 2 community members are convening a Town Hall this Saturday (July 25) morning at 10 am in order to lay down a community based platform that will drive the issues that frame the upcoming election for the open CD2 City Council seat.

Community leaders from throughout CD2 will be presenting topics for consideration and stakeholders will have the opportunity to weigh in on the different "planks" and to shape the final platform that represents the issues and concerns of the campaign.

The CD2 Town Hall will take place at the North Hollywood Masonic Center, 5122 Tujunga Avenue, NoHo, CA 91601. The location is south of Magnolia Blvd. and is just a short walk from the NoHo Red Line Station and is also accessible via Metro bus line 183. For more info about public transportation directions go to . For those who arrive by car, parking is on the north side of the building. (Make friends with your neighbor and carpool)

Neighborhood Councils within the CD2 boundaries include Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Valley Glen, Studio City, Valley Village, Mid-Town NoHo, NoHo NorthEast, Sun Valley Area, Foothill Trails, and Sunland-Tujunga. The Town Hall meeting is open to the public and all stakeholders are invited to participate in the development of the CD2 Community Principles.

CD2's City Council seat was vacated by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel who was recently elected LA's City Controller. More than a dozen candidates have filed with the City Clerk for the open seat and the campaign is already heading up with rhetoric that drifts from personalities to motives but rarely settles on the issues, concerns, and passions of the many neighborhoods that make up CD2.

To that end, the CD2 Town Hall is designed to put the needs and desires of the community first, to frame the campaign with a real focus on the issues that matter, and to position the candidates so that the debates and forums start with a real foundation of vision and commitment to improving the quality of life in CD2.

Greg Nelson, retired General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, will open the Town Hall and frame the process, challenging the community to lay down a vision for their neighborhoods that will live on after the election. (Stephen Box can be reached at ) ◘

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