The first podcast out of Los Angeles City Hall is all about Neighborhood Councils. Learn how Neighborhood Councils empower LA's communities, and how you can get involved with yours! Each monthly episode features a special guest sharing insights on how Neighborhood Councils can make a difference locally and Citywide. Presented by EmpowerLA - the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Produced by Arin Abedian and hosted by Brett Shears, this show is for all Angelenos, and for anyone interested in community organizing or grassroots politics.
EmpowerLA Podcast - Interview With Evan White
Summary:Our guest today is Evan White, Communications Officer for the Venice Neighborhood Council. Evan is a public relations professional who is applying his skills with one of the most engaged and active Neighborhood Councils in the City. In our conversation, Evan talks about Venice’s unique place in Los Angeles, his role in helping his Neighborhood Council thrive, and his hopes for the future of Neighborhood Council elections. We hope you enjoy!
Show notes: http://empowerla.org/podcast-interview-with-evan-white/
EmpowerLA Podcast - Interview with Ken Draper
Our guest for this episode of the EmpowerLA Podcast is Ken Draper, a founding Board Member from the Mid City West Community Council and Editor-Publisher for LA’s most notorious watchdog, CityWatch. Ken has been one of the most active and prominent voices in the neighborhood council community since its inception. In our conversation, Ken talks about the origins of the Neighborhood Council system, how Neighborhood Councils have evolved since their early days, and what he thinks they can (and deserve) to be. We hope you enjoy!
EmpowerLA Podcast - Interview With City Controller Ron Galperin
Our guest for this episode is Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin. In addition to being the first person from the Neighborhood Council system to be elected to Citywide office, Ron is well known for being one of the system’s greatest advocates. In our conversation, we discuss Ron’s journey from being an active Neighborhood Council Board Member to City Controller, how you can use your passion to create your own opportunities for service, and how to build successful relationships with elected officials and their staffs. We hope you enjoy!
EmpowerLA Podcast - Interview With Nazario Sauceda
Our guest for this episode of the EmpowerLA Podcast is Nazario Sauceda, outgoing Director of the Bureau of Street Services. Nazario has a long history with the City and as strong a relationship with the Neighborhood Councils as anyone. In our conversation, Nazario stresses the important role his agency plays in the everyday lives of Angelenos, how Street Services has changed its approach to maintaining our City’s streets, and how being active on your Neighborhood Council can help you improve your community. We hope you enjoy!
Show notes: http://empowerla.org/podcast-interview-with-nazario-sauceda/
EmpowerLA Podcast - Office of Finance with Claire Bartels
Our guest today is Claire Bartels, Director of the Office of Finance. Bartels is a veteran of City Hall who has spent over three decades working for various City departments and elected officials. In our conversation, Claire talks about the financial state of our City, what the Office of Finance is doing to create productive partnerships with Neighborhood Councils and other City entities, and how they are handling the brave new world of legal recreational cannabis. We hope you enjoy!