AZ: Introduce Veronica Siranosian – certified planner for the County of Los Angeles; community lead of the SDAT project.
DLANC community-driven process
DLANC is in a position to leverage the substantial community resources we have within our neighborhood. During the SDAT process alone, we involved the public and private sector, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and leaders in their respective fields.
Our organization’s own membership includes a broad cross-section of organizations and overlap with community groups focused on a variety of issues. From our G28 Leadership Conference in late 2008, the following organizations were identified as resources available to our Board.
Issue-based projects: pedestrian safety and walkability
Embrace existing skill sets within community; foster and help people develop additional skills
The Sustainability Committee is dedicated to empowering the Downtown community to create a culture of sustainability . We will work with the community to increase accessibility to existing programs and services through outreach and public education . We will identify and create opportunities for new programming and partnerships to meet our goals for a more livable , affordable , and efficient urban center. Sustainability Committee (Our mission)
2009 SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
American Institute of Architects, Center for Communities by Design
$15,000 in professional assistance
$5,000 community match
10 communities selected in 2009
DLANC has paid $1,500 of the community match. Rotary of Los Angeles has committed $1,000. Typically awarded to Mayors’ offices. First time award to a community-based organization like an NC.
SDAT DLANC community-driven process Empowering all voices of the neighborhood October 2008 First committee meeting March 2009 DLANC committee chairs meeting May 2009 Project team meeting 1 June 2009 APA Planning Excellence Award July 2009 City approves grant August 2009 Project team meeting 2 September 2009 SDAT preliminary visit APA Planning Award of Merit First Annual NC Peer Award October 2009 Project team meeting 3 December 2009 SDAT Visit January 2010 Outreach November 2008 Community meeting DLANC Board approval December 2008 Grant awarded January 2009 Begin contract negotiation February 2009 Placemaking workshop March 2010 Final SDAT Plan
A well connected, balanced Downtown with physically, socially, and economically integrated nodes of activity at the neighborhood level; streetscapes that support pedestrian activity; and open space that is adequate, well-maintained, and accessible.
City services to improve sustainability that are coordinated between Departments and easily understood and accessed by Downtown stakeholders.
Goals: Articulated through collaboration (Three community meetings + Two Conference Calls with SDAT Leaders)
STEERING COMMITTEE + Participating in the SDAT Process
AIDS Awareness American Drawing Society American Feng Shui Intitute American Institute of Architects American Institute of Certified Planners American Planning Association Bringing Back Broadway California Apartment Association Central City Association CJHC County of Los Angeles Culver City Downtown Business Association Culver City Rock & Mineral Club Downtown Center BID Grenada Hills Volleyball Historic Downtown BID HAC Issues & Solutions Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority Mason National Realtors Association NAUL Parent Teacher Association Philip Meadows HOA Right Girl (nonprofit) Santee Court SAG SCAQMD SHMDD Skid Row Groups South Park BID Teen Zone USC DT Alumni US Green Building Council Vero HOA Women’s Empowerment Group Our resources start with our membership OUR BOARD Organizations identified by our leadership
PROJECT IDEAS Some initial inspiration from the SDAT
Defined Centers and Edge-Neighborhood is the basic unit
Completeness: meet daily and life-long needs
Connectedness: integrating transportation and land use
Multiple opportunities for multi-modal circulation
Our tools (Sustainability Committee: eight community projects)
Outreach Connecting people to services and programs
Reach stakeholders at the neighborhood level
Focus on sharing information and capacity-building (rather than trying to do it ourselves)
Engage those with the know-how (professional or otherwise) to participate in community-based initiatives
Empower the individual through community support
Advocacy Voice for the community where necessary
Change the way the Neighborhood Council functions
Facilitate change through action
Los Angeles is rapidly changing . The residential population increases annually. Social equity is an issue for all neighborhoods. There are empty tree wells, open storm drains, and a lot of waste. Practical , accessible, affordable solutions will have the most immediate impact.
Get involved with your neighborhood council. Share your passion for the environment. Civic engagement will save our city. downtownsustainability.com