Community Forum









LANI’s 15th Annual Community Forum is a free daylong event designed to give real tools, valuable information, resource sharing and inspiration to individuals committed to rebuilding their neighborhoods one block at a time. Come learn from breakout workshop sessions covering diverse topics relevant to communities!

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Center for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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8:00 – 9:00 am             Registration
9:00 – 10:15 am           Keynote Address and Breakfast
10:15 – 10:30 am         Break
10:30 – 12:00 pm         Session I Workshops
12:00 – 1:00 pm           Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm             Session II Workshops

SESSION I 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

It’s Legal! Now What? Unrolling California’s New Marijuana Legislation
In 2016 Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. But what does the law mean? Gain an understanding of the new regulations and how they impact your neighborhood.
Jacob Margolis, Southern California Public Radio
Andrew Said, Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
Officer Peter Tulagan, LAPD
Moderator: Tricia Robbins Kasson, City of Los Angeles, Council District 3 

We Go Together! Reduced Water Use and California Friendly Landscaping
Beyond water-wise, California Friendly gardens use plants that are native or “friendly” to California’s unique climate and terrain while providing beauty, refuge for birds and insects, and harmony with our surroundings. Learn how to create one in your own backyard or neighborhood!
Kitty Connolly, Theodore Payne Foundation
Barbara EisensteinSouth Pasadena Nature Park
Rick SilvaLos Angeles Department of Water and Power
Moderator: Michael McNutt, Metropolitan Water District

Neighborhood Networks: Connecting Neighbors to Make Communities Stronger
When neighbors work together, communities improve. Hear about how neighborhoods are organizing to improve safety, make connections, and develop deeper bonds.
Scott Jones, We Love Long Beach
Grayce LiuEmpower LA
Gayle MontgomeryMonrovia Area Partnerships
Moderator: Joyce Perkins, Joyce Perkins Consulting

The Future is Now: Autonomous Vehicles in a Car-Loving City
Autonomous vehicles are already on our roads. Where will they go? How will they interact with our multi-modal system? Get answers from the experts on the future of today!
Ashley Z. Hand, CityFi
Jessica Meaney, Investing in Place
Marcel Porras, City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation
Moderator: Juan Matute, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

SESSION II 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

One is One Too Many: Ending Pedestrian Fatalities with Vision Zero
A citywide initiative, Vision Zero is a multi-prong strategy to end pedestrian fatalities in Los Angeles by the year 2025. Hear from the team about how art, engineering, and education are making an impact at the street level.
Emily Duchon, Alta Planning
Lilly O’Brien, City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation
Karen Mack, LA Commons
Moderator: Bridget Smith, City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation

Eden in Elysian Park: A Tour of Solano Canyon Community Garden
Created in 1998, Solano Canyon Community Garden is a vibrant garden nearly five acres in size. Come tour this magnificent oasis adjacent to the 110 Freeway! *Please note: this is a mobile workshop with moderate physical activity required.
Al Renner, Los Angeles Community Garden Council

A Cinematic Love Story: Los Angeles Neighborhoods and Film
The relationship between film and Los Angeles is truly one of the greatest love stories of all time! Learn about filming in Los Angeles today including restrictions, opportunities, and the economic benefits that come from creative investments.
Emily Gabel Luddy, Council, City of Burbank
Shannon Perry, Embassy Row
Arturo Piña, FilmLA
Moderator:  Marian Bell, LANI Board Member (invited)

Cracking the Code: Eradicating Health Disparities Between Zip Codes
Can your zip code predict how long you will live? Disparities between communities are real. Learn how organizations are changing health outcomes in neighborhoods.
Ceping Chao, Kaiser Permanente
Clara V. Steimberg, Kaiser Permanente
Maryjane Puffer, The L.A. Trust
Elva Yanez, Prevention Institute
Moderator: Jean Armbruster, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, LANI’s 15th ANNUAL COMMUNITY FORUM is presented free of charge. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, however on-site registration will be available. Seating in the dining room is on a first come, first serve basis.

DIRECTIONS: The Center for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment is located at 1000 N. Alameda Street. For detailed driving directions, please visit

PARKING: Parking is available free of charge. Enter through the gate on Bauchet Street.

PUBLIC TRANSIT OPTIONS: The Center for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment is conveniently located one and a half blocks from Union Station with access to Metro Gold, Red and Purple lines as well as the Silver line and several bus lines.  DASH B stops at the Center. For more options visit the trip planners at and

REGISTER BY PHONE: Call 213-627-1822 extension 14 to register by phone.

If you would like to help us continue to provide this valuable resource free of charge, please consider making a donation to LANI by clicking the link below. LANI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.Thank you for your support!