Engaging Low-Income Neighborhoods in the Job and Economic Growth of Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles, a finalist in the second round of the City Accelerator, is focused on engaging its low-income residents as the city grows.
by The City of Los Angeles | March 18, 2015 AT 11:00 AM
(130 ratings)

This summary is a part of Los Angeles' application to a City Accelerator cohort on engagement. Your feedback on the videos will inform final selection of the cities. Give the videos a star rating and leave comments below!

What is Los Angeles proposing?

Los Angeles is working to ensure that low-income Angelenos can stay and share in the benefits of jobs and investment coming into the city. Through the City Accelerator, the city wants to more effectively engage residents of its low-income neighborhoods as Los Angeles grows.

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H. White

On: 04-21-2015

We need this program!

Sabrina

On: 04-10-2015

Great idea!! Will make LA a better place!

Terresa T

On: 04-02-2015

This is the best thing that can happen for Los Angeles, unemployment is at its all high I've been unemployed for 2 years going on 3 years.

Warren Sturgill

On: 04-02-2015

the low income neighborhoods will soon be middle class neighborhoods, this is a good thing, this grant will help this happen.

PhanttomX2015

On: 04-02-2015

I think it a good thing for LA we need for the city who are a part of los Angeles mayor if ur reading this I am happy for what ur doing for us thank you keep up with the good work

Denise Francis

On: 04-01-2015

This is an excellent ideal and opportunity for everyone to be involved and be able to recirculate the economics of theses areas where do I vote for this accelerator program.

Vic

On: 04-01-2015

Doublespeak. Put an action plan in writing that can be objectively reviewed and measured by the populace.

Ferris wehbe

On: 04-01-2015

Great Public Spaces are what makes a great city! And LA is investing in enhancing and expanding our public spaces.

Skylar Lenox

On: 04-01-2015

I am so proud to be an Angeleno in 2015. This city is headed in a great direction, and I know this grant will be a huge boost.

victor ramirez

On: 04-01-2015

Happy in Los Angeles.

Josue

On: 04-01-2015

Three words. Entrepreneurship. Startups. Ecosystem. Readily, "accessible", resources for low-income communities and people of color.

Anonymous

On: 04-01-2015

Excited to see the growth from the Promise Zones- Hope it gets all the financial support it needs!

Rebecca Niederlander

On: 03-31-2015

Some of the most interesting innovations in the world are happening in Los Angeles right now. Why is Los Angeles such an incubator of innovation? Is what is happening in Los Angeles happening elsewhere? We are innovating in the field, transforming theory into practice. This is such an exciting opportunity for our amazing city and involves such incredible communities.

Giao

On: 03-30-2015

Love the ideas and values that the City is trying to promote - I do think the delivery needs to be improved. You have maybe 30 seconds to capture the audience and this video does not do it. Watching people talk is not very interesting (regardless of the fantastic things they're saying). You may want to weave in some photographs of places, people, etc while the audio is going. Maybe some other form of graphics to keep people's attention.

Anonymous

On: 03-30-2015

Civic engagement on a grand scale can make all the difference in L.A.'s ability to share the wealth of its growth and revitalization inclusively within its communities. No matter how smart or well-intentioned, the city's leaders cannot fashion truly inclusive neighborhoods without the ongoing input and engagement of the people who live in those neighborhoods.

Nelson

On: 03-29-2015

USA arriving every day many young students who come prepared with excellent universities in their home country, in many cases return home due to lack of resources to stay, another limitation is the F-1 visa that prevents you from working because if so may be deported, in the era of technology and information should look for ways to retain those guys who want to make life in the US and do not give possibility to previous work studying the authorities, greetings.

Ferris Wehbe

On: 03-29-2015

absolutely doable!

Support Civic Engagement

On: 03-28-2015

It takes a collaboration and partnership to move forward together towards improving our neighborhoods. Relationships go both ways, and when residents start taking action in their lives to reach out to government and vice versa, we can reach to better understandings that will help us move toward solutions together. Los Angeles civic engagement initiative will move us towards finding innovative ways to move residents to be involved in job creation and economic development. Usually government has worked to reach out to people, but this initiative a great way to teach our residents how to help themselves, have their voices heard and take small everyday steps to work with government.

Rmrangl

On: 03-28-2015

All coy sectors deserve to be engaged in the development of the city.

dsomers74

On: 03-28-2015

This proposal deserves support as there are many barriers to overcome for low income communities to meaningfully participate in City decision making.

Let's go, LA!

On: 03-28-2015

More engagement, especially for low SES communities in LA = NEEDED.

Anonymous

On: 03-28-2015

This approach takes different yet complementary initiatives to take on neighborhood revitalization. Love it.

Dan

On: 03-28-2015

LA is crying out for greater engagement and connection between the diverse communities that call this city home. A little bit of effort in this area could go along way toward pulling this place together and realizing its full potential!

Val

On: 03-27-2015

I think the video is good, however I'd like to see more representation of actual people from the community. Certainly commentary is important, but if you look at the New Orleans and the Atlanta videos (which tell a story), there is much more focus on the people IN the community rather than representatives from the Mayors office. Hopefully this feedback is useful

Danielle Brazell

On: 03-27-2015

Great pitch and great opportunity to leverage our signature industry, creativity to solve some of our city's most pressing challenges. Arts and culture is an effective strategy to engage communities, foster social cohesion and build agency. If you are engaged in the arts you are engaged in civic life.

Carmen Palafox

On: 03-27-2015

This is a promising initiative as civic engagement is the core of democracy. Community collaboration will surely surface sustainable solutions to our most pressing problems...way to go LA!

Susan Rocha

On: 03-27-2015

LAPD and the LA City Attorney need to be concerned about noise. People that violate the noise laws need to be cited and prosecuted. And, "churches" are NOT above the law. They also need to be cited and prosecuted for noise violations. Divine Saviour Catholic Church at 610 Cypress Ave, 90065 blasts their off key tape recordings into my home 8 times a day every day. There are no church services and not a sole around most of the time. Yet they still blast their noise into my home. LAPD is afraid to cite. They are afraid. Father Marco Ortiz took me to court to shut me up. He lost. First amendment wins!! This shows the churches mentality. No one is above the law. Cite and prosecute churches for noise violations. They are NOT above the law.

Octaviano Rios

On: 03-26-2015

It's hopeful to know that the City of Los Angeles is making extraordinary strides in making not only government work for the people, but also ensure that the priorities on the ground are accurately identified through constant and effective outreach and relationship-building. Technology will make connections easier, but human contact will make this connection last. Good luck with all of your efforts.

Wm Zalokar

On: 03-26-2015

Civic engagement is key for the success of the initiative proposed. And with the advent of civic technology, the important takeaway is connecting one-on-one outside of the virtual reality realm of technology. Once the human connection is made, it actually enhances the use of technology and engages the citizenry to move neighborhoods forward in a positive direction.

Leonard Hyman

On: 03-26-2015

Loved Rick Cole's pitch. L.A. has made such major upswings in both tech and civic engagement in just a couple of years that it will inevitably surpass other cities in the very near future.

Andrea Campbell

On: 03-26-2015

If any City needs the issue of citizen engagement addressed it is LA. We are in an opportune time of transition where people are finally interested in changing habits about how we live and transport around the Los Angeles. People are engaged and paying attention but LA's systems need to catch up to citizen demand that governance works as well as any app; responsive, timely, user friendly and relevant. City Accelerator should take on this challenge as it will set a standard for the nation.

Tony Royster

On: 03-26-2015

The presentation was very informative. It is important the City of Los Angeles seek to locate resources to assist residents of its low-income neighborhoods.

Kate Mayerson

On: 03-26-2015

LA will be a leader for the whole country

Nat Gale

On: 03-26-2015

As LA goes, so goes the nation. Let's keep it up!

Steve R

On: 03-26-2015

LA is working hard to be the leader in innovation world wide. The City Accelerator would certainly provide the resources that would have a dramatic impact on these efforts.

babette ory

On: 03-26-2015

Very good idea for all concerned. Hopefully a living wage can be a focal point as with new skills and on the job training.

Araceli García

On: 03-26-2015

The City Accelerator Initiative is creating the platform in which Los Angeles residents can participate in a prosperous economy while building a sustainable future. Its success depends on the city's leadership in government, civic engagement and collaboration with neighboring cities.

Scott Perry

On: 03-26-2015

Mayor Garcetti and his team are doing a fantastic job making sure that ALL residents of LA benefit from technology, and serve as a model for cities and townships the world over. #longla

E.M. Cala

On: 03-26-2015

Good project and purpose for all elected officials to follow. The elected officials need to get together with their constituents and listen. Also, L.A. has some great motivated individuals, serving the public and private sector, who can already help tackle these issues. Reaching out to all of the residents in an equal way and using the city's valuable academic, public , private and social resources is the purpose of these officials. They need to work for the improvement of the ENTIRE city.

Nick Romo

On: 03-26-2015

LA is the model for revamping civic engagement in the 21st century. A city as diverse and populous can be a learning center for the rest of the United States and the world.

Anonymous

On: 03-26-2015

The diverse, and diffuse nature of Los Angeles as a city will be challenging in this endeavor, as there are many different avenues for "public engagement." Most interesting will be to see what emerges as either recognized "best practices" or centers of exellence.

Jose G Castillo MBA

On: 03-26-2015

We are very concerned about workforce training and creating jobs for our residents. We don't have political representation that is able to bring us resources to address issues like housing, education, crime reduction etc

Joel Epstein

On: 03-26-2015

LA is a city of profound cultural, ethnic/racial and economic diverstiy and the skilled team at City Hall and in the communities has the capacity to help the people of LA achieve great things together through this community engagement exercise.

Rick Cole

On: 03-25-2015

All the cities have great projects. LA hopes to use the help to be a model.

Joseph

On: 03-25-2015

LA is where it's at!

Ted R

On: 03-25-2015

Great points on partnership and civic engagement. An improved approach for Angelenos to tackle a fundamental problem. Kudos.

Max Kanter

On: 03-25-2015

LA is on the verge! Millions of people benefit from enhanced community engagement.

Shauna Nep

On: 03-25-2015

This is a major moment for LA – and the right time for this project. We are well positioned to make LA run better, and ensuring a better LA for all, no matter your zipcode.

Anonymous

On: 03-25-2015

Great job!

Lilly K

On: 03-25-2015

LA is on the verge of a major civic tech movement. City leadership along with the right public/private partnerships are in place. Expect solid civic tech use cases and results very soon.

Armando Nunez II

On: 03-25-2015

Successful community engagement should utilize the Neighborhood Council system.

Nicole D.

On: 03-25-2015

This could be a great initiative for the city if there was some substance behind the pitch. To engage your audience, you must go to them. Enhancing dialogue at the community level has nothing to do with 6 minutes of talking heads. Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world. Lets address the digital divide.

PRISCILLA SALUMBIDES VASQUEZ

On: 03-25-2015

Civic engagement is a realistic approach to rounding up resources and talents in the community such as the City of Los Angeles.

Marie Reyes

On: 03-25-2015

Community engagement is important in shaping the destiny of a city. The reach should include low income neighborhoods where great ideas can emanate.