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Citywide Listening Tour; 11th District Goes to Work

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti and 11th District Councilman-elect Mike Bonin.  Garcetti  points his finger at the man in charge of the 11th District Listening Tour site.

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti and 11th District Councilman-elect Mike Bonin. Garcetti
points his finger at the man in charge of the 11th District Listening Tour site.

 

Post-its on one tablet demonstrate how that group is enthused at the opportunity to have someone listen. In the background one can see five to six of the other groups.

Post-its on one tablet demonstrate how that group is enthused at the opportunity to have someone listen. In the background one can see five to six of the other groups.

The room was filled with an anxious crowd revved for a new beginning. The place was the gym at Winston school in Palms and the crowd grew from the chairs on the floor to the bleachers. The speakers were some of the new electorate, those who will take office 1 July.

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti initiated a citywide listening tour and Councilman-elect Mike Bonin started his version Saturday. They both want to hear from the constituency about how to make government better, how to make the neighborhood better, how to create jobs.

Speakers were lined up and gave short, one- or two-minute speeches. It was all so fast—too fast to remember the names. Don’t think it mattered. After the speakers spoke, a new type of town hall went into gear.

People were assembled into groups of approximately 15 and each group had a bulletin board with three subjects, and two moderators. There were approximately 25 groups.

Each group had an easel with large tablet divided into three titles—How to Create New Jobs, How to Better the Neighborhood, and How to better the government. People were given 3×3 sticky notes and pens so they could place their idea/ideas under the proper category. Then individuals were given the opportunity to explain what they had posted. Postings appeared on the board quickly. People were anxious with their ideas, solutions.

What came out of it were genuine, well thought out ideas that had been simmering in the “pot” waiting for an ear. One lady from Venice suggested that the City build parking structures on City owned parking lots in Venice and have apartments on the top for homeless people. Another man got up and explained what had just been said and suggested this, perhaps, could be done throughout the city.

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