Commissioner Lipmen is a nonprofit leader, community activist, parenting advocate, and Commissioner for the West Area of Los Angeles. He served as past president, secretary, and board member of the Palms Neighborhood Council. He was the first person in the City of Los Angeles to win an election by instant runoff voting. While on the board, he oversaw a neighborhood clean-up and outreach program, a mural and beautification project that led to dozens of community art projects, and the re-development of Woodbine Park in Palms. He is passionate about improving his neighborhood and ensuring that it is a safe, clean, and fun place for his young family to live in. Professionally, he consults for local and national nonprofits and issues campaigns to improve their communications and marketing. He is a progressive leader who has worked to decrease our independence on oil, end genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, provide safe haven for immigrants, improve our health care system, provide shelter for the homeless, improve public transportation and equity in Los Angeles, and decrease traffic in the region. He is proud to serve on the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for Major Eric Garcetti in an effort to improve civic engagement in Los Angeles.
Mr. LaFarga serves as the director of public and government affairs and as recording secretary and executive board member at LiUNA! Local 1309.
In those capacities, he led efforts to consolidate and restructure two locals: 507 and 802 into Local 1309, which has grown to become one of the largest and most active trade unions in Southern California.
Mr. LaFarga has a long history of community service and activism. He currently serves on the South Bay Workforce Investment Board’s Board of Directors and as co-chair of the Legislative Committee for FuturePorts, which is the largest non-profit organization working to promote the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In addition, he serves on the Red Shoe Society Board of Directors for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. Mr. LaFarga is also a strong advocate for the environment, serving on the California Coalition for Clean Air’s non-profit board.
In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Mr. LaFarga to serve on the prestigious Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, which was established as a policy setting and oversight commission for the Neighborhood Councils and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
In 2016, Mr. LaFarga was appointed to serve as a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. More recently, the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics appointed him to serve as a mentor for USC college students by guiding them with real world experiences.
Mr. LaFarga is a recognized community leader who was honored with the Senate District 35’s Extraordinary Citizen Award and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s 2015 Southern Pacific Regional Latino Leaders Award.
Debbie Wehbe is a native of Hollywood, an educator, businesswoman, and community leader. She attended local public schools prior to receiving her education degrees from USC. As Owner and Educational Leader of the Hollywood Little Red School House preschool, Debbie moved to expand through 6th grade in the 1980’s (renaming it, The Hollywood Schoolhouse.)
The 1990’s brought drugs and gang wars to Hollywood, and the Schoolhouse served as the safe place for neighbors to meet. The Hollywood Sentinels Neighborhood Watch was born, and Debbie and her neighborhoods patrolled nightly for four years. Community clean-ups, tree plantings, and youth programs followed. The Hollywood Beautification Team grew out of this time, and Debbie is a one of its founders.
Debbie is co-owner of F&D Properties, a real estate company that focuses on empowering people by helping first-time buyers purchase homes, and low-income apartment dwellers remain in their apartments. She continues to devote her energy to this business to seek equity for the residents of Los Angeles.
In 2002, Debbie certified the 1st neighborhood council in Hollywood, the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and went on to serve as President for 9 years, and Treasurer for 2 years, while serving on the Planning, Land Use, and Management Committee throughout.
Debbie’s commitment to service is at her core. For 10 years, she held the position of Commissioner on Private Education for the State of California, advising on education programs and legislation that affect California children and families.
Her service to the City and County of Los Angeles includes numerous Advisory Committees and Task Forces. She Chaired the Commission on Prop K Funds that provide for our parks, and brought Redevelopment monies, and established Social Services Networks as the Chair of the Housing and Social Needs Committee of the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency.
She is appreciative of the honors and commendations received for her volunteer work, yet stays focused on her Rotarian Foundation, “Service Above Self.” 2007 brought about the opportunity to give back by chartering a new Rotary Club, the Los Angeles Cedars Rotary Club. She has served as President and continues to serve on the board.
As Commissioner for the Central Area, Debbie is honored to serve the Neighborhood Councils of District 5 and 6 and the City of Los Angeles.
As a lifelong resident of the Glassell Park community, Commissioner Darrett-Quiroz has a track record of activism that includes service on the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council for 11 years, and as one of the founders of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council. She also served the Glassell Park Improvement Association as president for two years. She led her community’s fight to save the community’s swimming pool from closing down and worked closely with Rec and Parks management, including City Councilmembers and the Mayor to put the pool expenses back in the Mayor’s budget. Under her leadership, the funding was restored and the pool remains open. Commissioner Garrett-Quiroz also played a key role in establishing the Glassell Park Community Garden at 3304 Drew St., once the epicenter of gang activity in the community. The garden has resubmitted the confidence of neighbors and has brought the small community closer through garden meetings, garden clean ups, potlucks and community harvesting. What was once a center of gang activity that evoked violence and fear has now shifted to a center of growth, hope and, most importantly, community.
After spending more than a decade working in the business world, first at large corporations such as Equifax and Clear Channel, then at smaller, more sustainable companies like Eco products, Commissioner Sinclair decided on a drastic career change and got my teaching license at CU Boulder. She currently works as a nanny and finds it profoundly fulfilling to work in service of learning. Commissioner Sinclair is a board member on the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, including chair of the Safe Streets Committee. She works in the community garden and enjoys volunteering in her community. She is excited by the work of the Commission to strengthen our Neighborhood Council system and to increase participation in our democracy!