I hope our newsletter finds you well. So happy to report that Region 7 elections went smoothly on Saturday thanks to our awesome Elections Team. Congratulations as well to Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council for hosting almost 200 youth at their Saturday “Pathways to Employment” event where professionals held skills-building workshops and practice interviews, all to help youth to develop a more fulfilling career of their choice! Our own staffer Octaviano Rios was there to teach some of the workshops. EmpowerLA also represented with Watts Neighborhood Council board members and other other South Los Angeles leaders at CicLAvia Southeast Cities. The WNC hosted a booth and shared information about their board and South Los Angeles Neighborhood Council elections. People from all over the county visited several “hubs” including Councilman Joe Buscaino’s party hub at the newly-opened Watts Civic Center.
I had the pleasure of joining Councilmember David Ryu of Council District 4 for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events on Monday for an advance screening of X-Men Apocalypse, which thrilled my inner geek, and on Wednesday, for his and Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto fantastic Accessing LA Event. This first of its kind and long overdue event brought in over 400 people who spent the day learning how to do business with the City from knowledgeable folks like Bureau of Contract Administration Director John Reamer. I’ll be celebrating the close of APAHM month tomorrow with Councilmember Ryu, Commissioner Jacinto and thousands of Angelenos at the Pacific Bridge Concert on the steps of City Hall. It’s a free concert open to all and going to be super fun so please join us!
Newly elected Neighborhood Council boards are starting to seat on this south side of the hill now, and I was happy to swear in the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council on Wednesday night. We have a lot of amazing new as well as veteran board members across the City, particularly our youth members. Just a reminder that the Civic Youth Leadership Academy is here to support you. We are accepting applications through June 3rd. This free summer training is geared to those under the age of 21 who are active in their Neighborhood Councils. Congratulations to all of our newly re/elected board members and thank you very much for your service to your community!