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Neighborhood Empowerment Town Hall Report

Results of the Neighborhood Empowerment Town Hall Survey:


On Sunday, Sept. 19, Councilmember Paul Krekorian hosted a workshop to build a foundation for the future of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees the city’s 92 neighborhood councils. During the four-hour session, respondents were asked to offer their feedback about the town hall and how the next workshop – planned for October at USC (a specific date will be released soon) – can improve.

Respondents rated the workshop via a series of five questions from 1 – the lowest rating – to 5 – the highest. According to the survey, the workshop proved exceedingly beneficial as exemplified by the answers below:

  • More than half – 51% – rated the workshop a 5, with one going above and beyond by rating the overall event a 6.
  • The overwhelming majority – 79% – rated the workshop either a 4 or 5;
  • The average rating of the entire event was 4.2;
  • The highest rated question, asking if people felt they were able to effectively communicate, received an average rating of 4.39;
  • The lowest rated question, asking if respondents believe the information gathered will be used effectively, received an average rating of 4.02;
  • Asked about their overall impression of the event, respondents offered an average rating of 4.18;
  • The highest rated response – 33 people rated it a 5 – was the question asking if respondents would encourage others to attend our next town hall.

The questions and videos from the workshop’s presenters below the fold:

The survey asked:

1) Overall, how would you rate the organization and format of the event?
Average rating: 4.18

2) Were the breakout sessions organized and were the facilitators and note-takers effective?
Average rating: 4.04

3) Do you feel you were able to effectively communication your feelings/opinions in this setting?
Average rating: 4.39

4) Do you think the information gathered today will help the City Council and Mayor create a more effective and balanced department for neighborhood councils?
Average rating: 4.02

5) Would you encourage your friends/colleagues who did not attend this town hall to attend future ones?
Average rating: 4.37


Al Abrams, president of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners:

Greg Nelson, former GM of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment:

Members of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils:

Dr. Daniel Wisman, Member of the West Hills Neighborhood Councils:

Also, check out remarks from Bong Hwan Kim, general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

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September 24, 2010 - Posted by | Neighborhood councils | , , , , , , ,

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  1. […] The second Neighborhood Council Workshop follows September’s session, in which more than 100 residents hashed out the future of local democracy. At that event, participants helped shape the future of neighborhood councils during four group sessions in which issues such as funding, ethics and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) were discussed. See videos and a recap here. […]

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