GWNC Action Update for Today’s Redistricting Commission Meeting

The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council has provided this action update for all who are attending today’s Redistricting Commission meeting:

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Neighbors:

A lot of people have completed a tremendous amount of work for our Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council presentation to the Redistricting Commission today. We are in the home stretch!

Here are some updates:

— The GWNC PowerPoint presentation has officially submitted to the City. Although it will have its LIVE “premier” after 4 p.m. in Council Chambers this afternoon, the Redistricting Commission already has posted it as a “submitted map” on the Commission’s website. It will also be posted on our own GWNC website after the meeting.

— Talking points. Several people have enquired. The main thing is to have LOTS of GWNC people at the Council Chamber this afternoon. Here are a few logistics suggestions:

WHO: GWNC neighbors, from as many associations and neighborhoods as possible.

WHAT: A physical presence and a record of attendance (see more below).

WHEN: The meeting starts at 4 p.m. but it’s probably a good idea to arrive by 3:30 or 3:45 to get a good seat. We’ll be everywhere in the Council Chamber, but we are trying to concentrate at “audience left,” down front.

WHERE (and parking): 3rd floor City Hall, 200 North Spring Street. A telephone call to YOUR Council office may get you parking in the City Hall garage, entered from Los Angeles Street. The Metro Purple Line goes to the Civic Center Station. There also are public parking lots in Little Tokyo. The regular (public) Los Angeles Mall garage closes earlier than what will probably be the meeting’s end time. (Let’s hope GWNC is early on the Agenda.) Taking the bus, subway or joining a neighbor’s carpool is highly recommended.

WHY: Unite GWNC in ONE Council District!

Our GWNC president, Owen Smith, will be the main speaker for the GWNC, and other volunteers will distribute copies of our presentation. We will also have a volunteer or two outside the Council Chamber door, to welcome and direct neighbors and to ask them to:

A) Fill out a Speaker Card (not to speak but to “support GWNC”) and

B) Please take one of our folded “hand-posters” and

C) Sit front-left if seats are still available there.

The hand posters are 11×17 pieces of white paper, folded in half (8 1/2 x 11) until use.

When Owen asks GWNC supporters to stand (in the beginning of the presentation), everyone can stand and unfold and hold up above their heads the hand posters that say, simply, “GWNC.”

For others who may have reserved speaking time on the official agenda:

We suggest that we can make the most friends on the Commission by NOT being repetitious and NOT taking too much of the Commission’s time. It’s the number of bodies that counts. Just saying we support the GWNC presentation is the message. To that end, several people have asked for a “talking points” outline. Here is what we recommend:

1. I am_____________________________________________________________
2. I live at_________________________________________________________
3. This is in the__________________________________________________neighborhood.
4. I SUPPORT the position of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council as being presented to you today.
5. Please reunite the Greater Wilshire communities in ONE council district.
6. Thank you.

This should keep comments to about 30 seconds. One speaker can also do what Owen will do. That is, say what is on the talking point list and then say “I am here with some of my neighbors, and they have filled out Speaker Cards in support of GWNC. Rather than have them come up here to speak, I ask my neighbors from __________ to just stand up now.”

Please join us this afternoon to stand up for a united GWNC!

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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