LA Riverworks: A Vision to Engage LA Communities in River Revitalization

submission by jhirsch@publiccounsel.org

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA) and Public Counsel

Organization(s) website(s):

www.seaca-la.org www.publiccounsel.org

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

https://twitter.com/seacala, https://twitter.com/PublicCounsel

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

www.facebook.com/seacala www.facebook.com/publiccounsel

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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SEACA connects youth with advocates to create policies for a more economically and environmentally sustainable LA; Public Counsel provides free legal services to those in need and addresses systemic issues through impact litigation and advocacy.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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Plans to revitalize the LA River promise to deliver over 18,000 jobs, billions in private development, and tremendous environmental benefits. But a fundamental question remains: who will access these benefits?

LA Riverworks wants to engage local residents to help existing neighborhoods thrive alongside a revitalized LA River.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

Northeast LA

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.

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In 2050, a revitalized LA River will serve as a main artery through the city, connecting many diverse and dynamic neighborhoods across the region. A greener and cleaner LA River will also strengthen a collective connection to our environment, providing all Angelenos with access to a precious source of recreation. To achieve this vision, jobs will be created and River-adjacent communities will see new investment. Our project is focused on helping existing residents connect with this process so they too can access the health and economic opportunities that the River promises.

By engaging low-income residents, families, and entrepreneurs in existing River-adjacent communities to voice their concerns and advocate for policies that support local needs as well as regional goals, SEACA and Public Counsel will ensure that the communities that live along the River today can continue to thrive alongside a revitalized River in 2050.

Specifically, our project will help make LA the best place to connect by:

• Engaging a broad range of stakeholders—such as local residents, youth, seniors, and small business owners in multiple languages—around LA River revitalization proposals;
• Connecting local government policies to the needs and priorities of River-adjacent communities;
• Promoting transparency and meaningful community engagement in public planning and investment decisions;
• Linking local residents and other stakeholders to the political process;
• Connecting with a network of housing and economic development experts to evaluate and cultivate strategies to address the needs of local neighborhoods;
• Leveraging the River restoration and related developments to expand access to opportunity for local residents and other stakeholders;
• Promoting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing the median travel time to work through local employment opportunities and increasing the amount of affordable housing in this transit-rich area; and
• Addressing concerns about gentrification and displacement of residents and small businesses.

A barricaded concrete River bisecting underserved neighborhoods has been an unfortunate image of disconnect and spatial inequity in the geography of our city. With this unprecedented investment, all that can change. But connection is key. Connecting local residents to opportunities starts with a connection to each other and to the investment process.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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Outreach logs and sign-in sheets will track attendance and outreach to community members. We will also engage in an evaluation process with community members utilizing self-reported data collected at key intervals. This process will include individual surveys, group evaluations, and tracking progress towards meeting campaign goals.

Outcomes will include:
• 150-300 residents, small business owners, and other stakeholders engaged
• 20-30 youth trained in advocacy and civic engagement
• Development of education and social media tools highlighting various issues related to the LA River restoration
• Development of a community-informed policy platform
• Community members will report greater knowledge of LA River investment strategies and impacts
• Community members will report greater knowledge of tools to advocate for policies that support accountable River investment
• Residents will report greater connection to others across various River-adjacent communities

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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