LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced a new effort to incorporate the thoughts of Angelenos to the City’s efforts to prepare for unexpected challenges, including earthquakes, storms, economic recessions, and violent extremism.
L.A. community members can now can share their insights, propose resources, and weigh in on priorities in the City’s forthcoming Resilience Strategy by visiting https://neighborland.com/la to complete a simple survey. Data collected from the surveys will be unveiled as part of the City’s new resilience actions and initiatives later in 2016.
“We are thinking ahead in Los Angeles — preparing for earthquakes, storms, and unemployment crises before they hit,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I want to ensure that the voices and concerns of everyday Angelenos are integrated into our efforts to strengthen L.A.’s social, economic, and physical foundations. I look forward to reviewing the feedback from our community, which we will use to prepare our city for whatever challenges come next.”
The City’s resilience efforts already include a historic ordinance that made Los Angeles the nation’s first city to mandate retrofitting of non-ductile reinforced concrete buildings. Signed by Mayor Garcetti in October 2015, the law also requires retrofitting of approximately 13,500 soft-first story buildings constructed before 1980. These measures will protect Angelenos’ lives and property by reducing the number of buildings that could collapse in a significant seismic event.
The survey was made possible through a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) and Neighborland to incorporate innovative citizen engagement technology into the City’s Resilience Strategy.
“100RC’s Platform Partners bring best-in-class services to every city in our network, and it’s exciting to see tools like this helping the City governments to collaborate with its community members to creatively prepare for the city’s short-term and long-term challenges,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities.
“Our goal is to help Mayor Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles collaborate effectively with community membersin the development of their resilience plan. We’re starting with a lightweight survey and a few framing questions to give community members the opportunity to share their ideas, insights, and resources in an open and transparent dialogue with the City,” said Neighborland CEO Dan Parham. “From there, we will help community members discuss tradeoffs and prioritize solutions with the City in a community-centered design process.”
Los Angeles was selected to join the 100RC network in 2013. The City’s partnership with 100RC includes access to Platform Partners, a site that is committed to helping cities around the world prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from “shocks”–like unexpected earthquakes or forest fires, and “stresses”–like water shortages, homelessness, and unemployment.
Through the partnership with 100RC, the City of Los Angeles receives four concrete types of support:
- Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government — a Chief Resilience Officer — to lead the city’s resilience efforts;
- Expert support for development of a robust resilience strategy;
- Connection service providers and other partners who can help cities develop and implement resilience strategies; and
- Membership in a global network of member cities that share best practices and support pioneering resilience
Neighborland is a communications platform that empowers organizations to collaborate with their stakeholders in an accessible, participatory, and equitable way. As a social enterprise, Neighborland has partnered with hundreds of civic organizations in the U.S. including city agencies, universities, foundations, and local non-profits. Over 750,000 people have participated on Neighborland projects to date.
About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation
100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. 100RC currently has 67 member cities. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.