The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) welcomed nearly 100 city officials from all over the country for a mobile workshop and a tour of Watts. During their tour, the government officials saw first-hand how community-led efforts are making a lasting impact on public safety, housing and the local environment in Watts.
City Summit is the National League of Cities’ top conference for local leaders to convene, collaborate and adopt new best practices to help tackle the common challenges that their cities face. This year, The National League of Cities hosted its 94th City Summit in Los Angeles.
The agenda for the tour was packed with informative speakers, historic destinations and site visits. The first stop of the mobile tour was at Nickerson Gardens, HACLA’s largest public housing site, where guests received a brief history of Watts. The guests learned about the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Program and heard from representatives of the Watts Gang Task Force and CSP officers who shared their experiences with community policing and its role in public safety.
During the second stop, the guests visited the Jordan Downs Redevelopment site, the Jordan Downs Plaza construction site and walked down the new Century Boulevard Extension. Douglas Guthrie, HACLA’s President and CEO welcomed the visitors and joined them on the tour. HACLA’s development partners from the Michaels Organization, Bridge Housing and Primestor spoke to the group regarding the Jordan Downs Redevelopment plans, current and future projects. The city officials visited newly constructed apartments and met local residents who work in various construction jobs on site as a part of HACLA’s Section 3 local hire commitment.
The third stop of the tour took the guests to the historic Watts Towers. The guests had an opportunity to learn about their significance and take memorable photos. The fourth and final stop took place at Markham Middle School Gardens. The tour participants learned about the $35 Million Transformative Climates Communities (TCC) Grant that was awarded to the Watts Rising Collaborative, which will help improve the environmental, public health and provide economic opportunities for all Watts residents. The guests heard presentations from three TCC Project Partners TreePeople, Community Healing Gardens and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) regarding their projects and efforts in making a greener, more sustainable, and healthier Watts.
Learn more about City Summit here: https://citysummit.nlc.org/
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