On January 31, the Southeast Valley team conducted focus groups with more than 20 Latino community leaders from the San Fernando Valley, part of a targeted effort to reach out to groups that were underrepresented at our Open House events. Like the Open House listening sessions, these focus groups were an opportunity for community members to talk about key issues of concern to them such as housing density and design, the perception of safety when walking or using public transit, traffic and parking, and the need for more green and open spaces.
The focus groups were organized in conjunction with COFEM (Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas), a nonprofit whose mission is to promote civic engagement in immigrant communities. Our deepest appreciation to COFEM’s leadership for helping make these focus groups happen.
If you know of a Southeast Valley stakeholder group that would like to participate in our targeted outreach efforts, please email us at email@example.com.
Small group discussions during COFEM outreach event
In the Listen phase of the Southeast Valley Community Plans Update, we've sought input from community members on local land use issues. We kicked off the Plans Update with four Open Houses throughout the Southeast Valley featuring facilitated small-group discussions, or "listening sessions", with participants. Several major recurring themes were identified at these events, including:
We're still listening! Follow our social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) to learn about the additional outreach we're doing this winter with local youth, businesses and other stakeholders. If you'd like us to speak with you or a group you represent about the Community Plans Update, please contact us!
The Southeast Valley team is grateful to everyone who generously shared their time with us at these events. We enjoyed the opportunity to interact with community members and hear about what's important to them. We are now organizing and summarizing what we heard, and we hope to share this information with you in early 2019.
If you were unable to attend one of the Open Houses, there is still an opportunity to make your voice heard. Please visit our Get Involved page to leave a comment, take a survey, email or call us about any thoughts or ideas you may have. You can also view boards from the events here. We look forward to hearing from you!
In addition to meeting community representatives from the Southeast Valley, these presentations have enabled us to introduce the Community Plan Update process, the timeline, and the opportunities we anticipate for public input. You'll find some materials about the process here.
The Department of City Planning has officially launched a three-year effort to update the three Community Plans for the Southeast San Fernando Valley:
The key components of the update process are:
The Southeast Valley planning team will begin its outreach effort in September with brief presentations to Neighborhood Councils within the plan area. Click here for a schedule of our upcoming presentations.
In addition, we will be hosting community open houses later this fall. These open houses will be the first opportunity for the public to provide input to the planning team about their communities. Click here for a schedule of our upcoming open houses.
We hope to see you there!