LOS ANGELES—City Attorney Mike Feuer will hold the first in a series of public hearings of the Los Angeles School Safety Blue Ribbon Panel on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the library of Hollywood High School. The meeting, co-hosted by LAUSD Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, is designed to engage the public and experts on a variety of topics related to school safety. (The Panel will convene in each LAUSD Board District. The next Blue Ribbon Panel community meeting will be co-hosted by LAUSD Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic, representing Board District 7, and is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Narbonne High School in Harbor City. Details of future meetings to be held throughout the spring can be found here. The Panel will issue a final report this summer that will offer recommendations on additional steps to keep kids safe in L.A. schools.
"Keeping our kids safe and secure should be our top priority," said Feuer. "Our Blue Ribbon Panel will be traveling across our City to hear from students, parents, teachers, administrators and experts, taking a comprehensive look at LAUSD’s extensive school safety efforts and examining ways to further enhance safety on campuses and in surrounding neighborhoods."
"As L.A. Unified works to educate the kids of Los Angeles in a secure and academic school environment, I appreciate the City Attorney’s commitment to the type of city, expert, and community collaboration that I have called for," said Nick Melvoin, LAUSD Board Vice President. "We must strengthen our ability to protect our kids from the threat of gun violence inside and outside of the walls of our school buildings; that effort takes everyone in our community."
The Los Angeles School Safety Blue Ribbon Panel includes:
Laura N. Chick (MSW), former Los Angeles City Controller
Juan Flecha, President of the Associated Administrators of L.A.
Antonia Hernández, President and CEO of the California Community Foundation
Ben Holtzman, Student Member of the LAUSD Board
Jessica Lall, President and CEO for the Central City Association
Julia Macias, President of the LAUSD Superintendent's Student Advisory Council
Justice Carlos Moreno (ret.), former California Supreme Court Justice
Earl Paysinger, former LAPD First Assistant Chief; current Vice-President of Civic Engagement, USC
Michael T. Pinto (AIA), architect, educator and community activist
Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Dean and Professor at Charles R. Drew University College of Medicine
Rocio Ramirez, parent leader and PTA Vice President at Garvanza Elementary School
Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Pastor - Holman United Methodist Church
Greig Smith, former L.A. City Councilmember and current LAPD Reserve Officer
Krystal Torres-Covarrubias, Education Policy Manager at the L.A. LGBT Center
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) Representative (one seat, will alternate):
Daniel Barnhart, Secondary Vice President of UTLA
Gloria Martinez, Educator and Elementary Vice President of UTLA
Dr. Garen Wintemute, Director - University of California Firearm Policy Research Center
Marlene Wong, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Clinical Professor at the USC School of Social Work
Chief Steven Zipperman, Los Angeles School Police Department
Some of the issues to be examined include:
Mental/emotional health resources for students;
Student access to firearms;
Public reporting systems related to campus threats; and
Safety for students traveling back and forth between home and school.
In addition to hearing from parents, teachers, administrators, students and community members, the panel will receive expert testimony at each meeting concerning the issues on which the Panel will focus.
Feuer has long been one of California's leading lawyers and lawmakers, having previously served as an L.A. City Councilmember and State Assemblymember. For more than two decades he has led gun violence prevention efforts, and co-chairs the national coalition, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence.
A father of two LAUSD graduates, Feuer has long been an advocate for public schools. Shortly after becoming City Attorney, he launched the Neighborhood School Safety Program, now in 130 LAUSD schools, that works with various organizations and agencies to provide safe passages to and from school; create infrastructure improvements including increased lighting; eliminate areas where danger can lurk by trimming landscaping; and removing trash and debris from the school property and immediately surrounding areas to assure exits are clear and create conditions in which crime is less likely to occur. Feuer’s program also prosecutes cases arising on and off-campus.