LOS ANGELES—City Attorney Mike Feuer will hold two public hearings this weekend as part of his office’s ongoing Los Angeles School Safety Blue Ribbon Panel. The hearings will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Narbonne High School in Harbor City and Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Holman United Methodist Church in Mid-City.
"The work of our Blue Ribbon Panel is off to a strong start, as we've begun to hear from students, parents, teachers, administrators, other stakeholders and experts on ways to enhance the LAUSD’s extensive school safety efforts, both on campuses and in surrounding neighborhoods," said Feuer. "I encourage the public to join us in these upcoming hearings and those to follow, as we engage communities across our city in ways to keep our children safe."
On Saturday, the meeting will be co-hosted by LAUSD Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic and will focus on Addressing the Isolated Child: School Mental Health Resources, Anti-Bullying Initiatives, and Restorative Justice. At this meeting, Panelists will discuss how schools can help students who are suffering from mental health issues and peer victimization at school. The Panel will hear presentations from LAUSD representatives about their mental health resources, anti-bullying initiatives, and restorative justice programs as well as from experts on best practices for helping students on-campus.
On Sunday, the meeting will be co-hosted by LAUSD Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III and will focus on the Effects of Children's Exposure to Violence Off-Campus: Violence in the Home and Community. Panelists will discuss how children can be helped to cope with exposure to violence off-campus. The Panel will hear presentations from experts on the effects of exposure to violence on childhood development, strategies for intervening with children before they themselves develop violent tendencies, and how schools can help student populations that are exposed to violence off-campus.
The Panel and public hearings launched at Hollywood High School earlier this month and will continue to convene in each LAUSD Board District. 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.
The Los Angeles School Safety Blue Ribbon Panel includes:
· Daniel Barnhart, Secondary Vice President of UTLA
· 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
· Gloria Martinez, Educator and Elementary Vice President for UTLA
· 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
· Dr. Garen Wintemute, Director - University of California Firearm Policy Research Center
· Marleen Wong, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Clinical Professor at the USC School of Social Work
· Chief Steven Zipperman, Los Angeles School Police Department
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.