LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has posted a preliminary version of his School Safety report online for public review and comment. The report is a culmination of Feuer’s Los Angeles School Safety Blue Ribbon Panel hearings held across the city. The School Safety Report, developed with expert testimony and public input, will include a comprehensive list of recommendations to keep students in Los Angeles safe.
The preliminary report will be available online for public comment until noon, Thursday, August 2, 2018. A final report will be issued by the City Attorney on August 6, 2018.
"Our Blue Ribbon Panel exemplified the power of bringing together students, parents, educators, other stakeholders and experts to tackle one of the most significant issues of our time. The Panel’s recommendations would make a real impact on school safety, and I strongly encourage the public to join us by reviewing the draft report and weighing in online," said Feuer. "This has been a broadly inclusive project from the start, and I look forward to any additional public input on ways to keep our children safe."
The Panel’s public hearings were launched in April 2018 at Hollywood High School and have taken place in each of the seven LAUSD Board Districts. Panelists discussed and heard public and expert testimony on a variety of issues, including, among others: access to firearms; improved public reporting systems of suspicious persons; heightened campus security; increased mental health resources for students and improved safety for students traveling back and forth from home to campus.
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
Joey Hernández, Policy and Mobilization Manager for the Los Angeles LGBT Center
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
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 Assembly member. 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 200 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.