As one way of expanding the number and diversity of stakeholders participating in our policy update, we have introduced an online town hall through ideas.la2b.org. The first phase of the town hall extended from November 7, 2011 – January 30, 2012 and February 2, 2012-late April 2012. These two rounds of online conversation provided an opportunity for community members to share thoughts and opinions about the streets of Los Angeles.
The virtual town hall has allowed for a wider range of citizens to participate outside of traditional workshops and focus groups, with participants representing 79 of the 108 (73%) zip codes associated with the City of Los Angeles as well as additional participants from Culver City, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and the South Bay. The online format also allowed staff to identify geographical gaps in participation and focus additional outreach efforts in those communities. To learn more about our outreach efforts, check out our Get Involved page.