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You can help shape the future of education in Los Angeles!
The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is governed by a popularly elected seven-member Board, whose members are elected for four-year terms.

Why is this election important? 
  • The LACCD trustees help guide the district's efforts across nine campuses that educate 230,000 students.
  • The programs offered in LA's community colleges provide vocational training that create pathways to well-paying jobs, expose high school students to college-level courses, and serve as an entry point for many low-income and minority students to four-year colleges.
  • LACCD educates almost 3x as many Latino students and nearly 4x as many African-American students, compared to all of the University of California campuses combined. Eighty percent of LACCD students are from underserved populations.
  • LA's future rests on educating the next generation of workers, and the decisions and innovative solutions proposed by the board of trustees can strengthen academic and economic achievement in Los Angeles. 
Read statements from candidates for Board of Trustees, Seat 2Board of Trustees, Seat 4, Board of Trustees, Seat 6 via KPCC's Voters Edge.
This overview by Ballotpedia helps break down some of the issues that are at stake for LAUSD, including an upcoming budget deficit of $1.46 billion, ongoing debate about school choice, charter school oversight, and protection of undocumented and DACA/DAPA students.

The great folks at LA Food Policy Council also surveyed the LAUSD school board candidates to ask questions about key policy issues related to building on or creating innovative solutions to promote Good Food for all. Check out the responses.

Why is food justice important for LAUSD? 
  • LAUSD oversees a $150 million food budget
  • In 2012, the district committed to supporting local purchasing in a “good food” program that helps keep local farmers in business. Within the system, at least 50% of food served now comes from within 200 miles of Los Angeles
  • More than 520,000 students in LAUSD qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, and the nutritional value of those meals matters. 
Thanks to LA County Bike Coalition for these helpful reminders to guide you through the voting process. 
  1. Your employer is required by law to give you time off to vote.
  2. You can vote if your name isn’t on the list using a provisional ballot.
  3. You can vote after polls close, as long as you’re in line.
  4. You can change your vote if you make a mistake — just ask for a new ballot.
  5. You can take your vote-by-mail ballot to any polling location (and you can trade it for a new one if you make a mistake on it).
Don't forget about your municipal elections in:

Azusa • Bell • Bellflower • Beverly Hills • Burbank (election Feb 28th) • Claremont • Compton • Covina • Cudahy • Gardena • Glendale • Glendora • Huntington Park • Inglewood • La Mirada • La Canada Flintridge • Lakewood • Los Angeles • La Verne • Manhattan Beach • Monrovia • Monterey Park • Norwalk • Palos Verdes Estates • Paramount • Pasadena • Redondo Beach • San Dimas • San Fernando • San Gabriel • Signal Hill • South Gate • Vernon • West Hollywood

Kickstart your creative business or startup!

The Creative Economic Development Fund (CEDF) is an investment program by the Center for Cultural Innovation, seeking to fund small/startup creative enterprises in Los Angeles! Are you a self-employed artist, independent business, art collective, or arts & culture non profit? There's $100,000 on the table!

The CEDF Info session is Feb 23 at the Reef. RSVP hereOnline applications are open.

LA24 wants YOU to volunteer

The Olympic Bid is not only an exciting opportunity for LA but also a chance to inspire greater civic pride. LA 2024, the organization overseeing LA's bid, recently launched a Volunteer Service Program to harness Angelenos’ passion for the Games and for volunteerism to benefit LA’s communities well before 2024.

Show your Angeleno pride by signing up for one of their volunteer opportunities at

Attention social entrepreneurs! 

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize will award up to 10 Prizes, each for $175,000, over a three year grant cycle to organizations non-profits or mission-driven for-profits. Specifically, the Prize seeks to support innovation in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation and social justice.  The Prize is designed for early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries. Here's the Innovation Prize one-pager.

Apply now until April 28! Click here to begin.

Grow Your Civic Venture

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator (CivicX) is seeking to fund early stage ventures with innovative solutions to increasing financial well-being and economic mobility for underserved populations. CivicX is the first national accelerator program/ investment fund in the country focused on civic ventures. 10-week boot camp-style program. 10-15 teams. April – June 2017.

Applications are due Thursday, March 2. Learn more and apply

 Grants for Intergenerational Solutions!

The Eisner Foundation supports organizations offering intergenerational solutions to society’s greatest challenges. For smaller organizations or larger organizations launching new intergenerational initiatives, they offer Opportunity Grants up to $25,000. Read the grant criteria here.

Letters of Inquiry are accepted year round. Learn more here!

We love this example of youth development and empowerment in our city! Jacky is running because she cares about creating holistic and cultural approaches to youth development in Los Angeles. Read all about her fictional mayoral platform here:

Send Jacky your ideas and tweet @Jacky4Mayor
Bicycle advocacy group People For Bikes has launched a community survey asking Americans to sound-off on the cycling infrastructure and culture in their cities. The survey runs from February 14 through April 15, with the aim of generating a city ranking in Fall 2017 called Places For Bikes

Take the survey here!

Plus! Respondents get a chance to win a $1,500 bike from supporting sponsor Trek Bikes.
Feb 24, 5pm-10pm | Late-Night Lichtenstein
Feb 24, 7pm-8:30pm | Justice Matters with Dr. Cornel West
Feb 25, 10am | Parks Day, Come Play
Feb 28, 6:45pm | Counter-Inaugural with Clockshop
Feb 28, 6pm-8pm | Unpacking Unconcious Bias Workshop

Feb 28, 6pm | Press Play Live presents Breaking Point: Housing, Density and the Future of LA
Mar 1, 7:30pm-9:30pm| The Politics of Housing: Measure M and the Future of Growth in LA
Mar 2, 7:45am-9:15am | Social Impact Breakfast
Mar 2, 4pm-9:30pm | UCLA NextFest 2017
Mar 4, | LAX Dunes Volunteer Day

Mar 4, 6:30-9:30pm | Los Angeles Walks' Fundraiser Dinner
Mar 5, 9am-4pm | 626 Golden Streets
Mar 8 7pm-9pm | CAAM: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
Mar 9, 7pm-8pm | DTLA to San Fernando Valley: Mini Maker Fair
Mar 10 | Art Night in Pasadena
Mar 11, 12pm-5pm | Downtown Book Fest
Mar 11 | LA Holi Festival of Colors
Mar 16, 6pm-8pm | The Transition of Day Supports: From Consumers to Producers
Mar 22, 7:30pm-9:30pm | City on the Verge: Eric Garcetti in Conversation
Mar 23, 9am-2pm | MSMU The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California
Mar 29, 7:30pm-9:30pm | Youth Movement: Mayors Aja Brown and Robert Garcia
Senior Manager, Community Relations & Outreach, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
Multiple Positions, First 5 LA
Associate Director of Education, CRCD
Multiple Positions, LA's BEST
Grants Assistant, TreePeople
Assistant, Glazer Philanthropies
Human Resources Coordinator, Bicycle Transit Systems
Development Coordinator, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Program Assistant, Liberty Hill Foundation
Communications Coordinator, Child Educational Center
Coordinator, Facilities & Fleet, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Executive Assistant, ED, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Community Organizer, From Lot to Spot
Coordinator, DA, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Executive Assistant, Girls Club of Los Angeles
Events Curator/Coordinator, River LA
Executive Director, SLAM! Program of Los Angeles
Deputy Executive Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Administrative Assistant, ARGO Labs
Regional Political Organizer, SEIU-UHW
Development Manager, Valley Community Healthcare
Program Director, Immigration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
Audience Insights & Development Manager, Southern California Public Radio

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