No Meeting Today!

As stated at the May meeting, there will only be meetings every other month for the advisory board.  So no meeting today!  See you in July.




May 8th 2013 Meeting

Attended Meeting yesterday.

Here are the 3 urls on youtube for the meeting. first 5 minutes, middle 21 minutes, and last 5 minutes. I believe having gotten a shaky start at streaming, I have worked out the bugs and should have a single video for next time. The bunker that the conference room sits in is impacting my signal. I am also having problems logging onto the Pershing Square wireless network.

It seems that PAB will cut its public meeting schedule in half, and only meet every other month. Next meeting will be Wednesday July 10th. Pushing the work of PAB to its various committees. It was noted that this is how DLANC does it, all the heavy lifting occurs in committee, with the board merely coming together to vote on the committee recommendations. I don’t believe that DLANC is allowed to cut its general meetings in half. I also believe, from having attended a number of them, that DLANC committee meetings are public, and it is not clear if PAB committee meetings with be.

During the meeting I thought a great deal of Henry Hope Reed, who died last week. His concerns about vendors taking over Central Park for event promotion is a good roadmap for Pershing Square. A great deal to be gained from an afternoon in meditation on his work and that of the The Municipal Art Society of New York.

I am curious to see if the proposed beer garden plays out in Pershing Square. The park is certainly a complex model of the Public Policy process: those who make the policy, the bureaucracy which interprets the policy , and those who enforcement them. This triumvirate around Pershing Square provides a rich and rewarding microcosm into who and how our city runs.

As the meeting wrapped up I wondered if the balance in Pershing Square is not off a bit, looking ahead is a crucial part of the policy making process, but the here and now and the services which that dictates is as much a part of that process as well.

I include a photo of Henry Hope Reed at his beloved, Central Park.



Machine Readable Documents & Social Media & Civic Engagement

Yesterday I found this talk about Broadband and the Future of Civic Engagement.

So interesting I will quote:

Democracy – at its core – is about self-governance. At the most basic level, this requires an informed and engaged citizenry to participate in society’s institutions, engage their government and hold it accountable. Democracy requires an informed and engaged citizenry in order to validate the actions of government so that it reflects the will of the people.

In short, civic engagement is a very big deal.

So that’s civic engagement, but what about broadband? What does broadband have to do with civic engagement?

We came to the conclusion that broadband has the potential to transform civic engagement in two principal ways.

First, broadband can strengthen the reach and relevance of mediated and unmediated information in our society.

A healthy democracy requires an informed citizenry, and broadband can change the way that people engage this information. This is true for mediated information, such as public media. This is also true for unmediated information, such as the data the government provides citizens.

Second, broadband can enable citizens to engage in their democracy – through a variety of broadband-enabled tools that will make our democracy more participatory and more representative.

April 2013 Meeting

I attended the PAB meeting this morning and it was old home week.

Here are the minutes from Feb. & March Meetings.

I have some notes from today’s meeting, but since I am out of the loop, it has been 4 years! I am going to wait a bit and get my bearings on all the work being done.

I am sad that the only way agendas are circulated is by being posted on the window of the Pershing Square office.  Good thing I pass that building 3-4 times a week.  I am even sadder that the minutes for past meetings are only available in a binder at the meeting.  Good thing I have a smart phone with a camera.  I think that the City of Los Angeles should really begin to explore publishing machine-readable documents.