Saturday, March 17, 2007

Full Details On Saving Los Angeles Event Sunday March 18th - 10 - 4 PM!!


If you want to save Los Angeles’ history, preserve the historic character of your neighborhood, discover more about your ethnic or cultural roots or find out more about the history of your family – you need to attend the first annual SAVING LOS ANGELES Conference.

The event is free and open to the public.

On Sunday March 18th, 2007 the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council will hold a conference on how to save Los Angeles’ physical, cultural and social history. It will be co-sponsored by citywide Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils Congress (LANCC), the City of Los Angeles Planning Department and the Los Angeles Conservancy with the aid of the Getty Institute.

The conference will be on Sunday March 18th from 10 AM – 4 PM in the historic 1931 Los Angeles Theatre at 615 S. Broadway in downtown LA. The program will open with Councilman Jose Huizar at 11 AM speaking on the need to preserve our historic civic resources and, in particular, about how we need to restore the historic theaters of Broadway

He will then introduce the featured speaker, City Planning Director, Gail Goldberg, who will discuss how the city can assist neighborhoods in preserving their historic elements among other pertinent issues.

Ken Bernstein – head of historic preservation in the city’s planning department - will next discuss the citywide historic resources study funded by the Getty Institute. Other seminars will cover neighborhood preservation issues such as HPOZ’s, Mansionization and financial incentives for historic preservation.

Equally important, there will be dozens of booths where every aspect of historic preservation will be discussed such as how to preserve the histories of all the ethnic, racial and cultural groups of Los Angeles along with how to record and preserve individual, family and neighborhood histories.

Books on LA’s history and historic preservation will be for sale, books signings will held, and several displays of Los Angeles historic memorabilia will be on view – including a the first sneak mini-preview of the new Los Angeles Museum – the first museum in the city’s history devoted to the history of all of Los Angeles.

There will be a special validated rate of $5 at the Pershing Square Underground Garage (which is less than a block from the theatre) IF you get your parking ticket validated at the Los Angeles Theatre. And the red line subway stop at 5th and Hill (Pershing Square) is 1 1/2 blocks from the theater.

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Speakers And Seminars At Event!

Besides the over 30 tables of exhibitors at the Saving Los Angeles event, below is a list of speakers and seminars in the main auditorium:

“Saving Los Angeles” Conference
Los Angeles Theater • March 18, 2007

Schedule for Main Auditorium

10:00am – Doors open

11:00-11:15am - Welcome and Introduction (City Councilman Jose Huizar)

11:15-11:45am - Plenary Address (Los Angeles City Planning Director Gail Goldberg, AICP)

11:45am-12:00pm - Short break and setup for panel discussions

12:00pm-1:00pm - Citywide Survey (Los Angeles City Planning Department - Ken Bernstein)

1:00pm-1:30pm - Break

1:30pm-2:45pm – Protecting Neighborhood Character: Mansionization & HPOZs
• Proposed Neighborhood Character Ordinance (Erick Lopez, Community Planning Bureau, City of Los Angeles)
• HPOZ Program (Mike Buhler, LA Conservancy)

2:45pm-3:00pm - Break

3:00pm-4:00pm - What can you do in your neighborhood?

• Mills Act (Lambert Giessinger, Office of Historic Resources)
• Case Studies: Presenters on preservation/interpretive/archival projects sponsored by Neighborhood Councils:
o Pico Revitalization Project (Roxanne Brown, Steering Committee member)
o Richard Schave – Building on-line communities for your organization on Blogspot and Flickr

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