The Saving L.A. Project took some positive steps toward getting organized at a Town Hall Meeting Saturday at the Glassell Park Community/Service Center.
About 100 people from every corner of LA. attended and participated in various breakout groups dealing with various aspects of the organization: Advocacy, Outreach, Legal/Information, Truth Squads, Issues, Schools.
The group as a whole endorsed the Mission Statement articulated by Bob Gelfand, long-time San Pedro community activist:
The Saving L.A. Project (SLAP) opposes the undue influence of money in L.A. City Government decisions, expect the L.A. City Government to obey and enforce the law and to stop the common practice of lying to the public.
The group approved this by voice vote as well as me becoming honorary chairman while a process is put in place to create a board of directors and take other administrative steps.
There were two guest speakers, Soledad Garcia, head of the Neighborhood Councils’ Oversight Committee on the Department of Water and Power, who reported on the good and bad of the Memorandum of Understanding with the utility, and Walter Moore who talked about his campaign for mayor and how SLAP can pull community activists together and help defeat incumbent city elected officials in the upcoming elections. There also was an open forum
After the breakout groups reported back, there was a discussion to have another meeting or series of meeting around the city in early September.