Next week is shaping up to be an important, busy week for food policy efforts in the City of LA. We hope that we can count on your participation! Here is the schedule:
1. [Monday, August 11 at 2:00pm] The LA Food Policy Council has been asked to provide a status report to the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging & River Committee on Monday, August 11 in City Hall (Room 1060). We will provide a brief overview of all of our Working Group’s key achievements, upcoming priorities, and how the City can support these efforts. You can read the related motion here.
We need a strong turnout from Working Group members and stakeholders! This is an excellent opportunity to identify key ways for the City to support a range of policy initiatives. Your presence as engaged stakeholders adds weight when we lift up policies related to food!
2. [Thursday, August 14 at 1:30pm] The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles will go before the City Planning Commission on August 14th at 1:30 pm in City Hall (Public Works Board Room 350). In addition, the City Planning Commission is hosting “Equity is Opportunity Day”, a panel discussion that will focus on advancing equity as opportunity for Angelenos (flyer) on August 14th at 8:30 am.
What is the Plan? The General Plan lays out how the City of Los Angeles wants to grow in the future, and the programs that will help it get there. The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles (PHLA) is a new chapter of the city’s General Plan that makes health a priority in the city’s future development. City Planning staff conducted extensive community outreach to solicit feedback on what Angelenos want for their city. The LA Food Policy Council and the Healthy Food Retail Working Group provided numerous recommendations, many of which have been reflected in the draft Plan.
We Need: The Working Group members to weigh in on specific recommendations! We’d like to fill the room with stakeholders so the City Planning Commission understands the importance of healthy food to our communities. We encourage you to give public comment on one or more of the food-related action items identified in the draft Plan (access the draft here), and demonstrate why those items are important to you.
We would like to demonstrate to the City why it should support and prioritize food policies so we urge you to come out. Please email us at info[at]goodfoodla[dot]org if you plan to be there on Monday and/or Thursday!
– LA Food Policy Council Staff