The Southern California Latino Policy Center (SCLPC), in partnership with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), convened Latino elected officials from throughout the Los Angeles area for its first policy forum. The Fall 2013 Latino Policy Forum, which marked the first partnership between the two organizations, was held on Saturday, November 9.
Forty Latino elected officials from throughout the Los Angeles County, Orange County and Inland Empire area attended the half-day event at the East Los Angeles College campus. Participants at the Forum attended workshops and panels designed to help them become more effective advocates for their communities. In addition to sessions with experts from the public, non-profit and private sector, the Forum featured a networking reception and keynote address by NALEO President and Calif. State Sen. Alex Padilla.
"Ensuring Latino elected officials have the skills and information necessary to be successful advocates for their communities is a mission that is near and dear to our hearts," stated Ron Garcia, Mayor, City of Brea; and NALEO and Latino Policy Center Board Member. "NALEO is proud to be a partner in the Southern California Latino Policy Center's inaugural event and we look forward to continuing to work together to address the most pressing issues facing the Latino community today."
Notable issues addressed by Southern California policymakers during the joint Forum included:
ÔÇó Potential impact of new local control funding formulas for schools
ÔÇó Economic development strategies for local communities
ÔÇó Ethics and governance compliance for elected officials
The Southern California Latino Policy Center was established in 2013 by local policymakers as a new effort aimed at fostering greater accountability and a commitment to a higher standard of ethics and transparency. The organization's Forum partner, NALEO, works to promote the governance and policymaking success of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials by providing technical assistance and support to its members at regional institutes and conferences.
For more information about this event or the partnering organizations, please visit the Southern California Latino Policy Center website at www.socalatinos.org or NALEO website at www.naleo.org.
The Southern California Latino Policy Center is a non-partisan, policy education and research organization created to provide local Latino elected officials from LA County, Orange County and the Inland Empire with resources, research and professional development opportunities designed to help those officials create the most effective and impactful policies for Latino families and all communities.
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.