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The LA Civics Initiative

March 23, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

When you think about civics … what comes to mind?

Voting? Checks and balances?

Locally, civics is so much more than that! Usually, the conversation doesn’t go far enough for deep understanding of our civic life in Los Angeles. 

Join us for our kickoff workshop featuring a panel of civics experts as we look at the gaps in civic engagement vis-à-vis civic education and how we got here. The panel features educators, elected officials, activists, and academics in a lively conversation about the state of civics in our communities across the Southland.

Attendees will launch from the panel to a workshop designed to engage and develop ways to address the barriers to civics. You are invited to roll-up your sleeves and help launch this initiative that will last for the next year and help define civics for Los Angels. We will work toward a more civically engaged Los Angeles, together.

  • 8:30 am Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 am Welcome address

  • 9:15 am Panel discussion

  • 10:30 am Workshop followed by reporting out


  • John Bwarie (Moderator) – City Impact Lab

  • Raphael Bostic – USC Price School of Public Policy

  • Ardy Kassakhian, City Clerk for Glendale, CA

  • Nate Kaplan, See Political 

  • Raquel Beltran, Associate Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs

  • Steve Zimmer, LAUSD School Board Member

And if you are interested in learning more before the event, City Impact Lab is giving a free webinar on Monday, March 21st entitled “Government 101: How Los Angeles Works:” register here



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We encourage participants to use public transportation or car pool. 

The USC University Park campus (UPC) is just minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways, and by the new Metro Expo line (with stops at Expo/Vermont stationExpo Park/USC station, andJefferson/USC station.) 

Parking for guests is available at Parking Structure Two, just behind the Radisson. Enter off of Figueroa Street north of Exposition Boulevard, at the USC Radisson. Open 6:00am to 9:45pm every day. Parking is a flat rate $12/day.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email us through the link on Eventbrite (contact the organizer) or email us at

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March 23, 2016
8:30 am - 12:00 pm


USC Galen Center Founders’ Room
3400 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90089
Los Angeles, CA 90089 US
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USC Bedrosian Center & City Impact Lab
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Bedrosian Center