Episode 41: Dr. Luann Pannell LAPD Director of Training, Councilmember Jose Huizar’s DTLA Forward


(from her bio)

Dr. Luann Pannell, began her career with LAPD as a Police Psychologist in 2000 and in 2006 was promoted to Director of Police Training and Education by Chief Bratton. In this role she is responsible for the review and evaluation of all LAPD training curricula to ensure relevancy, continuity, and compliance with State and Federal criteria and Department policy. She researches best practices in police training and adult learning to continually improve and advance LAPD training. In keeping with this role, Dr. Pannell led the team responsible for the complete redesign of the LAPD Academy in 2008.

During her tenure as a police psychologist she consulted with a variety of specialized units including Juvenile Division, Scientific Investigation Division, Jail Division, Records and Identification Division, Recruitment and Employment Division, and Scientific Investigation Division. She also responded to SWAT call-outs as a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team and a member of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). As a CIRT member, she assisted LAPD employees in managing their reactions to critical incidents. She participated in ride-a-longs, provided management consultation, and presented training on a variety of issues including stress management and the psychological consequences of constant exposure to violence.


Jose Huizar’s DTLA Forward started las year with council motions to study the implementation of greener alley ways and street scape changes. With the burgeoning population in downtown, walkable, pedestrian friendly streets have become a hot topic. Huizar envisions protected bike lanes in the historic core. The pedestrian head start program which offers a walk sign to pedestrians four seconds ahead of car traffic was be welcomed by many in the neighborhood. The proposed street car for downtown has also been incorporated under the umbrella of DTLA Forward with hopes that Metro’s inclusion of the project as a line item in their R2 ballot measure, combined with other efforts can bring the project to fruition in short order.

Eat! Drink! Badmaash

What is this badmaasherie! A medley of Flavors; but also mad flavah. Commitment to culinary excellence; but also fidelity to food traditions. Badmaash is all of these at once. This passion project of a family of well-trained Canadian-Indian chefs and industry professionals, combines authentic Indian food with Los Angeles influences, all with a focus on premium ingredients and process, in a casual and fun gastropub environment. Come with us to try Indian food like you’ve never had before.

Episode 40: Carmen Zella Do Art Foundation, Jill Stewart Neighborhood Integrity Initiative


The Do Art Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on the creation, commissioning, and curating of artistic pieces and productions in the public realm. Their belief that access to art is not an exclusive privilege drives the effort to create cultural collaboration between communities. Carmen Zella the founder and executive director is a interdisciplinary artist in her own right, having shown work throughout North America and Mexico. In only four years under her direction, the Do Art Foundation has grown to be on of the most active public art organizations in Los Angeles. Their work can be seen throughout Los Angeles, but its particularly present in the murals around Downtown LA.


The Neighborhood integrity initiative is a controversial ballot measure proposed for the March 2017 Ballot in the city of Los Angeles. The campaign’s director, Jill Stewart, left her post as Managing Editor at LA weekly to lead the effort to end what they call corruption at city hall, especially in their relationships with developers seeking to change the face of neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  Originally the measure was aimed at the November 2016 election but organizers of the initiative opted to move to March feeling that the presidential campaign would overshadow the conversation. They hope to turn the March election into a referendum on development as eight council seats, and the mayor will be seeking to win voters favor. You can find out more on their website http://2preservela.org/

Episode 39: Artist Annika Connor, Luke Klipp of Greater LA


Annika Connor is a Brooklyn based artist, publisher and advocate for the art community. Her recent work Point Suite, a curated collection of contemporary art in that classic coffee table format. Annika will be holding a free creative talk at General Assembly in Downtown LA.


You can register for the FREE talk here or if you can’t attend you can get your copy of Point Suite online


Luke Klipp is the founder of Greater LA a organizing arm opposed to the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative  put forth by the Coalition to Preserve LA.

Episode 38: Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, Neighborhood Council Elections


Miguel Santiago was elected as the representative for California’s 53rd assembly district in November 2014. As a staffer for his predecessor, former Speaker John Pérez, Santiago gained direct experience with the citizens who form his constituency. Santiago also served on the Los Angeles Community College Board helping to pass Measure J; the 3.5 billion dollar bond measure to designed to renovating and building the nine community colleges in the district. This session the assemblymember introduced AB1674 a bill designed to adjust the waiting period currently applied to handguns and apply the law to long guns as well. Santiago also sits on the select committee on homelessness and was present for state senator Kevin De Leon’s announcement to redirect $2 billion towards housing for the homeless.


Los Angeles 96 neighborhood councils were formed to help ensure local engagement in the governance of the city. Established by the city charter in 1999 they councils, neighborhood councils are equipped and empowered to make recommendations to the city council to help voice the concerns of the areas the represent. The councils are coordinated through the Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (http://empowerla.org/). In Downtown, all 27 seats on DLANC are up for election May 5th, 2016. Los Angeles’ Mayor Garcetti has posted a youtube video for more on Neighborhood Council Elections