Trust Talks Future of Policing forum, Neighborhood Council elections

From downtown los angeles: This is the City, a podcast focusing on the politics, art and culture of Los Angeles.

This week we meet Brett Shears a neighborhood council expert who sheds some light on the history of councils and what challenges a newly seated DLANC board may face. Also we join the Trust Talks Forum on the future of policing in downtown. An event that is part of a continuing conversation seeking to increase trust between the community and our police partners. Though not everything went as expected this time…

Dr. Luann Pannell LAPD Director of Training, Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA Forward

From downtown los angeles: This is the City, a podcast focusing on the politics, art and culture of Los Angeles. I’m your host Gerren Kelsaw.


This week we meet Dr Luann Pannell Director of education and training for LAPD

Also we’ll speak with Councilmember Huizar about DTLA Forward


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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.

Episode 34 – Night on Broadway

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — With an impressive crowd of over 65,000 Downtown LA celebrated a little bit of its past and future during “Night on Broadway” on Saturday night. The event was orchestrated by Councilman Jose Huizar’s office as a way of celebrating the Councilman’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative, a 10-year plan for revitalizing the historic Broadway in Downtown.  


With music, dancing, art, and featuring the historic theaters that line Broadway, the celebration lasted well into the night.


One of the main events of the night featured a new sport called chess boxing put on for charity. According to fighter Toby TigerHeart, “This is a round of chess in the ring, and then a round of boxing in the ring, a round of chess in the ring. The idea behind this sport is that you have to be smart and tough.” TigerHeart represented Fortune Gym in the ring on Saturday night against teammate Vito. TigerHeart relished the opportunity to fight in front of the Broadway crowd saying, “The cool thing about an event like this going on for so many years is that you’ve got thousands of people. They can stop and see something that they would never ever see.” The exhibition was curated by the LA chessboxing club.

Also participating that night was Two Bit Circus. According to Nicky Besuden, “Pretty much what we do is bring a bunch of our games out for adults and kids to play. It’s super important for adults to continue playing.” Besuden said there was an amazing response with over 100 people walking by and asking to jump on the horses or participate in some of the more unique games offered by Two Bit Circus.  The Lincoln Heights-based company was happy to join the celebration in celebrating their downtown neighbors and the revitalization of Broadway.


One of the artists featured that night was Los Angeles-based Morley. The street artist  specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheat pastes within the urban landscape.

Morley said of the night, “It’s really cool to activate the community and give them a reason to come out. Something to see. Something to get invigorated by.  This city is a wonderful place. I think downtown specifically has so much energy and so much culture and so much to appreciate.”


As a testament to the energy of the night, LAPD Captain Oreb said, “We did really well tonight. I look at the difference between this year and last year — we have more events more people, more food. Everybody’s having a great time. It’s a very peaceful event. I love seeing all the families downtown.”


Councilman Jose Huizar celebrated the success of his district’s night. He said, “It shows that there’s a thirst for people to re-explore downtown LA. People want the history. They want the culture. They want to come together as a city. This is what it’s about. It’s about everyone coming together as a city — enjoying the arts, enjoying the multiculturalism. And we have to do more of this.”


Think Tank Gallery, LAPD Captain Don Graham

This week we meet the directors of Think Tank Gallery an innovative art gallery and event space in the fashion district.


Also Captain Don Graham of LAPD’s central division sits down to talk with us about policing and crime in downtown.

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Downtown Women’s Center, On Skid Row with LAPD

This week we talk to Sylvia Rosenberger chief executive officer at the Downtown Women’s Center. Also we wrap up our series from the LAPD Central Division police academy on a skid row tour with officer Deon Joseph.



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Bunker Hill in the rear view, LAPD SMART team

This week, we hang out with curators of the exhibit Bunker Hill in the Rear View at the central library. Also from the LAPD Citizen’s academy two members of the Mental Evaluation Unit’s SMART team.



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