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

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES –

(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.”