Days of Dialogue returned on a leap day

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, L.A. County labor federation chief Maria Elena Durazo and L.A. City Councilmember Dennis Zine began a citywide dialogue on the impact of the economic recession on communities throughout the Los Angeles area. Joining the countywide discussion was Culver City Mayor Michael O’Leary, L.A. City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, L.A. City Councilmember Jan Perry, L.A. Fire Chief Brian Cummings, LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon, USC Senior Vice President Tom Sayles, and Michelle Bagneris, Miss L.A. County 2012.

Days of Dialogue hosted the discussion entitled “From Wreckage and Ruin… The Road to Rebirth: A Day of Dialogue on the Economic Crisis and Community Health.” A special leadership dialogue took place on Wednesday, February 29 at The Galen Center on the University of Southern California campus focusing on the issues of joblessness, home foreclosures, debt, poverty and the loss of access healthcare and their impact on individuals and families in L.A.’s diverse communities. In addition to city and county officials, Art Ochoa, Cedars Sinai; Arnie Berghoff, Arnie Berghoff & Associates; Charisse Bremond Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade; Bob Blake, Bob Blake & Associates; Derek Smith, Diamond Contract Services; Bettye Dixon, Concourse Concessions; Karen Earl, Jenesse Center Domestic Violence Intervention Program; Laphonza Butler, SEIU Long Term Care Workers Union; Cynthia McClain Hill, Strategic Counsel; and Elise Buik, United Way participated in the citywide dialogue event.  Community residents and neighborhood leaders convened at sites throughout Los Angeles for the two-hour dialogue event designed to gauge the effect of the recession on the health of men, women and families throughout the city, and assess the economic downturn’s impact on the health of their communities.

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