EQUITABLE WORKFORCE AND SERVICE RESTORATION PLAN
TARGETED LOCAL HIRING The Targeted Local Hiring Program is part of the Mayor’s larger initiative to create a more equitable workforce and restore City services, as indicated by Executive Directive 15. The Program will target individuals from under-served populations. Through this program, candidates will be provided an opportunity to be considered for employment by City departments. The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment currently has one vacant Administrative Clerk position that could be filled using the Targeted Local Hiring Program. However, due to the small size of the Department every position is critical with an immediate need to fill the position. Therefore, the Department will not be participating in the Targeted Local Hiring Program at the present time. However, the Department fully supports the intent of the program and has participated in similar program e.g. Hire LA Youth. Additionally, the Department has a history of providing full-time job opportunities to their as-needed staff.
TECHNOLOGY As previously stated one of the primary functions of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is working with a network of 96 Neighborhood Councils to promote public participating in government and improve government responsiveness to local concerns. In discussions with Personnel Department staff, the Department has reimagined and brainstormed a multitude of ways that technology e.g. software, programs, and applications can be utilized to improve upon the delivery of this service. The following are a couple of the suggestions: →→ The ability for the public to weigh in on public comment easily using virtual reality, tools from vendors, and LA Digital Government. →→ Creation of a set of visual interfaces e.g. cartoon of a City street with trash and parking that would easily provide the contact information for City services in a simple, engaging, and local way. →→ Use of gamification to help people connect more and encourage engagement like through MyLA311 game in Google Innovation Labs →→ Technology solutions and partnerships with nonprofits, universities, and schools and Departments e.g. ITA and Pat Brown Institute. →→ Use of available training modules e.g. Cornerstone to assist with providing ethics and harassment training to Neighborhood Council volunteers in accordance with State laws. The Department is in the process of preparing a comprehensive technology needs assessment for submittal to ITA by the November 2016 deadline.
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget Proposal