The below initiatives will be launched by September 2016 in partnership with Departments throughout the City as well as private partners, organizations and residents of the City. The project portfolio is aimed at helping the City explore ways to support changing communities with a focus on businesses, housing and social cohesion. As the team completes projects, metrics will continuously be updated to track outcomes and lessons learned so that the City may learn and improve over time.
“The i-team has demonstrated that government can be responsive and create products and services that delight and create lasting value.”
President & Chief Designer, Tomorrow Partners
Area 1: Helping Create a Culture of Business in Los Angeles
Creating an Online Portal for Business Owners
With the help of the Online Business Portal, prospective entrepreneurs will now have a single point of entry into the City process and will be given a customized roadmap to follow in starting, registering, and growing their business. By providing Angelenos a simple and effective path to business ownership and a secured livelihood, the i-team hopes to see business registration numbers and customer satisfaction increase year over year.
Partners: Tomorrow Partners, Civic Actions, United State Small Business Administration, Mayors Office of Economic Development, Office of Finance, Department of Building and Safety, Economic and Workforce Development Department, Department of Planning, Los Angeles Small Businesses Community
Small Business Resilience Program
This demonstration project will provide proactive technical assistance to small business along Central Avenue in South LA, which will aim to provide them with access to resources they need to thrive in rapidly-changing neighborhoods and provide the City’s Business Source Centers with additional tools, approaches, and metrics to help meet the needs of small businesses.
Partners: Economic and Workforce Development Department, Council District 9
Area 2: Helping Residents Stay in Their Homes and Increasing Housing Supply
Strengthening the Market for Backyard Homes
The i-team is implementing an ‘end to end’ program to strengthen the market for secondary units, in order to help increase the supply of naturally affordable housing in the City and encourage residents to build them legally. The capstone project is the design and construction of two prototype units by December 2016 that will demonstrate design excellence, sustainability, affordability, and help inform policy changes as well as lay the foundation for a program that enables residents to legally build second units.
Partners: Department of City Planning, Department of Building and Safety, Council District 1, Council District 7, La Mas, Habitat for Humanity, Homeboy Industries, UCLA cityLAB, Kevin Daly Architects, Pacoima Beautiful, Genesis LA
The i-team is launching a new Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) marketing and awareness campaign to help tenants and landlords better understand and access city resources to help them stay in their homes during a compressed housing market when rents are rapidly rising. This campaign will be featured in communities vulnerable to displacement and leverage highly visible assets including transit shelters, bus interior/exteriors, subway stations, and city facilities like libraries and work source centers. In addition, RSO tenants and landlords will be informed of their rights and responsibilities through educational pocket guidebooks and direct outreach through door hangers and other tools that take the campaign to them.
Partners: Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, Outfront Media, Steph Todaro Photography, tenants, landlords and tenant and landlord groups.
Area 3: Helping Increase Social Cohesion and Inclusivity in Neighborhoods
Bringing More Special Events to Los Angeles
Special events are not only an important economic development driver for the city, often bringing people to explore and experience different parts of the city, but also enable social cohesion, support new connections and relationships amongst neighbors and build a strong sense of neighborhood pride and identity. The i-team is working to identify new ways to develop and implement a series of recommendations regarding special events permitting, funding and outreach.
Partners: Mayor’s Office of City Services, City Departments
Welcoming New Residents to Neighborhoods and Raising Awareness of Neighborhood Assets and City Services
This two-part i-team project includes an introductory postcard sent to existing residents and “recent newcomers” to a neighborhood, guiding them through the many ways that they can engage with the City and with their neighbors – whether by getting in touch with the Mayor’s Office of their Councilmember, calling 311 or getting involved with their Neighborhood Council. It also provides information about local city facilities, such as parks and libraries. A second part of this project, to be developed in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund, will crowdsource information to populate a dynamic neighborhood map.
Increasing Youth Representation on Neighborhood Councils and Youth Leadership Capacity
This two-part project focused on increasing youth participation in Neighborhood Councils and launching Civic Youth, an application based, six session pilot program that will run through the summer of 2016 and provide training to more than 45 enrolled youth ages 16-21 so that they may become effective civic leaders. The curriculum will focus on advancing key skills in organizing, permits, interacting with the City and other core skills and was in high demand, such that it continues to have a waiting list for enrollment.
Partners: EmpowerLA, Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement, Neighborhood Councils and several schools and civic leaders
Area 4: Using Data to Measure Change and Project Outcomes
The Los Angeles Indices of Neighborhood Change
In order to assess the magnitude of demographic change in 21st Century Los Angeles, the i-team developed the Los Angeles Index of Neighborhood Change (LAINC), which compares metrics across Los Angeles Zip Codes. As a complement to the index, the i-team also created a predictive measure called the Displacement Pressure Tool (LADPI) at the Census Tract level, which shows where change is likely to occur in the near future, with additional emphasis on residents most likely to face high displacement pressures as a result.
Area 5: Advancing Innovation in Southern California and the West
West Coast Regional Innovation Network
The Los Angeles i-team has pioneered the formation of a West Coast Regional Innovation Network consisting of innovation teams and “change agents” across Southern California and the West Coast to provide access to high quality training from industry leaders and to create a forum for staff to share best practices and lessons learned so that they can support the City in activating meaningful projects.
Partners: City of Long Beach, Deloitte Consulting, ImprovMindset
Area 6: Gender Equity
Gender Equity Coordination
The i-team has recently been asked to serve as the gender equity coordinator for all city Departments. In doing so, the i-team has been working with Departments to review their gender equity action plans and help recognize programs and policies that Departments plan on implementing to increase gender parities.
Partners: Commission on the Status of Women, Innovation Performance Commission, Transgender Advisory Council, Office of Finance