Winter 2005 Newsletter
- Pasadena Schools & City Collaborate On New Joint-Use Primary Center
School districts and cities too often operate independently,
as within silos, when making capitol investment in public
facilities. But, the City and school district of Pasadena
are proving themselves exceptional as they collaboratively
explore creating a new community-centered, mixed-use, family
friendly school facility. With NSBN's assistance, they are
working closely together to launch a community conversation
about the best location for a new joint-use school in NW
Pasadena. NSBN is pleased to present an interview with Pasadena
Mayor Bill Bogaard, PUSD Superintendent Dr. Percy Clark,
and Assistant Superintendent Eva Lueck in which they discuss
their joint planning.
- NSBN Leverages School Bonds To Benefit Children & Families
In 2003, LAUSD, the City of L.A., A Community of Friends-the developer of special needs housing, and NSBN signed a Memorandum of Understanding pledging to cooperatively plan a city block in Westlake, an inner city neighborhood just west of downtown. Their planning has resulted in the parties agreeing to build Gratts New Primary School, 54 units of family housing with Childcare & a Boys and Girls Club, an early education facility, and a school playground that doubles as a neighborhood park. In this interview, Councilman Ed Reyes, ACOF CEO Dora Leong Gallo, & ACOF Project Manager John Wolter, reflect on how this win/win/win/win was achieved.
- Boyle Heights Neighborhood Plans For High School & Pre-K
In the east Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, the community's need for land for a new school, housing and MTA station appeared to endanger an important community preschool facility, until the parties, with the support of Councilman Villaraigosa's office and assistance of NSBN, worked out a collaborative planning process. In this interview, LAUSD Board of Education President Jose Huizar; Jim Conn, an urban strategist with United Methodist Ministries; and Eduardo Garcia of Plaza Community Center discuss NSBN's community planning process, which has led to a signed Memorandum of Understanding.
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