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Culver City Community Conversation

Latest Updates (03/04/19)

The Culver City Community Conversation Final Report will be presented to the City Council at its meeting on March 11, 2019, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Mike Balkman City Council Chambers, City Hall, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City.  In addition, there will be a presentation to declare March 2019 as Revive Civility Month and acknowledge the members of the Culver City Community Conversations Advisory Board beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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The City of Culver City was selected by the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) as one of five “deep dive” cities nationally to participate in its “Revive Civility Cities” program. Revive Civility Cities is a nonpartisan program where the NICD works with and encourages communities to restore values of civility and respect for each other. NICD worked with Culver City during 2018 and 2019 to help bring the City civil discourse strategies around the issue of growth and development in the Fox Hills neighborhood.

Activities included stakeholder interviews by the NICD, a declaration by the City Council of March 2019 as Revive Civility Month, and a series of community visioning meetings held in November and December 2018. NICD synthesized the input heard at the community visioning meetings and, based on that input, created a Final Report, which will be presented to the City Council at its meeting on March 11, 2019.

NICD selects deep dive cities for its Revive Civility Cities program based on the city’s commitment to civil discourse, the nature and interest of the problem identified, the availability of resources (both from NICD and the city), and the likelihood that the project would be a useful case study for other cities. Culver City joins an elite group of participating cities located throughout the country, including Maine, Washington, Ohio, and Iowa. NICD Director Hala Harik Hayes will lead the effort in Culver City. Hayes has managed more than fifty civic engagement projects around the country, including a large-scale public engagement in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Culver City Advisory Board provided input and advice to city staff and organizers on several aspects of the Community Conversation, such as messaging, outreach, discussion content, and follow up activities. Members included Renee Bayley, Colin Diaz, Michael Cho, Fred Puza, Judi Sherman, Will Rickards, Summer McBride, Nelson Algaze, Dave Saeta, Alisa King, Majit Asrani, Albert Vera, Deborah Wallace, and Diana Hernandez.

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Community Meetings

The City held "Culver City Community Conversation" Community Meetings on the evening of Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Playa Studios and morning of Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 32 residents and stakeholders attended the first meeting and 48 residents and stakeholders attended the second meeting. More details about what occurred at the meetings can be found in the Community Conversation Final Report.

 November 29 Culver City Community Conversation at Playa Studios   December 1 2018 Culver City Community Conversation at Veterans Memorial Auditorium

 The November 29, 2018 Community Conversation at Playa Studios (left) and December 1, 2018 Community Conversation at Veterans Memorial Auditorium (right).

About the National Institute for Civil Discourse

The National Institute for Civil Discourse is a non-partisan institute based at the University of Arizona's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences dedicated to addressing incivility and political dysfunction in American democracy by promoting structural and behavioral change. Informed by research, NICD’s programs are designed to create opportunities for elected officials, the media, and the public to engage different voices respectfully and take responsibility for the quality of our public discourse and effectiveness of our democratic institutions. Our National Advisory Board includes former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Herbert Walker Bush; former Senators Tom Daschle and Olympia Snowe; former Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and Colin Powell; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and journalists like Katie Couric, Greta Van Susteren, and NPR’s Scott Simon.

About the Revive Civility Initiative

As a counter-narrative to the incivility permeating our public spaces, NICD is spearheading a national grassroots Revive Civility initiative to give Americans and leaders solution-oriented actions to restore and call for civility in the nation’s democracy. Through the initiative, citizens and elected officials are helping to improve the tone of the nation’s political discourse by reviving civility in cities and everyday conversations.


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