December 7, 2022

Supervisor Janice Hahn Brings Increased Public Participation to Board as Chair

Supervisor Janice Hahn Brings Increased Public Participation to Board as Chair

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who became Chair of the Board on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, is announcing new changes she has made aimed at increasing the public’s ability to participate in Board Meetings.

“The changes that were made to the board meetings during the pandemic kept people safe but came at the expense of unlimited public access to our work,” said Supervisor Hahn. “As chair, my goal is to increase the public’s ability to participate in our meetings and weigh in, in real time, on policies the board is considering.”

Hahn will serve as Chair of the Board until December 2023.

Changes to Public Comment:

Supervisor Hahn, as Chair, has changed how public comment is taken during board meetings. Rather than all public comment being taken together at the beginning of the meeting and limited to 90 minutes, as has been the practice during much of the pandemic, Hahn is taking unlimited public comment on each item when it is considered by the Board. Members of the public interested in participating can either come in-person to the Hall of Administration or participate virtually by calling (877) 226-8163 and using participant code: 1336503.

Additional Changes to Board Meeting:

  • Hahn has brought back the pre-pandemic tradition of inviting a local veteran to lead the pledge of allegiance, and a resident to deliver an invocation at the start of every meeting.
  • Tuesday, December 6 was the first time that the board meeting included a land acknowledgement recognizing the First Peoples, thanks to the recent passage of a motion authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis and co-authored by Supervisor Hahn. All meetings going forward will include this acknowledgement.
  • Hahn has added an additional monthly board meeting dedicated to Public Hearing items.
  • Hahn is setting goal to increase the capacity of members of the public permitted in the board room when current surge of COVID-19 cases is over.

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