Forum Set Thursday on Charter Reform

Members of the Los Angeles City Council and Charter Reform Commission will join other politicians and business leaders Thursday to discuss charter reform at a forum presented by the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.

The meeting will be at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Terrace Parkway, from 8 to 11 a.m. The event is open to the general public at $20 per person and includes a continental breakfast and complimentary parking.

"We are holding the forum to educate our members and the general public on the various thoughts about town councils and neighborhood councils," said Bonny Herman, president of VICA.

"It's not urgent, but we think it's important to know what the Charter Reform Commission does."

Topics are expected to include expanding the City Council, district governance and model neighborhoods, as well as progress reports from elected Charter Reform Commissioner Rob Glushon and the appointed Charter Reform Commission chairman, George Kieffer.

City council members expected to serve as panelists at the forum include Laura Chick, John Ferraro, Mike Feuer, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Jackie Goldberg.

Other city officials expected to participate include Los Angeles City Atty. James Hahn and Deputy Mayor Kelly Martin.

George Nicholaw, vice president and general manager of radio station KNX, will moderate the forum. For more information or to register, call (818) 888-2228.

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