Submit Public Comment

Submit Public Comment

LA County Board of Supervisors

In lieu of in-person meetings during the COVID-19 crisis, the LA County Board of Supervisors will be reviewing written comments before board meetings. Written commenting is a process that allows individuals, organizations, and business to provide written input to the Board of Supervisors. These comments are entered into the public record.
 
As with verbal commenting, written commenting is an important way to make your voice heard in decision-making. Public comments strengthen the arts community’s position by providing decision makers facts or perspectives that might be lacking. The goal of commenting is to help the Board of Supervisors make informed decisions that accurately reflect the best interests of our community. 
 
Written public comment must be sent to Executiveoffice@bos.lacounty.gov.
Submit it no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, March 30th. 
 Please include the Agenda item (#26) and meeting date (March 31, 2020) in your correspondence.
Correspondence received shall become part of the official record.
We need to make sure our local officials are hearing from the arts community. The LA County Board of Supervisors is voting tomorrow to proclaim April as Arts Month. Let us thank the Board for recognizing the value of our community to bring people together, heal, and stimulate the region's economy, and encourage County leadership to further their support by providing emergency funding for those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 
Outline for effective public comment:
Subject line: Public Comment for Agenda Item 26 BOS Meeting - 3/31/20
  1. Thank the Board for acknowledging the value of LA's arts community. 
  2. Make a clear ask: EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR ARTISTS & ARTS ORGANIZATIONS.
  3. Please include the Agenda item (#26) and meeting date (March 31, 2020) in your correspondence.
  4. Who are you? Be sure to include where you live, work, or run programming (ie what Supervisorial District you live/work in. Check out this map if you're not sure). This is about putting a face to "the arts."
  5. What impact has your work had on the community? Be sure to use specifics - # of employees/paid jobs, # of people served, ways you support the local economy. This is about communicating your VALUE.
  6. What impact has the COVID outbreak had on your work/organization? Again, be specific - lost revenue, # of employees that no longer have work, # of constituents that no longer have jobs. This is about URGENCY OF NEED.
  7. What happens without emergency funding? Be specific about consequences. This is about communicating HIGH STAKES.

Other tips: 

  • Use clear organization, formatting, and language. Use subject headings throughout your comment to draw attention to key points.
  • Be brief, but make sure you hit all your points. Try to limit your written comment to less than one page.