MINIMUM WAGE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH CITY OF SANTA MONICA
Lee Andrews Group was selected to perform outreach and administer an education program to businesses on the new Minimum Wage Ordinance chosen by the voters to ensure that all Santa Monicans have access to a living wage. As part of the City Council’s Strategic Goal, Inclusive + Diverse Community, Lee Andrews Group developed an innovative plan to get the word out to the wide range of businesses across Santa Monica and enable them to be informed and compliant with current and scheduled future increases, in a friendly and unobtrusive manner.
Our work stood out to the City’s Employment Development Division thanks to the engaging work plan curated by our team using our firsthand knowledge of the unique atmosphere in Santa Monica. In collaboration with the EDD, our partners from the California Restaurant Association, Chamber of Commerce, the Chrysalis organization our West Side team was well equipped to develop the boots-on-the-ground
At Lee Andrews Group we live and breathe this information and are closely familiar with the intricacies of any number of issues facing residents. Our consultants helped to gather local opinion and contributed to the drafting of the actual language for the new minimum wage ordinance in a business friendly yet manner while still being cognizant of the need for a fair living wage. We engaged the entire community on this effort and in partnership with the City came up with a number of useful techniques to ensure painless compliance for everyone involved, including: the suggestion of a resource for business to ask questions on how the new legislation would affect them without the fear of penalty, distribution on who and how enforcement would take place in order to prevent opportunists from scamming businesses with false enforcement attempts, a business survey to track metrics and gauge success for the first year of increases in order to maximize results in subsequent years.
Lee Andrews Group SCOPE: Business Outreach and New Ordinance Education Program
DURATION: 2016 – PRESENT
LOCATION: Santa Monica, CA
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NORTH AREA PLAN
In 2000 the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning adopted the first implementation of the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan (SMMNAP). Lee Andrews Group was retained to develop and implement a public outreach strategy for the SMMNAP update and Community Standards District (CSD) update. The plan will address comprehensive revisions to the SMMNAP and CSD to ensure land use regulations and environmental protections are applied evenly to both. It will also implement policies that have yet to be implemented by the CSD, such as development standards for public access, vegetation management and water resources protection, and furthermore to ensure that the lifestyle of rural communities and villages are protected.
Lee Andrews Group outreach efforts provides the County with community and at large stakeholder feedback ensuring a holistic approach to the North Area Plan Update. The team supports and participates in all required public meetings and hearings for the SMMNAP as scheduled by the County. The team is currently executing community outreach and stakeholder meetings, collecting public comments and stakeholder input for environmental document drafts. Additionally, our team is tasked with developing collateral and presentation materials for community meetings.
Our team is proactively engaging in community outreach and ensuring our involvement throughout our plan. We are focusing on educating the community about the project and specific issues like tree protections, creation of biological habitat categories, and animal and hobby farming conflicts. We frequently participate in one hour conference calls with the Department of Regional Planning and 30-minute conference calls to discuss outreach activities and to review and amend schedules as deemed necessary by County to create an effective and efficient community driven process. We maintain a current project database of community contacts, inquiries, suggestions, and grievances. Our collaborative work with the environmental consultant ensures that all deliverables and associated tasks are being conducted and completed as indicated by the County.
Lee Andrews Group SCOPE: Public Outreach Strategy Development and Implementation
LOCATION: Santa Monica Mountains North Area