Jack Young and Carl Stokes attend an “Empowerment Conference in LA”

EDIT 1/18: The City Council President’s Director of Communications left a comment below this post that elaborates on the trip. Lester Davis definitely does a good job of quickly finding out where the name of his boss has been mentioned.


The 21st Annual Empowerment Congress Summit takes place on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Look who is part of “Team Baltimore

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City of Baltimore, MD
City Councilmember Carl Stokes, District 12, City of Baltimore, MD
Damion J. Cooper, Director, City of Baltimore Office of Neighborhood and Constituent Relations
Hathaway Ferebee, Executive Director, Baltimore’s Safe & Sound Campaign

I learned about this little excursion when reading my Facebook feed yesterday:

It appears the conference started this week and that Jack Young is already there.

It also appears that a few city hall meetings were coincidentally canceled yesterday:

Who is paying for this? What is the point of sending two councilmen here? Young is paid over $100k a year.  Stokes is paid over $57K a year for a part-time job!  Apparently they are supposed to talk about stopping the “youth prison”. The prison project was just canceled by the governor, but that does not cancel a political vacation to California!

Carl Stokes has been milking the fiscally responsible gimmick for a while. Does this seem like what a fiscally responsible elected official would do?

Conferences in California are vacations. “Empowerment” is a BS term made up by people who do not have real jobs and who like to talk in circles. One gains leadership skills and life experiences by actually going to work, not by sitting in a room in sunny California surrounded by control freak politicians gorging on unhealthy conference food.

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One Response to Jack Young and Carl Stokes attend an “Empowerment Conference in LA”

  1. Lester Davis says:

    Hello Adam,
    I hope this email finds you doing well.
    I wanted to forward you some information about Council President Young’s trip.
    The trip was actually planned several months ago and Mr. Young left for LA early Monday morning, well before news broke about the state’s plans to reverse course on the youth jail.
    The trip (airfare, lodging, etc) is not being paid for with any taxpayer funds.
    A description and detailed schedule is listed below.
    And the only meeting that was canceled was Monday’s Council meeting.
    This meeting was canceled in December after the Council President consulted with all 14 of his colleagues regarding a number of scheduling conflicts surrounding this date. The other items that appear to be canceled from your screen shot were done so because of a request from the chairs of those committees. You would have to contact those Councilmembers directly to ask why they decided to cancel those hearings.
    Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
    From: Davis, Lester
    Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 4:10 PM
    Subject: Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Weekly Schedule

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lester Davis
    Friday, January 11, 2013 410-396-4804 (office)
    443-835-0784 (cell)

    City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Weekly Schedule

    • Council President Young will spend the week of January 14, 2013, in Los Angeles participating in The Empowerment Congress Leadership Institute (ECLI). The institute utilizes the dynamic model of civic and community engagement pioneered by the Empowerment Congress to provide participants both theoretical and practical strategies to improve community and public policy outcomes. The Empowerment Congress’ distinctive and deliberate model of civic engagement is built on the core principles of participatory democracy, reciprocal accountability, and intentional civility. The ECLI will bring together diverse teams from throughout the country comprised of elected, civic, and business leaders, as well as other community stakeholders.
    • All expenses associated with the conference (airfare, lodging, meals, etc.) are being paid for through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which is serving as the fiscal sponsor for the Empowerment Congress Leadership Institute.
    Monday, January 14, 2013
    No public events scheduled

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013
    8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
    Council President Young will participate in a workshop on Community Connected Leadership.
    Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA

    11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    Council President Young will attend the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting.
    Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA

    1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Council President Young will participate in a workshop on The Empowerment Congress Model.
    Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013
    8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Council President Young will participate in a workshop on Strategic Visioning.
    University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center

    2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Council President Young will participate in a workshop on Leadership and Collaboration.
    University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center

    Thursday, January 17, 2013
    9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Council President Young will participate in a bus tour of the 2nd Supervisorial District of Los Angeles County hosted by the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Council President Young will also participate in workshops on Community Development; Assessing, Utilizing, and Expanding Our Resources.
    Friday, January 18, 2013
    9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Council President Young will participate in a workshop on Public Policy Case Study and Sustainability.
    University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center
    1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Council President Young will join seven diverse teams from throughout the country to make presentations on various issues impacting them locally. The presentations will detail what these various teams, which are comprised of elected, civic and business leaders, are doing to solve the issues.
    University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center

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