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May 18, 2020

This episode of the Amazing Cities and Towns Podcast, Jim Hunt interviews Joe Buscaino, President of the National League of Cities (NLC) and LA councilman


  • How is LA doing 16,000 meals in over a month, groceries gift card and blood drives
  • Why leadership is tested in a time of emergency
  • Public safety perspective from Joe, a former LA police officer
  • NLC member updates, what is going on across the US
  • What is the Cities Are Essential campaign and why all cities are essential
  • How to get involved in the fight for cities at
  • The importance of removing the city size in the federal support
  • How to get back to a safe, happy and healthy life


7 Steps to an Amazing City:


  1. Attitude
  2. Motivation
  3. Attention to Detail
  4. Zing
  5. Inclusiveness
  6. Neighborhood Empowerment
  7. Green Awareness


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About Joe Buscaino:

Joe Buscaino is President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the city’s fifteenth Council District, and serves as the President of the National League of Cities (NLC). With a lifelong career in public service, Buscaino brings a broad range of expertise to NLC’s leadership including the critical issues of public safety and crime prevention, economic development, infrastructure, transportation, homelessness, technology and innovation, and youth civic engagement. He has served in several roles at NLC, including chairing the Board Legislative Action Committee and serving as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee, Board Membership Committee, Board Finance Committee, and Board of Directors. As president of NLC, Buscaino is focused on leading with urgency on the issues of housing instability and homelessness, strengthening the local-federal partnership, and supporting innovation-driven economies.


Buscaino has served the fifteenth Council District of Los Angeles since 2012. In 2017, Buscaino was named Chair of the new Trade, Travel, and Tourism Committee which oversees the Port of Los Angeles – the busiest Port in the United States, LAX – the second busiest airport in the United States, and the Department of Convention & Tourism Development. Buscaino was also named Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee, as well as a member of the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, Public Safety Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2028 Olympics and Paralympic Games.


Buscaino’s legislative priorities include addressing the complex issue of homelessness from every angle – from emergency measures like portable restrooms and showers to long-term solutions like permanent supportive housing; increasing public safety, as witnessed by the recent re-opening of the Harbor Jail; ensuring the Port of Los Angeles becomes a zero-emissions port while scaling up its workforce; redeveloping the LA Waterfront and making it a regional destination and economic stimulator; and beyond.


Prior to his election to the City Council, Buscaino served for 15 years as a police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. He created the LAPD’s first Teen Community Police Advisory Board, an organization that works with teens to solve problems and break the barriers between police and teenagers. His concept was implemented citywide in 2011.


Buscaino also serves on the Southern California Air Quality Management District Governing Board and the Southern California Association of Governments Board. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Harbor Area, the San Pedro YWCA’s Racial Justice Committee, and the Advisory Council for the Los Angeles Watts Summer Games. He is active with Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and various Italian-American organizations. Buscaino graduated with a BA in Communications from California State University – Dominguez Hills. He and his wife, Geralyn, are raising their two children in San Pedro.

About Your Host, Jim Hunt:

Welcome to the “Building Amazing Cities and Towns Podcast” … The podcast for Mayors, Council Members, Managers, Staff and anyone who is interested in building an Amazing City.


Your host is Jim Hunt, the author of “Bottom Line Green, How American Cities are Saving the Planet and Money Too” and his latest book, “The Amazing City - 7 Steps to Creating an Amazing City”


Jim is also the former President of the National League of Cities, 27 year Mayor, Council Member and 2006 Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County Magazine.


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