|Representatives from nearly half of LA's Neighborhood Councils gathered
Saturday to discuss the City's proposed funding cuts and to mount an
effort to protect the resources they believe are required to fulfill
their Charter-mandated responsibilities to the city's stakeholders.
They also debated the proposed 50% reduction in staff at the Department
of Neighborhood Empowerment.
The group issued a statement following the emergency session saying
that "The City cannot and must not violate its own Charter by denying
the appropriate funding specifically required by the Charter."
(Complete statement posted below.)
The NCs vowed to mobilize and take their fight directly to the Mayor
and City Council members and to the City Council Budget Committee and
City Council on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week ... where the
Chief Administrative Officer's report will dominate the agendas.
CALL TO ACTION:
Join us at City Hall
LOS ANGELES - Neighborhood Council representatives from throughout
the city are headed to City Hall to call on the Mayor and the City
Council to honor the City Charter which established the Neighborhood
Council system and which mandates appropriate funding. They take with
them a BudgetLA Statement that says "At this time of financial crisis
for the City, the solutions require a partnership between the elected
officials at City Hall and the elected representatives of our 90
Neighborhood Councils exist to advise the Mayor and the City Council
on City Budget priorities, to monitor the delivery of services, and to
involve the community in the governance of the City of Los Angeles. The
Charter goes so far as to call for periodic meetings with responsible
officials of City departments.
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BudgetLA Recommendations for
"City Restructuring Proposals"
Dear Mayor and Honorable City Councilmembers:
Neighborhood Councils are a vital link between City Hall and all of
the residents and businesses of the City of Los Angeles. At this time
of financial crisis for the City, the solutions require a partnership
between the elected officials at City Hall and the elected
representatives of our 90 neighborhood councils.
We are deeply concerned about an impending "gutting" of the neighborhood councils and of DONE.
The City Charter mandates preserving core funding both of DONE and
the neighborhood councils. We support and demand budget, collections,
and NC elections reform, - and to finding the appropriate funding for
NCs required by the Charter. We recognize the need for reductions in
many city departments and services, including some cuts in DONE's
budget and staffing. However, we believe that maintenance of funding
for NCs is both reasonable and necessary to fulfill the
charter-mandated requirements of the City and of neighborhood councils.
We support reform of the Neighborhood Council funding system, but
proposals to slash funding are not the solutions to problems outlined
in the audit of DONE recently completed by the City Controller.