The BudgetLA Journey Continues!
This Friday at 3pm, the BudgetLA community meets with Deputy Mayor Larry Frank for a
presentation on the reorganization of the Neighborhood Council System.
This meeting is the culmination of the tremendous work done by the hundreds of
people who have participated in the BudgetLA journey, representing 75
of the 90 certified neighborhood councils.
There is a lot of ground to cover, from NC elections
and NC funding to the core priorities of the Department of Neighborhood
Empowerment. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we put all of
our energy into being part of the solution as we take on the city's
budget crisis and as we work together to position neighborhood councils
as an asset in the journey to make Los Angeles a Great City.
Deputy Mayor Larry Frank hosts BudgetLA
Friday, February 19, 2010
Mayor's Press Room
200 Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
your bike and park out front next to mine, take the Metro and get some
exercise, or grab some friends and carpool. (email
Barri.Worth@lacity.org to arrange parking)
The future of the
Neighborhood Council System depends on your participation NOW and it is
your hard work that will shape the Department of Neighborhood
Empowerment and establish the foundation for all that unfolds as we
Ken Draper of CityWatch will provide an overview of the BudgetLA Journey and Shawn Simons of Empowerment Congress
North will present the collaborative plan for the Neighborhood Council
I hope you'll join us.
E & N Committee Recommendations
Go to Full City Council
Thursday, February 18, 2010
City Council Special Meeting
Items 1 through 5 on the agenda for Thursday's City Council Special Meeting address neighborhood council issues and include:
1) the transfer of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment or the Neighborhood Council Funding Program.
eliminating the Neighborhood Council "rollover" policy and transferring
all suspended "rollover" funds totaling $1.61 million to the Reserve
3) eliminating the Neighborhood Council bank card system and conversion to a demand warrant system.
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, City Attorney and City
Administrative Officer evaluating and redefining allowable expenditure
categories for Neighborhood Council funds.
5) a proposed 50 percent reduction to the annual NC allocation amount for 2010-11.
Tuesday, approximately 60 people representing 28 neighborhood councils
participated in a robust Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting
that lasted for almost four hours. Chairman Paul Krekorian and
Councilman Dennis Zine took testimony on each of the five items listed
above and the committe made recommendations that now go to the full
Because a public hearing has been held on the
five items, there will be no additional testimony from the public
unless a member of the council calls the items "special" which may
happen because of the controversial nature of the items and the
potential need for discussion. If the items get pulled from the
consent agenda, the public will have the opportunity to address the
The E & N Recommendations are:
1) Committee recommends a) that the city report back to the committee
within two weeks of the feasibility of a non profit taking over NC
funding, b) making BONC the managing commission and moving DONE staff
under them. "We have to move forward and study this," Krekorian says.
"We need to move. We are in a crisis." Report back in two weeks.
Krekorian said "It's clear to me this is a broken accounting system.
This is a system that requires reform. Sweeping these funds into the
reserve would not allow NCs what they need to meet their commitments.
We need to move the funds into the unappropriated balance account,
subject to certain claims. We also need a better verification process."
Report back in two weeks.
3) Committee recommends that the NCs
submit monthly accounting reports of bank cards to maintain the current
procedure and improve transparency. Also moves that cash withdrawals
from NCs be eliminated and that DONE report back with an enforcement policy. Report back in one week.
4) Committee recommends that DONE report back in 60 days.
Krekorian recommends total rejection of 50% cut the CAO had recommended
citing partnership with NCs as basis on which to move forward, calling
that the "sweet spot in this issue." Krekorian vows to continue the
discussion with the city and NCs for better, more efficient and
transparent ways to move forward.
As the City Council debates
and investigates, ordering reports, studies, surveys, and
recommendations, it is imperative that neighborhood councils are in the
mix, as partners, not as spectators. Now, more than ever, it is
imperative that the public does not wait on the the City Council, the
CAO, the CLA, the City Clerk, CDD, DONE, BONC, and the E & N
Committee, but instead takes the lead on developing a plan for the
future of the Neighborhood council System.