|Item #10 on Wednesday's City Council agenda is the Smith
motion to cancel the City Clerk facilitated neighborhood council
elections and to move the unspent and uncommitted funds to the City's
Reserve Fund. The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners convened a
special meeting on Tuesday the 23rd, took public testimony on NC
elections and voted to oppose the motion. The BONC letter is attached.
Education & Neighborhoods Committee also met on Tuesday the 23rd,
taking public testimony on the Smith motion and voting to oppose the
motion. The E & N recommendation is attached.
For more information on the E & N Committee proceedings, visit Krekorian's blog where you'll find a live blogging journal of the meeting.
City Council meets on Wednesday, Feb 24, at 10:00 am and you can listen to the meeting by dialing 213-621-2489.
Mayor DONE/CDD consolidation
|Over the last several weeks, neighborhood council leaders have fought
hard for a seat at the table, a battle that has paid off, resulting in
unprecedented access to the Mayor's office and the opportunity to
participate as partners in the process of reorganizing the Department
of Neighborhood Empowerment.
At meetings of the Los Angeles
Neighborhood Council Coalition and BudgetLA, robust discussions of core
priorities for both DONE and the Neighborhood Council system have
resulted in a proposal that was
received by Deputy Mayor Larry Frank last week and over the weekend,
and which was incorporated into the resulting staffing plan released by the Mayor this past Monday morning.
journey has just begun and now, more than ever, neighborhood councils
must rise to the occasion and take the lead in laying down a vision for
the future of the neighborhood council system.
of this past weekend, the proposed consolidation of the CDD and DONE,
the future programming of the Neighborhood Empowerment, the roles and
responsibilities of the department and of the neighborhood councils,
and much more are still to be decided. Most important to this journey
is the relationship that is forged now between the Mayor's office, the
City Council, the City Attorney's office and the Neighborhood Councils.
The Mayor's proposal to consolidate the CDD and DONE is detailed in this transition report and is supported by this org chart and explained in this press release.
BudgetLA hosts Deputy Mayor Larry Frank
and Special Assistant City Attorney Jane Usher
|Neighborhood Council leaders have risen to the challenge and presented
a plan for the future of the neighborhood council system. This is the
beginning of the journey and it continues this Saturday, February 27,
at 10:00 am as Deputy Mayor Larry Frank joins the BudgetLA community in
a robust discussion of the Community Development Department/Department
of Neighborhood Empowerment proposal and of the opportunities for the
neighborhood council leaders to participate in the process of
determining the future of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Neighborhood
Jane Usher, Special Assistant City Attorney,
will be joining the BudgetLA community to take on the hard questions
that have significant impact on the proposed consolidation of the CDD
and DONE. Does the Charter prevent an Ordinance Department from
absorbing a Charter Department? Does the Mayor have the authority to
simply direct the consolidation or does it require Charter Amendment?
Does the Neighborhood Council System warrant a separate Department of
Neighborhood Empowerment of is a simple division within another
If you've got questions about the Mayor's
proposed consolidations, if you've got questions about the City
Attorney's position on the future of the Neighborhood Council system,
if you've got a desire to participate in creating a vision for the
future of the city of Los Angeles, then this Saturday's BudgetLA
meeting is the place for you.
February 27, 2010
Hollywood Presbyterian Church
Upper Terrace Hall
(enter on Yucca, park on Yucca)
1760 N. Gower Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
Warren Olney's Which Way LA? asks
"What are NC's doing?"
As KCRW's Warren Olney investigates the legacy of neighborhood councils and asks the hard questions, the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council simply says "Come on down!"
GEPENC is hosting a block party to celebrate the opening of their office and community center, a festive occasion that also provides stakeholders the opportunity to meet Congressman Xavier Becerra, Senator GiI Cedillo, Assembly Member Kevin De Leon, Council President Eric Garcetti, Council Member Ed Reyes and Tom Griego of the City Attorney's office.
Neighborhood Councils have a basic mandate to advise the Mayor and City Council on the city budget, monitor the delivery of city services, and engage the community in the civic process.
GEPENC is a leader in engaging the community and they invite everybody to join them in a celebration that sets the standard for civic engagement.