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Blog: Stakeholder Input Session - Neighborhood Council Plan Review

Come share your vision for what the Neighborhood Council System, Citywide, Should Be Like.

This Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., you are invited to attend a Stakeholder Input Session for the Neighborhood Council Plan Review at the Glassell Park Senior and Community Center at 3750 N. Verdugo Rd. 90065. 

For about 10 years, the Neighborhood Council System in Los Angeles has changed the way communities and groups organize around the issues that they care about the most.  Though this is not the first time a review for the Neighborhood Council Plan has taken place, this is an opportunity for community stakeholders, and present or former neighborhood council members to weigh in on what they believe the neighborhood council system should look like, how should it responds to their needs and how should it be used to truly empower neighborhoods.  

There will be a brief overview of the seven major issues that make up the plan review, and then there will be an opportunity to make recommendations and take ideas while mingling with your neighbors, neighborhood council members and other people with a vision for making the neighborhood council system work for all Angelenos.

The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Board of Neighborhood Council Commissioners have created three working groups made up of former and present neighborhood council board members to make recommendations back to the department, the commission and the city council.   All of the information gathered will be used to inform the decision making of the “central/east” group that is comprised of 30 local neighborhood councils.  More information of that can be found at the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Website:

http://empowerla.org/ncplan/

The seven major topics are:

Stakeholder Definitions

The Brown Act and Posting

Elections and Boundary Adjustments

Funding-Grants and Donations

The Work of Neighborhood Councils and the Early Notification System

The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Board of Neighborhood Council Commissioners

Education and Leadership Development

You’re welcome to sign up at the Facebook event page, or follow the contact information on the flier of agenda.

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Rev M G Martinez, ULC February 21, 2013 at 09:18 PM
I think it is probably naive to think that this is nothing more than a feel good gimmick. Residents impact will have little pull in City Hall. What is needed is the recognition that we are in a Crisis Period, in regards to the budget. Business as usual is out of the question. You want programs that will incorporate students, Oxy, in voluteer capacities. Especially in Parks, and Libraries. Naturally there should be some incentives. Consolidating departments, of course, goes without saying. There are many other novel approaches that present itself, during crisis budgeting. The limit is the imagination. Reorganization is key. City Pensions doesn't make it easy to cut the dead wieght. My philosophy is, Public servants; i.e. Politians, should take the hit, before any City Services. That means a cut in pay.

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