December 17, 2003
The Olympic Park
Neighborhood Council was certified as the 80th Neighborhood
Council. The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council
was also Certified as #81.
The Del Rey Neighborhood Council has become the 79th certified neighborhood council in Los Angeles.
David Trujillo has been confirmed by the City Council to succeed Tammy Membrano on the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners. David is a representative of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. He has formerly worked in Sacramento and as Chief Field Deputy for Council District 1.
Our thanks to Commissioner Membrano for her years of service to the cause of Neighborhood Councils. She has been an integral part of the development of the NC system from day one and has been instrumental in the growth of NC's, particularly in Northeast LA.
Over 700 people attended the Congress of Neighborhoods on November 1st at the Convention Center. The Program featured a strong series of workshops (The Empowerment Academy) aimed at making the NC's more effective in their efforts to influence city departments.
October 21, 2003
City Council President Alex Padilla has appointed David Trujillo to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, filling the vacancy created by the expiration of Commissioner Tammy Membrano's term.
The Board has also asked four NC's that have gone more than eight months beyond certification to come before the Board to explain their difficulties in holding elections.
Wilshire Center/Koreatown became the 76th certified NC on August 5th. Central Alemeda joined the ranks of certified NC's on September 30th and West Los Angeles was certified as the 78th NC on October 7th.
July 24, 2003
Winnetka has become the 75th certified Neighborhood Council. The City Council, on July 22nd, unanimously upheld the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners decision to deny the certification of the Northridge Neighborhood Council.
Check out the survey of Accomplishment and Roadblocks compiled at the July 19th Alliance forum.
The next Budget Day for neighborhood council input into the Mayor's budget process will be held July 26th at the Convention Center. Contact DONE for additional information.
Porter Ranch (#74), Southeast/ Central Avenue (#73), MacArthur (#71), Pico Union (#72) Sylmar (#70), Sunland/Tujunga (#69) and Chatsworth (#68) have all become certified neighborhood councils.
The application by the Northridge Neighborhood Council, long held up by concerns over "town hall" style governance, was denied certification by the Board, based on a lack of outreach to the community and outstanding issues with their bylaws.
April 23, 2003
Foothill Trails (#65), CANNDU (#66) Harbor Gateway North (#67) have joined the long list of certified Neighborhood Councils.
The Congress of Neighborhoods on April 5th drew over 1200 participants to the LA Convention Center.
Based on feedback from the Congress of Neighborhoods, the Citywide Alliance of Neighborhoods has begun a convene an Issues Forum to discuss Neighborhood Council participation in issues of regional or citywide significance. The first meeting was held on April 19th. Anyone interested in participating is urged to contact Mark Siegel at: email@example.com
March 6, 2003
Atwater (#62), Silver Lake (#63) and North Hills West (#64) have been added to the roster of certified Neighborhood Councils.
February 7, 2003
The Vernon/Main Neighborhood Council has been certified as the 61st NC.
The next official Congress of Neighborhoods is scheduled to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 5th. Everyone interested fostering the development of Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles should plan on attending. Contact DONE for more info.
January 25, 2003
The Watts Neighborhood Council (#58), the Vermont-Harbor Corridor Neighborhood Council (#59) and the Tarzana Neighborhood Council (#60) have now been certified.
December 2, 2002
Harbor Gateway North has been certified as the 56th NC, and the Greater Cypress Park NC has been certified as #57. In certifying Greater Cypress Park, BONC chose (by a very narrow 4 to 2 vote) to reconsider the certification of the Arroyo Seco NC and separate the portion covered by the Greater Cypress Park application.
November 7, 2002
On November 1st, the City Council approved (11-0) the Neighborhood Council Funding Program! The Program will provide up to $50,000 per year of direct funding to each certified NC. (More info to be presented at the 11/16 Alliance Meeting.)
The Arleta Neighborhood Council has been certified as NC #53. The Arleta NC was certified in competition with the Arleta Neighborhood Advisory Council, which was denied by the Board. The Board expressed its findings that the ANC was more responsive to the requirements of the Citywide Plan.
The Board has also certified the Studio City Neighborhood Council (#54) and the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (#55).
October 21, 2002
On October 15th the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners re-heard the applicants for the Beachwood Canyon/Franklin Avenue area of Hollywood. The Board certified the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (#52). The original Hollywood Alliance applicants withdrew in favor of Hollywood United, which include their steering committee members, as well as people originally involved with the competing Franklin Hollywood Hills NC.
The remaining members of the FHH NC Action Team withdrew to pursue an independent course.
The Encino Community Council (#49), the Reseda Neighborhood Council (#50) and the Bel-Air/Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council (#51) were all certified on October 8th.
October 6, 2002
Both Education and Neighborhoods and the Personnel committees of the City Council have recommended Approval of the Funding Plan of NC's. Last stop is the Budget and Finance Committee on October 9th at 1:00pm. Then the full City Council can act.
October 5th was Budget Day for the Certified Neighborhood Councils. Mayor Hahn invited five leaders from each of the Certified Neighborhood Councils to meet with the City's departments to discuss budget priorities for the 2003-2004 fiscal budget. Over 200 NC leaders attended the event at the Convention center. Mayor Hahn expects this to be an annual event, with up to 500 attendees next year.
North Hollywood North East (#46) and Mid Town North Hollywood (#47) were certified on September 24th.
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (#48) was certified on October 2nd, by a vote of 4-2. The ASNC application was the subject of considerable controversy. At an earlier hearing in May, a group of Cypress Park stakeholders objected to being included in the ASNC boundary. As noted below, the ASNC had elected to continue their application to mediate with the Cypress Park stakeholders. The attempted mediation failed and during the time-out, a group of Mount Washington stakeholders also decided to pursue their own application.
The Board in listening to the testimony of the various interests appeared torn between the competing concerns. In the end, the Board decided to certify the ASNC with it's original boundaries, including Cypress Park and Mt. Washington. One of the primary stated findings was that, individually, neither Cypress Park, nor Mt. Washington met the minimum threshold of 20,000 resident stakeholders. Secondly, the Board did not seem to feel comfortable making findings for the exceptions to the 20,000 minimum for a series of contiguous NC's, when a comprehensive application (for 37,000 resident stakeholders) was before the Board.
The Board addressed the questions of representation (which appeared to be at the heart of the issue) by recommending a significant increase in the representation of both Mt. Washington and Cypress Park on the governing board. The ASNC leaders also pledged to invite the leaders of the Cypress Park and Mt. Washington efforts to join their steering committee.
Granada Hills North (#43), Greater Toluca Lake (#44) and Valley Village (#45) were certified on September 10th.
September 5, 2002
South Robertson (SoRo) became the 40th Certified NC and Mar Vista became the 41st Certified NC on August 13th.
On August 27th, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners certified the Valley Glen Community Council as the 42nd NC. The Board incorporated the boundaries of the College Center NC within the boundaries of Valley Glen CC.
Bill Christopher and Pat Herrera-Duran were re-elected as President and Vice President of the BONC for new one year terms at the August 27th meeting.
August 5, 2002
On Saturday August 3rd, at the Sheraton Universal, Mayor Hahn, City Controller Laura Chick and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo welcomed over 800 Neighborhood Council delegates to the first official Congress of Neighborhoods. Council members Hahn, Garcetti, Gruel, Zine and LaBonge were also on hand for the festivities. The Congress featured over 20 different workshops teaching a variety of empowerment techniques.
On July 25th, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners approved a Funding Plan to permit each Neighborhood Council to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 per year to be used for administrative costs or neighborhood improvement projects at the discretion of the neighborhood council. The Plan now moves the City Council for final action early in August.
The Board also decided against creating a policy to allow Neighborhood Councils to define "lives, works or owns property" more narrowly than the language contained in the City Charter, finding that the definition of worker has not been an issue in the NC's that have held elections to date. The Board, by a vote of 4 to 2, also rejected a request to develop a change to the Ordinance governing Neighborhood Councils to permit a direct Town Hall style of neighborhood Council goverance.
On July 23rd, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council became the 39th certified Neighborhood Council.
July 11, 2002
Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Council became the 38th certified NC on July 9th.
We now have election dates for certified NC's on our Certification
Page. Check to see when NC elections will be held in your area.
Mayor Hahn has announced that the first formal Congress of Neighborhoods will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, at the Sheraton Universal. The all day event will feature training sessions on a variety of skills essential to the operation of an effective Neighborhood Council.
On June 18th, Canoga Park Neighborhood Council became the 36th Certified NC. Continuing a hearing begun in April, on June 25th, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners selected the Mid City West Community Council as the 37th certified NC for the area roughly between La Brea, Olympic, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. The Board denied the application of the West Wilshire Community Council, covering a portion of the same territory. The Board's decision was based on inclusiveness, and in representation by a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the actions of the group.
June 18, 2002
On June 4th, the Westside Neighborhood Council (#34) was certified, followed by the Greater Griffith Park NC (#35) on June 11th.
On May 28th, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council was certified as NC #33. The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council elected to continue their application in order to attempt to work out issues with residents of Cypress Park.
The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council (#31) were certified on May 21st. At the same meeting, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners certified the LA 32 Neighborhood Council (#32) and denied the application of the Greater Valley Boulevard NC which was applying for a portion of the same territory.
The City budget issue has been resolved three full time City Attorneys and a legal secretary forming the support group for Neighborhood Councils, effective July 1st.
Representatives of each of the 35 certified NC's were invited to ride in the Laker Day Parade as guests of Mayor James Hahn.
May 15, 2002
In response to budget shifts and demand in the Land Use sector, the City Attorney has discontinued the part time support of the Neighborhood Council program, leaving only one full time city attorney staffing DONE, BONC and the forming neighborhood councils. The immediate concern is that the lack of city attorney review will result in a slowdown in processing applications for certification. Please notify the City Attorney of your concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners certified the United Neighbors of Historic West Adams and Jefferson Park (#30) on May 14th. Congratulations!
A motion to reconsider the placement of the "Artist's District" within the boundary of the Historic-Cultural Neighborhood Council rather than the Downtown Neighborhood Council failed with two votes in favor and three opposed.
May 9, 2002
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners certified the Hollywood Hills West Community Council (#28) and the Sun Valley Neighborhood Council (#29) on May 7th. The Universal Studios properties were included in the Hollywood Hills West boundaries.
On Wednesday, May 8th, The City Council received and filed a motion by Councilwoman Jan Perry to review the Board's action with respect to Downtown and the Artist's District, pending the Board's potential reconsideration of the matter, agendized for May 14th.
The Board also asked staff to prepare alternative ordinance language to permit versions of "town hall" style neighborhood councils to be certified.
April 29, 2002
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners certified the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council (#22) on April 2nd, and the Central Hollywood Community Council (#23) was certified on April 9th. The application submitted by the Hollywood Together Community Council was placed on hold pending further organizing and outreach.
On April 16th, The Board certified the Greater Echo-Elysian (#23) Neighborhood Council and denied the competing application of the Echo-Elysian Neighborhood Council. The Board cited the apparent outreach of the GEENC and the lack of willingness to mediate on the part of the other Echo-Elysian group as reasons for their action.
On April 23rd, the Board continued the competing applications of the Mid City West NC and the West Wilshire Community Council, asking both applicants to take 45 days to see if a compromise can be reached.
On April 27th, the Board met in a day long session and certified the Empowerment Congress North NDC (#24), the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council (#25), the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (#26), and the Historic-Cultural Neighborhood Council (#27). There was, however, some lingering controversy about the boundaries defined by the Board with regard to the "Artist's District".
April 5, 2002
The number of Certified Neighborhood Councils has reached 21. The recently certified groups include:
#14 Old Northridge
Congratulations to all!
The application of the Northridge Community Council, however, was held up by DONE in an attempt to resolve by-law issues which include concerns about "Town Hall" style neighborhood councils. The City's adopted "Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils" calls for a "Governing Body" to make "decisions" on behalf of the Neighborhood Council. The City Attorney has stated an opinion that the Neighborhood Councils acting solely by vote of the membership ("Town Hall") does not meet that criteria. Hence, DONE is working to find some middle ground that will allow direct "participation by all stakeholders" in decision making and still meet the Plan's mandate for a "Governing Body".
March 14, 2002
There are now 13 Certified Neighborhood Councils. Woodland Hills/Warner Center, Pacioma, Westchester/Playa del Rey, Grassroots Venice and P.I.C.O. have all been certified by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners. In addition, Mar Vista became the 50th Neighborhood Council to apply for certification.
February 27, 2002
Congratulations to West Adams (#7) and Mid City (#8), on becoming the fifth and sixth certified Neighborhood Councils at the February 19th meeting of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.
On February 26th, the Board heard applications from three groups in Hollywood with overlapping boundaries. After a six hour hearing, the Board continued all three applications to assess boundary overlap and outreach issues.
February 15, 2002
Congratulations to Central San Pedro (#5) and Northwest San Pedro (#6), on becoming the fifth and sixth certified Neighborhood Councils at the February 12th meeting of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.
February 7, 2002
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners will again address the issue of overlapping boundaries at their next meeting on February 12th at 6:30 pm at Banning's Landing in Wilmington. Copies of the staff recommendations are available from DONE.
There is also a tentative Board certification hearing schedule covering the next four months. Click here for the schedule.
January 23, 2002
West Hills (#4) became the fourth Certified Neighborhood Council on January 22nd. At the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners meeting in January 15th, the Board continued the application submitted by the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council to work out a By-law issue. The Board and the City Attorney expressed concern over proposed by-law provisions that restricted participation by certain classes of voters in open elections.
January 10, 2002
Glassell Park (#3) became the third Certified Neighborhood Council on January 8th. Congratulations to all the hard working volunteers in Glassell Park for an outstanding effort.
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners certified the NC, but, after hearing from a significant number of community representatives, left out two small areas that were contested by two adjoining NC's in formation.
December 28, 2001
December 12, 2000
Two Neighborhood Councils have been officially certified, Wilmington (#1) and Coastal San Pedro (#2). Two more will be considered in the first weeks in January.
November 21, 2001
At a recent Meeting, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners reaffirmed the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's policy that upon certification, Neighborhood Councils will be required to either hold an election for officers and board members or ratify previously designated officers and board members, based on the advice of the City Attorney.
October 4, 2001
DONE is sponsoring a series of Saturday morning workshops dealing with the Certification process.
September 27, 2001
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners approved a slightly revised version of the 9/21 draft of the Application for Certification. The approved form is available for review by clicking here.
September 21, 2001
The latest WORKING DRAFT of the DONE Application for Certification is available for comment. Click Here to review the draft application.
September 20, 2001
Mayor Hahn has, today, named Greg Nelson to be the interim General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE). Greg will formally assume the position next Tuesday. The Mayor will also submit Greg's name to the City Council for confirmation as the permanent GM.
Greg has been Joel Wach's long time Chief of Staff. He brings with him a strong vision and a wealth of knowledge about Neighborhood Councils, having studied the experiences of other cities around the country.
September 19, 2001
At the Alliance Meeting on Saturday, September 15th, representatives of over 40 the Neighborhood Councils in formation around the City expressed strong concerns about the 21 page "application" for certification recently posted on the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's (DONE) website. Most felt the information necessary to complete all 21 pages of the form far exceeded the capabilities of the councils to gather, as well as going well beyond the level of information necessary to satisfy the charter requirements for certification.
Councilmember Janice Hahn, in addressing the group, echoed the concerns expressed by the organizers. Given the timing of the certification process and the concerns raised. Additional information regarding the application will be posted as it becomes available.
Do to the national events of the past week, the Mayor has not had an opportunity to review the finalists for the vacant General Manager's position at DONE. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are Carlos Alvarado, Greg Nelson and Keith Weaver. A decision is expected in the coming week.
September 4, 2001
Rosalind Stewart has resigned as General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Mayor has launched a search for her successor. We understand that the he will make a choice from a short list of finalists in the coming week.
The City Council has restructured its committee structure and established a Committee on Schools and Neighborhoods, chaired my Councilwoman Janice Hahn, to oversee Neighborhood Councils. Council President Alex Padilla and the soon to be elected representative of the 4th District will also serve on the Committee.
On Tuesday, September 4th, DONE staff reported to the Committee that the final "application package" was in draft form and set to be approved by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners on September 6th.
We also have posted the "Comparison Chart" which was distributed at our July meeting contrasting the Commission's version of the Neighborhood Council Plan with the version ultimately adopted by the City Council.
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