Neighborhood Council Funding Update

Your Voice is Urgently Needed!

Council to Consider NC Recommendations Today at 10 am

The City Council is set to consider, among other issues, five sweeping motions approved this week by the committee that oversees Neighborhood Council (NC) policy. On Tuesday, the Councilman Paul Krekorian-led Education and Neighborhoods Committee sent five recommendations to the City Council which set in  motion a series of regulations to increase NC efficiency and transparency. Those recommendations – tomorrow’s motions – can be seen here (.pdf) and a detailed account is here.

You can watch the meeting on Channel 35, online or by calling one of the phone numbers below to listen to the meeting in progress:

  • Downtown (213) 621-CITY (2489)
  • San Pedro (310) 547-CITY (2489)
  • West Los Angeles (310) 471-CITY (2489)
  • Van Nuys (818) 904-9450

THIS IS IT.  This week, the L.A. City Council WILL VOTE on drastically cutting Neighborhood Councils annual funding and may take ALL NC rollover funds back.  DONE staff will probably be cut at least in HALF, from around 38 to 19.

RIGHT NOW, we need to E-MAIL AND CALL the City’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee Members, because of the Monday holiday and because they’re meeting FIRST THING Tuesday morning.  Their staffs are working NOW, this weekend, on NC issues.

E-mail Chair Paul Krekorian, Vice-Chair Dennis Zine, and Janice Hahn at [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]. They can be called at (Paul Krekorian) 213-473-7002; (Dennis Zine) 213-473-7003; and (Janice Hahn) 213-473-7015.

If you took the time to write an email to these three Council Members (or if you’re planning on it), why not send it to all of the City Council Members, their chiefs of staff, and Mayor Villaraigosa? GHNNC has made it easy for you to do: just send your email to the list we have created at [email protected], and your letter will be automatically forwarded to all of them!

BudgetLA, a group of many NC Board Members and other NC Stakeholders from around the City, has a plan to SAVE MONEY for the City, SAVE THE NC SYSTEM, and RE-ORGANIZE DONE to better serve NCs.  See the www.BudgetLA.org website for the latest information and wording to use in your City Councilmember contacts, so we all present a unified message.

Also see www.LANCCoalition.org and www.CityWatchLA.com.The FULL City Council meets this THURSDAY MORNING THE 18TH at 10:00 a.m. downtown at the same location, L.A. City Hall, Room 340, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles.  The Neighborhood Council Agenda Items will be heard some time after that.

If you can get away for some hours THURSDAY the 18th, drive, carpool, train, bus, bike, do what you can to get to City Hall – with as many others as you can – to help save the NC System.

The City Council intends to take our rollover funds and cut next year’s funding in half at next Tuesday’s meeting

A Letter from the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition

LANCCwww.lanccoalition.org 

Our Neighborhood Council System is Under Attack

 We deserve a fair hearing before the City Council takes our current rollover funds and restricts our ability to carry out our Charter mandated functions.

 We need to have these agenda items referred to the E&N Committee where we can have a fair and open hearing and where NC members can have more than one minute to say why we should not lose our past rollover funds and future funding.

AGENDA
LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2010
10:00 A.M. 

Items for Which Public Hearings Have Not Been Held – Items 11-18

(10 Votes Required for Consideration)

ITEM NO. (11) – Motion Required

09-0600-S159 COMMUNICATION FROM CITY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER relative to a Three Year Plan to Fiscal Sustainability.

Recommendations for Council action,

SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MAYOR:

18. ELIMINATE the Neighborhood Council “rollover” policy and TRANSFER all suspended “rollover” funds totaling $1.61 million to the Reserve Fund.

19. ELIMINATE the Neighborhood Council bank card system and convert to a demand warrant system.

20. INSTRUCT and REQUEST as appropriate, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), City Attorney and CAO to evaluate and redefine allowable expenditure categories for Neighborhood Council funds.

21. INSTRUCT the General Manager, DONE to issue a memo to the Neighborhood Councils regarding a proposed 50 percent reduction to the annual allocation amount for 2010-11.

We need you to be at the City Council meeting next Tuesday.  Fill out a speaker card for agenda item number 11.  Even if you don’t intend to speak, fill out a card so they know we’re there.

The LANCC meets Saturday, 10:00 AM at 6501 Fountain Ave in Hollywood (a few blocks west of Vine St.)

GHNNC Elections Coming Soon!

GHNNC Election Ad

The Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council (GHNNC) has been actively seeking individuals who are interested in serving their community.  There are currently over 30 individuals who have signed up to run as Candidates.  These Candidates are volunteers.  We do not get a salary, we do not get a car, and the only perk we get is the satisfaction that comes from knowing that we are making a huge difference in our community!

You will have an opportunity to meet all of the Candidates at our informal Candidate Forum which will be held on February 22, 2010.  This Candidate forum will take place immediately after the GHNNC’s General Meeting.   The General Meeting will start at 6:00 PM, with the Candidate Forum following at 7:00 PM. You will have a chance to meet the Candidates, hear directly from them about their views of the community, what their future goals for GHNNC will be, and ask questions about issues that concern you.  You can see the list of Candidates below (on this web page).

Elections will take place on March 2, 2010 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the GHNNC Office which is located at 11139 Woodley Avenue, Granada Hills, in the Albertsons Shopping Center.  Please be prepared to state the nature of your interest in GHNNC and bring proof to show you are a stakeholder. Some acceptable forms are driver’s license, pay stub, property tax bill, utility bill, tuition statement, church statement, etc.

We invite and encourage all GHNNC Stakeholders to come out and vote for your Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council.   Your vote is important.  Your vote will make a difference.  Put these two important dates on your calendar and make 2010 the year you get involved in your neighborhood!

Official List of GHNNC Election Candidates

List of Candidates who will appear on the Official Ballot with statements from the candidates

District 1 Representative
RAFAEL M. GARCIA (statement)
District 2 Representative
RAHIM KAZI (statement)
District 3 Representative
WILLIAM E. LILLENBERG (statement)
AGNES LEWIS
MICHAEL GREENWALD (statement)
SID GOLD
ANNE ZILIAK (statement)
KIM THOMPSON (statement)
ERIC T. ROSENBERG (statement)
CARL BUETTNER (statement)
SUE DEVANDRY (statement)
WAYDE A. HUNTER
EDWARD W. HEADINGTON (statement)
WILLIAM J. HOPKINS, JR. (statement)
MARTIN B. SERKIN
ANDREW VARTANIAN
JOE A. VITTI (statement)
DEVENDRA M. PARIKH
RAY B. POLLOK (statement)
LEON F. MARZILLIER (statement)
SCOTT A. MANATT (statement)
Educational Representative
STEVEN L. STEINBERG (statement)
Faith-Based Representative
RALPH E. KROY (statement)
Neighborhood Organizations Representative
JAN H. SUBAR (statement)
Parks Representative
MARY ELLEN CROSBY (statement)
Student Representative
NEYSA K. FRECHETTE
Youth Group Representative
GARY L. HOLMEN (statement)

List of Write-In Candidates and their statements

District 3 Representative
PATRICIO E. LEON-ALVARADO
Environmental Representative
JOSH JORDAHL

Neighborhood Councils Demand a ‘Seat at the Table’ of Power

The NCs want “a seat at the table.” They want Ex Officio status at the City Council, Council Committee, Task Force and Departmental meetings so that they can fulfill their Chartered responsibilities:

1. “…to promote more citizen participation in government…”
2. “…to make government more responsive to local needs…”
3. “…to present to the Mayor and Council an annual list of priorities for the City budget…” and
4. “…(to) monitor the delivery of City services in their respective areas and periodic meetings with responsible officials of City departments…”

The NCs want the opportunity and the ability, like all City-chartered officials, to bring their understanding, opinions and suggestions to our City’s decision-makers.

To read more about this and the reasoning behind it, go to the article at OurLA.org.

Public Notice of Hillside Geotechnical Exploration

Beginning in February 2010, URS, Corporation, a geotechnical consultant for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), will be performing geologic and geotechnical engineering exploration in a portion of the hillsides on the west side of the Van Norman Reservoir Complex (See map on following PDF link). Geologic and geotechnical engineering data obtained from this investigation will be used to design the proposed Bull Creek Extension Channel realignment and for proposed future work related to the Granada Hills Reservoir and Los Angeles Reservoir Division Dam.

For more information, click here.

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