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Tell Us What You Think About the Future of Neighborhood Councils

Mayor Antonio Villaraiogsa has proposed consolidating the Community Development Department into the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which many of you know as DONE.

This is a potentially historic moment for neighborhood councils as it could prove to be a monumental fork-in-the-road for the future of neighborhood empowerment. Tell us what you think of the proposal by taking this poll and feel free to give us your ideas in the comments section on how to reform DONE.

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May 21, 2010 - Posted by | paul krekorian | , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. As a past residential member of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council I have always been concerned about the value of having a member catagory called Community Interest.
    This person is someone who works in the community but does not necessarily live in the community. They could be living in Valencia.
    I question what knowledge this person really has when making intelligent voting decisions regarding important community matters. I think whomever is on the council should live in its community.
    When I was part of SONC I observed how little some of these people knew and how their vote would affect important matters.
    I think the community interest catagory definitely needs to be revised.

    Comment by Jules Feir | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. [...] As the two councilmembers on the committee wax skepticism of the proposal, let us remind you that, according to our poll, 82% of you agree that the current consolidation may not be the best way to go to foment [...]

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  3. We need specific goals and projects for the NCs to rally around. A Debate and Candidate Forum would create a more meaningful election system by filtering candidates as well as creating a point of interaction to help citizens better know their elected representatives.

    Most Los Angelenos don’t know that there are 18 elected officials in Los Angeles City’s government. Democracy (and Empowerment) is not possible if we don’t know who is representing us.

    Neighborhood Councils are in a perfect position to set up a Debate and Candidate Forum. This would be be both ambitious and revolutionary, yet possible.

    Comment by Ankur Patel | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. I have been the Recording Secretary of the Harbor Gateway North NC for the past 3 1/2 years. I also helped with the formation of our NC before 2005. And I worked as a public librarian for the City of Los Angeles for nearly 31 years.
    Based on my experience of how the City functions, it will be a disaster for the Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment to be placed under the Community Development Dept. DONE needs to remain a stand-alone department, with at least a General Manager, a manager for field services, a manager for training, and a manager for funding. There should be at least ten Project Coordinators and five staff in the funding section, plus perhaps three in training. This would allow the Neighborhood Councils to function at a minimal level over the coming fiscal year and provide a framework for adding staff as the City’s fiscal situation improves. If necessary, each NC would probably be willing to give up a percentage of the proposed budget for next year to help keep DONE independent.

    Comment by Rosalie Preston | June 1, 2010 | Reply


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