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As you know, the city is facing a tremendous budgetary challenge right now, with multiple city services and departments endangered while thousands of city employees remain worried about their future.

While Councilmember Krekorian has sought multiple strategies to help the city  bridge its ballooning, $212 million deficit, he also wants to seek your input about how best to serve Los Angeles.

This week, the council and its various committees will meet to discuss the intricacies of how best to streamline Los Angeles and its numerous programs.

We would like to hear from you, via the comment section of this blog, on the options being discussed regarding Neighborhood Council’s and DONE.  But by no means do we want to limit your creativity. Please leave a comment and tell us, in the following posts, how best to address each issue.

As President Franklin Roosevelt said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

Thank you,

Your CD2 team

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February 12, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. One thing I’ve noticed, running a small retail business in Los Angeles is how the DOT puts fast auto-throughput on all roads – regardless of the existence of small (or large) retail businesses. Many smaller cities are fighting hard to capture sales tax dollars in pleasant retail areas. Cities like Culver City, Santa Monica, Pasadena, and Long Beach have intentionally slowed down cars in pedestrian oriented districts in order to increase sales tax revenue. Additionally, these cities have taken a small percentage of (market rate) parking fees and reinvested them in physical upgrades to the districts that generate the revenue. This is a positive feedback loop, and in many cases has increased the revenue these small cities generate from retail sales, business license taxes, parking fees and fines, and other miscellaneous revenue streams.

    LA’s technocrats shudder visibly when confronted with such commonplace ideas. I know that Councilman Reyes, and others on the conucil, can balance the need to appear to be tough on “congestions” and still provide the vibrant and convivial, streets LA’s retailers need to succeed.

    Can you please, please, use revenue neutral or revenue positive ideas like these to improve the city? Don’t hire a consultant to draft ideas up – use your staff and the neighborhood councils to come up with the outlines of micro-regional improvement districts – and stop Burbank, Glendale, Culver City, Alhambra, Santa Monica, and other from stealing our sales tax dollars!

    Comment by ubrayj02 | February 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. (1) Motion (Krekorian – Hahn – et al) relative to directing the City Administrative Officer to study, with appropriate stakeholders, the transfer of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment or the Neighborhood Council (NC) Funding Program.
    INVESTIGATE transferring neighborhood council funding administration to LA City Controller first then maybe a non-profit. The NC funding program can be simplified and operated at a lower cost while providing faster and more efficient service.
    SUPPORT maintaining Neighborhood Empowerment as a separate department.
    SUPPORT transferring elections back to neighborhood councils.

    (2) Motion (Krekorian – Hahn – et al) relative to the consideration of eliminating the Neighborhood Council “rollover” policy and transferring all suspended “rollover” funds totaling $1.61 million to the Reserve Fund.

    OPPOSE this recommendation.
    The $1.61 million amount refers to the balance in the fund as of June 30, 2009. In many cases, councils had submitted demand warrant requests which were being processed at this time. In some cases, DONE required as long as three months to complete requests for payment. Unless a full accounting of which payments should be assigned to the 2008-2009 fiscal year is performed, there is no way of knowing what each neighborhood council’s actual “rollover” is. In fact, the $1.61 million amount may be off by as much as 50 percent.
    REPLACE current policy with a one-year “rollover” retention if can use current 2-year “rollovers” from DONE in 2009/2010.

    (3) Motion (Krekorian – Hahn – et al) relative to the consideration of eliminating the Neighborhood Council bank card system and convert to a demand warrant system.

    OPPOSE this recommendation.
    The bank card system provides councils the ability to pay for small purchases such as office supplies. As with any account linked to a credit or debit card, records of transactions are immediate and usually accessible within a few hours. The abuse of the system involved cash advances. This component has already been removed. If the bank card system is eliminated entirely, it will force council board members to pay for small purchases and seek reimbursement via the demand warrant system, resulting in an increased workload for the controller’s office. Requiring neighborhood council volunteers to, in essence, loan money to the city creates a particular hardship in low-income areas.

    (4) Motion (Krekorian – Hahn – et al) relative to the consideration of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, City Attorney and City Administrative Officer evaluating and redefining allowable expenditure categories for Neighborhood Council funds.

    AMEND this recommendation.
    Instruct CAO, CLA, and DONE staff to meet with neighborhood council representatives to explore funding, staffing, and organizational proposals affecting the neighborhood council system.

    (5) Motion (Krekorian – Hahn – et al) relative to the consideration of the General Manager, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment issuing a memo to Neighborhood Councils regarding a proposed 50 percent reduction to the annual allocation amount for 2010-11.

    OPPOSE this recommendation.
    The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition has endorsed a proposal that will maintain the level of funding for neighborhood councils by saving money in other areas of the NC system. The work of neighborhood volunteers and leveraged expenditures are needed now more than ever as the city’s workforce shrinks.

    Comment by Glen Wilson | February 16, 2010 | Reply

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