Council Nixes DONE Consolidation
Today, at the behest of Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the City Council voted 12-0 against the mayor’s proposal to consolidate the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Community Development Department.
This action followed months of debate in the Education and Neighborhoods Committee, which Krekorian chairs, and will be followed by many more meetings throughout the city to determine the future of neighborhood councils. Read more about this ongoing debate from our past live-blogs: here, here and here.
In addition to opposing the consolidation, Krekorian introduced an amendment that instructs the city’s Chief Administrative Officer to ensure DONE can continue serving neighborhood councils:
A proposal to reorganize DONE and improve support to the Neighborhood Councils is going to require additional time to work with the City staff and receive input from stakeholders.
To ensure continued support for the Neighborhood Councils, I move to instruct the CAO to report back in 15 days to the Education and Neighborhoods Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee with a proposal to continue operating DONE as a standalone Department for up to six months while the Council and Mayor develop a new organization structure for DONE. It should be the goal of this proposal to ensure cost neutrality, but the CAO should report, in any event, on any budgetary impacts.
Stay tuned to CD2Policy for updates on what lies ahead for neighborhood councils and, as always, let us know your thoughts.