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citywide and regional issues
facing LA's Neighborhood Councils
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AGENDA - LA Neighborhood Council Coalition - see the agenda - The next Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) - Sat, July 3rd - will meet at the Hollywood Constituent Center at 6501 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. See the Google Map link. The nearest Metro Redline stop is at Hollywood and Vine.
The agenda is inside, and a copy of DONE's recommended language for the NC bylaws update is attached, too. If you want to refer to a copy at the meeting, please download and print one.
The LANCC meets on the first Saturday of each month. Your City needs your help!!!
PLEASE SPRED THE WORD to your NC Stakeholders. Each one of you should try to reach one another active Stakeholder to increase our numbers and our voices.
Our goal is to find out what NC members and stakeholders think about the issues. We are over 40 neighborhood councils and welcome everyone to this open process. Don't be left out! Send a delegate from your neighborhood council to represent you in this important event. LANCC's Primary Mission: "Establish a formal structure for NC's to speak with a collective voice on City issues."
Citywide Alliance of Neighborhood Councils - The next Forum of the Citywide Alliance of Neighborhood Councils was being scheduled for Saturday, June 19th at LA City College as usual. The focus was to have been the new form of DONE within the Community Development Department.
However, this past Tuesday the Education and Neighborhoods Committee voted to recommend that the City Council reject the proposed change. The full council is expected to follow suit. According to Paul Krekorian, the Chair of E&N, the process to define a new model for DONE as a stand alone Department will play out over the next six months.
With that in mind, we have decided the best course of action for the Citywide Alliance is to cancel the meeting that was being worked on for Saturday the 19th and monitor development over the rest of the summer. We have tentatively set the next forum for September 18th. We will keep you posted.
Our forums are free and open to all Neighborhood Council stakeholders, and we encourage each NC to have at least one representative at the meeting.
LANCC - Revised Charter - The LANC Coalition seeks to be more inclusive, and less stuffy, with revisions that are designed to be more comfortable to all the NCs. Core Value #1 --> "The LANCC is intended to enhance the ability of Certified NCs to have their voices heard on issues affecting their neighborhoods and the City, and is not intended to usurp or interfere with the role of individual NCs to voice opinions or positions on issues. This organization cannot and will not attempt to speak for any certified neighborhood council on any issue unless specifically empowered to do so by that neighborhood council's governing board. This organization reserves the right to refer to official positions taken by certified neighborhood council."
UNCOLA – United Neighborhood Councils of Los Angeles - a 501(c)3 formed to support the efforts of NC's and LANCC and a request for donations to cover incorporation costs. Read the Report here.
AB 1634 (The Healthy Pets Act) - This issue was presented to LANCC by Charlotte Laws of LANCC and Ed Boks of Animal Services and they are willing to speak or find speakers for your NC should it deiced to consider this issue. Here is their presentation on this issue and a copy of a suggested letter should your NC decide to support this bill.
Save the Southwest Museum - LA's oldest museum and the the largest Indian artifact collection in the United States - NCs are needed to to tie any deal or approval regarding City Land or other City approval to a written agreement by the Autry Museum to preserve the Southwest Museum and its collections as a single entity where it has existed for over one hundred years.
NC Review Commission Final
So, Who Are These People?
By Ken Draper & Greg Nelson
NOTE: The City Clerk has scheduled the first meeting of the Neighborhood
Council Review Commission on Thursday, July 13 at 5:00 PM in the Tom
Bradley Room, atop City Hall. All stakeholders are encouraged to attend.
Memo: Proposed Sign Regulations in Residential Communities
From: Jeff Jacobberger, LANCissues e-group member
To: all neighborhood council stakeholders
Memo: Election Procedures Issues for Neighborhood Councils
From: Robert Gelfand - Coastal San Pedro NC & Vice Chair, LANCC
To: Deputy Mayor Larry Frank
Congress of Neighborhood Councils:
Congress -- Outreach, Outreach, Outreach !!
To: All LANCC Members
Date: July 7th, 2006
My Fellow Senators,
On Friday, June 16th, the day before the Congress at the Convention Center,
I decided to do an outreach effort to all Neighborhood Councils who have
not joined the Congress.
I took the list of our current members from the Congress web site. That
list apparently needs some correcting but I used it nonetheless.
I then went to the DONE website and checked all the listed councils by
planning area. They actually total up to 97. I realize that only some 86
have been certified but I decided to send to the presidents of all councils
who were not members anyway.
The breakdown of our membership by planning area is as follows:
East - 5 of 12
So. Valley - 11 of 17
North Valley - 4 of 17
West - 7 of 12
Central - 6 of 17
South - 1 of 15 !
Harbor - 4 of 7
38 of 97
I found a President for 49 of the 59 remaining non members and emailed all
of them entreating them to join our Congress.
The following is an example:
Letter to Non Participating Councils - pfd file
I gave all of them my cell phone! I have gotten responses ranging from
we're taking their power to wanting a presentation to be made.
I did see Julian Rogers at the Convention Center and he has agreed to work
with me on this issue going forward regarding the South area.
I just wanted you to know the level at which I think this issue needs to be
addressed. I look forward to tomorrow when I can get your further input on
this most important matter.
Just a few of the LANCissues members who participated
at LA's birthday party on Olvera Street last September.
We represent many of the Councils from across the city.
some recent issues:
Here we'll cover the relationship between NCs and the
we hold meetings:
to the stakeholders:
I'm working on this new section of the website, and
will add a lot of topics to this column shortly.
- Meetings at the Congress (and Alliance)
Dear LANC Stakeholders:
The last Congress of Neighborhood Councils was held
on June 25 at the LA Convention Center (they're held
twice a year), and the LANC Citywide Issues Group
once again convened there.
You can pre-register to participate at these free events
at the DONE website.
By all accounts, the LANC Citywide Issues Group (CIG)
workshop at the Congress of NCs on October 9, 2004 was
a big success (they're held every six months and our
group always does a presentation or workshop there).
You can read the full report on the Oct 2004 event here:
at the Congress, 10/9/04
Marsh of the Mar Vista Community Council did a wonderful
job producing a new flyer and brought hundreds of copies
that were distributed liberally both to the workshop
participants and at the general assembly.
The flyer is very clean and succinctly features a general
description of our group's efforts as well as the LANCissues
website and e-group info. It's a tool we'll be able
to reproduce and use for quite some time (here it is
in PDF format for anyone to download and distribute:
Heinrick Keifer of the Historic Highland Park NC produced
a simple and very tasteful PowerPoint presentation based
on the flyer and some additional information.
We're now planning for how we'll participate at the
next Congress, held twice each year.
next Alliance of NCs Forum is in November, at LACC. We hope
to see some of you there ...
We generally meet immediately following the Alliance
LACC, on Vermont Ave
(Alliance meetings are held every two months, generally
on the third Saturday).
There were several topics discussed at recent meetings.
This is a brief summary of some of the high points,
as presented by Bob Gelfand
of the Coastal
San Pedro Neighborhood Council.
Some LANC Citywide Issues Group Actions
Entertainment Industry Development Corporation:
The EIDC is the corporation appointed by the city to
handle applications for location shooting. If a film
or television company wants to use your block, or the
house next to yours, or the corner of Wilshire and Westwood,
the EIDC is who they go to. There has been little or
no public input into how permitting is done, how the
rules are established and enforced, or the ability of
neighborhoods to redress grievances. The citywide issues
group agreed to propose a committee to carry neighborhood
and residents' concerns to the EIDC process. A member
of the EIDC Board of Directors was present at the meeting
and spoke in support of the idea. We will be preparing
a message to go out to all neighborhood councils and
residents' organizations on our list, inviting them
to nominate people to the proposed committee.
Outreach: We agreed to begin the process of doing
personal visits to the neighborhood council meetings
all around the city in order to introduce our organization
and explain the service it tries to perform. We took
the names of volunteers who have agreed to oversee the
seven regions of the city. We need additional volunteers.
You can agree to visit as few as one NC meeting, or
as many as you like. We expect these visits to take
two or three months to complete.
Cable TV franchise renewal: We discussed the
cable tv proposal prepared by Ken Marsh, and how it
might be used as part of our outreach plan. Few people
we have talked to are happy about the cable rates, but
there is a very limited scope to any negotiations the
city can do about the pricing structure. Beyond that,
there are lots of possibilities for obtaining additional
services of the "peg" category -- public,
educational, and governmental. We have discussed proposals
which ask the city to negotiate for the additional services,
and your neighborhood council has received the proposal
to consider and, we hope, act on.
4) As always, the current
Watch, the citywide newsletter on neighborhood council issues,
is available here on the LANCissues website. All past editions are archived on our site, too. Feel free to download these pdf files, and take advantage of the information they contain.
Yours in service,
Arroyo Seco NC
Dear Concerned Angeleno:
Welcome to the new home site for the Citywide Issues Group (CIG),
LANCissues.org. At present we are a group of over 100 people from
across Los Angeles who are involved in the Neighborhood Council
(and Community Council) system.
Many of us first met at either the biannual Congress of Neighborhoods
or at Alliance of Neighborhood Council meetings, generally held
every two months at LA City College on Vermont Avenue (we still
convene our general meetings following each of the latter, and
try to hold an off month steering group meeting as well).
The original idea for our efforts sprang from the perceived need
to coordinate our energy on a variety of issues that would effect
NCs regionally or citywide.
The group itself takes no position on the issues, and wishes to
provide a forum for the presentation of possible topics and the
sharing of pertinent information of an educational nature on any
We do, however, try to coordinate and track the results of any
positions taken by Neighborhood Councils around the city.
you can see, there's a lot to do ...
Please feel free to invite anyone interested in the neighborhood
council system from across the city to participate.
Together we can make a difference in Los Angeles.
Yours in service,
Citywide Issues Group Webmaster
LA Neighborhood Council Issues
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Public Safety Chair, Webmaster
LA Community Policing
LA's Youth Involved in Neighborhood Councils
entire E-Democracy site is available to look at, too. From time to time, a few of us have managed to get together with
Tim Erickson of St Paul, Minnesota. We talk about
neighborhood councils in other parts of the country and e-democracy (just
go to the "St. Paul" section of the site below for Tim's