Neighborhood Council Plan Review and Reform Initiative Launch

The Neighborhood Council Plan Review and Reform Initiative process begins Saturday, January 26, with a session titled “Looking Back: A History of the Neighborhood Council Movement in Los Angeles” which will feature a discussion of L.A.’s Neighborhood Council system and its history. This will be the initial meeting of the working groups that will be examining the ordinance and rules that govern the Neighborhood Council system. Everyone with an interest in Neighborhood Councils is invited to attend.

The session, to be held in the Ron Deaton Auditorium at the Los Angeles Police Department Administration Building, 100 W. 1st Street (across the street, south of City Hall), will commence at 9:30 a.m. with a “meet-and-greet”. At 10:00, there will be introductory remarks and recognition of the working group members, followed by the panel discussion. The event is scheduled to end by 12noon.

The panel members are Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles, who served as executive director of the city’s appointed charter commission and the Neighborhood Council Review Commission; Greg Nelson, who was instrumental in the neighborhood council movement first working for Councilmember Joel Wachs and then as general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment; and Jerry Gaines, who was an early supporter of Neighborhood Councils as a member of the appointed charter commission and later served as an area planning commissioner and, most recently, on the city’s redistricting commission.

The Neighborhood Council Plan Review and Reform Initiative is intended to a be a grassroots, Neighborhood Council-driven review of the rules and regulations that govern the Neighborhood Council system. The purpose is to consider the current state of affairs and recommend to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and City Council amendments necessary to facilitate the work of Neighborhood Councils, recognizing neighborhood councils’ independent status and strengthening their ability to perform their key missions of increasing stakeholder participation and influencing the municipal decisionmaking process.

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