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 OUR 4TH OF JULY DIFFERENCES

The Declaration of Independence Meant Something Different to America’s Not So Independent Slaves

Amy Goodman
WHO WE ARE-“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass (photo above) of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, NY, on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which lie is the constant victim. To him,…

Trumping Trump: Shun the Donald, Boycott His Palos Verdes Golf Course

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD-I believe that it's really Donald Trump's hair. I seem to be unique in this belief. It's nice to be unique in some way, but what bothers me is that I have also been nearly unique, until now, in arguing that Trump should be shunned and boycotted. But times change. It's been a traumatic week both for Donald Trump and for the…

LA’s Sidewalks: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-The City of Los Angeles is expected to spend $1.4 billion over the next 30 years to repair our sidewalks pursuant to a Settlement Agreement involving the Willits class action lawsuit that alleged that the City was not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. While the yet to be disclosed Settlement Agreement appears to…

Is It Really a Golden State or Is It Just One of Those Hollywood Illusions?

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-Is Los Angeles really part of a Golden State or is it a place to remember as you move to greener pastures? I pose this question following my recent visit to Chicago and other cities east of the Rockies. My travels to the east coast were part of my reserve LAPD duty. I was part of the group of LAPD Reserve Officers escorting the…

Want to Save The Bullet Train, Governor … Get Better Bullet Points!

Ken Alpern
GETTING THERE FROM HERE-George W. Bush had Iraq. Barack Obama has ObamaCare. And Jerry Brown has HIS bullet train. Not OUR bullet train, mind you, but HIS bullet train. And like Iraq, and like ObamaCare, the bullet train that was meant to help all of us, and which was promoted with great fanfare and wonderful intentions, has to survive the test of…

LA: Hit-and-Run Capital of the World May Be Getting an Alert System

Damien Newton
LA’S STREETS - After last week’s warning that CA Assemblymember Mike Gatto’s legislation to create a “Yellow Alert” system was imperiled by Senate Transportation and Housing Committee staff and the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) objections, there was a feeling of a looming showdown before today’s committee hearing. Assembly Bill 8 would create…

LA’s Citywide Sign Ordinance: By, For and Of Special Interests

Barbara Broide
IRATE PRIVATE CITIZEN’S OPEN LETTER-I write this letter not as a representative of my local homeowners association or neighborhood council, both of which have come out in support of the sign ordinance that limits new signage to sign districts in specified commercially zoned areas and who seek enforcement of and the issuance of citations to signs…

Now Is the Time For True Courage

Abby Zimet
FURTHER-Britanny 'Bree' Newsome - the filmmaker, organizer, activist and aspiring Super-Woman who memorably, determinedly climbed the flagpole at South Carolina's capitol to remove the Confederate flag - has spoken out for the first time about her feat, which she views "both as an act of civil disobedience and as a demonstration of the power…

When Did the American Civil War Really End and … Did Shenandoah Really Save the Whales?

Paul Hatfield
PERSPECTIVE - When did the American Civil War end? Could it really have been late June or early November of 1865? April 9, 1865 is the date widely accepted, and for good reason: it marked the surrender of General Lee’s army at Appomattox, Virginia. It was a foregone conclusion that other field commands would quickly follow suit. In fact, they did,…

 

  • Costco: Free Range Liars!

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS POLITICS-Eight years ago grocery retailer Costco (COST) pledged to transition out of using eggs from chickens in small cages to cage free…
  • 10 Things Over-Thinkers Are Tired Of Over-Thinking

    Lindsay Holmes
    WELLNESS-While writing this intro, I deleted the first paragraph approximately six times. My thoughts ranged from "Just get to the point already" to…
  • Can Procrastination Give You a Heart Attack?

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-A study posted in the journal of behavioral medicine linked procrastination with hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Specifically…



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Let My People Vote!

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS - LA’s City Council voted unanimously to authorize and direct the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to conduct Neighborhood Council board member elections on a temporary basis during the 2012 Neighborhood Council Election cycle.  The Office of the City Clerk retains the ability to conduct elections in 2014.


This action took place after months of debate and hearings that began last year when the City Clerk announced they would not be conducting the 2012 Neighborhood Council elections due to budget constraints.

During LA’s Congress of Neighborhoods in September of 2011, more than 600 community leaders from throughout the city filled City Hall where they were joined by the Mayor, Councilmembers, Commissioners and City Hall Leadership. Of all the issues that were raised that day, it was Neighborhood Council elections that received the highest priority and the most united support.

In the eight months following the Congress, NC Alliances joined in the conversation and an Elections Task Force was formed to draft policy recommendations for the election process.

During Wednesday’s City Council session, Councilmember Parks reported on the Town Hall sessions he conducted as Chair of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee, noting that of all issues, moving forward with Neighborhood Council elections was the most popular.

Bill Rosendahl elevated the dialogue and spoke passionately of his relationship with the Neighborhood Councils in his district, arguing that elections are the essence of participatory democracy and that he was committed to seeing them take place.

The most important point was made by General Manager BongHwan “BH” Kim when he stated out that the Department was in a position to move forward with NC citywide elections as soon as the City Council “amended the ordinance and funded the process.”

While the City Council action authorizing NC Elections is a tremendous victory for the many Neighborhood Council leaders who sent “Let My People Vote!” messages to the City Council, the ordinance is just one of two important steps.

The next step that the City Council must take will resolve the funding issue, setting aside the funds necessary to conduct the 2012 Neighborhood Council elections.

Neighborhood Council leaders should take note that one of the proposals on the table for election funding is to have the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) and the City Administrative Officer (CAO) to determine an appropriate dollar amount for each Neighborhood Council to contribute toward the cost of the elections, currently estimated to be $5000 per council. This would be in addition to funds that councils have allocated for outreach expenses.

The other proposal is the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s request for funding in the amount of $659,000 in the proposed fiscal year 2012-2013 budget.  This amount would cover hiring the additional staff needed to conduct elections, translation, printing, location fees and any necessary equipment and supplies. This funding request must still be approved by City Council.

In either scenario, Neighborhood Councils will be responsible for the outreach to their local community about the elections.

The fork in the road for Neighborhood Council leaders is to decide if they want to advocate for the election budget to come out of the City of LA’s budget or out of their Neighborhood Council budgets.

Either way, it is imperative that Neighborhood Councils weigh in on the issue and speak up quickly.

The next meeting of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee is scheduled for May 15th at 1:00 pm.

Neighborhood Council elections are scheduled to start August 4, 2012 and will take place through the end of October, 2012. The elections will be administered in twelve regions with an Independent Election Administrator assigned to each region.  

Polling locations will be staffed by both paid and volunteer poll workers and each region has been assigned a week in which the Neighborhood Councils in that region will choose one day to hold their election by majority vote.  On the day of the election, the Neighborhood Council can set the time in which they would like to hold their election.

(Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: Stephen@thirdeyecreative.net. You can also find him on Twitter and on Facebook.) –cw

Tags: Stephen Box, Neighborhood Councils, Los Angeles, elections, NC Elections







CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 38
Pub: May 11, 2012

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