January 18, 2010

Neighborhood Councils Demand a 'Seat at the Table' of Power

The NCs want "a seat at the table." They want Ex Officio status at the City Council, Council Committee, Task Force and Departmental meetings so that they can fulfill their Chartered responsibilities:

1. "...to promote more citizen participation in government..."
2. "...to make government more responsive to local needs..."
3. "...to present to the Mayor and Council an annual list of priorities for the City budget..." and
4. "...(to) monitor the delivery of City services in their respective areas and periodic meetings with responsible officials of City departments..."

The NCs want the opportunity and the ability, like all City-chartered officials, to bring their understanding, opinions and suggestions to our City's decision-makers.

To read more about this and the reasoning behind it, go to the article at OurLA.org.

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