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July 29, 2016

Neighborhood Council Budget Day 2016

Neighborhood Council Budget Day 2016

Saturday July 30, 2016
Breakfast Provided
07:30AM Registration and Breakfast
08:30AM Plenary Session – Keynote Speaker Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson
10:45AM Breakout Sessions by Region and Budget Advocate Elections
12:30PM New Budget Advocates Convene

Los Angeles City Hall
John Ferraro Council Chambers
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Everyone is invited to this FREE event. Please see back of flyer for details on about Budget Advocates and Representatives. Traducción disponible en español para el evento principal en la cámara del consejo. To RSVP, register online at To speed up parking, please print the first page of this flyer and place it on your dash. Neighborhood Councils are responsible for:

  • appointing or electing two (2) Budget Representatives pursuant to their Bylaws having their Treasurer and/or President serve as de facto Budget Representative in the event no Budget Representative is designated or becomes unavailable during the term
  • placing a Budget Advocate report on each agenda during which one of the Budget Representatives will report on Budget Advocate activities during the previous period
  • promoting and encouraging board members and stakeholders to participate in Budget Day at City Hall and in Regional Budget Day in their area
  • encouraging board members and stakeholders engage with the Budget Advocates in areas of interest and/or expertise facilitating Budget Advocate surveys by publicizing and actively encouraging board members and stakeholders to participate

Budget Representatives (collectively by Neighborhood Council) are responsible for:

  • soliciting input from their Neighborhood Council and stakeholders on priorities in their area and suggestions to improving City efficiency, increasing City income and reducing costs
  • attending Budget Day, expressing the issues of concern to their Neighborhood Council and stakeholders, voting for Budget Advocates
  • contacting one of the Budget Advocate co-chairs if cannot reach Budget Advocate for their Region or if have other concerns
  • soliciting input from their Neighborhood Council and stakeholders on an ongoing basis as City political issues evolve and communicating it to the Budget Advocates on a monthly basis
  • ensuring a Budget Advocate report is on every Neighborhood Council agenda
  • reporting on Budget Advocate activities, concerns
  • encouraging stakeholders to join the Budget Advocates on areas of their concern and/or expertise
  • help set up and work with other Budget Representative and Advocates to coordinate a Regional Budget Day (tentatively January in 2017) to address issues of interest to their region and solicit input on local concerns, AND to promote the attendance and participation of their board and stakeholders
  • suggest/self-nominate Budget Representatives for the following Fiscal Year and help advertise/solicit attendance at Budget Day 2017

Budget Advocates are responsible for:

  • electing their executive officers
  • attending twice‐monthly Budget Advocate meetings plus presentations to the City Council committees and Mayor as appropriate
  • learning about how the City’s finances work (starting with attending Budget Day) and researching applicable information as needed to prepare for meetings
  • if returning, mentoring new Budget Advocates as determined by the Co‐Chairs (input appreciated)
  • being current on their Ethics Training and Code of Conduct
  • if a first‐time Budget Advocate, working with a mentor to facilitate their work and provide feedback suggesting any City budget‐related passion they (and others) might wish to pursue during the year at the retreat
  • helping develop the Budget Advocate survey to target concerns specific to this year’s goals
  • committing to coordinate/interview/draft and edit reports in connection with aims of the Budget Advocates as determined at their 2nd (retreat) meeting - these can be with senior staff of City departments in connection with the White Paper, senior staff at City Councilmember’s offices in connection with addressing City services
  • reviewing and commenting upon reports and the White Paper distributing the survey and encouraging as many stakeholders to respond as possible to ensure the demographic spread and numbers to produce valid results
  • working with the other Budget Advocates in their Region to:
    • synopsize Budget Advocate activities on an ongoing basis and send monthly reports on what Budget Advocates are doing to their Region’s Budget Representatives to report at their Neighborhood Council meetings
    • solicit stakeholders to help with Budget Advocate projects
    • attend meetings at every Neighborhood Council in their Region, as necessary but at least twice a year to support the Budget Representatives
  • helping coordinate Regional Budget Day and report back to the Budget Advocates on what transpired
  • helping on other projects as needed
  • promoting and producing Budget Day 2017
Mailing address:
16911 San Fernando Mission Blvd, PMB 137
Granada Hills, CA 91344-4250
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