1. CITY ATTORNEY ADVICE REPOSITORY: For the first decade of the Neighborhood Council system, decisions of the City Attorney on Neighborhood Council matters were posted on the website of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE). Those determinations and advisory recommendations could be referenced by DONE staff, by NCs, and by the public. About ten years ago that historical repository was wiped out when a key computer server at DONE failed and there was no usable backup. Since that time, opinions from the City Attorney's Neighborhood Council Advice Division have become closely held secrets. Retired attorney Jeffrey Mausner (Tarzana NC) notes that the State Bar of California provides resources for attorneys to make ethical decisions, including ethics opinions and research tools for laws and rules relating to ethics. A similar resource would be invaluable for the Neighborhood Council system. The specifics of every case are obviously unique. However, like case law in the courts, having a repository of past advice and decisions could provide some guidance as to what might apply in similar circumstances.
2. Investigation of the Volunteer Program of the Los Angeles Animal Services Department (LAAS)
On October 11, 2022, a Cease-and-Desist Letter was sent to LAAS and City officials, citing violations of volunteers’ constitutionally protected free speech rights and stating that a lawsuit would be commenced if it did not stop. The letter can be seen here: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2022/22-1176_PC_PM_10-20-2022.pdf
Despite progress, this issue has not been fully resolved. Please see: Animal Shelter Volunteers Win First Round In Fight For First Amendment Rights, https://citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/animal-watch/25845-animal-shelter-volunteers-win-first-round-in-fight-for-first-amendment-rights
LAAS is no longer explicitly stating that it is suspending or terminating volunteers for speaking to the press or posting on social media regarding conditions at the shelters. However, LAAS is now suspending or terminating volunteers who do these things, stating that they are purportedly being suspended or terminated on other grounds. Many people believe that these “other grounds” are merely pretexts to get rid of or silence the outspoken volunteers and cover up problems at the animal shelters.
A petition is circulating entitled PLEASE INVESTIGATE THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM OF THE LOS ANGELES ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. The petition, which can be accessed here, has received more than 4,000 signatures and hundreds of comments in less than three weeks: https://www.change.org/p/please-investigate-the-volunteer-program-of-the-los-angeles-animal-services-department
The petition calls on the City Attorney, Controller, and/or Mayor to determine if these volunteers were suspended or terminated for legitimate reasons or for Constitutionally protected activities. The petition also asks that the investigation determine why there are so few volunteers being accepted and trained, while thousands of applicants are waiting. Lack of trained volunteers is causing animals to suffer and wasting millions of dollars of free volunteer time.
3. NEW BOARD SEATING POLICY: The past General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment decided, without significant Neighborhood Council input, to overturn the board seating policy that had been in effect from the inception of the system. Newly elected Board Members were always seated at the time their election was officially certified. The former GM decreed that all elected board members will be seated on July 1 of the new Fiscal Year, regardless of when their local election is certified. The rationale (which does not seem to make sense) was that because of limited staff, it would be easier for DONE to train 1,900 people all at once, rather than training them incrementally as their sequenced elections were completed. The new seating policy has potentially disastrous effects for the current 2023 NC elections. Many Neighborhood Council elections are turning into "board seatings" because there were no competitive seats. However, they are NOT SEATED because of the problematic new policy. Instead, the "lame duck" board members will continue in power through June. This period will include spending all of the council's current year funds AND appointments to fill seats that are still vacant after the election. This seems like a profoundly undemocratic result for a policy that has at its core a 'training convenience' argument of questionable logic. In particular, many of the newly elected people may become so disillusioned with being shut out that they drift away. This could leave many NCs unable to make a quorum which would also keep them from appointing new people to vacancies. DONE, which has the authority to do so (under its shared authority over elections with the City Clerk) should consider IMMEDIATELY ending this policy and returning to the historic policy of seating board members upon certification of the election.
4. Neighborhood Council Bill Of Rights The Working Group for Constructive Change, a committee for LANCC, is soliciting input to create a Bill of Rights addressing the concerns of all Neighborhood Councils, their board members and stakeholders. Attached are some ideas people have submitted so far but we want to ensure that everyone feels included and that means you need to speak up - what you like and don't like, what you feel are the most important issues, and help us make this a Bill of Rights, not just for some but for everyone. The Working Group is waiting to hear from you at lanccWG4CC@gmail.com
Proposed items to go into a Neighborhood Council Bill of Rights
• There shall be No imposed bylaws and the city shall rescind previously imposed bylaws at the request of any neighborhood council regarding its own bylaws.
• Neighborhood councils shall have a role in the choice of BONC appointees by one of the following: appointment subject to ratification by majority of nc's in the region or nc's have veto power over an appointee, or requirement for 60% nc approval
• The right to freedom of speech exists in neighborhood council deliberations and participation.
• Neighborhood councils have the right to petition and communicate with all levels of government.
• Neighborhood councils shall have the right to limit stakeholder status to the minimum described in the Charter and shall not be forced to include other categories of stakeholder.
• Neighborhood councils are government bodies and hold equal status with other such bodies.
• Neighborhood councils shall in the aggregate hold veto power over BONC decisions, by majority vote of those voting, out of a quorum of at least 10 neighborhood councils, each neighborhood council holding one vote to be cast by majority vote of its governing board.
• The office of the City Attorney shall take care not to represent one part of city government against any neighborhood council or against neighborhood councils in general, as the neighborhood councils are an equal branch of city government as defined by the Charter. It shall be a conflict of interest for the City Attorney to represent any branch of government against the neighborhood councils without providing for an equal level of representation for neighborhood councils.
• The city recognizes that neighborhood council participants are not employees of the city simply due to their neighborhood council status, and the city has no right of ownership, control, or the equivalent over the persons, thoughts, or time of neighborhood council participants.
• Neighborhood councils recognize state law calling for ethics training each two years and accept a minimal amount of additional training not to exceed 30 minutes every two years on the subjects already defined by city rules; Other than these training requirements which already exist, the city and its agencies and departments shall have no right to impose training of any kind or duration on neighborhood council participants; training may be offered to individuals or boards on a voluntary basis.
• Neighborhood councils shall collectively have the right to consult with the city government and the mayor over the choice of appointees to the position of General Manager of DONE and over the choice of appointees to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, and shall have the right to call for the removal of the General Manager and of BONC commissioners.
• There shall be a strong presumption that any neighborhood council board member who has been elected by the voters of his/her district holds the board seat lawfully and rightfully by decision of those voters. Removal of a board member by anybody other than the governing board of that member's district shall only be carried out on the basis of extreme circumstances which shall include violence, threats against a board member or a member of the public, or conviction of a crime which affects the neighborhood council or the neighborhood council system as a whole. This shall not be construed to limit bylaws rules which remove a board member due to a certain number of consecutive absences or due to a certain number of absences over the course of a year. Bylaws rules regarding "censure and removal" shall not be enforced unless the neighborhood council itself has intentionally included those rules in its own bylaws; the imposition of these bylaws on neighborhood councils which do not intentionally include them shall not be enforceable.
• No training, work requirement, or attendance at any function, governmentally related or not, shall be required of any neighborhood council participant. Neighborhood council individuals or, if they so choose, their bargaining units, shall have the right to negotiate payments or salaries for such work or attendance, should the city government be willing.
• The city government shall enter in good faith into negotiations to develop and accept a Memorandum of Understanding between the neighborhood councils and city government, and the MOU shall include this Neighborhood Council Bill of Rights.
5. LA AQUEDUCT WATER: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) continues its fight to keep water affordable by using its historic water rights in the Eastern Sierra. Local interests in Mono and Inyo counties repeatedly hatch environmental crusades and lawsuits to prevent Los Angeles from using its water rights. This year was no exception. The consistently antagonistic Mono Lake Committee (MLC) tried to declare an "ecological crisis" to protect common seagulls in Mono Lake, even though the closest nesting islands are over 700 feet from coyotes on the shoreline. On February 15 the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) held a public information meeting about the claims and the MLC request that LADWP's rights to water from local streams, which have already been reduced by 90 percent, now be reduced to ZERO. Record recent snowfalls (nearly 300 percent of normal) have made the claimed crisis implausible. Meanwhile, in the Owens Lake area, the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD) has filed a proposed budget with a 300 percent increase in its legal funds (paid for by LADWP) to support additional legal action against the City of Los Angeles. Great Basin uses dust from Owens Dry Lake as a way to force LA to use its water for dust control instead of sending it to LA for drinking water. At peak use, LADWP leaves enough water in Mono County to fill up the Rose Bowl to the brim, EVERY DAY. The San Fernando Valley has a special interest in protecting the city's water rights in the Eastern Sierras. Because of its elevation the Valley cannot use water from either the Colorado River or from the giant Diamond Lake reservoir maintained by Metropolitan Water District (MWD). It depends on imported water from the State Water Project (from the Bay Delta), which until recently was limited to tiny 'emergency' supplies, or from the LA Aqueduct. LA Aqueduct water built the Valley. It still is our lifeblood. What happens to Eastern Sierras water is a HUGE local issue.
1. CF20-0990 – Under the guise of LA Civil Rights, a vote for this council file gives DONE GM authority to remove elected board members and determine what mandatory training DONE requires and allows GM to change NC Bylaws. A vote against, implies NC is against LA Civil Rights. If your NC voted before 28Feb2023, you need to vote AGAIN.
2. Do you want to help at our valley elections? How to become a poll worker 213-978-0444 https://clkrep.lacity.org/election/2023_NC_Community_Poll_worker_flyer.pdf Department of Neighborhood Empowerment:
3. Project Coordinator – aka NEA Job Description It’s good to know what the NEAs duties are. https://per.lacity.org/jobs/openings/index.cfm?job_id=5750
4. Los Angeles City Charter Article IX Department of Neighborhood Empowerment https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/los_angeles/latest/laac/0_0_0_372
5. Los Angeles Administrative Code Chapter 28 – The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/los_angeles/latest/laac/0-0-0-53812#JD_D22c28
1. CANDIDATE FORUM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: contact Linda Gravani at VANC34.firstname.lastname@example.org
✓ Time Keepers
✓ Crowd Control
✓ Review Questions
✓ Direct traffic
8a-9a NC booth/ pop-up Set-up - If raining, will be inside
9a-10a Meet and Greet
10a-1230p Candidate introductions and Q&A
1230p-130p Network with CD6 NC Board Members and CD6 Candidates
2. How corrupt is our city of Angels? … NCs agendas get rejected if the wording isn’t right…..
✓ Have you ever checked out www.CITYWATCHLA.com interesting opinions concerning
i. Neighborhood Politics
ii. LA Watchdog
3. Has your NC file a CIS on:
✓ CF23-0002-S16 - By adoption of this resolution the Ralph M Brown Act permit the City of LA NC system to choose to operate remote meetings indefinitely
✓ CF23-0002-S17 – Support for legislative action that would amend the Ralph M. Brown Act to allow local legislative bodies, including appointed boards, commissions, advisory bodies, and NC, to continue to conduct most meetings virtually in the absence of any special circumstances, subject to appropriate safeguards to ensure full and robust opportunities for public participation, including by persons who lack means of digital access.
4. How to find out all about BIG projects from the Bureau of Engineering (BOE)
Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committees (LVNOC) and Capital Improvement Projects 1) Go to https://eng.lacity.org/ 2) scroll to the bottom where it says project information and click it 3) https://eng2.lacity.org/iuprs/ scroll to link "search for project" 4) select CD or NC and click next (I suggest CD) 5) then select report all. 6) Each project has a little paper looking thing which is a link to project status. Once you identify project you can get more info from there. It will say status and LVNOC if applicable Thank You Lee Blumenfeld, Encino NC PLU Board Member
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LA Special Election for CD6 – April 4, 2023 with June 27, 2023 run off date if needed
Saturday 18FEB2023 10am
VANC MEET THE CANDIDATES EVENT at
Osborne Neighborhood Church 13501 Osborne St Arleta 91331
See the Certified List of Candidates at this link:
City Clerk site: https://clerk.lacity.gov/clerk-services/elections/municipal-elections
Write-In Candidates will be introduced at the Feb. 18 VANC Meet the Candidates event
CD6 NCs: Arleta, Encino, Foothill Trails, Lake Balboa, North Hills East, North Hollywood North East, Panorama City, Sun Valley Area, Van Nuys
(First mail out ballots will be sent on 6Mar2023)
1. AB-2449 Open Meetings: local agencies: teleconferences
• The legislative body must provide a way for the public to remotely hear, visually observe, and remotely address the legislative body, either by a two-way audiovisual platform or a two-way telephonic service and a live webcasting of the meeting. • The provisions of AB 2449 will remain in effect until January 1, 2026 • SEE Complete Bill https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB2449
2. AB361 Open Meetings: state and local agencies: teleconferences
• Stop the meeting during any service disruption that either
I. Prevents the local agency from broadcasting the meeting to the public using the call-in or internet-based service option, or
II. Is within the local agency’s control and prevents the public from submitting public comments
• effective until January 1, 2024
• SEE Complete Bill
3. Where to find 2023 NC election information:
• https://clkrep.lacity.org/election/2023_NC_Election_Handbook.pdf • https://clkrep.lacity.org/election/2023_NC_List_of_Election_Administrator.pdf • https://clkrep.lacity.org/election/2023_NC_Regional_Election_Schedule.pdf • https://clerk.lacity.org/clerk-services/elections/nc-elections • (213) 978-0444 or email us at Clerk.ElectionsNC@lacity.org.
4. CD6 Special Election information
HOT TOPICS For November 8, 2022
1. Where to find 2023 NC election information:
• (213) 978-0444 or email us at Clerk.ElectionsNC@lacity.org.
Neighborhood Council Elections Presentation Contacts:
Michael Lektorich Election Administrator from City Clerk’s office
election candidate files, polling places, vote by mail, ADA compliance for voting
Angie Aramayo, Director of Awareness & Engagement from DONE
Election outreach, CANVA accounts, regional meetings
Candidates running for Local Office
LA County Sheriff
HOT TOPICS For October 13, 2022
#1 Missed the meeting tonight? Check out www.susanshelley.com for the November ballot measures.
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) to report back on
DONE to report back on viable options for conducting future NC meetings
HOT TOPICS For September 14, 2022
A motion was introduced in City Council on September 14, 2022 regarding the future of NC meetings. The City Clerk's summary title is: Neighborhood Council Meetings / EmpowerLA Virtual Governance (EVG) System / In-Person / Emergency Declarations
The motion is Council File 22-1070 (linked below).
HOT TOPICS For September 8, 2022
MOU = Memorandum of Understanding (sometimes MoU)
DWP = Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
#1 The MOU between the DWP and the Neighborhood Councils (NC) is a formal agreement for advance notice and information sharing. This understanding was created after a firestorm of neighborhood oppositions to a DWP rate request that had Inadequate notice and little explanation. Meets 1st Sat of ODD Months 8:30am -10am
The MOU created an Oversight Committee that coordinates information sharing under the agreement. Meets 1st Sat of EVEN Months 830a – 10am
Each Neighborhood Council votes to participate in the MOU and names a stakeholder or board member to be their official representative to the Oversight Committee. The public is also welcome to attend.
LADWP’s budget is multi-billions. What is spends generates a ‘TAX’ on OUR bill for the cost of water and power.
#2 LADWP “LA100” Plan could TRIPLE power rates. How to green up the city’s power system, how fast, and at what cost should be a public discussion. After DWP spent millions over three years for a study on how to reach 100% renewable power by 2045, the current Mayor (Garcetti) and City Council have ordered the goal advanced to 2035. Should ratepayers bear cost of a first in nation political goal? Go to https://ladwp.com/sltrp Scroll to bottom, Click + next to “Public Outreach Meetings” And register
Possible Motion for your NC
TO: LADWP GM: Martin.Adams@ladwp.com
Board members: email@example.com ask to forward to commissioners
DWP SLTRP team: PowerSLTRP@ladwp.com
LA100 study yielding possible tripling of rates by 2035 needs more analysis.
For 2 ½ years NREL (National Renewable Energy Lab) studied complex plans for zero carbon emissions by 2045. However, after completion of the study, Mayor Garcetti abruptly forwarded the zero carbon emissions date by a decade to 2035.
The recently released LA100 study (Advisory Group Mtg. #10, 8/12/22) includes only PRELIMINARY rates and bill costs. Also, it does not include any cost comparisons between “zero carbon” dates of 2035 and 2045.
Additionally, the study’s preliminary analysis shows some residential rates TRIPLING by 2035 but states it has not done a detailed “rates analysis” (which will often yield higher rates than determined by a “broad brush” preliminary analysis).
Based upon this information, the _______________ Neighborhood Council believes that the study is incomplete and requests that the LADWP Board of Commissioners NOT vote to select a final SLTRP (Strategic Long-Term Resource Plan) case until all the above cost and rates study information is provided to the Board AND the public for timely review. This information will assist in making decisions that adhere to the 3/31/21 City Council directive (CF21-0352) that states that the SLTRP “have minimal adverse impact on ratepayers.”
Thank you for your consideration in this important matter,
HOT TOPICS For August 11, 2022
STILL PENDING AND STILL HOT and needs your attention
Municipal Lobbying Ordinance, CF 22-0560:
Budget Advocates OPPOSE CF11-1020-S3.
Urge City Council to retain telephonic public commenting
1. VANC HOT TOPIC - North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project
The Metro North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project was initiated in 2017 and subsequently two options for a Bus Rapid Transit line were proposed on Nordhoff Street OR Roscoe Boulevard. Last month Metro held three community meetings to announce a different "network approach" instead. This "BRT Network Improvements" proposes an enhanced bus network that would increase connectivity and provide high-quality bus service and transit infrastructure in North San Fernando Valley communities from Northridge on the west to North Hollywood on the east.
For a project overview, watch the video linked here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j35VTlXnXrY
If you were unable to attend the Metro community meetings, you can watch the virtual meeting, access meeting materials and visit the online interactive StoryMap on the project website, by visiting metro.net/nsfvbrt. Please share any additional comments via the online form.
Metro anticipates completing the Alternatives Screening Report (ASR) analyzing the new proposed BRT Network Improvements and comparison of the benefits and tradeoffs to the previously-analyzed BRT alternatives in Fall 2022. The proposed project is anticipated to be on the agenda for Metro Board review and consideration in Fall 2022.
2. HOW TO FORWARD PUBLIC COMMENTS ON Council Files
Go to clerk.lacity.org
move down under POPULAR SERVICES
click on Council File Management System
under SIMPLE SEARCH___________________
enter council file number or topic
ex: 22-0600-S20 or goats
click on SEARCH
on RIGHT SIDE
click on the File Number
At top of page to the right of COUNCIL FILE #
Click on NEW in RED
PUBLIC COMMENT FORM will appear
Complete information required and click on SUBMIT
GO TO YOU YOUR EMAIL, you MUST reply to the city’s email to activate
3. Thank You to Los Angeles Fire Department and Police Department
Our guest speakers over the last two months (June, July) have included Deputy L.A. Fire Department Chief Trevor Richmond (Valley Bureau Commander), Assistant Chief John Drake (Command 42, Valley Operations), and Captain Ruben Lopez (I/CM42 Adjutant).
The fire danger created by the inhabited RVs and homeless encampment next to the West Valley Animal Shelter was discussed with them. RVs and tents were very close to the Shelter, with one inhabited RV touching trees that also touched the roof of the Shelter where dogs are locked in their kennels. If there had been a fire, animals in the Shelter would have been burned to death. As well as creating a fire danger, belongings and trash from the RVs and tents blocked the route to take the Shelter Dogs for a walk.
The situation was quickly handled and the fire danger mitigated.
Thank you to our guest speakers, as well as LAFD Battalion Chief Karen Richter, Watch Commander Sergeant Nick Nemecek of LAPD, and all other personnel from LAFD and LAPD who participated in mitigating the fire danger and are continuing to assure the safety of the West Valley Animal Shelter. Thank you to VANC for conveying the information about this danger directly to the proper City officials.
4. Hot Topic re Northeast Valley Animal Shelter
At last month’s VANC (July) meeting, we passed the following resolution, 24 in favor, none against, one abstention:
The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) represents the 34 Neighborhood Councils throughout the San Fernando Valley, including all of the Neighborhood Councils in the vicinity of the Northeast Valley Animal Shelter. This shelter is a City facility built with Proposition F funds to be a municipal animal shelter, open to the public. It was not meant to be a private facility to house rescue organizations. Nevertheless, the Board of Animal Services Commissioners has issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) to do just that, lease the Northeast Valley Animal Shelter to rescue organizations to operate. The Board of Animal Services Commissioners and Animal Services Department did not provide an opportunity for the affected Neighborhood Councils to provide input into this decision.
Therefore, it is RESOLVED that VANC takes the position that the Department of Animals Services and City Council should receive input from the affected Neighborhood Councils before releasing the Request for Proposal for rescue organizations to operate the Northeast Valley Animal Shelter.
UPDATE: New Council file introduced 5AUG22 regarding: Article 2, Section 10.15 (3) of the Charter, the requirements for circulation of an RFP are as follows:
“Public notice of the RFP shall be given in writing or electronically to prospective contractors or suppliers of the appropriate commodity and to any other sources deemed appropriate. The RFP shall state the time and place at which the proposals will be received. Proposals received after the time and date specified may be returned and may not be considered.”
Council File does not yet have a number.
5. Hot Topic re Suspension or Termination of Animal Services Department Volunteers
In the last month, the Los Angeles Times, as well as other news outlets, have run
stories very critical of the Animal Services Department and conditions for animals
in the City Animal Shelters:
‘It’s Inhumane’: Dogs At L.A. Animal Shelters Go Weeks Or Months Without
Being Walked: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-14/la-city-
‘Horrified’: L.A. City Council Members Call For Action On Overcrowded Animal
LA Animal Services Officials Blame Staff Shortage, Pandemic Challenges For
Issues At City Shelters: https://abc7.com/animal-shelters-la-city-council-concerns-
Volunteers who spoke with the press and others about conditions at the City
Animal Shelters have been suspended or terminated. As well as likely being a
First Amendment violation subjecting the City to potential liability, this harms the
animals who are deprived of the essential care given by these Volunteers, making
the conditions exposed in these articles even worse.
This isn’t the first time that the Animal Services Department has tried to cover-up
conditions at the Shelters by suspending or terminating Volunteers. Please see:
Budget Advocates Call for Investigation of Animal Services Department Volunteer
Therefore, I propose the following resolution, to be sent to City officials,
Neighborhood Councils, and others:
RESOLVED, that the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC),
representing the 34 Neighborhood Councils throughout the San Fernando
Valley, strongly condemns the suspension or termination of Volunteers for
speaking with the press about conditions in the City Animal Shelters or
exercising their First Amendment rights.
I am excited to tell everyone that Senator Portantino’s bill SB 411, which will provide NCs the flexibility to have virtual meetings, has been set for a hearing next Wednesday (4/19) in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. We are asking for more letters of support to be sent to the committee from individual NC members. Attached is a form letter that can be filled out and submitted through the Advocacy Portal linked below; the deadline to submit support letters is tomorrow (Thursday) at 12 pm, so please send in your letter as soon as possible if you have not already.
In addition to any support letters, it will be critical to have as many NC members as possible call in to voice their support during the hearing. The hearing begins at 9 am with SB 411 sixth on the agenda, but it is difficult to tell exactly what time the committee will get to the bill. I will try to provide a more accurate time frame as we get closer if at all possible.
I will provide the call-in number to everyone next week, but the instructions to provide testimony are attached. Once your line is opened by the moderator, you will be asked to provide to the committee your name, organization, and position on the bill. For example, you might say, “I am Declan Floyd, board member of the XXX Neighborhood Council in Los Angeles, in strong support of SB 411.”
Please forward this email to your board members and encourage them to write letters before tomorrow as well as call in next week during the hearing. I am available via phone or email with any questions, and please also let me know if you plan to testify during the hearing so that we can have a general idea of how many callers to expect. Senator Portantino is grateful for your leadership in Los Angeles and your assistance in helping get this bill passed so that you can have the flexibility you need to serve your communities.
California Legislature Position Letter Portal
Office of Senator Anthony J. Portantino
601 E Glenoaks Blvd. Suite 210
Glendale, CA. 91207
(818) 409-1256 fax
SB411: Submit comments by noon on April 13 for the hearing at 9am on April 19
California Senate bill SB411, which would allow Neighborhood Councils to choose to hold their meetings virtually, has a hearing next Wednesday April 19 at 9am with the Senate’s Governance & Finance Committee.
To learn how to call in during the meeting, get the meeting agenda, or submit a public comment letter in advance, visit the committee's webpage:
Letters must be submitted via the link on that webpage by noon this Thursday April 13, 2023.
While Neighborhood Councils are advisory on City of Los Angeles matters, Neighborhood Council members may share comments in writing or by phone on SB411 as individuals. They can preface their comments by stating that they are sharing their thoughts as individuals, and include their NC affiliation for identification purposes.
If SB411 continues through the State legislative process, Neighborhood Councils may also take action as a board to send a letter to their City elected officials, explaining their perspective on this bill and asking their representatives for their support on this matter.
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