Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to either run as a candidate to represent your community or Get Out and Vote! If you are the only person running for your area...You Win!
Neighborhood Councils were created by the city 10 years ago to address the disconnect between the many needs of communities and the inability of their representatives in City Hall to meet those many needs. From the Empowerment LA website “Since its establishment in 1999, the Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (ed: DONE, the city agency which oversees the various Neighborhood councils) has grown into the nation’s largest and most innovative initiative in civic engagement and citizen-based government. Through a network of 90 Neighborhood Councils, the City promotes public participation in government and works to improve government responsiveness to local concerns.” These organizations get an amount of money from the city each year to contribute to projects designed to enhance and support their community through a variety of ways including; beautification projects, funds for community events and giving residents a voice regarding the impact of local development. This means that you can approach your Council to help in any of these areas. Is there a house that is engaging in illegal development that will impact your property? Is there an unwanted development coming in to the community? Is there yet another store applying for a liquor license? Do you have a beautification project? You can go to your NC with your concerns or needs and have them considered and addressed.
If you are the kind of person who feels connected to your neighborhood, likes to know your neighbors, becomes actively involved in your blockclub or association or even gets inspired to organize your community around an issue….you are a perfect candidate to run for your local Neighborhood Council. They Need You! Involvement as a Board Member is an opportunity to engage in and learn how to work with others in a democratic process in order to affect positive change in your community.
The Neighborhood News is distributed in an area that has four neighborhood councils.
Mid City NC (MINC) www.mincla.org, and United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council (UNNC) www.unnc.org, ELECTION DATES are OCT. 27. deadline for candidate registration is Sept. 27.
Olympic Park NC (OPNC) www.opnc.org and PICO NC www.piconc.com. ELECTION DATES are SEPT. 17 deadline for candidate registration Aug. 17
Check out their ads or Log on to their websites to find out more. If you don’t’ know which NC you belong to, go here and click on “Where is my neighborhood Council?”