Maintain Neighborhood Council Budgets & Elections

It's time to be heard and be counted!
Your participation is critically important!

The Mayor's Budget team is discussing options for balancing the City of LA's budget that include reducing Neighborhood Council budgets by 20% and postponing/canceling Neighborhood Council elections.

Is this attack on Civic Engagement and Participatory Democracy an effective means for balancing the budget? Or is it simply punishment for not supporting Measure A? Either way, it's unacceptable!

As we begin plans for the 2013 Congress of Neighborhoods we are reminded of the value to the City of NC volunteer time, expertise, and dedication to improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, the Neighborhood Council system and working to make the City of Los Angeles a better place to live, work and preserve.

Neighborhood Council leaders from across the City of Los Angeles at our first Congress "Action Session" in 2011 declared a unanimous call for Neighborhood Council elections. In 2012 we did it again declaring that Grayce Liu be officially named DONE General Manager.  In 2012 NC elections were planned and in full swing with NCs working together in 12 region election cycles, taking NC outreach on the road, changing history with the best candidate and voter participation in NC history.  And, Grayce Liu is now our General Manager.

Last Tuesday's ballot measure A - the measure that would have increased sales tax to 9-1/2 percent failed.  Even though the Mayor has since announced that the budget shortfall will be less than previously announced, NCs have received word that if NCs want elections on schedule for 2014 that we'll need to cover the cost by reducing our NC budgets 20%.  A cut of $7,400 per NC thus bringing the annual budget for each NC from $37,000 to $29,600 or rounded down to $25,000 is anticipated.

It's time to be heard and be counted!
Your participation is critically important!

Please sign this petition and share with your friends far and wide!

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Or -- copy and paste the below message into an email to, add to it (including your name and NC) and send:

"To the Mayor and City Council,


Threatening to cut our budgets and/or cancel our elections is no way to treat the Volunteers that are an integral part of LA's Public Safety and Quality of Life infrastructure, nor is it any way to treat your partners in moving forward in this budget crisis.


Partner with the 95 Neighborhood Councils that are lead by 417 Executive Officers, composed of 1,712 Boardmembers, and representing 3,819,702 Angelenos and let's find a solution that Empowers LA."


Save the date:  Congress 2013 will be held September 28 at City Hall.



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    Kimber Smith, United States

    2 years ago Comments: -
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    Nina Royal, United States

    2 years ago Comments: They can't cut them any lower or the NC's will be negatively impacted, and it is most likely against the law and the City Charter.
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    David Barron, United States

    2 years ago Comments: Mayor Villaraigosa tripled his office budget from $8.8M to more than $26M while he was promoting his "Shared Sacrifice." And, increased his staff three fold....And, City revenues have been at an all-time high since he was first elected. The short fall is from his and the City Council's over-spending. Don't cut Neighborhood Coucil's budget, but increase them back to $50,000. -I'm David Barron-
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