But leaders of several neighborhood councils
said the mayor's proposal and funding cutbacks would gut the councils, and expressed fear that that's the aim of city leaders.
The city's grass-roots system of neighborhood councils
got new power Tuesday when the Los Angeles City Council voted to allow the panels to introduce public-policy proposals -- but only if individual members disclose their personal finances.
In one of the first major tests of how much power neighborhood councils
should have to influence public policy, the Los Angeles City Council will consider Tuesday letting the community boards introduce motions.
In one of the first steps toward cutting bureaucracy for neighborhood councils
, the city clerk will begin overseeing local elections as soon as June, according to a proposal adopted Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council.
During the ninth Congress of Neighborhoods on Saturday, the question was not how the city's 89 neighborhood councils
can get power, but how to wield their increasing influence.
After more than a year of study, the panel charged with reviewing Los Angeles' network of neighborhood councils
is recommending a myriad of changes to make life a little easier for those who volunteer in the name of grass-roots democracy.
Currently, the City Charter does not give neighborhood councils
the right to appeal planning decisions, and that's frustrated councils that want to challenge projects in their community.
While residents continue to praise the direction of local communities, the dismal outlook on the neighborhood councils
signals a significant slip.
That was the buzzword Saturday during a citywide congress of Los Angeles neighborhood councils
hoping for a greater voice in government.
I know exactly what you've been through," Tharp said, citing her decades of experience in neighborhood councils
and other grass-roots organizations.
A USC administrator who wrote her doctoral thesis on the city's budding neighborhood councils
was tapped Monday to head the agency that oversees Los Angeles' system of grass-roots democracy.
Three of the 88 Neighborhood Councils
will be selected in an April drawing to participate in the six-month program.