The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is starting a pilot video-on-demand project in which Neighborhood Council
meetings will be taped and available on the city's Web site.
leaders from across the San Fernando Valley aired concerns that the local bodies lacked authority over building and planning issues, did not have sufficient support from the city, and were stymied by internal grievances.
Most amusing was the comment by Rob Glushon about how he ``captured control'' of the Encino Neighborhood Council
The West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council
has applied to expand the hamlet of Lake Balboa to include the portion of Van Nuys west of the San Diego Freeway.
Encino land-use attorney Rob Glushon felt he'd helped create a jewel of participatory democracy while serving on the commission that established Los Angeles' neighborhood council
In an unusual match-up, Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas will face four challengers, including three candidates from the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
, in the March 6 election.
Scott DeYoung of the city Personnel Department said recruiting officers will begin attending neighborhood council
meetings to explain city hiring procedures.
To Villaraigosa and many city and neighborhood council
leaders, the proposal - which will eliminate some two dozen positions and save an estimated $2 million - will help chip away the bureaucracy at City Hall.
The Education and Neighborhoods Commission said it wants the city Ethics Commission to continue developing a special form that neighborhood council
members would fill out to detail any specific conflicts they might have in local matters if they are asking that a special council file be created.
The vote was considered a win-lose by neighborhood council
activists who had long pushed for the authority to officially introduce ideas into city government.
It is one more step in bringing government closer to the people and the people closer to the government," said Leonard Schaffer, president of the Tarzana Neighborhood Council
and a member of the Neighborhood Council
The decision to move oversight of elections from the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to the city clerk was one of several key recommendations put forward by the Neighborhood Council