The Neighborhood Councils aren't too happy with things in this post-Greg Nelson era. Assembly Candidate and Neighborhood Council leader Jim Alger is calling on all NCs to boycott the upcoming Congress of Neighborhoods.
I am extremely troubled by the actions of our City Leaders to attempt to put down the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress. Moreover I am deeply troubled by the attempt to stamp out the fire of empowerment by severely scaling back its role at this years "Congress of Neighborhoods." While most of you know that I get a good deal of credit for defeating the DWP rate hike and the subsequent MOU the truth is that I couldn't have done any of it with dedicated Neighborhood Councilmembers such as yourself. While it is true I led that effort, a leader with no followers is simply a guy going for a walk. Many Neighborhood Councilmembers have followed and are now leading as well. They are carrying that flag of self-governing forward in a group called the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress. The Congress represents dozens of Neighborhood Councils across this City with more signing on each day and whatever our differences may be we can, no we must draw a line in the sand. Is the City of Los Angeles serious about empowering Neighborhood Councils? Or is this carrot of self governing merely a line in a campaign speech? The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress, for all of it's flaws, is a product of we the people of the City of Los Angeles and we, not the political establishment should choose its future. Therefore, as much as it pains me to say this, I am calling for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council system as a whole and each member collectively to boycott this years congress of Neighborhoods unless and until the City of Los Angeles restores the role put in place by Greg Nelson and the Congress. We did not seek, nor did we want this battle. But it has arrived upon us nonetheless. Empowerment means empowerment and regardless of our personal differences what happens now will effect this City for decades to come. Sincerely, Jim Alger
Alger isn't the only one expressing concern about the city's sudden shift away from supporting the NCs. An article in the current edition
of CityWatch LA has much more ire.