NC's "Preparing for war, hoping for change"
Neighborhood Council leaders from accross the city coming together on several issues with one common theme; "Listen to us damn it!"
If you work in City Hall and didn't see this coming you should resign immediately.
It seems that at the last meeting of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress more than a few Neighborhood Council Representatives were miffed about being bypassed on the bond issue and chose not to hold in their displeasure when faced with a staffer to bond proponent Eric Garcetti and a paid lobbyist for the campaign. (THAT is en entirely different story)
According to sources who were present at the meeting, Senator's Joe Viti (GHNNC), Charlotte Laws (GVGNC), and Jim Alger (NWNC) were three of the more vocal representatives listing off a host of items the City Council has bypassed the Neighborhood Council system on including the bond issue and term limit extensions. However, the consensus in the room was that something needs to be done "to change the way they (City Council) think and operate."
"Neighborhood Councils are getting sick and tired of being sick and tired. We are on the verge of a fight like you have never seen in this town" said one NC representative on the condition of anonymity. That representative went on to describe what appears to be the workings of two simultaneous tracks, one of hopeful cooperation and one of battle.
The "peace" track consists of passing several resolutions through the NC Congress and its member NC's asking for certain changes in how City Council and Commissions deal with Neighborhood Councils, then sitting down with Council Members and working out what amounts to a Memorandum of Understanding.
The "War" track consists of a committee that is planning out a generic strategy to handle media, NC Resolutions, direct lobbying, etc. to apply massive political pressure on the City Council in an election year and compel change in how the City does business. Should that fail, legal action could, and in all likelihood, would be taken to force the City Council to comply with the Charter.
It would seem that the battle or war track would be a last resort should the cooperation track fail but either way change appears to be coming.
As Greg Nelson loves to say, "power is never given but always taken." Let's see if the City Council can see the writing on the wall and work with the NC's, and the citizens of LA or if they will keep up the status quo.