There's a Bad Moon Rising
For those of you who have been off the planet, or arrived in a turnip truck last evening; During a City Council hearing to discuss allowing Neighborhood Councils to formally refer matters to the City Council for consideration our old friend and current ass-clown of the week Jack Weiss decided it would be a super-genius move, in a room packed with NC members, to ask the City Attorney and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment for a report on any conflict of interest complaints against Neighborhood Councilmembers. Needless to say NC's were incensed for more reasons than one. Not the least of which was that the Ethics Commission has not ever once taken an adverse action against a Neighborhood Councilmember, but ironically they did hit Jack Weiss alone with 32 violations! This was a shot across the bow of the Neighborhood Councils and a set back for open and public participation.
However, the squeaking noise Jack Weiss heard that night was the Neighborhood Council tanks being pre-positioned. It seems the NC's are going to hit the City Council where it hurts, their term limit measure. Rumors are abuzz that some of the actions of the City Council on Wednesday, August 16th were brought on because Jason Lyon -- who spearheaded the council file issue -- also wrote the opposition argument for Measure R. Some skeptical neighborhood councils consider it to be a tasteless form of retaliation.
If any Neighborhood Councilmembers supported the term limit extension before Weiss's bonehead move, they don't now and they are placing the measure directly in the crosshairs.
Several Neighborhood Councils are now placing the item on their agendas, as has the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress. Emails have been flying and some of the big guns are coming out to organize the entire system.
The key players are:
Jason Lyon (Silver Lake NC/912 Commissioner)
Jeff Jacobberger (Mid City West NC/912 Commissioner/LANCC Senator)
Jim Alger (Northridge West NC/LANCC Senator/LANCC Vice Chair)
David Hernandez (North Hollywood North East NC/Sun Valley NC/Former County Supervisor Candidate)
Louise Clarke Stone (Sunland Tujunga NC)
Looks like the City Council may have picked a bad time to recess. Who knows what will happen while they're gone?
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