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Friday, December 29, 2006

"NCs at a Crossroad; Neighborhood Councils are Here to Stay; Now to be Truly Empowered" by Janice Hahn

First, I witnessed Councilmember Janice Hahn pummel Sarno at a committee meeting, regarding the exention of her term as interim NC GM. And since ZD has been doing all the typing lately, it was nice to see a Councilmember not only think, but actually go public with a position in a newsletter/have a spine. This is from www.CityWatchLA.com. Janice Hahn...You Go Girl! (Pictured: Cute little baby, The Mayor of Los Angeles and Councilmember Hahn, behind left mouse ear.)

2007 - NCs at a Crossroad; Neighborhood Councils are Here to Stay; Now to be Truly Empowered
By Janice Hahn

2006 has been a trying year for those of us who support the Neighborhood Council system. It seems like every week has brought a new attack, too often coming from those who should be supporting Neighborhood Councils.

But, regardless of the recent rhetoric, I am excited about the potential that 2007 brings for real empowerment of our communities as well as our Neighborhood Councils. The 912 Commission will be center stage as they begin their draft report, to be released in late May. I urge all of our Neighborhood Councils to get involved and pay attention to the work of the Commission. They will be making big decisions that will impact the future of our entire Neighborhood Council system.

I look forward to working closely with the Commission as the new Chair of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee, which I will be in charge of until the Council District 7 race is resolved in March or May. As chair I will ensure that no major policy changes are implemented prior to 912 Commission review.

One of the issues that I plan on advancing as Chair is the “Community Initiative Statements,” which supporters are now referring to as Neighborhood Council Files, in recognition of the fact that this proposal calls for Neighborhood Councils to have the ability to generate new Council files. The last time this matter was heard by the City Council, on August 16, it became clear that there are several different perspectives about the entire Neighborhood Council system and that not all of my Council colleagues support the Neighborhood Council File idea.

I recently introduced a motion meant to address the concerns raised by several of my colleagues, including some who are generally supportive of Neighborhood Councils. Many are concerned that Neighborhood Councils do not have enough ethical checks to ensure that their recommendations are not tainted or influenced by outside factors.

While I personally believe that between state and city law there are plenty of safeguards in place, I chose to call for additional measures to allay the fears of my colleagues and help them to focus back on the issue of how we can move forward with empowering our Neighborhood Councils and allowing them to introduce council files.

Above all, I look forward to having a new General Manager in place by the beginning of February, one who will be the greatest advocate in City Hall for the Neighborhood Councils and not an obstacle to real empowerment. As always, I and my staff will remain vigilant to keep your interests in mind.

Neighborhood Councils are here to stay. My wish for 2007 is that they become truly empowered to help shape City government for the better. (Janice Hahn is Councilwoman for the 15th Council District and Chair of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee.)

[Hoooooody hooooooooooo! Janice, I would send you a free Zuma Dogg shirt, but with stricter campaign reform laws, now in effect, I can't send you gifts. Sorry. But, at least I wanted to.]


Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

Janice looks like she's gotta fight now for her hotel worker 'wage'. They (anglo owners) got double the signatures required to take this hotel wage to a vote of the City on a ballot. she thinks its a shoe in, but I say it could become more of an immigration vote than a wage vote.
the problem is always that anglos are greedy for their bottom line, and will employ the cheapest staff, especially if that staff can do the same job, if not better, and with more work ethic than the more expensive black or white worker.
those latter workers also know their 'rights', so demand more and generally are much more trouble than someone who HAS TO keep their nose clean because of their status.
and why wouldn't you employ someone who shuts up and works? we love that attitude if we're the boss.
my name links to the story.
Note to JANICE: I submitted to the judge the Venice GRVNC letter in which they opposed the Venice beach vending ordinance.
So neighborhood councils don't mean squat folks. I suspect we will just see a lot more NO votes on council, when these neighborhood generated council files show up.

December 29, 2006 11:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma, it's the thought that counts... too bad one can't get away with wearing only a thought.

December 29, 2006 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

hmmm. the link to LA Times don't work. oh well, the story's there.
I'm heading to the beach to 'display' and 'proselytize' my incense products, as recommended by city attorney....lol
come by and get free incense.

December 29, 2006 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're my Hero.

December 29, 2006 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Watch Skelton and his machine sweep up all the labor money to fight against the hotel owners proposition and put it right into Huizar's campaign - just like his "brother" Martin Ludlow. Maria Elena, who's goin to take the fall this time? Is there another uneducated propped up labor leader out there theat can once again be suckered. Maybe labor will get lucky and find another person with Alzheimer's. BTW, if a person sufferein gfrom Alzheimer's does time, will they remember it? This thought probably ease Ludlow's conscious. Parke will use the same formula used to get Antonio elected to Mayor. Remember Labor's fight against secession. Parke did all those campaigns and now we have Antonio as Mayor.

December 29, 2006 12:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke Sucks. He evil.

December 29, 2006 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm glad to see Janice Hahn speak out in favor of neighborhood councils. How much of it I believe, I don't know.

But if she gives the neighborhood councils as much respect as she does to parking restrictions on handicap parking slots, I might not get too comfortable with her words just yet.

December 29, 2006 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Janice does support neighborhood councils but I'm disappointed that she's lost her guts and leadership. She's voted on some stupid shit in council and it really pissed me off that she sided with Antonio on votes which I know were purely political. We don't have any one person on the council that has the outspoken attitude of the old days. All we have are Antonio puppets.

December 29, 2006 1:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree. Not that they are AV puppets, but there are no Joel Wachs or Laura Chicks there either. Even Nate Holden would shout out opposition and what did everyone do? Quiet down, hush up, stop being a loose cannon. Looking back now, it is kinda sad. They all are so Stepfordish with their "getting along grins". And I hate mindless fighting, believe me.

You poster, just brought back a ton of memories of some rowdier council meetings. Not many, but enough to see that they are not so different from the old school rowdy vote traders of past...they're just more boring.

December 30, 2006 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma, do me a favor and leave NC's to CJ.

Your help can do nothing more than hurt us.

January 01, 2007 2:04 PM  

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