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Monday, October 05, 2015

Clowncilman Fuentes Ousts STNC, Day 6: NC Members and Activists Responses

As the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council calls a Special Meeting for this evening to deal with the ramifications of CD 7 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Felipe "Mini Padilla" Fuente's OUSTING of the NC from its Office/Meeting Space, NC activists need to ponder whether the actions of Clowncilman Fuentes, constitutes a "Line in the Sand Moment" for the City-wide NC Program.
.........,or does the NC Movement need a moat to safeguard its Charter Entitlements?
** Blogger's Note: On Day 6 of "Clowncilman Fuentes Ousts STNC", members of the NC have taken to Social Media, the KRLA 870 AM Randy Economy Show (link for Podcast), Blogs and other communication medians to espouse their responses to the actions of its City Clowncil Officeholder. The timing the STNC Ousting, coming mere hours after the Neighborhood Council Congress at City Hall, comes as a back-handed slap to many NC activists (including those from the STNC), who spent long hours in making the annual NC gathering a success. NC Activist and City Watch LA Contributor Denyse Selesnick has posted this missive, detailing some of the alleged reasons for "Mini Padilla's" actions, but NC activists need to review the comments of former DONE General Manager Greg Nelson who stated the following regarding the STNC Controversy ........, "The Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhoods has always called for the city to provide NCs with certain support that they need to function as planned. One of those mentioned is office space. That would mean either giving them money to rent space, or as was done to save the city money, find them space in city facilities" ....., and further .........., The NCs has allowed city hall to violate the City Charter and the ordinances for too long. It's time for the NCs to gather up all the attorneys who support them (it can be done online), and develop a strategy for how to force city hall to follow the letter and spirit of these law. What has always been missing is a leader who take on the project. Without that person, city hall will continue to pat them on their heads, smile at them, and violate their rights.  Sadly, some Clowncil members have co-oped NCs (especially in CD 14) by strong-arming their respective boards. Thus, if the NC Movement is to survive this latest "Test of Wills", then its imperative that the remaining non-co-oped NCs, widen the needed "ditch in the sand"......, or the actions of Clowncilman Fuentes (and Huizar before him) will become common place---Scott Johnson.

** From STNC Treasurer Nina Royal: NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION for the SPECIAL Board Meeting of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council (STNC) tomorrow night, 10/5, at 6:30 pm to be held at 10137 Commerce Ave. at the S-T Elks Lodge. All stakeholders and the public are encouraged to attend in order to discuss the future of our Council, which is necessary due to being evicted from our office By CD7 Councilmember Felipe Fuentes. This will make it necessary to re-arrange the allocation of our funds regarding expenses and projects and require us to submit a new budget to the city for approval due to unforeseen additional expenses that will have to be covered immediately and in the future. ALSO NOTE that the Land Use Committee Meeting which is normally scheduled for this date has been cancelled because of the Special Board Meeting.

Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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