Connect with your stakeholders by disconnecting from your land-lines and cell phones. All it takes is a virtual phone and an email account. Google Voice is a telephone solution that offers Neighborhood Councils many features, liberating councils from the need to maintain a land-line, a message machine, or a cell phone that must be carried [...]
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The Elections Team is here to help you when you need it. So to help guide your budget and key event/outreach planning, check out this quick "cheat sheet" to use as a basis for your planning. Questions? Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for your Election Timeline per Region. Click here for your Neighborhood Council [...]
"….opportunity to provide input before decisions are made." – L.A. City Charter Sec. 907 Community Impact Statements are official statements or positions adopted by a Neighborhood Council on issues pending before the City’s decision makers. The Community Impact Statement process was created specifically for Neighborhood Councils so they can publically express their support, opposition, or [...]
Neighborhood Council Monthly Expenditure Report (MER) Online Submission: As City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils, Neighborhood Council Monthly Expenditure Reports are required for all expenditures of public funds. The MER Form is an accounting tool to disclose the previous month’s expenditures. The MER Form has been updated to better assist Neighborhood Councils track and report [...]
Committee How-Tos Read our in-depth article on how to find & recruit great Committee Members Our “Passing The Baton” article series focuses on how to transfer Committee knowledge and materials when a new Board is seated, such as this article for Outreach Chairs. Search EmpowerLA.org for keywords "Passing The Baton" to find all articles in the series, and [...]
Neighborhood Councils were created to advise the City on how City policy impacts local communities. Community Impact Statements, or CIS, are one of the most important ways in which a Neighborhood Council can advise City departments and officials on matters under consideration by the City’s decision makers. A CIS is an official statement or position [...]
LA’s Neighborhood Councils are grassroots-level advisory bodies that exist to connect Angelenos to City Hall. The system was established in 1999 by the City Charter, in order to improve government responsiveness to local concerns. Currently, there are approximately 1800 elected Board Members serving on 96 Neighborhood Councils that each represent an average of 40,000 people. [...]
"Seating" is the process by which a new Neighborhood Council Board officially succeeds the previous Board and assumes its responsibilities. When does the seating of a new Board take place? At the first regular meeting of a new Neighborhood Council board, which must occur within 30 days after that Council's Election has been certified. (An [...]
Facebook ads can boost your posts, promote your page, send people to your website, raise attendance at your events, and more. If your Neighborhood Council has a Facebook page, running advertisements during elections is a great outreach strategy. If your Neighborhood Council does not have a Facebook Page, learn how to make one here. [...]