On Friday March 9th, the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates met with Mayor Eric Garcetti at City Hall to present their recommendations for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. They were joined by Deputy Mayor for Budget & Innovation Miguel Sangalang, and Mayor Garcetti’s Budget Director, John Chavez. The Mayor noted that the questions raised and points made by the Budget Advocates are always influential in shaping the City budget for the coming year, and commented, “This meeting happens before I make any decisions.”
One of the most important roles Neighborhood Councils play in Los Angeles’ civic government is weighing in on the City’s annual budget via the Budget Advocates’ annual White Paper. The Budget Advocates work year-round to produce their White Paper, which is a well-researched and thoughtful evaluation of where LA currently stands and the direction in which it could evolve, if City funds are adroitly applied.
This year’s White Paper outlines Ten Simple Recommendations for the coming fiscal year, including the suggestion to increase transparency by holding monthly town halls at more accessible times, such as weekends or weekday evenings.
The City budget for the coming fiscal year will be unveiled in July. Meanwhile, you can read the Budget Advocates 2018-2019 White Paper here: http://ncbala.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2018-White-Paper-complete.pdf
BUDGET ADVOCATES SURVEY: HOW SHOULD THE CITY SPEND ITS MONEY?
If you haven’t yet done so, don’t forget to take the Budget Advocates Survey to share your thoughts on how City funds should be spent. Click here to take it now: http://ncbala.com/budget-advocates-stakeholder-satisfaction-survey-2018/