Let’s Talk Money: Budget Forum 2.0 Coming Soon!

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates (NCBA) and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Budget and Innovation (MOBI) are sponsoring a series of Town Hall events — Budget Forum 2.0.

The forums will provide a unique opportunity for input on the City’s budget from LA residents, business people, stakeholders, and other community members. One-on-one discussion with […]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Blog, Budget|Comments Off

Regional Budget Day Saturday 10/11

The Budget Advocates invite you to Regional Budget Day this Saturday, October 11, taking place at 5 locations around the city. By providing a community voice to the Mayor and the City Council about budget priorities, the Budget Advocates aim to integrate Neighborhood Councils more fully into the shaping of the City budget, to help […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Blog, Budget|Comments Off

Seeing What the City Spends Money On Is Now Easier Than Ever

Making sense of how much Los Angeles spends on goods just got a whole lot easier. Controller Ron Galperin unveiled a sleek, more modern look for his office’s open data site, ControlPanel.la. The refreshed site includes precise data on the more than $1 billion in goods the City buys. That information has never been collected […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Blog, Budget|Comments Off

Budget Day 2014 Launches Year-Long Budgeting Effort

Saturday’s Budget Day at City Hall successfully launched another year-long effort to provide Neighborhood Council input and influence into the City’s annual budgeting process. Over 200 NC Budget Representatives, Board members, and concerned stakeholders representing 77 of the City’s 95 Neighborhood Councils listened and participated for four hours of “talking budget.”

The standing room only crowd […]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Blog, Budget|Comments Off

NC Budget Day August 16, 2014

At the beginning of the calendar year, Neighborhood Council leaders meet with the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles and his budget team to present their budget findings and recommendations. But the City Budget journey begins months earlier, with the selection of NC Budget Advocates, enlisting the support of NC Budget Representatives, and continues […]

By |August 1st, 2014|Blog, Budget|Comments Off

GM’s Message 7.3.14

I hope this newsletter finds you well. While I’m out this week, the Co-Chairs of the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, Jay Handal and Joanne Yvanek-Garb, accepted my offer to write the GM Message. Even when they’ve been busy with their own Neighborhood Councils, Jay and Yvonne have invested hundreds of hours in the City’s budget […]

By |July 3rd, 2014|Blog, Budget, GM Message|Comments Off

Neighborhood Council Budget Package Fiscal Year 2014-2015

In order to start effectively measuring the impact of the Neighborhood Council system, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (Department) collaborated with Neighborhood Councils last year to submit strategic plans and budgets for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. These plans and budgets were posted online on your Neighborhood Council’s webpage on www.EmpowerLA.org. The Neighborhood Council Budget Package for […]

By |June 27th, 2014|Blog, Budget|Comments Off

NC Budget Advocates: Putting Neighborhoods First!

“These budget hearings are crucial to our work to put neighborhoods first in LA.”
–Mike Bonin, Councilmember for the 11th District
What is the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates?
With the recent release of the Mayor’s Proposed 2014-2015 Budget, neighborhood councils and community members have an opportunity to get involved and voice their opinion about their funding priorities and […]

By |May 9th, 2014|Blog, Budget, City Hall|Comments Off

Mayor Garcetti Submits Los Angeles City Budget Proposal

Mayor Garcetti  released his first LA City budget proposal this week, and Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates have been sitting in–and chiming in –on the budget talks this week.  You can attend the hearings as they go down the list in City Hall Chamber as well.

Mayor Garcetti calls his proposal “Changing the Conversation.” In his own […]

By |May 2nd, 2014|Blog, Budget|Comments Off

Fund the Congress and Budget Advocates!

As the 2013-2014 Funding Cycle comes to a close, Neighborhood Councils will have to act decisively to ensure that their unspent funds are not swept if it is their intention to invest those funds in the future of the Congress of Neighborhoods and/or outreach for the Budget Advocates.

Neighborhood Council Boards must pass a Board Resolution […]

By |April 11th, 2014|Blog, Budget, Congress of Neighborhoods|Comments Off