All About Meetings: How to Run One, Regular vs Special Meetings, Agenda Posting & Public Comment

HOW TO RUN A MEETING Parliamentary procedure is the set of rules and customs governing how meetings and voting are conducted. There are different parliamentary authority models, such as Robert’s Rules of Order, but each Neighborhood Council should select one and proceed accordingly, or else projects don’t get finished and meetings get out of hand [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|Blog, How-To, Neighborhood Council Presidents, Tool Box, Videos|Comments Off on All About Meetings: How to Run One, Regular vs Special Meetings, Agenda Posting & Public Comment

Assets Every Board Should Have

Your Board should have most or all of the following assets. It's a good idea to gather them now while your Board is new, and learn how to use them. Make sure to obtain any necessary login credentials from the previous Board!    Website EmpowerLA webpage: Click your Neighborhood Council on this list to see yours [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|Blog, How-To, Neighborhood Council Presidents, Outreach|Comments Off on Assets Every Board Should Have

Congratulations, You Got Elected! Now What?

Learn what comes next for newly elected Neighborhood Council Board Members. Three days after an election, the preliminary results will be posted on your Neighborhood Council's Election page at EmpowerLA.org and will be updated with the Final Official Canvass of Votes when the election is certified. There are THREE days to resolve provisional ballots. For [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Neighborhood Council Presidents|Comments Off on Congratulations, You Got Elected! Now What?

Introduce Candidates at Your Next Board Meeting

Besides holding official Candidate Forums, another great way to promote your upcoming Election is to invite Candidates to your next Board Meeting so they can introduce themselves and get a taste of what a Board Meeting is like. You may agendize this item, or simply invite Candidates to speak during the public comment period. Either [...]

By | April 26th, 2016|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Neighborhood Council Presidents, Outreach|Comments Off on Introduce Candidates at Your Next Board Meeting

Election Budgets and Expedited Election Expenses (E3)

Election Budgets must be specific and include line-item expenses. In order to ensure elections are a success, the Department will provide expedited funding for election expenses only. This includes Events, Printing, Mailing, Media, Funding Requests for expenses over $2500. For expedited funding, Neighborhood Councils must submit approved, specific, line-item election budgets with board vote count [...]

By | March 23rd, 2016|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Neighborhood Council Presidents|Comments Off on Election Budgets and Expedited Election Expenses (E3)

Loss of Quorum

If a Neighborhood Council fails to register enough candidates to meet a quorum of the board, the election will be cancelled, and the Department will use the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Loss of Quorum policy to seat a new board. Forty ­five (45) days prior to the Election, the City Clerk will release the final [...]

By | March 16th, 2016|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Neighborhood Council Presidents|Comments Off on Loss of Quorum

EmpowerLA Emails

To ensure effective and timely responses to Neighborhood Council inquiries, EmpowerLA has set up several emails that are monitored by Department staff. We understand that with so many emails, it is difficult to know who to email. The list below includes the emails that all Neighborhood Council board members and stakeholders may use: Elections@EmpowerLA.org: Anything [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Neighborhood Council Presidents|Comments Off on EmpowerLA Emails

Tick Tock! Time for A Special Meeting

Neighborhood Councils must have Board approval for all expenses, including election outreach expenses. This approval must be specific, not simply a general consensus that funds can be spend on outreach or elections or community events. Neighborhood Councils must act now to put a specific Election Outreach Plan, including vendor names and dollar amounts, in front [...]

By | February 18th, 2016|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Neighborhood Council Presidents|Comments Off on Tick Tock! Time for A Special Meeting

5 Ideas to Use at Board Meetings to Help Raise Candidate and Voter Activation

Every Neighborhood Council board meeting is an opportunity to attract potential candidates and empower people to vote in your Neighborhood Council elections. Here are five ideas your Board can implement to help raise candidate enrollment, voter registration, and in the end, voter turnout: 1. Signage: make it easy for stakeholders to find your Board meeting [...]

By | January 27th, 2016|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Neighborhood Council Presidents|Comments Off on 5 Ideas to Use at Board Meetings to Help Raise Candidate and Voter Activation

Candidates Have Guidelines

Every time Neighborhood Councils hold board elections, a universal document outlining the candidate’s guidelines is made available to all interested stakeholders. To inform and prepare potential candidates, the official Candidate’s Guidelines are found on each of the Neighborhood Council’s EmpowerLA’s election website. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please email Elections@EmpowerLA.org or call [...]

By | December 30th, 2015|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Neighborhood Council Presidents|Comments Off on Candidates Have Guidelines