There are many of community and fundraising events going on Wisdom of life all year round. No matter what your interest is, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

CONFLICT OF INTEREST You must “recuse yourself” -- that is, not vote - when an agenda item might create a conflict of interest between your board position and other roles you play in your personal or professional life. Learn when to vote and when to walk in this video.

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BROWN ACT

BROWN ACT Many aspects of routine Board business like how and when to post agendas; what you can/cannot discuss at meetings; and how to keep email threads from turning into serial meetings are regulated by this California law requiring open & transparent public meetings. Training videos - what the Brown Act is & how to [...]

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REQUIRED TRAININGS

REQUIRED TRAININGS Now that you’re a public official, you must undergo training required by the City and State, and familiarize yourself with policies that govern how Neighborhood Councils and their members may operate. Until you complete the three required trainings on Ethics; Funding; and the Code of Conduct, you will not be able to vote [...]

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WHAT ARE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS FOR?

WHAT ARE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS FOR? 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 [...]

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Your Contact Info: What To Use & How To Make A Roster

WHAT CONTACT INFO TO USE FOR NC BUSINESS Contact info for public officials, including Neighborhood Council members, is available to the public, so consider creating a dedicated email address just for Neighborhood Council business if your Council does not already offer them through its website. You may also use an app like Google Voice to [...]

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YOUR NC’s EMPOWERLA WEBPAGE

EmpowerLA maintains a webpage for each Neighborhood Council; view yours by selecting your Council from this list. The page contains: Boundary map showing external and any internal boundaries for your Council Board rosters listing names, roles, training status, and individual contact info for each Board Member List of Board Officers & Departmental Liaisons and their [...]

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COMMITTEES: WHAT THEY DO & HOW TO CREATE GREAT ONES

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 [...]

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Bylaws & Standing Rules: What They Are & How To Find Yours

  Bylaws define many aspects of your Neighborhood Council, and each Council is required by the City to have them. Though the specific content varies between individual Neighborhood Councils, here’s a quick index of topics covered in your Bylaws:   # of board seats (Article V, Section 1) # of board members to make quorum [...]

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Community Impact Statements: What They Are; How To File Them; & Why You Should Write One

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 [...]

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Staying Informed: How To Get Updates On Key Issues

Whether you’re researching material for a Community Impact Statement or trying to stay up to date on an issue that’s a priority for yourself; your Board; or your neighborhood, here are important resources that you can read or subscribe to where you can learn about the City’s priorities; find out what City officials and departments [...]

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