“My experience serving on the Palms Neighborhood Council has been so empowering,” said Eli, “and as a Commissioner, I want to improve engagement and effectiveness for neighborhood councils throughout the City.”
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners is comprised of seven members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council with the responsibility of policy-setting and oversight for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and Neighborhood Councils. The Commission ensures that the City Charter and the Neighborhood Council Plan are realized by setting policies with the focus of making Neighborhood Councils diverse, inclusive, and representative of all community stakeholders.
“They Mayor talks about getting back to basics and this is what neighborhood council leaders do everyday–work to improve their community in LA,” Eli continued. “I am looking forward to working on the Board to help improve Los Angeles.”
In those capacities, he led efforts to consolidate and restructure two locals: 507 and 802 into Local 1309, which has grown to become one of the largest and most active trade unions in Southern California.
Mr. LaFarga has a long history of community service and activism. He currently serves on the South Bay Workforce Investment Board’s Board of Directors and as co-chair of the Legislative Committee for FuturePorts, which is the largest non-profit organization working to promote the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In addition, he serves on the Red Shoe Society Board of Directors for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. Mr. LaFarga is also a strong advocate for the environment, serving on the California Coalition for Clean Air’s non-profit board.
In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Mr. LaFarga to serve on the prestigious Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, which was established as a policy setting and oversight commission for the Neighborhood Councils and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
In 2016, Mr. LaFarga was appointed to serve as a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. More recently, the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics appointed him to serve as a mentor for USC college students by guiding them with real world experiences.
Mr. LaFarga is a recognized community leader who was honored with the Senate District 35’s Extraordinary Citizen Award and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s 2015 Southern Pacific Regional Latino Leaders Award.