We are happy to report that we had very good attendance at the Ethics & Open Government Training Session this past Thursday 2/21/13 in the Valley. Approximately 75 people attended the session which means there are more Neighbrohood Council members in the system that have taken care of this very important requirement. Please be reminded that since all of the Neighbrohood Councils are structured differently, some bylaws may prohibit board members from taking part in a discussion and vote if they have not complied with Ethics training. Do not be left out of the process and take your Ethics & Open Government training; the next session will be offered on 3/4/13 in South Los Angeles at Council District 10 Office (1819 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90016) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
We also had a great first training in the current round of Board Development Series. As you may know, this specific round of Board Development Series has as a theme, Advocacy. To that end, we invited key individuals to share with you some of the tools and strategies available to accomplish your community goals and lobby like a pro. We’d like to thank the office of the City Clerk, Michael Espinoza, for doing such a great job in discussing Community Impact Statements (CIS) and the Council File Management System (CFMS). We would also like to recognize Anthony “Tony” Perez, Communications Director, from Council District 1 as he also shared his experience in regards to navigating City government and how create relationships to further your goals. The next Board Development Series Session will be coming to the Central Area and it will take place on March 23, 2013 in the Hollywood Constituent Center from 8:00 a.m .to 12:00 p.m.
On a different note, the Department has partnered with the Department on Disability to ensure that the Neighborhood Council System continues to provide friendly access to people with disabilities in the variuos communities. There are some new updates regarding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) language that we will be providing for you so that you may update your agendas, and other information. The field staff in the Department will be reaching out to you with a packet of information which will contain helpful templates for your reference and use so that we can ensure that people with disabilities are engaged and civically active in your community.
Thank you for submitting your Demand Warrants and NPGs in a complete manner; as I said before, we will only process complete informaiton and return incomplete information back to you. We are making some headway in the processing of Contracts and Leases, please bear with us as we work to assist your with these administrative components.
Our Help Line is always available to assist you as well as your assigned Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate for your region.
Leyla A. Campos
Director of Field Operations