As you may know, the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles lays out their proposed budget on April 20th for the upcoming fiscal year which starts July 1st. Then, the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee holds a series of hearings on the Mayor’s proposed budget and amends it. After the Budget and Finance Committee finishes their hearings, they vote to send their recommendations to the entire City Council. The City Council amends and approves the budget and sends it to the Mayor to be signed. The proposed budget must be signed by the Mayor by June 1st per the Charter of the City of Los Angeles so there is at least 30 days before the start of the fiscal year, which is July 1st.
THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL NEED TO HEAR FROM NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS
Neighborhood Councils can do Community Impact Statements (CISs) on things they want included in the budget for fiscal year 2018/2019. And, they don’t have to wait for the Mayor’s proposed budget on April 20th, but they can wait if they want to. For example, Neighborhood Councils have submitted CISs on funding for Vision Zero, programs and services for the Homeless, and much more. The Council File number is 18-0600. Here’s a link: https://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=18-0600.
To file a Community Impact Statement, click here: http://cityclerk.lacity.org/cis/
Also, the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates advise the Mayor and City Council on the budget. They are made up of 36 Neighborhood Council members from across the city and meet twice a month every month throughout the year. For more information on the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, please visit their website: http://ncbala.com/. They have a survey on how citizens think about their satisfaction with city services. This helps them advocate better for communities throughout Los Angeles by hearing from you. We encourage you to take the survey to help them advocate for your community: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfW7Ng5uDzwpCBBdowF3SEZEQ8Wlq0_Nqmo_MshLgfUGQ53uw/viewform.