BUDGET PROGRAM REQUEST JUSTIFICATION: BM4701
PROGRAM NUMBER: BM4701
PROGRAM NAME: Neighborhood Council Operations & Field Support Program
Operational, administrative and field support for Neighborhood Councils (NC) to develop, build, and maintain capacity. The program addresses NC’s needs to maintain operations at an efficient level and addresses issues of functionality so that NCs may continue to increase civic participation and make government more responsive to their local community needs.
N C A D M I N I S T R AT I O N LIST OF SERVICES 1. Provide administrative support to NCs so that their operations move forward smoothly. Among the support to NCs, we provide assistance with implementation of contracts and leases; guidance on responses to PRA requests; assistance with inventory and enforcement on various policies system wide (30%). →→ LA Admin Code Section 22.801(a) requires the Department to implement and oversee compliance with City ordinances and regulations relating to a system of Neighborhood Councils 2. Provide technical assistance and strategic advice to NCs and interface and problem solve with them via the Department’s Help Line to take care of smaller issues that may develop into bigger problems if they are not addressed (10%). →→ LA Admin Code Section 22.801(a) requires the Department to implement and oversee compliance with City ordinances and regulations relating to a system of Neighborhood Councils 3. Provide technical assistance and strategic advice by attending NC meetings and working with NCs on the ground. Also provide training and tools to build capacity and problem solve with them as we advise on all possible options and methodology to approach problems and challenges. Also administers the NC Leadership Academy and Civic Youth Leadership Academy (40%). →→ LA Admin Code Section 22.801(a) requires the Department to implement and oversee compliance with City ordinances and regulations relating to a system of Neighborhood Councils
Angelenos (5%). →→ LA Admin Code Section 22.810.1(a)(1)(A) requires the Department to provide assistance to areas of the City with traditionally low rates of participation in government (B) help communities understand the process and procedure for establishing a Neighborhood Council (C) assist with completion of certification documentation (D) mitigate barriers to participation, such as the need for translation and child care services. 5. Assist forming Neighborhood Councils and coordinate boundary adjustments for existing Neighborhood Councils (10%) →→ LA Admin Code Section 22.801(d) requires the Department to assist certifying Neighborhood Councils →→ LA Admin Code Section 22.810(a)(3) requires the Department to assist applicants and neighborhoods to prepare all petitions and forms referenced in the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils (Plan), to identify suitable Neighborhood Council boundaries, and organize Neighborhood Councils in accordance with the Plan 6. Assist Neighborhood Councils with implementation of the Grievance Ordinance and help to administer the grievance panel system and arrange for trainings as necessary (5%) →→ LA Admin Code Section 22.818 establishes Regional Grievance Panels for Neighborhood Councils
4. Grow the Neighborhood Council system by implementing the Sub-Division policy which in effect seeks to afford NCs the opportunity to subdivide or split up causing the formation of additional Neighborhood Councils and increasing opportunities for civic engagement for all
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget Proposal