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MULTI-DEPARTMENTAL REQUEST:TRAINING

REQUEST NAME: Neighborhood Council Training, ADA Compliance, Investigations and Enforcement

Budget Cost Summary Positions Neighborhood Empowerment Personnel Department on Disability Total:

General Fund

Special Fund

Total

Reg

Reso

$0

$328,563

$100,000

$0

$328,563

3

0

$100,000

0

0

$0

$0

$0

0

0

$100,000

$328,563

$428,563

3

0

DESCRIPTION Funding is requested for a collaborative effort across three City Departments, Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA), Personnel Department, and Department on Disability (DOD) to address the streamlining of Neighborhood Council training videos including ADA accessibility, site assessments for the 96 Neighborhood Councils to ensure ADA compliance, and the hiring of an independent contractor to investigate allegations of harassment. Neighborhood Council Training The Personnel Department has a training module - Cornerstone - which is used to administer training videos to City of Los Angeles employees and track progress and compliance. This application can be made available to Neighborhood Council board members to improve the way critical information is administered and tracked, ensuring compliance with critical training requirements such as ethics and funding processes. The Department is also partnering with the Department on Disability to ensure that all training videos meet ADA requirements and are accessible in multiple ways to ensure the diverse community of board members can take the training with any needed accommodations. Site-Assessment MOA The Department on Disability (DOD) seeks to execute a new 3-year MOA with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA). DOD’s CASp and ADA Compliance Officer will conduct site visits of all 96 Neighborhood Council (NC) offices to review & assess those facilities for ADA compliance. The review process will include but is not limited to: doorways, steps, accessories, paths of travel, and technology. The MOA is for $68,221.00 for an overall term of 3 years, renewable for each of three individual twelve-month terms at a rate of $22,741.00 per annum, during which EmpowerLA will pay to DOD a comprehensive, fully inclusive hourly rate of $39.48 for the CASp and ADA Compliance Officer, which may also include the deployment of any additional DOD personnel, for 1,728 total work hours. Additional Neighborhood Council host locations, if identified, shall enjoy a rate equal to that of the prior site cost allotments posted herein, or may be negotiated to include additional services or personnel resources at such time(s), if such amendment(s) are sought by the parties. Reducing Liability (Investigations) Funding is required to conduct independent complaint investigations in Neighborhood Councils (Boards). In 2014, State Assembly Bill 1443 amended the Fair Employment and Housing Act to extend anti-harassment protections to volunteers. The City now has an obligation to investigate allegations of unlawful harassment of volunteers. The City Attorney’s Office has stated that more than 1,800 Neighborhood Council Board members are now covered by Assembly Bill 1443. Historically, the City has received several such complaints from Neighborhood Council Board members. Given the new obligations, the City requires resources to investigate and respond to complaints in a timely manner and ultimately provide Board members with a harassment-free environment.

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget Proposal

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2017-18 Budget Proposal  
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