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JUSTIFICATION →→ Issue / Problem: Neighborhood Council Training »» Currently, the Department administers a few online training videos via YouTube and Vimeo, and requires board members to complete a registration form, submitting it either online or on paper to the Department. This information is then entered by staff into a separate system. Due to staff shortages, and human error, true compliance with training requirements is sometimes not up to date, or contains errors. Resolving the issues and complaints that comes from this process becomes a lengthy issue as staff has to research what little information they have and sometimes results in asking a board member to re-take a training. Training Verification Submissions vs Complaints 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 submissions

Jul 2015 144

Aug 2015 99

Sep 2015 128

Oct 2015 83

Nov 2015 97

Dec 2015 82

Jan 2016 133

Feb 2016 102

Mar 2016 102

Apr 2016 92

May 2016 222

Jun 2016 342














Site-Assessment MOA »» 96 NCs need to be reviewed and assessed for ADA compliance. Reducing Liability (Investigations) »» State Assembly Bill 1443 provides anti-harassment protections to volunteers. There are over 1,800 volunteers in neighborhood council across the City. The City is obligated to address these items, and ensure quick resolution. Currently, the Personnel Department is managing one investigation, and EmpowerLA is funding this investigation even though there are currently no budgeted funds for this purpose. Positions


Expenses Account 3040 $100,000


$100,000 is required by the Personnel Department to contract with an independent investigator. Funds will allow the Personnel Department to complete up to 5 investigations through an independent investigator.

→→ Alignment with strategic documents

□ Mayor’s Expectations Letter

□ Comprehensive Homeless Strategy

□ Equitable Workforce and Service Restoration Plan

□ Sustainable City pLAn □ Strategic Plan(s)

Neighborhood Council Training »» Mayor’s Expectations Letter: “Developing online tools to enhance civic engagement,” and “Conduct 96 101 trainings to underrepresented populations” »» Homeless Strategy: Training video would be developed for designated NC homelessness liaisons to effectively outreach and advocate to their boards and communities. »» Equitable Workforce: the increase in entry level positions (Administrative Clerk) would allow the Department to utilize the Targeted Local Hiring Program to find candidates in under-served populations. Site-Assessment MOA »» This request is aligned with the pLAn’s Preparedness and Resiliency initiatives that call for “proactive solutions to prepare the City” for a large scale event or disaster. A prepared, sustainable City must be one where constituents can receive information about their government in an accessible location – especially during an event or disaster. Therefore, this is a critical Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget Proposal

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2017-18 Budget Proposal  
2017-18 Budget Proposal