Councilman Bernard Parks, chairman of the Budget Committee and proposer of the 80 percent cut in funding for Neighborhood Councils, has responded to a constituent’s criticism of his action by asserting his primary concern is saving city jobs.
He also wants to know what cuts should be made to restore NC funding. Anybody got any ideas? Let’s hear them.
Here’s his email:
I PERSONALLY APPRECIATE YOUR CONCERNS THAT YOU HAVE EXPRESSED TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP. ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS APPRECIATE THE WORK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS HAVE DONE IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES.
I WOULD JUST REQUEST THAT AS YOU SOLICIT THEIR SUPPORT TO WRITE AND CALL
COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF THE BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE THAT YOU ALSO HAVE THEM IDENTIFY WHAT CUTS THEY WOULD RATHER SEE TO RESTORE THE NDC’S TO FULL FUNDING.
THE BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE IS ATTEMPTING TO SAVE 3000 TO 4000 JOBS
OF CITY EMPLOYEES . ONE MILLION DOLLARS CAN KEEP 10 POLICE OFFICES OR FIRE FIGHTERS ON THE JOB AND APPROX 20+ NON-SWORN POSITION EMPLOYED.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE DECISIONS WE HAVE TO MAKE. IT IS NOT TAKING A
STAND ON WHAT YOU WANT TO SAVE THE OTHER PART OF THIS IMPORTANT EQUATION IS WHAT DO YOU GIVE UP TO KEEP WHAT YOU WANT. MY PRIMARY EFFORTS WILL ALWAYS LEAN TOWARDS SAVING JOBS AS JOB = EMPLOYMENT AND MORE SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE..
THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO YOU.