EDITOR’S NOTE: Long-time Neighborhood Council activist Dr. Dan Wiseman attended Tuesday’s meeting of the Council’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee under new Chairman Bernard Parks who replaced Paul Krekorian. It was the first of four regional meetings that Parks called to shed light and develop new policies to strengthen the NC system. Wiseman calls it a “new departure” and in this article traces what happened to reform proposals under Krekorian’s watch and defines many of the issues that need to be discussed. The committee meets Thursday at 6 p.m.. Constituent Service Center– South Los Angeles, 8475 South Vermont Ave.; Monday at 6 p.m. Braude Constituent Service Center Room 1B, Van Nuys; Thursday March 8 at 6 p.m. City Hall Room 1010
WHO SPEAKS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS?
By Daniel Wiseman
I have just returned from the first of four regional Special Meetings, called by Mr. Bernard Parks, the new Chairperson of the City Council’s Education & Neighborhoods Committee.
Mr. Parks began the meeting by offering the attendees the opportunity to dialogue with him on issues that concerned them. There would be no time limits … no “Thank you, next speaker” … and there was active cross-questioning on a wide variety of topics.
It appeared that … at last … the Neighborhood Council Active Stakeholders (NCASHs) would have a chance to fully air and fully discuss their concerns with a receptive elected City Official.