UPDATE: The City Council took up the bond issue Wednesday but Herb Wesson blinked at the rush to judgment on a problem that has been building for half a century because of City Hall’s neglectful policies. He gave the plans authors, Englander and Buscaino, until next Tuesday to come up with a plan to include Neighborhood Councils in the discussion. Apart from Jack Humphreville and two other community activists, the one-minute allowed each public speaker was dominated by cycling activists who were gung-ho for the bond as long as it provided more bike lanes.
The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, representing the 95 neighborhood councils regarding budget and fiscal issues, met with Council member Mitch Englander on Tuesday to discuss his proposal to tax property owners $3 billion to fix the city’s long-neglected streets.
The advocates, after hearing the council member explain the May ballot measure voted overwhelmingly to “demand” that today’s planned Council vote be delayed 60 days to give the city’s nearly 100 Neighborhood Councils time to consider the proposal.
“We ask each and every NC and NC member to contact your council member and request they respect the request of the budget advocates,” budget advocate Jay Handal said. “In addition, please ask your NC to adopt this motion, and if possible, file a community impact statement.”
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition voted to approve the same motion.
Title : Resolution on Postponement of Proposed $3 Billion Street Repair Bond Measure
MOTION : RE: City Council File 13-1300-S1
Whereas the City Council believes that the Neighborhood Councils do not inform their stakeholders about Council initiatives; and
Whereas the City Council requests better participation in city issues by Neighborhood Councils; and
Whereas Councilmember Parks held hearings at his Education and Neighborhoods Committee regarding Neighborhood Council participation in city issues; and
Whereas the City Council recently approved a citywide valet parking ordinance without enough time for Neighborhood Councils to weigh in; and
Whereas yet again, the City Council, without any warning or advance notice, introduced a motion on January 4, 2013 to place a three billion dollar bond measure on the May ballot with a vote scheduled to be taken on January 10, 2013, thereby again silencing their Neighborhood Council’s voice in an important matter; and
Whereas the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition has already unanimously adopted and transmitted a position to the City Council on January 5, 2013 asking for 60 days time so that Neighborhood Councils are able to weigh in on issues affecting all of their stakeholders;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates instructs the Chair to immediately transmit the NCBA’s opposition to the City Council’s predeliction for precluding the Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders from weighing in on citywide measures.
Furthermore, the NCBA’s demands that a City Council decision on City Council File 13-1300-S1 be postponed for 60 days until the City can issue a financial impact report of the new debt, and the 95 certified Neighborhood Councils have an opportunity to hold a Brown Act compliant meeting and report back to the Councilmembers with their stakeholders’ views.