Welcome!  This is the official website of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC).  We are a large coalition of Neighborhood Councils and welcome everyone to this open process.  Don't be left out!  Join the LA NC Coalition!  Send a delegate from your Neighborhood Council to represent you in this important process in Los Angeles.

About Us

Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles came about with the revision of the City Charter in 1999.  Article IX, Section 901(c) of that Charter states that the Neighborhood Councils should come together as a Congress of Neighborhoods. Why a "Congress of Neighborhoods"? What did the members of the Revision Commission mean when they used that term? According to the members of the Revision Commission, it was envisioned that Neighborhood Councils would come together to communicate with one another and to discuss and decide major issues affecting the citizens of Los Angeles. The formation of the Congress was to be left up to the Neighborhood Councils themselves.

Now, that time has come!  The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition is intended to enhance the ability of NCs, as well as their clout and influence, giving a larger voice on issues affecting more than one neighborhood. The Coalition is not intended to usurp or interfere with the role of an individual Neighborhood Council in their own neighborhood.

Chair:  Terrence Gomes
Vice-Chair:  David Ubersax
Secretary:  (vacant - could be YOU!)
Treasurer:  Glenn Bailey

Email the LANCC officers at LANCC@EmpowerLA.org

Next LANCC Meeting: 

Saturday, June 4, 2016
10:00 am

LA DWP Headquarters Building
Cafeteria Level
111 N. Hope St.
Los Angeles  90012

Free parking.  Enter from Hope Street, advise parking attendant that you are attending the Neighborhood Council meeting. 

Meeting Agenda
May 7, 2016


    1. Clair Bowin, City Planning, proposed citywide code amendment ordinance and hearing notice from the Department of City Planning. The proposed ordinance repeals Subsections 12.24.W.43 and 12.24.W.44 of Chapter 1 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) for the purpose of complying with state law AB 1866 on second dwelling units and "grandfathers" second dwelling units permitted since June 23, 2003 and to present the proposed Home-Sharing Ordinance (HSO), which addresses the issue of short-term rentals in the City of Los Angeles (per CF 16-1435-S2). 

    2. Dawn Cotterell, LADWP, our Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) Project.  Working together, the Los Angeles Sanitation and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are committed to a sustainable water future that relies more on local water supplies than costly and unreliable purchased imported water. The GWR Project will include the construction of advanced water purification facilities at Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. The GWR Project will provide up to 9.78 billion gallons of purified water, per year, from the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys to the Hansen and Pacoima Spreading Grounds in the eastern San Fernando Valley.


    1. Approve Board Affirmation.


    1. EmpowerLA- Grayce Liu                                                                                       

    2. Budget Advocates- Terrence Gomes/ Liz Amsden

    3. Board of Neighborhood Commissioners-Len Shaffer/ Lydia Grant

    4. LADWP REPORT-Jack or Tony

    5. Speed Round/ Announcements

    6. Adjournment  
And meeting just prior to LANCC:
8:45 am DWP MOU Oversight Committee (even months) or DWP Advocacy Committee (odd months)

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Agenda topics include:  

Reform and the restructuring of our Department of Water and Power.

Bring your own coffee. 

In February, we passed the following motion.

The DWP Oversight Committee calls on the City Council to follow the recommendation in the charter mandated Industrial, Economic and Administrative Survey to form “a committee to examine governance reforms for the Department with the explicit task of reporting its findings and recommending a measure for the 2017 ballot.”

This Governance Committee should be involved in drafting any memorandums and other information from the beginning and include at least two members from the Neighborhood Councils who are familiar with the operations and finances of DWP.

The DWP Oversight Committee recommends that there be a robust and transparent discussion and debate before any measure is placed on the ballot for voter approval or rejection.


Last month, we made the following ten recommendations

Establish a fiduciary Board of Commissioners consisting of seven (7) qualified members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, serving staggered terms and who may not be removed except for cause. 

We oppose a full, time, paid Board of Commissioners.  However, Commissioners would be entitled to reasonable per diem fees.

The Board would appoint the General Manager, determine policy, and establish rates.

The City Council would have the right to assert jurisdiction in certain matters, including rates, only for the purpose of affirming or denying the action by a supermajority vote.

The Ratepayers Advocate will be independent of the Board of Commissioners and any other governmental entity and have unfettered access to information.

The Board would be assisted by a staff similar to the current arrangement with the City Administrative Officer.

Contracting and procurement policies would be modified allowing the Department more flexibility.

The Department would be responsible for labor negotiations.

The Department would establish its own Human Resources Department, separate and distinct from the City’s Personnel Department.  DWP would not be subject to the City’s civil service rules.

The Transfer Fee would be subject to a City wide vote.

LANCC is in the process of revising its Bylaws.  At the May 4, 2013 LANCC meeting, it was agreed that a revised version (Draft D dated May 2, 2013) would be forwarded to NCs for their approval. After your NC acts, please forward your meeting agenda and vote to: LANCC@EmpowerLA.org 

The current LANCC Charter dated February 2008 may be downloaded here.

(Updated 5/30/13)

Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils

There are presently 96 Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles, with a few more in the works.  Click here to view the list of all NCs, then click on the individual NC name to view its EmpowerLA webpage including the list of Board members.

The City Charter endows our Neighborhood Councils
with the right and the responsibility
for holding periodic joint meetings
of all Neighborhood Councils.

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