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 Uebersax
Secretary:  (vacant - could be YOU!)
Treasurer:  Glenn Bailey

Email the LANCC officers at LANCC@EmpowerLA.org


Next LANCC Meeting: 

Saturday, April 7, 2018
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.

Bicycle racks are in front of the lower entrance.

Public Transit:  Civic Center Station of the Red and Purple subway lines is two blocks to the east. 


 Last Meeting Agenda: 3/3/18 
    1. Lisette Covarrubias, , Department of City Planning, will provide planning updates and introduce new Neighborhood Liaisons
    2. Glenikia Young, Volunteer of America Los Angeles, provide NCs with the tools to assist victims of human trafficking.
    3. Louis Ting, P.E., Director, Power Planning & Development, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, LADWP is creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles while maintaining a reliable and cost-effective power supply for customers. Our future energy supply has zero coal, expanded renewables, energy efficiency, and clean energy projects, and dramatically reduces fossil fuel emissions. LADWP is committed to an open and transparent process as we lay the groundwork and make progress toward creating LA’s clean energy future.
    4. Leyla Campos, City Clerk, questions and answers on the NC Funding Program.

Campaign Finance CIS Statement

The _______ Neighborhood Council, at its regular meeting of (date), passed the following Community

Impact Statement by a vote of: (specify #-#-#). We request that this statement be added to Council Files 17-0042 (Ban on Developer Campaign Contributions – Ryu, Krekorian, Buscaino, Koretz) and 15-1088-S1 (Matching Funds Rate Increase – Ryu, Krekorian, Buscaino).

This Neighborhood Council SUPPORTS the motions introduced to reform the Los Angeles City campaign finance system in order to reduce the influence of developer interests at city hall and increase and empower the voice of small dollar donors.  This Neighborhood Council also urges the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles Ethics Commission to schedule these items and approve them as soon as possible.

Reform is necessary as developers have a clear financial interest in influencing City Hall to generate land use decisions that will benefit their projects.  In 2011, the City approved Measure H, which limited campaign donations from contractors doing business or bidding to do business with the City, due to the clear financial conflict of interest.  A similar concern exists with real estate developments where discretionary action required by the City is part of the planning process and incentivizes developers to donate to political campaigns in the hope of partial treatment.  Whether the influence gained is merely perceived or real, the citizens of Los Angeles, like with Measure H, have a clear “anticorruption and anti-circumvention interest” in prohibiting this activity.  This ordinance would restore trust in the city planning process and has been upheld for similar bans by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In the same vein, it is in the interests of the citizens of Los Angeles to incentivize candidates to pursue donations from small donors.  All political campaigns cost money, and therefore the natural inclination of candidates is to attempt to raise dollars from those donors who can give a maximum check amount.  This leads to affluent individuals having a disproportionate influence on city politics.  One system in place to reduce this imbalance is the City’s Matching Funds System.  Matching funds provide candidates with additional public funds to match small dollar donations in order to incentivize candidates to court these voices as well.  This system is beneficial, but could be made better.  As it currently stands, the match is set at 2:1 for primary elections and 4:1 for general elections, matching up to $250.  The Ethics Commission in 2014 recommended those rates be changed to 6:1 in both elections.  Further, reducing the amount to be matched to $100 would allow a small dollar donor at $100, matched 6:1 with $600, to in effect contribute $700 to a campaign, the same as a maximum donor can now.  This change would help even the playing field so that candidates will be equally benefited by a donor who can contribute $700 as they are from one who can contribute $100, thus encouraging them to listen to both voices once elected.

For these reasons, this Neighborhood Council supports Council Files 17-0042 (Ban on Developer Campaign Contributions – Ryu, Krekorian, Buscaino, and Koretz) and 15-1088-S1 (Matching Funds Rate Increase – Ryu, Krekorian, and Buscaino).

    1. EmpowerLA- Grayce Liu/Mike Fong                                                                                       
    2. Budget Advocates 
    3. Congress of Neighborhoods
    4. Board of Neighborhood Commissioners-Len Shaffer
    5. Speed Round/ Announcements/ Alliances’ Updates
    6. Adjournment

NOTE:  Next month's LANCC and DWP meetings will be held on 
Saturday, April 7, 2018 
at the usual DWP location and times.  

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

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

Meeting topics for last meeting 3/3/18:

  • Department's new procurement policy
  • 100% Renewables study
  • Fred Pickel, the Ratepayers Advocate will also address the Committee on selected topics.

As always, bring your own coffee. 

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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