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 4, 2020
10:00 am

This will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom which allows online and telephone access.  Details are below at top of agenda.
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. 


Meeting Agenda 4/4/2020

If you have questions for any of our speakers, send to terrencegomes@soronc.org before Friday, 5:00PM.

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1.       Update from Mayor Garcetti on the crisis of COVID-19 and how Neighborhood Councils can help. (invited)

2.       Update from Council President Martinez for Neighborhood Councils. (invited)

3.       Update from Councilmember Ryu for Neighborhood Councils. Confirmed representative

4.       Update from City Attorney Mike Feuer for Neighborhood Councils. Confirmed

5.       Update from GM Raquel Beltran of DONE for Neighborhood Councils. (invited)

6.       Update from the City Clerk on Neighborhood Council Funding. (invited)

7.       Update from Cindy Cleghorn, Neighborhood Council PlanCheck.

8.       Update from Jack Humphreville on the City’s Budget, Budget Advocates.

9.       Update from Mike Fong, NCD.

10.   Update from BONC.

11.   Discussion and possible action to provide best practices for hosting meetings.

12.   Discussion and possible action to review solutions for a web-based meeting platform example.

a.       Zoom.us Meetings (https://zoom.us/)

b.      Cisco Webex Meetings (https://www.webex.com/)

c.       FreeConferenceCall.com (https://www.freeconferencecall.com/)

13.   Discussion and possible action for providing public comment (live and/or email).

14.   Discussion and possible action for providing language for Neighborhood Council agendas.

a.       In conformity with the Governor's Executive Order N-29-20 (March 17, 2020) and due to concerns over COVID-19, the XXX Neighborhood Council meeting will be conducted entirely telephonically via (Zoom) (WebEx) (or another provider).

b.      Members of the public who wish to listen to the meeting or participate in public comment to the Neighborhood Council should call (XXX) XXX-XXXX and use Meeting ID No. XXX XXX XXX and then press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID.  (Instructions for Zoom)

c.       As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To ensure availability of services, please make your request at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting you wish to teleconference by contacting the xxxxxx Neighborhood Council at email@neighborhoodcouncil.org or call xxx-xxx-xxxx.

15.   Discussion and possible action for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (XXXXXX Neighborhood Council) is gravely concerned with the latest letter from the League of California Cities letter to waive transparency rules during the COVID-19 crisis. Article Link Here The public’s right to know what its government is doing will NEVER be infringed. We request that the Los Angeles City Council take a position to oppose this infringement of transparency will not be tolerated by Council President Martinez or Mayor Garcetti.

16.   Discussion and possible action of excessive spending of Neighborhood Council funds during the COVID-19 crisis.              _________________________________________

NOTE:  Next month's LANCC and DWP meetings will be held on 
Saturday, May 2, 2020 
at the usual DWP location and times.  They will likely both be held as virtual meetings until further notice.  

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

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020

Location:  Virtual Meeting

This meeting will be conducted with the Webex Desktop or smartphone app, or by dial-in telephone (213-306-3065, access code 967 782 857). 

The Webex link is:
(That is one single line, no line break)

The Webex link will generate a browser page that (on a desktop computer) may ask the user to download the Webex app. If you cancel that, make sure the Webex app is running, and then click on the link a SECOND time (on that second try my Chrome browser gave me a pop-up that asked me if I wanted to connect the the Webex App to which I clicked yes, and it connected as expected). 

Smartphone users shouldn't have any problems. 

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

Agenda for April 4, 2020 virtual meeting (also linked here and includes online and call-in  instructions):

1. Call to Order and Remarks (Tony Wilkinson, Chair, 818-212-5384, tonyw.civic@gmail.com) [4m] 

2. Announcement that the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) meeting will follow at 10:00 am, using the Zoom.us meeting application. See their website for details: http://lancc.org [1m] 

3. LADWP COVID-19 Update - Marty Adams, LADWP General Manager & Chief Engineer. The City's water and power company is the largest municipal utility in the nation. Its staff is on the front lines of keeping the city running during this time of social isolation and social distancing. General Manager Adams will provide an overview of how the crisis is impacting the utility, its workers, and its business. [18m] 

4. Preliminary Budget Presentation – Ann Santilli, LADWP Chief Financial Officer. The Department presents a preliminary budget so the city can coordinate revenue assumptions with its General Fund budget for the coming Fiscal Year. The preliminary budget was presented to the DWP Board at a special online meeting on Tuesday, March 31. You can download the Budget Presentation document in advance in order to follow Ms. Santilli's presentation with your own copy. Go to the ladwp.com website, access the Board of Commissioners agenda page (link below), select the March 31 meeting agenda and click on the link under Item 8 B. [27m] https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/faces/ladwp/aboutus/a-whoweare/a-wwa-boardofcommissioners The DWP Board will continue to meet electronically during the duration of social distancing. 

5. OPA Director / Ratepayer Advocate Dr. Fred Pickel will comment on the budget and other issues. [12m] The Office of Public Accountability reports are available at http://opa.lacity.org/ 

6. General public comment, including comments by MOU representatives. [8m] Please submit comments by email before 6:00 pm on Friday, April 3 to tonyw.civic@gmail.com 

7. Adjournment: Before 10:00 a.m. 

As always, bring your own coffee.

And try to be a little early.

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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