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:  Adriana De La Cruz
Treasurer:  Glenn Bailey

Email the LANCC officers at LANCC@EmpowerLA.org

Call for Candidates for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Executive Board

Election to be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the monthly LANCC meeting

Call for Candidates - Procedures

Positions – one year terms

Chair (one position)

Vice Chair (one position)

Secretary (one position)

Treasurer (one position)


All interested candidates must submit their name, the board seat they are running for and a maximum 250 word candidate statement. Upon receipt and verification of NC representative status by the LANCC Election Committee, you are a candidate. Submit, via e-mail only to lanccelection@gmail.com no later than February 1, 2023. No phone calls or late submissions will be accepted. Candidate's names, position running for and statements will be compiled by the LANCC Election Committee and sent out to the LANCC e-mail list no later than February 3, 2023. This same candidate list will also be posted to the LANCC web site.

Candidates may run for more than one position. Only verified NC representatives may run for office.

Candidates may campaign for the office they are seeking at any time after they have submitted their candidate statement to the LANCC Election Committee and they have an acknowledged receipt.

Election Day is Saturday, March 4, 2023 - First order of New Business.

Every candidate will appear on the ballot under the position they are seeking. Candidates will be introduced only on election day. Candidate statements will be available on election day.

Candidates will have one minute to speak.

Voting on Election Day

The only requirement for voting at a LANCC meeting by an NC representative is a communication from the President/Chair of the NC board, to the LANCC Chair or other officer who may be designated for that purpose, stating the name of the NC member or stakeholder that will represent his/her NC.

All Neighborhood Councils participating are eligible to vote. Only one vote per council. It is important for each council to know who their LANCC NC representative is before election day. On election day all voters will be asked to "affirm" by Roll Call that they represent their Neighborhood Council before the voting takes place.

Ballots will be available with all candidates’ names.

Candidate must have a majority vote to win. If there is no majority, there will be a runoff of the two candidates with the most votes. Majority vote of the NC representatives present at the election wins.

Upon completion of the voting on March 4, 2023 the newly elected officers will immediately take their positions on the LANCC board and continue the meeting agenda for the day.


Prepared by the 2023 LANCC Election Committee 

Cindy Cleghorn

Miran Kalaydjian

Carol Hutchinson


Next LANCC Meeting: 

April 1, 2023
10:00 am

Agenda PDF (text is also posted below)

This will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom which allows online and telephone access:

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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. 

Previous Meeting Agenda 3/4/2023

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

1. Welcome and roll call of Neighborhood Council Elected Representatives. 5 minutes 

2. Approval of outstanding minutes. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aXqQiejy_sYA7SVS6FvNNndGc8oVtheX?usp=sharing 

3. Brian Wilbur, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager Power Systems, provide an overview of the latest storm response for the electrical grid and the resiliency of the grid. 

4. Motions from our member NCs and Alliances: 

a. Central San Pedro i. Motion expressing concern at actions by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) in placing the Hollywood Studios Neighborhood Council in “Exhaustive Efforts” and expression of no confidence in leadership of DONE. ii. Whereas, on February 8, 2023 the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) allocated $4,000 of Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council (HSDNC) funds to Sheriff ’s Youth Fund through the Exhaustive Efforts process over the objections of duly-elected HSDNC Board members, thereby prompting multiple resignations; and iii. Whereas, the General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), in a letter to the entire Neighborhood Council system explaining actions by DONE following its takeover of the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council (HSDNC), claimed that HSDNC should have appealed DONE ’s actions, then spent over 500 words justifying those actions, accentuating the futility of any such appeal; and iv. Whereas, this attitude and these actions are consistent with DONE ’s policies and performance over the past several years, wherein DONE inappropriately takes over entire neighborhood councils through a glib use of so-called “EE” ( “Exhaustive Efforts”), or handles individual neighborhood council ’s problems by issuing restrictions, rules, and regulations that limit all neighborhood councils from exercising the diversity of governance envisioned for them in the City Charter; and v. Whereas, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has, over the past few years, persistently increased control and decreased true service, turning the department ’s name into an ironical antithesis of its stance;  vi. Therefore, the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council thanks Raquel Beltrán, General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), for her service with the City; finds that we can no longer repose confidence in the present General Manager of DONE; requests that Mayor Karen Bass and the City Council appoint an acting General Manager of DONE forthwith; create a negotiated process for finding and appointing a permanent DONE General Manager; and asks all other neighborhood councils to join us in this request. vii. The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council calls on the City Council or its appropriate committee to review these actions by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), and for the Mayor to consider appropriate remedial action regarding DONE. viii. The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council calls on the City to place an immediate moratorium on the use of Exhaustive Efforts by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. 

b. Palms Letter attached at end of agenda linked here.

c. Emergency Preparedness Alliance i. The ****** Neighborhood Council supports the Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness motion to file a CIS regarding Council File (CF) 22-1258 (Controller’s report regarding the Emergency Management Dept) as follows: The city’s Resiliency Plan tasked NCs with producing emergency preparedness plans for their communities. So far, the city has offered little or no help, financial or otherwise, for these projects. The Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance believes that help with these projects could be forthcoming if the city’s Emergency Management Dept. were properly funded and staffed. ii. Since the Controller’s Report was filed, the EMD has been tasked with responding to the Mayor’s Emergency Order regarding homelessness. A recent council file, 23-0214 further tasks the EMD as follows: iii. “City departments must be equipped to respond in the aftermath of floods caused by atmospheric rivers. City departments, Council District offices, and City residents need a clear understanding of how to respond to major weather events, including clear methods for communicating essential safety information in the aftermath of storms, both internally between City departments and externally to the public. The City’s Emergency Management Department is well equipped to serve as a coordinating authority in these situations. (Emphasis added) iv. I THEREFORE MOVE that the City Council instruct the Emergency Management Department, with assistance from any other relevant departments, to report back within 30 days with an overview of existing plans to manage weather-related emergencies with distributed impacts across the City, in addition to lessons learned from the January 2023 storms and corresponding adjustments that will be made, a clear delineation of responsibilities for preparing for and responding after an emergency, and an identification of channels for the communication of critical safety information between City departments, Council offices, and residents.” v. The ***** Neighborhood Council views with concern the historic underfunding of the Emergency Management Dept and calls on the city of Los Angeles to fund EMD adequately. The Peer City Emergency Preparedness Programs Budget Comparison (FY2021-22) on page 7 of the Controller’s Report shows the funding disparity between Los Angeles and other comparable jurisdictions. vi. The ***** Neighborhood Council supports the Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance’s resolution as follows: Resolved: the NCEPA calls on the city of Los Angeles to adequately fund the EMD in order to achieve full staffing by increasing its 2023-24 budget to $5,701,933 as requested. (February 25, 2003) 

5. LANCC Elections Update. 

6. Update from the WG4CC committee and motion: a. MOTION: Discussion and possible action for LANCC to direct the Working Group for Constructive Change to draft a "Neighborhood Council Bill of Rights" and requests the input of all Neighborhood Councils, board members and interested Stakeholders for their suggested provisions. Committee vote: 11-0-0 

7. Jamie York, update on the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance. Draft letter at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Sy2g4so6zIsQpA7Keb7n3r-1GDehLASZWhckSQeWyuQ/edit Additional information at https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2023-02-14/editorial-l-a-is-finallycracking-down-on-stealth-lobbying 

8. Motion: a. The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition requests that all Neighborhood Councils submit a CIS to CF 23-0600 strongly requesting that the City Council places no amount restrictions on Neighborhood Council roll over funds for the FY 2023-2024 because the City Clerk Funding Division failed to provide the Neighborhood Councils in a timely manner. Furthermore, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition requests that all Neighborhood Councils submit a CIS to CF 23-0600 strongly requesting that the Neighborhood Council’s annual funding be increased to $100,000 for the next Fiscal Year. 

b. The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition is very concerned about the recent comments made by a Board of Neighborhood Council (BONC) commissioner “if it is time to pull the plug out, then let’s pull the plug out. If they want to become their own non-profits let’s go ahead and do that. Some of the stuff going on is absurd.” The Neighborhood Council Coalition has been in favor of an audit of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) for years and that recommendations made from various committees and commissions be implemented when appropriate. It is the job of the BONC to create policy and to make sure that the DONE follows those policies so “some of the stuff” does not happen to tarnish the reputation of the Neighborhood Council system or the City of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition requests that all Neighborhood Councils submit a letter to Mayor Bass to  review the appointments of all current BONC commissioners for the betterment of the Neighborhood Council system and the stakeholders we serve. 

9. Update from Budget Advocates – Co-Chairs Jennifer Goodie/Kay Hartman Budget Day is June 17, 2023 

10. Update from Congress of Neighborhoods 2023 Congress. Congress Committee elections 

11. Update from DONE. Raquel Beltran. Not if February. 

12. Update from BONC Len Shaffer 5 minutes 

13. Update from any other NC regional alliance 5 minutes 

14. Announcements 5 minutes 

15. Adjournment-Meeting ends at 1:00PM 

(At 1:30 p.m, the Congress Planning Committee monthly meeting begins.  Link to website for further details:  https://www.neighborhoodcongress.la/)

NOTE:  Next month's LANCC meeting  
will be held on 
Saturday, April 1, 2023 
at the usual DWP location and time.  Future meetings will likely be held virtually via Zoom until further notice.  

And meeting just prior to LANCC:
8:30 am DWP MOU Oversight Committee (even months) or DWP Advocacy Committee (odd months)

The meeting link on NC-DWP meetings web page (meeting details and links will always be here) is:


The meeting will adjourn by 10 to allow participants time to join the LANCC meeting at 10:00 am via Zoom. 

Please submit comments by email:

for NC-DWP MOU meetings, to tonyw.civic@gmail.com    

for DWP Advocacy meetings, to jackh@targetmediapartners.com

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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