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, June 3, 2017
10:00 am

Location:  
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 three blocks to the east.
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Meeting Agenda 6/3/17 

  1. PRESENTATIONS
    1. Lisette Covarrubias, Neighborhood Liaison, External Affairs Unit, Department of City Planning, introduction and how she can assist the NC system to navigate the planning process.
    2. Greg Good, Mayor Garcetti's Chief of Legislative and External Affairs, and Ben Winters, from the Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity, would like 30 minutes on the June LANCC agenda to speak on Council File 17-0274, which would establish an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee for development projects to be placed in a Housing Impact Trust Fund.
    3. Jill Stewart, discussion and possible action on public participation and transparency on the General Plan and Community Plan process.
  2. LEGISLATIVE
Whereas the city has for months been working on a plan behind closed doors for the overall vision and dreams for Los Angeles, the General Plan, which is to be presented to the public and Neighborhood Councils sometime this fall;
And whereas Mayor Garcetti has said, residents must have "a sense of ownership over the development of our communities," and City Councilman Jose Huizar, chair of the powerful PLUM committee, pledged to bring "accountability and transparency back into our General Plan and Community Plan processes";
And whereas Los Angeles is several years behind other Western U.S. cities in involving its citizens in a General Plan Update process that starts from the ground up;
And whereas public money and public interest are major factors in the earliest decision-making on our General Plan Update process, strategies, and dreams;
And whereas it is widely agreed the public cannot fully participate in General Plan Updating meetings, hearings and debates that unfold during the day downtown;
And whereas closed-door meetings on the fundamental debates and decisions about our dreams and goals for updating of the General Plan can only create more distrust and dismay over the city's broken planning system;
The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition(LANCC) (XXXXXX Neighborhood Council) requests that now-underway, and upcoming, Planning Department Work Group meetings about our shared ideas and ideals for the Los Angeles General Plan and its many Elements be made fully transparent, be set at evening and weekend hours; be open to the public as of now; invite a representative from each neighborhood alliance; and in the case of the nearly completed Open Space Work Group, be expanded from the four meetings completed in closed-door sessions, to four extra meetings that follow the prescription in this paragraph.
The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition(LANCC) (XXXXXX Neighborhood Council) further requests, in the same vein, that the Mayor's Planning Task Force and Transportation Infrastructure Steering Committee for the General Plan both be made fully transparent, be set at evening and weekend hours; be open to the public as of now; and expand their closed-door meetings to several additional meetings that follow the prescription in this paragraph.
 
Draft letter:
 
Dear Mayor Garcetti and Planning Director Bertoni:
 
The city has since February been working on plans behind closed doors for the overall vision and dreams for Los Angeles, the General Plan, which is to be presented to the public and Neighborhood Councils later on.
 
Yet as you, Mayor Garcetti, said in response to Measure S and other criticisms of non-transparency and the broken planning system at City Hall, L.A. residents must have "a sense of ownership over the development of our communities," and as City Councilman Jose Huizar, chairman of PLUM, pledged, City Hall will now act to bring "accountability and transparency back into our General Plan and Community Plan processes."
 
We agree. That is why these closed meetings about our shared ideas and ideals for the Los Angeles General Plan must be fully transparent, more inclusive, and open to the public now.
 
It has come to our attention that some of those invited to the Work Group Meetings for Open Space, including environmental stakeholders, cannot regularly attend the four scheduled meetings because they are set for the convenience of city planners at 2 to 4 p.m. downtown.
 
Moreover, it has come to our attention that a developer consultant sits on the Work Group Meeting for the Open Space Element of the General Plan, and is being described by city officials as an "open space expert."
 
Moreover, the "chapters" now online at the city's OurLA2040.org website describing the Open Space Element and the Conservation Element are woefully inadequate and do not include crucial issues that should be innovative and forward-thinking new Elements. One glaring omission is an Urban Forest Element that pursues the need to recreate and save our fast-vanishing urban tree canopy, which is crucial to fighting GHG and creating livable communities.
 
These are the many kinds of problems that fan the widespread distrust of the city planning system and the citywide debate over how to fix it -- these problems are created when the city reverts to closed-door meetings and selective choosing of who the experts should be, as it has so far this year.
 
Second, and in the very same vein, the mayor's Planning Task Force and Transportation Infrastructure Steering Committee for the General Plan should also be open to the public now. Key strategies for planning, shaping and reshaping Los Angeles are unfolding in these closed meetings.
 
Best practices demand that you, Mayor Garcetti, adopt a ground-up process for your Task Force and your Steering Committee, open to the public just as the Measure HHH Citizens and Administrative Advisory Committees and the Measure H Work Group meetings were devised:  open to the public from the very beginning and including independent experts and thinkers, warts and all.
 
Attached is a motion our Council has approved, urging the above actions.
 
Sincerely,
 
The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) (XXXXXX Neighborhood Council)
  
  1. REPORTS
    1. EmpowerLA- Grayce Liu/Mike Fong 
    2. Budget Advocates- Jay Handal/ Liz Amsden
    3. Board of Neighborhood Commissioners-Len Shaffer
    4. Speed Round/ Announcements/ Alliances’ Updates
    5. Adjournment  
  
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NOTE:  Next month's LANCC and DWP meetings will be held on 
Saturday, June 3, 2017 
at the same times and location.

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

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017

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

Meeting topics include:

  • Recent settlement involving the Transfer Fee, rates, and other matters of interest.
  • Ratepayer Advocate Fred Pickel will also be there to provide insights and answer questions.

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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