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Blog: Farewell Facts from the Former HHPNC

As there has been some confusion in these pages about what a Neighborhood Council may do, and as to what the last Board did

All 95 Neighborhood Councils of Los Angeles City operate entirely under the jurisdiction of the City Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), which strictly dictates all operating rules. The Board was elected in April 2010 and was not seated until August 2010 due to an election challenge by the previous Board President. Three-and-a-half months were lost.

Population of Highland Park in 2010 Census: 50,000

HHPNC Election in 2010: 354 registrations

HHPNC Election in 2012: 347 registrations

 

Average HHPNC Meeting Audience Attendance:

Sept 2010 – April 2011 9.4 people/meeting

May 2011 – Dec 2011  8.9 people/meeting

Jan 2012 – Sept 2012  7.8 people/meeting

Three attendance exceptions in 2012 were due to extensive leafleting and other outreach:

July 19, Graffiti Report: 53 people

August 2, Public Safety Police Report and 710 Freeway extension: 90 people

September 6, City Attorney Special Report Abatement: 82 people

Totals of Board members absences, August 19, 2010 through Oct 4, 2012:

Name

Months on Board

#Absences

Teri Bonsell

26 Full term

2

Janet Dodson

26

3

Rick Marquez

26

4

Trisha Gossett

26

5

Stan Moore

26

5

Chris Smith

26

6

Steve Crouch

26

7

Ofelia Zuniga

26

10

Erik Duarte

26

16

Mauro Garcia

26

18

Miriam Escobar

26

19

Leave of absences, or recent appointments

David Kekone

21

10

Luis Antezana

20

5

Joan Potter

19

11

David Baird

18

9

Cathi Milligan

15

3

Ruben Del Portillo

5

0

Monica Alcaraz

4

1

Hector Huezo

4

1

Funding

No Neighborhood Council may receive funding other than from LA City. Accounting rules are rigid. Financial restrictions determine how the City funds are used. Grants to organizations may only be to 501(c)(3) organizations, or LAUSD schools with preference given to those within the borders of the Neighborhood Council. No religious institutions of any kind, or religious schools, may receive funding.

The 2010 Board began three-and-a-half months late, and in “Exhaustive Efforts” i.e. no funding available due to previous Board activities. Funding was restored to the 2010 Board Oct 21, 2010. Accumulated funding was large, therefore the Board was able to sequester $50,000 for cameras which have yet to be installed.

Activities/Organizations/Outreach Expenses--not operating expenses--funded:

2010

One-day events/festivals/community activities: 60% of Budget

More permanent projects: 34% of Budget

Outreach supplies: 6% of Budget

2011

One-day events/festivals/community activities: 24% of Budget

Sports: 30% of Budget

More permanent projects: 32% of Budget

Outreach supplies: 14% of Budget

2012

One-day events/festivals/community activities: 24% of Budget

Sports one-day: 10% of Budget

More permanent projects: 56% of Budget

Outreach supplies: 10% of Budget

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Janet Alvarado Dodson October 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
What exactly do you think was not transparent or accountable? The completion of the York Blvd. Survey was announced at the HHPNC November, 2011. It is a gigantic detailed document. It now is in the hands of Survey LA, awaiting inclusion in their survey of the entire city. No one on the Board wanted to see the survey. If you would like to see it, I would be happy to arrange it. Considering the number of scams, and biased expenditures of CIty money at the HHPNC, I find it interesting that this survey, which was completed on time, and fulfilled exactly what it was supposed to accomplish, has been the object of so much scrutiny and personal hostility.
La Casa de Bernarda Alba October 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Janet - You did an amazing job! As for the spend, happy, one-day fiesta organizers - "Spend your own money!" Let's get some real projects done in HP that can benefit the community long-term!
Spike Lee Gonzo October 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Wrong! MOGster. The tardy times are not counted as absent. Again, don't run for NC if you don't want to do anything.(except show up to ride on the holiday float)
Spike Lee Gonzo October 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The turnout wasn't worth the money spent for election committees, or community participation stuff.
Spike Lee Gonzo October 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Ole, El Cid! Way to turn the table on that attempted beatdown,Janet. You have been a fine example of transparency, though it sounds like some are making lame attempts at fault finding, to no avail. You are a worker, and a high road traveler.

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