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Huizar Motion Supports Subdivision of Neighborhood Councils

Hermon residents may benefit from the motion, but not every member of the ASNC is in support of it.

A motion submitted by Councilman José Huizar last month that seeks to establish a procedure for the sub-division of neighborhood council could have a significant local impact.

Proposed by Huizar on October 23, the motion states that "there is a need to allow neighborhood councils [...] the capability to petition [the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners] for a boundary adjustment at the same time the Commission considers new council certification for the area being removed if desired at the grass roots level."

The motion stipulates that the certification the sub-division of neighborhood councils should only be permitted if the action would not splinter existing council boundaries and lead to the "orphaning" of communities.

[Huizar's motion can be downloaded from the media assets box above.]

Huizar's motion is likely to be of interest to Hermon residents, who for more than a year have been attempting to form a new neighborhood council distinct from the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, which currently represents their community.

The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council currently comprises five communities: Hermon, Mount Washington, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills and Sycamore Grove.

A Fact Sheet released the Hermon Neighborhood Council steering committee states that "Hermon’s growing activism and sense of its own distinct
future would be better served without the extra level of having to convince four other--some very different--communities to agree with our neighborhood’s plans and goals at each step."

Some members of the ASNC have opposed the sub-division efforts, saying it would splinter the board by creating a geographic gap Montecito Heights and Monterey Hills. Advocates of the plan have disputed those claims.

The ASNC will discuss Huizar's motion at their monthly meeting, .

A motion submitted by board member Jack Fong, a Mount Washington resident, calls for the board to oppose Huizar's motion.

[A copy of the meeting's agenda can be downloaded from the media assets box above.]

Hooper Humperdink November 28, 2012 at 07:41 AM
In a sense yes and in a sense no. Right now the NC members are restricted from meeting with each other (say, at a community clean-up) communicating with each other (say, on an online forum) or making decisions as a group without being worried about a Brown Act lawsuit or having charges filed by the D.A. against them. The $40,000 that the city doles out is the most effective muzzle on citizen activism I have ever seen - it takes the most active people in a neighborhood and makes it illegal for them to collaborate outside of one of the most boring and useless forms of self-government: the Robert Rules of Order public meeting. I think that the NC's should not be given money. They should be given support staff, access to web designers, note takers, legal advisors, facilitation experts, etc. so that they can focus on doing things, organizing their neighbors, and worrying about what matters in their community without the threat of legal action for buying some chemlights and stashing them in some stupid locker at a local school (i.e. the "missing money"/"supplies" debacle at the ASNC). The support staff can be contracted through DONE or put on staff - creating a gravy train of people who will fight hard for the rights of the NCs once their meal ticket is beholden to their success. These people will also get a chance to get paid to work on some real grass roots organizing. This is a nice liberal jobs program.
Hooper Humperdink November 28, 2012 at 07:46 AM
If the ASNC isn't going to fund the efforts of Hermon residents - why be involved with that body at all? If there are people who have the spare time and interest in working on fun improvement projects or lobbying for social change in the community - maybe y'all should just get together in someone's garage and come up with a plan to get stuff done. All the praise and results from your hard work will come later. Being on some stupid council doesn't gain anyone anything unless that council does something beneficial for your community.
David Lyttle November 28, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The operative question "why be involved...." is pertinent. Hermon does work on fun improvement projects and lobbies for social change in the community in spite of the fact of an ASNC Board determined to undermine their every effort. As Nimbly pimp makes reference to above, most of us look on at the “pettiness” in disbelief. Let the boundaries be re-drawn and perhaps, if we in Monterey Hills are lucky enough the new re-drawn boundary will proceed up Via Marisol.
Alex S Bowman November 28, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Can the Hermon community be represented fairly within the leadership of the ASNC? If you attend the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council meeting, you are aware the answer is, "No." There are two options for the Hermon community, to try to convince the current ASNC board to represent the community of Hermon, or to try to govern themselves. Right now, a majority of the ASNC board has little or no interest of representing Hermon so the residents of Hermon feel the need to fight for self government and part ways with the ASNC. There woud be no issue if Hermon felt like it was being treated fairly.
Cerro Gordo November 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM
If it makes you feel any better, I'm pretty sure that the ASNC is far from "THE laughing stock of Northeast LA". The majority of the folks living here don't even know it exists (or any of the other NC's for that matter). Kind of makes all the Machiavellian infighting that much more hilarious. It's only important to the people involved. Everyone else doesn't even know it's going on.

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