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Before neighborhood councils came along in 1999, LA city government was remote and resistant to input from taxpaying citizens. It still is, as the councils don’t have any power. Tonight we’ll hear about efforts to make them work.            

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Dan Konecky

Main Topic A Second Look at Neighborhood Councils

Created by charter reform eight years ago, eighty-nine neighborhood councils have been formed to encourage participation in civic affairs. Without any authority to make policy, they’ve fought a losing battle against bureaucratic inertia and struggled to make any impact on the fifteen members of the City Council. One very basic issue is who gets to sit on neighborhood councils. Last week, the Council began looking at the recommendations of a Review Commission.

Guests:
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)
Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles City Council (@Bill_Rosendahl)
Bonghwan Kim, Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
Mary Benson, Vice President, Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council

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