October 27, 2009
Dear Greater Echo Park Elysian NC Board Members:
The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment received a "Neighborhood Council Application to Change or Adjust Bylaws" dated June 29, 2009, to amend the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC) bylaws as submitted and signed by Board Member Lisa Baca.
It appears that the requested changes are consistent with applicable guidelines for Neighborhood Councils such as the Los Angeles City Charter, City Ordinances, and the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils at this time. The Department has further noted that the application contains all required documentation.
Therefore the "Neighborhood Council Application to Change or Adjust Bylaws" has been approved. The current GEPENC certified and amended bylaws shall include the following numbering and language:
APPROVED BYLAW AMENDMENTS:
Please see attached bylaws which include amendments and revisions.
Pursuant to the City Attorney's Office, the following amendment/sentence applies to a process already in place via the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils (the Plan). Article VI, Section 4, Complaints against a Certified Neighborhood Councils which already establishes and allows that anyone aggrieved by a neighborhood council may bring a complaint to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE). As such, the following has been excluded from the approved bylaw amendments.
"Any party that is dissatisfied with the outcome of a Removal by the Board may appeal this decision to DONE". Article VII, Board of Governors, Section 7.10 Removal (last sentence)
It is also noted that based on inclusion, revision, removal, or other such changes, renumbering may have occurred to provide consistency throughout the bylaws document.
It is further noted that while the Department has reviewed the requested changes, there could be additional items within the bylaws that may need to be altered at a later time to be consistent with applicable policies.
The governing structure of the GEPENC will now be based on these current and amended bylaws and GEPENC is advised to begin use and distribution of these current certified and amended bylaws. In addition, the Department will keep a copy of said bylaws on file.
Should you have any questions, please contact your Neighborhood Council Project Coordinator, Sarai Molina who may be reached by phone at (213) 473-5537, via email at Sarai.Molina@lacity.org, or toll-free by dialing 3-1-1.