For over a year, Community Stakeholders in the Downtown Los Angeles Area met as a Neighborhood Council Formation Group (“Formation Group"), and in sub-groups or committees, including Bylaws and Elections Committees. As a result, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (“DLANC") was certified as an approved City Neighborhood Council on April 27, 2002. DLANC’s governing Board of Directors consists of 24 seats that represent a diversity of communities and categories of interest within Downtown.
The DLANC Bylaws describe the composition of the 24-member Board of Directors, with a representation breakdown by Stakeholder Categories: five (5) geographic areas with both residential and business representation; and Social Services Providers, Homeless, At-Large and Area Wide seats.
According to the Bylaws, a Community Stakeholder is defined as any individual who lives, works, or owns property within the boundaries. In addition, Community Interest Stakeholder status may be defined as a person who affirms a substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries in a community organization such as, but not limited to, educational, non-profit and/or religious organizations.
Stakeholders are encouraged to participate at DLANC meetings of interest. To speak at a Board Meeting, simply complete a Speaker Card and submit to the Vice-President of Administration and your name will be called during the Stakeholder discussion period (see the meeting agenda).
Remember, the bulk of neighborhood council work happens at the committee level. Once ideas or issues are worked out there, then the Committee presents a motion at a Board Meeting. If you chose to introduce your idea/concern at the a BOD meeting, generally there will be a brief discussion, culminating in a Board vote to assign it to an existing committee meeting or create an Ad Hoc committee meeting to research, analyzes and make a recommendation to the Board. The BOD meets once a month with limited time for each presentation.