-THE ARROYO SECO NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL-
DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD EMPOWERMENT (DONE)
HOSTS LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE BETWEEN
ARROYO SECO NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL AND
GREATER CYPRESS PARK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL IN
CONTINUING EFFORT TO RESOLVE NORTHEAST LOS ANGELES ISSUES
Key Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood council issues, including
stakeholder definition, city funding and the composition of
representative boards were addressed in a July 30 meeting between
leadership groups representing the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
(ASNC) and the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council hosted by
the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE.)
In the interest of facilitating an open and effective dialogue and
per the agreement of all parties, the meeting was not open to the
public. Each group was represented by five participants and seven
observers selected by the councils' respective organizing committees.
Issues addressed during the meeting have been the focus of
disagreement between the two groups during past months. The Human
Resources Department of the City of Los Angeles provided facilitation
of the meeting.
The neighborhood councils, DONE and the Human Resources Department
agreed to meet again for further dialogue on August 15, in another
private session to be facilitated by the City. The agenda for the
August 15 meeting will be broadened to include boundary issues and
the possible organization of a plebiscite to determine the will of
Northeast Los Angeles stakeholders.
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council has applied to represent the
stakeholders of the six communities of Cypress Park, Mt. Washington,
Sycamore Grove, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, and Hermon under
the City Charter empowering neighborhoods. At a May 28 certification
hearing before the City of Los Angeles' Board of Neighborhood
Commissioners, the ASNC leadership agreed to continue its application
and pursue further dialogue with the GCPNC leadership, with the hope
that there could be a unified neighborhood council application that
involves all parties.
Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council submitted a Letter of
Intent in January to represent the stakeholders of Cypress Park and
portions of Mt. Washington.
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council has the endorsement and active
of the Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association,
Mt. Washington Association, Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance,
Montecito Heights Improvement Association, Monterey Hills Federation,
Hermon Neighborhood Association, the Sycamore Terrace Homeowners
Association and over four thousand individual community stakeholders.
contact: Eliot Sekuler, 818/622-6896