The North Hills Neighborhood Council was certified on February 25th, 2003. The Interim Board began actively recruiting for leadership to fill the expanded 13 member board and elections were to be held as soon as candidates had been nominated.
- Certification Press Release – Year 2003
- NORTH HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL CERTIFIED IN RECORD TIME
North Hills – The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners certified the new The North Hills West Neighborhood Council (NHWNC) at their meeting on February 25 at the Los Angeles Baptist Junior/Senior High School. A capacity crowd arrived at the library to hear the presentation by the interim board to the Commissioners.
Interim Chair Darren Hubert of the new Neighborhood Council introduced the eight neighborhood speakers who each presented their case for certification. An impressive Power Point presentation covering all the bases and requirements for certification was also given. Areas covered in the special presentation by residents included Boundaries, Area Profile, and Neighborhood Outreach, which covered such demographics as population, gender, the percentages of homeowners and renters, ethnicity, and age structure. All of this information was posted on the North Hills West Neighborhood Council’s Web site at the time.
The demographic profile of the bounded area provided by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment indicated several outstanding profile elements with regard to major stakeholder groups. The North Hills West Neighborhood Council grew out of a local grass-roots effort by neighborhood organizers. The NHWNC Steering Committee conducted an assessment of the community and worked together for over eight months to organize and conduct outreach on behalf of the neighborhood council. The committee held public meetings to solicit input from the community on the organization of the neighborhood council and the creation of bylaws. The lead organizers are homeowners, church leaders, business owners, and employees in the proposed area.
The NHWNC presented a detailed description of its outreach process and demonstrated to the commission that a good-faith effort was made to reach out to the broadest array of stakeholders.
In summary, from the commission, “The NHWNC has knowledge of the community and a strong network of leadership. The applicant should be encouraged to continue to expand their outreach efforts outside of the familiar network of leadership that they have already cultivated. A strategic outreach plan should be developed to increase the interests represented in the neighborhood council, so that all the stakeholders within the NHWNC area will be informed and able to participate in their neighborhood council. There is an indication that stakeholders throughout the bounded area were contacted, and that a good-faith outreach effort was made to the broadest array of stakeholders. It is the department’s determination that the applicant meets all the outreach requirements under the plan.”
With that said, the commission then certified the new North Hills West Neighborhood Council.
SUCCESSFUL ELECTION OF OFFICERS HELD JUST 6 MONTHS LATER!
With the certifying stage completed, it was time to put the new council “in gear.” The Interim Elections Committee went right to work establishing election guidelines to follow for the election of the first official “Board of Governors,” enabling the council to function as a fully autonomous agency within the structure of Los Angeles City government. Fliers were sent out to all stakeholders, within the next six months, announcing the meeting agendas and locations, committee meetings and any other activities promoting citizen involvement in preparing for upcoming public elections. Included were biographies of all those seeking board positions.On July 29, 2003, polls opened at 7 AM and voting was under way, operations being overseen by representatives of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and by 8 PM, all Board seats were officially filled and the results finalized, with no one contesting the results.
It was now official – the North Hills West Neighborhood Council is an independent, self-governed group of concerned citizens who will now have an official say in city government. A heartfelt “thanks” went out to all those individuals who worked so hard in making the dream a reality!