Request for Grievance Panel Volunteers

Stakeholders in the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood are invited to serve on a Neighborhood Council Grievance Panel (NCGP) tentatively set for Wednesday 1/20/16. The NCGP will address issues raised in a grievance filed against the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council by Mr. Edward Hunt (the “Aggrieved Party”).

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The expected time commitment is: the review of all documentation, and a vote from the volunteer jury panel. The Secretary will also write a final report for the Board.

IMPORTANT NOTE: HSDNC Board Members (other than "Secretary") CAN NOT volunteer.

Please read the following information, and if you are interested in serving on the NCGP, follow the instructions at the end.

Convening of Panel

Volunteers must apply by 5 pm on 12/23/15.  By early January 2016, the Secretary, with an independent witness, will select five panel members at random from among all the volunteers. Volunteers will be immediately evaluated based on the information provided, and any selected at random but deemed not to be stakeholders will be excluded and another panel member chosen at random.


You are a stakeholder if you live, work, or own property in the Hollywood Studio District neighborhood, and also if you declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm a factual basis for it. In summary, if you are eligible to vote in the HSDNC elections. The Board has determined that current Board members are recused from being members of the NCGP.

Grievance Panel Hearing

The Board Secretary will coordinate with the panel members and the Aggrieved Party to schedule a time and place for the grievance hearing, envisioned to be a 2-3 hour meeting. At the start of the meeting, the Board Secretary will advise the panel to select among themselves a chairman and a secretary, according to Robert’s Rules of Order. The chairman will then run the meeting. The meeting will be open (anyone may attend) unless both the Aggrieved Party and a majority of the panel agree that the meeting will be closed (attended by only the panel and the Aggrieved Party). The panel and the Aggrieved party may at their option mutually agree to hold further meetings or discussions.  The tentative hearing date is 1/20/16.

NCGP Report

Following the grievance hearing, the panel will determine findings, and the Secretary will prepare a report with these findings and recommendations. The Secretary will present these recommendations in the form of Board motions which can be discussed and voted at the February Board meeting on 2/8/16.

Timeline of Grievance Panel activity

The Board Secretary is responsible for convening and administering the NCGP, but is not a member of the panel.  In January, the Board Secretary will contact the five panel members to notify them of their selection.

Following the hearing, the panel will prepare a report for the Board addressing the grievance issues discussed, including recommendations for future action.

The NCGP, or representatives therefrom, will be requested to participate in the 2/8/16 HSDNC Board Meeting to present their findings.  It is envisioned that the panel will be excused from service after the Board Meeting.

ARTICLE XI - Grievance Process

A. Any grievance by a Stakeholder must be submitted in writing to the Board.
B. At the next Regular Meeting after receipt of the grievance, a list will be compiled of Stakeholders who wish to serve on a grievance panel. The list will remain open for Stakeholders to express their interest to serve for seven (7) days following the Regular Meeting.
C. At the following Regularl Meeting, the Secretary shall randomly draw five (5) names to serve on the grievance panel. The Board shall determine the method of randomness.
D. Within the next fourteen (14) days, the Secretary will coordinate a time and a place for the panel to meet with the person(s) submitting the grievance to discuss ways in which the grievance may be resolved. The Secretary shall facilitate the meeting.
E. After hearing the grievance, the panel will discuss possible solutions and draft a recommendation for the Board.
F. The Secretary will add the grievance panel's recommendation to the agenda of the next Regular Meeting. The Board may receive a copy of the panel's report and recommendations prior to the Meeting, but the matter shall not be discussed among the Board Members until the matter is heard at a Meeting of the Board pursuant to the Brown Act.
H. The Board shall hear the grievance, take into consideration the grievance panel's recommendation and shall vote by official action at that time on the matter.
I. A decision of the Board must be made within a ninety (90) day period from the time the grievance is filed.
This formal grievance process is not intended to apply to Stakeholders who simply disagree with a position or action taken by the Board at one of its Meetings. Those grievances can be aired at all Meetings. This grievance process is intended to address matters involving procedural disputes, e.g., the Board's failure to comply with these Bylaws and Standing Rules. The Neighborhood Council grievance review process will be conducted pursuant to any and all City ordinances, policies and procedures pertaining to Neighborhood Council grievances.
J. In the event that a grievance cannot be resolved through this grievance process, then the matter may be referred to the Department for consideration or dispute in accordance with the Plan.
January 20, 2016 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Meyer Building
5500 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States
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