|The Mayor’s proposed budget was released this afternoon. The Neighborhood Council funding is proposed at $37,000 per Neighborhood Council for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which is a reduction of 8.6%. For the Department, the Mayor has included funding for us to conduct Neighborhood Council elections while laying off two currently filled staff positions (Sr Accountant and Neighborhood Empowerment Analyst) as part of the citywide layoffs necessary to address the deficit. If approved, this would leave the Department with 17 positions.
The Budget and Finance Committee will be conducting hearings starting next week. The Department’s budget is currently scheduled to be heard on May 7th (pleaseclick here for the schedule). You are encouraged to participate in the proceedings to advise the committee regarding your concerns.
In the meantime, election planning is moving forward so please start putting together your election outreach plans now. Try to incorporate your election outreach into existing outreach events your Neighborhood Council has already planned for the upcoming months. Here is a creative outreach video that Del Rey Neighborhood Council recently put together.
We are also looking to bring on Independent Election Administrators to assist with the elections. If you are interested, please contact Grayce Liu firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 213-978-1551. We are planning to hold the first orientation meeting on Thursday, May 3rd, for those who are interested.