In 1999 a revised Los Angeles City Charter directed the formation of Neighborhood Councils throughout the City. The goal was to give citizens greater access to City Hall and a more effective voice in City affairs.
To carry out the Charter’s mandate, the City planned to set up 103 Neighborhood Councils, each representing from 30,000 to 70,000 stakeholders. A stakeholder, briefly defined, is anyone who, within the boundaries of a neighborhood:
- Attends school
- Worships, or
- Participates in the work of a non-profit institution.
Neighborhood Councils operate with a board of elected and appointed members drawn from each category of stakeholders.
The Westside Neighborhood Council (WNC) covers an area bounded by (See Map):
Santa Monica Blvd. on the north,
the San Diego Freeway on the west,
National Blvd. on the south, and
Cheviot Hills and Century City on the east.
Its Governing Board members are volunteers who give their time out of concern for the quality of life in our neighborhood. The WNC does not represent any political party. We consists of 17 voting members and 3 non-voting ex officio members who are chosen by the group they represent.
A representative from the police and fire departments and the local City Council office (CD5) also sit on our Board as non-voting members.
The WNC can succeed only with the participation of the people whose lives are affected by its decisions. Stakeholders have the right to run for a seat on the Board, to participate in the work of its committees, and to bring an issue to the Board’s attention.
We meet once a month.
Please refer to the bylaws as to how voting members are determined.