Neighborhood Councils are created by Los Angeles City Charter, and as such are subject to many of the federal, state, and local laws that govern other City departments. In addition, we participate as body under parliamentary procedure, and must follow our Bylaws & Standing Rules.
RESEDA NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL BYLAWS & STANDING RULES – effectively a contract among members, they are the written rules for conduct of our Council and specify the qualifications, rights, duties, etc, and regulations for our operations and management
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT – federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to the operations of state and local governments
RALPH M. BROWN ACT – state law requiring open meetings from government agencies and applies to Neighborhood Council meetings
CONFLICT OF INTEREST LAWS – various state and city laws to ensure that government officials are free from bias caused by their own financial interest so they may act in an impartial manner
LOS ANGELES CITY CHARTER – In 1999, the City Charter established the Neighborhood Council System and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment which supports the Neighborhood Councils “to promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs…” Charter Section 900
THE PLAN FOR A CITYWIDE SYSTEM OF NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS – This Plan details the workings of the Neighborhood Council system.
CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT – A state law providing the public access to government records. Neighborhood Councils must abide by a strict time line to respond to Public Records Act (PRA) requests
LOCAL ORDINANCE 172728 – Created the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment following the passage of the City Charter
LOCAL ORDINANCE 176704 – Established regulations to implement the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils
LOCAL ORDINANCE 173184 – Created the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Fund
LOCAL ORDINANCE 175937 – Transferred the responsibility for leasing and renting office and meeting space for Neighborhood Councils from the Department of General Services to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, thereby streamlining the acquisition of space for Neighborhood Councils
LOCAL ORDINANCE 176477 – Exempts Neighborhood Councils from adopting a conflict of interest code and filing the Form 700 financial disclosure statements