The Sylmar Neighborhood Council was certified by the City of Los Angeles on May 6, 2003. The neighborhood council system was approved by the voters in 1999. Neighborhood Councils are intended to act as a conduit between Los Angeles City Hall and the local communities. Their role is to work with stakeholders to increase influence with city lawmakers and departments to improve the community. Stakeholders are defined as people who live, work, or own property in the area.
To promote the welfare, protect the interests, and serve as a voice for the Sylmar community with the City's decision-making process for a better quality of life.
The SNC holds its monthly Board meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at Sylmar Charter High School (13050 Borden Avenue). Please check the SNC website to confirm, as meeting locations do change from time to time. The meetings are open to the public, and stakeholders are invited to attend, participate, and voice their concerns so that the Board can better support the needs of our community.
1999: City election, the people of Los Angeles voted to approve the City of Los Angeles Ordinance No. 174006 which established regulations to implement the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils.
May 2001: Ordinance 174006 for the Plan was approved by the City Council and became effective. The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE)began accepting certification applications from community groups as of October 1, 2001. Timeline of events May 15-31, 2001
March 2001: Bonnie Bernard met with Dr. Adrianna Barrera of LA Mission College and Joanne Baltierrez to discuss the grassroots efforts of establishing a Neighborhood Council in the community of Sylmar.
April 3, 2001: First meeting of community stakeholders with presentations from Megan Jones of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, a city agency.
May 2003: The Sylmar Neighborhood Council was certified by the City of Los Angeles and became the 69th Neighborhood Council.
May 2004: A Sylmar community-wide election was held for the Board of Directors for the Sylmar Neighborhood Council.
August 9, 2004: The first meeting of the Board of Directors of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council. The Executive Board of officers were determined by the newly seated Board after they were sworn in by Councilman Alex Padilla. Elected as Executive Board President – Tammy Flores, Vice President – Bonnie Bernard and Treasurer – Richard Yamauchi. The Board received a brief overview of responsibilities from the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment – presented by Leyla Campos, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) Project Coordinator.
August 19, 2004: Board meeting – Discussed and established most of the committees and chairs of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council.
Sept 2, 2004: Adopted the SNC committees and chairs. Federation representative selected by the Board. The Board determined that the SNC committee structure would be a minimum of one Board chair, at least one Board member and at least 3 stakeholders.
Oct. 26, 2004: Ad hoc committees established: Open House Holiday Party, Secretary Duties, and Web Site. New Sylmar NC office approved and furniture and supplies ordered. Guest speakers: Senator Richard Alarcon and Gaby Gonzalez – LAUSD. The second quarter budget approved. Explanation of Matching Funds Grants program by CD7 Dan Rosales. Reports from Committees: Land Use, Public Services, and Outreach.
Nov. 18, 2004: Board voted to support of DWP 11% rate increase rollback. AD HOC Committee distributed itemized Secretary Responsibilities and the Board approved. Outreach – George Ortega - presented drafted flier to be distributed via Smart Shopper in English & Spanish. Denise Campos reported issues that the Neighborhood Prosecution Program was working on within Sylmar. Public Service, Public Safety, Land Use, Outreach, and Senior Issues gave reports.
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