Neighborhood councils take over City Hall...for a day

neighborhood-congress-sign.jpgThe city's experiment with elected neighborhood councils is still very much a work in progress. Members of the councils often feel ignored at City Hall, and the elected officials and their staffs know that only some of councils are effective or able to truly speak for people in their areas. But on Saturday, the activists ruled at City Hall. The 2011 Congress of Neighborhoods got a visit from the mayor, heard from city officials about how to influence decisions, and shared some tips on how to act at meetings. "Neighborhood councils are sort of this sleeping giant that's awakening," said Jay Beeber of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council. Mayor Villaraigosa, for his part, said "they have been very innovative and have pushed us to do more." Daily News, Intersections

More by Kevin Roderick:
Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff
Power out Monday across Malibu
Put Jamal Khashoggi Square outside the Saudi consulate on Sawtelle
Here's who the LA Times has newly hired*
LA Observed Notes: Clippers hire big-time writer, unfunny Emmys, editor memo at the Times and more
Recent Politics stories on LA Observed:
Cheers for Gov. Brown and his pardon of Rod Wright
Maria Elena Durazo
A serious night at Central Library
Put Jamal Khashoggi Square outside the Saudi consulate on Sawtelle
Can talk therapy cure LA's civic malaise?
Ryu says Korean Americans must step up
UCLA study calls for rent control tightening
Their most frightening experience


LA Observed on Twitter