The mission of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) is to unite the diverse communities of Downtown Los Angeles and to provide an innovative forum for all community stakeholders to contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive Downtown.

For over a year, Community Stakeholders in the Downtown Los Angeles Area met as a Neighborhood Council Formation Group ("Formation Group"), and in sub-groups or committees, including Bylaws and Elections Committees. As a result, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council ("DLANC") was certified as an approved City Neighborhood Council on April 27, 2002. DLANC's governing Board of Directors consists of 27 seats that represent a diversity of communities and categories of interest within Downtown.

The DLANC Bylaws describe the composition of the 27-member Board of Directors, with a representation breakdown by Stakeholder Categories: seven (7) geographic areas; or, by sector of interest, including Residents; Business Interests; Arts, Cultural, and Educational interests; Social Services Providers; and Workforce. Each Board candidate is encouraged to identify/list an Alternate Running Mate at the time of his or her filing; however, this is not required for director candidacy.

The Bylaws describe the composition of the 27-member Board of Directors, with a representation breakdown by Stakeholder Categories: seven (7) geographic areas; or, by sector of interest, including Residents; Business Interests; Arts, Cultural, and Educational interests; Social Services Providers; and Workforce. Each Board candidate is encouraged to identify/list an Alternate Running Mate at the time of his or her filing; however, this is not required for director candidacy.

According to the Bylaws, a Community Stakeholder is defined as any individual who lives, works, or owns property within the boundaries. In addition, Community Stakeholder status may be identified by participation in educational institutions, religious institutions, community organizations, or other nonprofit organizations.

If you are a Community Stakeholder, you are encouraged to participate at DLANC meetings that interest you. To speak at a Board Meeting, simply complete a Speaker Card and submit to the President and your name will be called during the Stakeholder discussion period (see the meeting agenda).

Develop Your Support... Depending upon the complexity, impact and detail of your idea/concern, you may want to discuss/email with the appropriate Committee Chair(s) and present to the appropriate committee before presenting to the Board. Check the Meetings page for a list of all upcoming committee and Board meetings. Also check the specific individual committee pages to learn how a specific committee might help you develop your idea and might make a recommendation to the Board in tandem with your presentation.

Remember, the bulk of neighborhood council work happens at the committee level. Once ideas or issues are worked out at here, then the Committee can present your idea with you at a Board Meeting. If you chose to introduce your idea/concern at the a BOD meeting, generally there will be a brief discussion, culminating in a Board vote to assign it to an existing committee meeting or create an Ad Hoc committee meeting to research, analyzes and make a recommendation to the Board. The BOD meet once a month with limited time for each presentation.

For more info on DLANC & our Board of Directors, please read our Bylaws or call (213) 473-6451.

For more info on the Los Angeles neighborhood council system or for translations of this flier, visit www.lacityneighborhoods.com.

The History of DLANC - the genesis of a our city neighborhoods rich in physical and cultural grandeur and diversity.

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