Neighborhood Councils were created as part of the 1999 Los Angeles Charter reform package to better connect residents with their city government. Neighborhood councils are direct links to our Los Angeles City Council and City Departments, Committees and Commissions.
A Neighborhood Council Board consists of community stakeholders who meet, discuss, and prepare presentations about local needs to Los Angeles City governing bodies. They work as an arm of the City to accomplish common goals for the City and the local community. Neighborhood Councils are groups of people coming together to influence City decisions that affect us within our neighborhoods . . . where we live, work, play, shop, study, raise our families, and aim toward an improved community.
This neighborhood council is called the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council (STNC). STNC was Certified on May 27, 2003. Transcript of STNC Certification Hearing on May 27, 2003 – PDF Format
Neighborhood Councils ensure that our community has the opportunity to actively participate in City Government. If you live, work, own property or a business in Sunland-Tujunga, you are a stakeholder. Join your fellow neighbors at our next meeting. Be part of this Neighborhood Council and help to change and empower our community.
SUNLAND-TUJUNGA NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
The organizing effort of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council (STNC) started in November of 1999, with the guidance and encouragement of the Chamber of Commerce. The STNC was certified in May of 2003 by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC) with bylaws that were approved by a vote of community members. Bylaws V2.72 Approved by DONE August 29, 2003 – PDF Format
STNC's officially elected Board of Representatives are involved, in an advisory capacity, with city budget planning, city development plans, officially address our community and city issues with governmental officials and departments. The STNC has a $42,000 Neighborhood Council Funding budget annually to allocate to community improvement projects, outreach, and Neighborhood Council operations.
YOU, as an STNC stakeholder, may be elected to the Board, attend the public meetings to gain information, hear diverse opinions, and foremost, to express concerns, potential solutions and ideas to the STNC Board of Directors, who are empowered to take appropriate advisory action.
The elected Board establishes dates of the regular monthly meetings of the STNC. Currently we meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All stakeholders are encouraged to attend, participate, ask questions and speak. STNC regular meetings are open to the public and are subject to the Brown Act.
STNC community stakeholders are defined as individuals who live, work, or own property within the boundaries of the neighborhood council. Additionally, individuals who participate in educational and faith-based institutions, and community services, youth, business and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly in the community are considered to be community stakeholders.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
We want to hear from YOU! What's happening on your block? How can your neighborhood be improved? Become a Neighborhood Block Captain and let your voice be heard — Become Involved!
Who are our neighboring Neighborhood Councils?
Neighborhood Councils closest to us are the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (FTDNC) which includes Lakeview Terrace, Shadow Hills and La Tuna Canyon, the Sun Valley Neighborhood Council (SVANC), and the Pacoima Neighorhood Council (PNC). To the east is the Crescenta Valley Town Council which is part of the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
How many board members are on the Neighborhood Council?
The STNC Board of Representatives includes 21 elected positions and 1 appointed position. The elected positions are five executive officers, seven Stakeholder Group Representatives, eight Geographic District Representatives and one At Large Group Representative. The appointed position is the Parliamentarian.
What is the Brown Act?
The Ralph M. Brown Act is required by the State of California which says all our meetings are open to the public. It also says that we must post, in advance, our agenda whenever we have a meeting: 72 hours in adance of regular meetings and 24 hours in advance of special meetings. All meetings are required to be published on the City of Los Angeles' Early Notification System (ENS), on this website and at one physical posting location. For more information about the Brown Act for Neighborhood Councils visit empowerla.org; for more information about the Ralph M. Brown Act please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Act
What if I want to say something at a meeting?
Everyone may speak during the Public Comment period for each agenda item. Everyone may speak during the Public Comments portion of the meeting on anything not on the Board meeting agenda and within the Board's jurisdiction. The presiding officer will call upon you during the Public comment period. Please complete a "speaker card" that indicates what agenda item you will be speaking to and/or what your comment is related to so you will be called upon. Community organizations wishing to announce upcoming events may also present when called on by the presiding officer.
What if I don't like what the STNC is doing for the community or how they operate?
STNC promotes public participation and consistently gives time for comments and questions. The STNC Bylaws explain the reconsideration process. Currently the Board is elected every two years and the Board elections are administered by the Los Angeles City Clerk.
How early in advance must the notices be posted?
State Brown Act Requirements are:
For regularly scheduled meetings - 72 hours
For Special meetings - 24 hrs.
Where are they posted?
Agendas are posted for public review at:
- North Valley City Hall, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042
- Also posted via L.A. City's Early Notification System (ENS). Sign Up Here
Does the STNC have an office?
No. Due to the remodel work at North Valley City Hall the STNC will not have an office.
New STNC Mailing Address: P.O. Box 635, Tujunga, CA 91043-0635
Contact: (818) 951-7411.