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Find Your Neighborhood Council: Vote in the Next Election

Alessandra Rizzotti

I was really inspired by a meetup in downtown Los Angeles about how our neighborhood council could bring technology companies to the city in constructive ways. GOOD member and friend http://www.good.is/members/audreybellis took me, but because I don't live in downtown, I couldn't get involved in the council. So I looked up my council and it turns out their election is April 12 in Los Feliz. So I'm voting. I'm going to read up on candidates beforehand, see how they want to make our neighborhood better, then eventually join meetings. You can find out how to get involved in your council. I used social network http://www.nextdoor.com to get some info from active members of my community. Read this awesome series from KPCC to get some insight about how neighborhood councils can move cities forward.

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  • Jelena Woehr

    I am totally setting a goal to run for Neighborhood Council in the next election for Los Feliz! I saw the opportunity days after I moved but didn't think "I've lived here for three days" was a winning pitch :) but if I can get ready in the next two years, here I come! I'm voting this year for sure, though.

  • Kevin Van Lierop

    We don't have anything as specific/strict as Neighbourhood Councils where I live. The closest thing are Neighbourhood Associations, which generally form when something 'bad' is happening (or about to happen) in a given area.

    Here in London most of these associations come together to build capacity under an organization called The Urban League (UL). The UL provides tools, support and resources for neighbourhoods to develop greater strength.

    The idea of Neighbourhood Councils remind me, in a way, of Philadelphia's http://citizensplanninginstitute.org/.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      This is awesome. I just signed up for their updates. It is interesting when Googling Neighborhood councils, I only saw LA pop up. The Urban League sounds awesome. Wondering -- do you recommend the CPI for an educational program? It would be cool to get a certificate in something like this- but not sure what's the best place to gain the tools necessary for making things happen in my city.

      • Kevin Van Lierop

        I can't really say. Considering it's only in Philadelphia it isn't really all that accessible to me.

  • Patrick McDonnell

    Oh yeah, cool! Nextdoor is a really great idea that will strengthen neighborhoods!