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Neighborhood Councils Department Could Be Back From the Near-Dead

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Even as some people are still wondering what the hell this agency really does, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment might live another fiscal year, after all. Plans were announced in February to fold the neighborhood council oversight group into the Community Development Department and to slash its staff in order to cut $1.5 million per year out of the budget. DONE was set to be done on July 1, but now the city council has nixed consolidation and is trying to work out a way to keep DONE alive. KPCC reports that Councilmember Paul Krekorian introduced an amendment asking the chief administrative officer for "a proposal to continue operating DONE as a standalone Department for up to six months while the Council and Mayor develop a new organization structure for DONE." KPCC says Krekorian also "vowed to work with the mayor's office to achieve the same amount of savings" the city would've had under the consolidation plan. And they're working against the clock: "They must develop a plan for running DONE with reduced funding and staff within two weeks, or before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1."
· Los Angeles City Council resurrects neighborhood councils agency [KPCC]
· Neighborhood Council Overseer Group to Be Folded Into Other Agency [Curbed LA]