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The following outline is a comparison of the Neighborhood Council Plan adopted by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and the subsequent Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils adopted by the City Council, which supercedes the Commission version:  

 

Neighborhood Council Plans Comparison Chart 

Commission Plan 

Article I - Goals & Objectives 

1.  Defines "Stakeholder" as a person living, working or owing
property in an area. Lists types of organizations 

Article II - Desired Characteristics 

2.  Organic Beginnings 
3.  DONE shall provide on-going technical assistance 

Article III - Certification 

4.   DONE to facilitate collaboration among competing groups and to
provide dispute resolution services 
5.   DONE to actively assist organizing activities in areas where
leadership has not emerged 
6.   Requires mission statement, by-laws, accounting system and code of ethics 
7.   Boundaries to follow census tracts, physical features and follow contemporary community lines 
8.   Min population at 20,000 with flexibility to consider applications with less 
9.   Overlapping boundaries with each council having veto power 
10. Elaborate requirements for by-laws and for accounting 
11. Requires grievance procedure 

Article IV - Process 

12. Requires four findings 
13. Notifies applicants of dual applications 
14. Commission action in 90 days 

Article V - Assessments, Boundaries, Complaints 

15. Self Assessing 
16. Adjustments include new development 
17. By-law changes must be submitted to DONE 
18. Done shall take steps to resolve complaints 
19. DONE can recommend de-certification for non-compliance to the Board for action 
20. Voluntary de-certification requires evidence of support 

Article VI - DONE's Responsibilities 

21. Assist with outreach and training 
22. Help councils meet citywide 
23. Facilitate sharing of resources 
24. Maintain information network 
25. Provide operational support, including equipment, space and mailings 
26. Fund special projects and needs 
27. Review and evaluate 

Article VII - Early Notification 


Council Adopted Plan 

Article I - Goals & Objectives 

1. Ensure equal opportunity to form neighborhood councils 

Article II - Desired Characteristics 

2.  "Inclusive Membership" defines a "Stakeholder"as a person living, working or owning property in an area. Lists specific types of organizations 
3.  Statement of Non-Discrimination 

Article III - Certification 

4.   Sets October 1, 2001 as the first day to accept applications 
5.   DONE to facilitate collaboration among competing groups and provide dispute resolution services 
6.   DONE to promote councils in areas where civic participation rates are low 
7.   Boundaries to follow census tracts, and City service and planning areas 
8.   Min. population at 20,000 with flexibility to consider applications with less, removing the finding that DONE can support it 
9.   Overlapping boundaries limited to shared public uses with a landmark 
10. Requires a specific outreach program including 200-500 signatures 
11. By-laws shall prohibit a single group from forming a majority of the "governing body" 
12. Sets term limit of eight years in office 
13. Notes Brown Act issues 
14. Requires voting procedures 
15. Requires grievance procedure 
16. Mandates a "Treasurer" and submittal of statement once a year 
17. Imposes Ethics Ordinance provisions 

Article IV - Process 

18. Requires a 20 day hold on all applications 
19. If two applications are received, an extra 20 days to reach consensus 
20. Requires translation and posting in seven languages at five locations 
21. Commission action in roughly 55 days 
22. Commission is arbiter of boundaries 
23. Appeal to Council 

Article V - Assessment, Boundaries, Complaints 

24. Self Assessing 
25. Commission can expand boundaries 
26. An area can ask to be annexed with agreement of an existing council 
27. By-law changes submitted to DONE, if disapproved, can be appealed 
28. Done must make exhaustive efforts to resolve complaints 
29. DONE can initiate de-certification for violations, requiring notice and action 
30. Voluntary decertification requires notice and a hearing 

Article VI - DONE's Responsibilities 

31. Assist with outreach and training 
32. Coordinate citywide Congress 
33. Facilitate communication with City 
34. Maintain information database 
35. Provide operational support, including equipment, space and mailings 
36. Act as clearinghouse 
37. Review and evaluate 
38. Report quarterly to City Council 
39. Provide adequate staffing, with consideration to resource availability 

Article VII - Early Notification 

Article VIII - Funding 

40. Annual budget for council operations 
41. Annual grant funding for disbursement by DONE on an application basis 


Substantive Changes 

Article I - Goals & Objectives 

1.   Moves definition of "Stakeholder" to Article II 

Article II - Desired Characteristics 

2.   Deletes Organic Beginnings 
3.   Deletes DONE's ongoing technical assistance 
4.   Mandates Non-discrimination 

Article III - Certification 

5.   Adds the October 1st opening date 
6.   Adds emphasis on areas where civic participation is historically low 
7.   Adds emphasis on boundaries following city service and planning areas 
8.   Removes a required finding of DONE support for smaller councils 
9.   Limits overlapping boundaries, requiring a landmark? 
10. Requires 200 - 500 signatures 
11. Tries to stop a single interest group from controlling a council 
12. Tries to impose 8 yr term limits officers 
13. Imposes sections of the Brown Act and the Ethics Ordinance without being clear as to which sections 
14. Requires a treasurer and annual financial statements 
15. Requires specific voting procedures 

Article IV - Process 

16. Adds a mysterious 20 day hold that no one knows about 
17. Adds an extra twenty days to resolve disputed issues 
18. Add the seven language translations 
19. Makes the Commission the final authority on boundaries 
20. Add the appellate track to Council 

Article V - Assessment, Boundaries, Complaints 

21. Gives the Commission authority to arbitrarily add areas to a council 
22. Adds a very detailed voluntary annexation procedure 
23. Removes the "new development" clause from boundary adjustments 
24. Adds an appeal track for rejected by-law changes 
25. Adds the word "exhaustive" to DONE's responsibility to resolve complaints 
26. Sets out a detailed set of procedures for voluntary de-certification 

Article VI - DONE's Responsibilities 

27. Formalizes the citywide Congress 
28. Changes the "network" to a "database" 
29. Requires action as a clearinghouse 
30. Removes "subject to funding" clause from operational support 
31. Adds quarterly reporting to the City Council 
32. Adds "adequate staffing" with "consideration" 

Article VII - Early Notification 

Article VIII - Funding 

33. Adds a budget for council operations 
34. Adds grant funding for disbursement by DONE on an application basis 

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