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    Discussions about the City Budget, over seven billion dollars, begin far in advance of its formal proposal to the Council next April. For the next fiscal year, starting in July 2015, talks have already begun among the columns of City Hall, and the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates have already started representing our community councils and constituents. Read More
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Budget Advocates Prepare for New Year

Discussions about the City Budget, over seven billion dollars, begin far in advance of its formal proposal to the Council next April. For the next fiscal year, starting in July 2015, talks have already begun among the columns of City Hall, and the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates have already started representing our community councils and constituents.

The Budget Advocates started their year with the Mayor's Budget Day on August 16th and their first meeting. Mayor Garcetti and several members of his budget staff addressed the gathering at the start of the event. Later, the representatives from across the City divided into regional groups and identified several priorities to bring before City Hall. They included concerns about services like infrastructure and safety, thoughts about the tax structure and business climate, and suggestions for large City budget expenses like salaries and pensions. Over the next several months, the Budget Advocates selected at the meeting will continue to discuss and debate recommendations for the Mayor and Council for next year's budget. These Advocates represent our Councils and our citizens, and our voice though them will be an important part of our influence at City Hall.

We congratulate our own representatives to the Budget Advocates group, Board Members Sarah Ramsawack and Inez Morin. Though not selected as official Advocates, it will be their role to represent us among the group and advise us of their proceedings and findings. We look forward to hearing what the many Advocates from our region and others decide and to making sure that our voice is heard when the Council adopts a budget for the next fiscal year.