At our August 2021 Meeting the North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council took exception to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s (DONE) proposed changes to the Code of Conduct and issued a Resolution to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners against the proposed changes.
The Resolution described the amendments to the Code of Conduct Policy as extreme, anti-democratic and un-American.
The offending amendments would allow the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s General Manager to act on her own to suspend for 90 days a Neighborhood Council Member who is alleged to have violated the City’s Workplace Equity Policy or Commission’s Code of Conduct.
The concerns include:
- Lack of due process and presumption of innocence
- DONE would be the sole decision maker, without opportunity for appeal
- Disenfranchisement of voters
The Resolution made further recommendations for alternate actions to take on the topic of Workplace Violence. Read the Resolution here: 2021-08 Resolution on Workplace Violence and Code of Conduct Policy Amendments
For more perspectives on the issue, view Bob Gelfand’s article in CityWatchLA