In the Arts District, residents are represented by community stakeholders for whom they have the opportunity to elect to the Board of Directors for the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC). HCNC’s next meeting is on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 PM in the 5th Floor Conference Room of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) located at 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Board meetings are monthly, conducted in changing venues, and are open to the public.
Neighborhood Councils are city-certified local groups made up of people who live, work, own property, or have some other connection to a neighborhood (minimum population of 20,000), and whose board members are elected or selected to their positions by residents in the neighborhoods that they represent. In Los Angeles, each neighborhood council receives public funds from the city (according to a city representative, it changes annually and was an estimated $37,500 for FY13) and is managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment also known as Empower LA.
Currently, Arts District residents can vote each year for up to four elected stakeholders (in office now are Tim Keating, Angie An, Charlie Woo, and Alan Kumamoto) to represent our neighborhood on the HCNC Board, along with up to six “at-large” representatives. In addition to the Arts District, the HCNC covers five other DTLA neighborhoods: Chinatown, Little Tokyo, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Solano Canyon, and Victor Heights. Get involved. Mark your calendar and attend the next HCNC meeting on Tuesday, June 11!