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BYLAWS - WCKNC

Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council Bylaws

Revised on March 26, 2003

DONE corrections/changes on June 18, 2003 Approved by WCKNC on June 18, 2003 DONE corrections/changes on July 23, 2003 Approved by WCKNC on July 26, 2003

Certified by DONE with boundary revisions on August 5, 2003 Revised and Approved by WCKNC on August 28, 2004 Approved by DONE on September 15, 2004

Revised by WCKNC on April 27, 2005 Approved by DONE April 29, 2005

Revised by WCKNC on October 13, 2005 and November 10, 2005 Approved by DONE on November 16, 2005

Revised by WCKNC on May 11, 2006 Approved by DONE June 3, 2006 Revised by WCKNC on December 13 2007 Approved by DONE on March 25, 2008 Revised by WCKNC on October 6, 2008 Approved by DONE on June 1, 2009

Updated by DONE to Comply with Bylaws Policy Default on September 15, 2012


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Table of Contents

   

Article I

         

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Article II

         

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Article III

         

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Section 1: Boundary Description

     
 

Section 2: Internal Boundaries

     

Article IV

         

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Article V

       

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Section 1: Composition

       
 

Section 2: Quorum

         
 

Section 3: Official Actions

       
 

Section 4: Terms and Term Limits

     
 

Section 5: Duties and Powers

     
 

Section 6: Vacancies

       
 

Section 7: Absences

       
 

Section 8: Censure

         
 

Section 9: Removal

         
 

Section 10: Resignation

       
 

Section 11: Community Outreach

     

Article VI

         

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Section 1: Officers of the Board

     
 

Section 2: Duties and Powers

     
 

Section 3: Selection of Officers

     
 

Section 4: Officer Terms

       

Article VII

     

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Section 1: Standing

         
 

Section 2: Ad Hoc

         
 

Section 3: Committee Creation and Authorization

   

Article VIII

         

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Section 1: Meeting Time and Place

     
 

Section 2: Agenda Setting

       
 

Section 3: Notifications/Postings

     
 

Section 4: Reconsideration

       

Article IX

       

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Article X

       

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Section 1: Administration of Election

     
 

Section 2: Governing Board Structure and Voting

   
 

Section 3: Minimum Voting Age

     
 

Section 4: Method of Verifying Stakeholder Status

   
 

Section 5: Restrictions on Candidates Running for Multiple Seats

 
 

Section 6: Other Election Related Language

   

Article XI

   

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Article XII

 

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Article XIII

 

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Article XIV

       

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Section 1: Code of Civility

       
 

Section 2: Training

       
 

Section 3: Self Assessment

       

ATTACHMENT A

     

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ATTACHMENT B -

   

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A R T I C L E I   N A M E

The name of this Neighborhood Council shall be the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council ( or WCKNC ). The WCKNC was duly certified by the City of Los Angeles on August 5, 2003 as an independent, self governing, self-directed non-profit Los Angeles City organization. The WCKNC operating budget is supported by the City of Los Angeles. Its operations are guided by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment ( ).

A R T I C L E II  PURPOSE

  1. The mission of the WCKNC is to ensure effective stakeholder participation and interaction in all aspects of decision-making and problem solving processes in issues that affect the community.
  2. The intent of the WCKNC is to represent the diversity of our area and that our positions represent the diversity of our Stakeholders while acknowledging the will of majority, the Stakeholder groups.
    1. The purpose of the WCKNC is:
      1. To foster and encourage the principles of participatory democracy in the formation of policies and recommendations made to all levels of government regarding issues relating to our community. This mean one (1) person, one (1) vote, in order to elect a representative body of individuals to form the Neighborhood Council.
      2. To be a forum for discussion and review of issues of concern and projects pertaining to Wilshire Center-Koreatown.
      3. To work with other Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils throughout the City.
      4. To engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders for collaboration and deliberation on matters affecting the WCKNC community; to provide means for neighborhood stakeholders to express their collective will to municipal decision-makers in reference to any and all issues involving
      5. To promote greater awareness and utilization of city services available to WCKNC Community Stakeholders through the Early Notification System made available by the Department.
      6. To provide a communication and coordination role for the various volunteer organizations, business and other associations within the community while respecting the authority of all individuals, groups, and organization within the community
      7. To provide administrative support to the members of the WCKNC community seeking to increase their participation in Neighborhood Council system
      8. Sub-District 1: Alley west of Western, Melrose, 101, Vermont, and Beverly
      9. Sub-District 2: Alley west of Western, Beverly, Vermont, 3rd, Normandie, and 4th
      10. Sub-District 3: Alley west of Western, 4th, Normandie, 3rd, Vermont, 6th, Lafayette Park, Wilshire, Normandie, and 6th
      11. Sub-District 4: Wilton, 6th, Normandie, Wilshire, Lafayette Park, Hoover, Sunset Place, Wilshire Place, 7th, Vermont, James M. Wood, Berendo, 8th, Serrano, and James M. Wood and alley west of Western
      12. Sub-District 5: Alley west of Western, James M. Wood, Serrano, 8th, Berendo, James M. Wood, Vermont, Olympic, Normandie and 11th
      13. Seven (7) Sub-District Residential Representatives - A Sub-District Residential Representative shall be any Stakeholder age eighteen (18) or older who lives in the WCKNC community, and must be a candidate for the sub-district they reside in, or else be a candidate for the At-Large Residential Representative seat.
      14. Seven (7) Community O rganization Representatives - A Community Organization Representative shall be any Stakeholder age eighteen (18) or older who serves in a community service organization (i.e. a nonprofit organization, school/parent group, social service agency, arts/cultural group, youth program, senior program, health care provider, environmental group, community group, or political group) that operates within Council boundaries and has a mailing address within Council boundaries.
      15. Seven (7) Business Representatives - A Business Representative shall be any Stakeholder age eighteen (18) or older who is employed by any business operating in the Council area.
      16. Two (2) Latino Representatives - A Latino Representative shall be any ethnically Latino/Latina Stakeholder age eighteen (18) or older who lives in the WCKNC community, or who is employed by any business operating in the community, or who serves in/with a community service/nonprofit organization located within Council boundaries.
      17. One (1) Young Adult Representative - A Young Adult Representative shall be a Stakeholder between the ages of eighteen (18) to twenty-four (24) at the time of election, and shall live, work, or serve the community within the boundaries of the WCKNC.
      18. One (1) At-Large Residential Representative - An At-Large Residential Representative shall be a Stakeholder who lives within the boundaries of the WCKNC area and who is eighteen (18) years or older.
      19. One (1) At-Large Representative An At-Large Representative shall be a Stakeholder who lives, works, owns property or declares a stake and affirms a factual basis for it and who is eighteen (18) years or older.
        1. Any Stakeholder interested in filling a vacant Board seat shall submit a written application to the Board Secretary within thirty (30) days of the vacancy being created.
        2. After thirty (30) days has lapsed since the vacancy was created, the Secretary shall forward the names of all applicants to the full Board at the next meeting. If there is only one (1) applicant, the Board shall vote to approve or decline the application. If there is more than one (1) application/candidate for a vacant seat, the Board shall post an election notice at least five (5) days in advance of the date of the next general Board meeting, at which Board members and Stakeholders
        3. The President shall: serve as presiding officer (chair) at all Board and Executive Committee meetings; communicate with other Los Angeles area neighborhood councils; countersign along with the Treasurer for all WCKNC approved disbursements of funds.
        4. The Executive Vice President shall: serve as the presiding officer in the absence of the President at Board and Executive Committee meetings; and chair the Government Relations Committee.
        5. The Vice President shall: preside at Board and Executive Committee meetings in the absence of the President and Executive Vice President; and chair the Outreach/ Communications Committee.
        6. The Treasurer shall: chair the Budget, Finance and Fundraising Committee; establish an accounting system for the Council; maintain Council records, account books and financial accountability; report financial information at Board meetings; prepare financial reports required by the Department,
          1. The Secretary shall: record the minutes of all Board and Executive Committee meetings. S/he will
            1. Executive Committee Chaired by the President, the committee consists of the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two (2) Executive Board Members. The committee sets agendas for Executive Committee and WCKNC Board meetings, and establishes Ad Hoc and other Committees as needed. The Committee acts as the administrative body of the WCKNC and recommends actions to the full WCKNC Board.
            2. Rules and Elections Committee Chaired by the Secretary, the committee organizes and assists the City Clerk, Elections Division with general elections every two (2) years in every even-numbered year in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the City; proposes and enforces standing rules with the approval of the Board; informs voting members of all election rules and procedures; and reports at WCKNC general meetings on any adopted changes.
            3. Budget, Finance, and Fundraising Committee Chaired by the Treasurer, the committee oversees and administrates all WCKNC financial matters, establishes a system of financial accountability as required by the Department, reports monthly on bank account balances, and maintains all records of deposits.
            4. Government Relations and Bylaws Committee Chaired by the Executive Vice President, the committee fulfills City oversight function; liaises with City and other governmental agencies; and oversees bylaw enforcement and amendment.
            5. Outreach/ Communications Committee Chaired by the Vice President, the committee oversees, administers and executes communications (in English, Spanish, and Korean) with WCKNC community Stakeholders and performs ongoing Stakeholder outreach.
            6. Land Use and Planning Committee Chaired by any Executive Committee member or Board member appointed by the Executive Committee and approved by a majority vote of the Board, the committee reviews, invites public input, reports on, and makes recommendations to the Board on land use and planning issues affecting the WCKNC community.
            7. Public Safety Committee Chaired by any Executive Committee member or Board member appointed by the Executive Committee and approved by a majority vote of the Board of the WCKNC, the committee works to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for community Stakeholders by serving as liaisons to law enforcement entities such as the Los Angeles Police Department, LA County Sheriffs Department, Los Angeles City Fire Department, and other safety related entities; represents the Board at local public safety meetings such as SPAB (Community Police Advisory Board), SLO (Senior Lead Officer) Summits for Wilshire and Rampart Divisions, and others deemed necessary by the Committee and/or Board; enhances partnerships and problem-solving efforts in the community; advises the Board on issues related to the Department of Building, Safety, Health, and Housing.
            8. Neighborhood Beautification Committee Chaired by any Executive Committee member or Board member appointed by the Executive Committee and approved by a majority vote of the Board, the committee shall promote greater quality of life in the WCKNC area by creating, participating in and supporting activities and programs to improve the physical and aesthetic environment; advocate a higher standard of community cleanliness, maintenance and attractiveness; and encourage Stakeholder participation through programs/activities such as graffiti eradication, neighborhood cleanups, removal of shopping carts and bulky items; tree planning; and public art.
            9. Committee Authority All committee recommendations shall be brought back to the bull Board for discussion and action.
            10. Committee M eetings Meetings shall be subject to and conducted in accordance with the Brown Act. Minutes shall be taken at every committee meeting.
            11. Changes to Committees The Board may establish, disband or make changes as needed to any Standing or Ad Hoc committee. Any such action by the Board shall be noted in the Council meeting minutes.
            12. Removal of Committee M embe rs Committee members may be removed in the same manner in which they were appointed.
            13. Committee Authority All committee recommendations shall be brought back to the full Board for discussion and action.
              1. The Board shall review its fiscal budget and make adjustments as needed to comply with City laws and City administrative rules, and to keep in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the
                1. The Board shall adhere to all rules and regulations promulgated by appropriate City officials regarding
                2. At least once each quarter, the President and at least one (1) other individual other than the Treasurer, who is designated by the Board, shal
                  1. The Council will not enter into any contracts or agreements except through the Department.
                    1. Any Board member or Stakeholder may propose amendments, changes, additions or deletions to these Bylaws during the public comment period of a regular meeting of the Board. A proposal to amend, however, must then be formalized in writing and lodged with the Secretary or person responsible for preparing the agenda for the next regular meeting. The proposed amendment will be placed on the agenda for public discussion at a subsequent regular meeting of the Board.
                    2. A recommendation for amendment or adjustment of these Bylaws shall be made by an affirmative two-thirds (2/3) vote, or seventeen (17) votes, of the entire Board. Thereafter, and within fourteen (14) days after a vote recommending adjustment or amendment, a Bylaw Amendment Application shall be submitted to the Department along with a copy of the existing bylaws for review and approval by the Department. No amendment is effective until Department approval.

developing planning, projects, City budgeting, and zoning matters within WCKNC boundaries .

A R T I C L E III   B O UND A RI ES

Section 1: Boundary Description  The boundaries of the WCKNC shall be as follows:

A.  North:        Melrose Avenue and the Highway 101 (between Wilton Place and Vermont)


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6th Street (between Vermont and Hoover Street/Lafayette Park)

B.

South:

Olympic Boulevard (between Wilton Place and Western Avenue)

   

11th Street (between Western Avenue and Normandie Avenue)

   

Olympic Boulevard (between Normandie and Vermont)

   

7th Street (between Vermont Avenue and Hoover Street/Lafayette Park Place)

C.

East:

Vermont Avenue (between the Highway 101 and 6th Street )

   

Lafayette Park Place (between 6th Street and Sunset Place)

   

Vermont Avenue (between 7th Street and Olympic Boulevard)

   

Elden Avenue (between 7th Street and Sunset Place)

   

Normandie Avenue (between Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street)

D.  West:

One-half block or at the alley west of Western Avenue between Melrose and 11th

   

Street; Wilton Place between 6th Street and 7th Street.

Section 2: Internal Boundaries   There are five (5) sub-districts:

The boundaries of the Council are set forth in Attachment A Map of Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council.

A R T I C L E I V  ST A K E H O L D E R

live, work, or own property in the neighborhood and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it.

The WCKNC encourages all community Stakeholders to participate in its activities and will not discriminate in any of its policies, recommendations or actions against any group or individual on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, homeowner/renter status, income, or political affiliation.

A R T I C L E V   G O V E RNIN G B O A RD

The Board


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Section 1: Composition To the extent possible, the Board must reflect the ethnic and industry diversity of WCKNC Stakeholders. Accordingly, no single Stakeholder group shall comprise a majority of the

governing body unless extenuating circumstances are warranted and approved by the Department. The WCKNC Board shall be comprised of twenty-six (26) elected members, consisting of six (6) Stakeholder classifications as follows:

Section 2: Quorum No formal meeting shall be held, or business conducted, or votes taken, in the absence of a quorum. A quorum shall consist of thirteen (13) members of the Board, including at least one

(1) Executive Officer. No floating quorums are allowed.

Section 3: Official A ctions Once a quorum is established, a simple majority vote of greater than 50% of Board members present shall be sufficient for the Board to rule on business issues unless specified otherwise in these Bylaws.

Referendum A referendum is a procedure by which Stakeholders or Board members directly reject or oppose an action or decision of the WCKNC Board. Any Stakeholder or Board member may put forth a referendum by presenting to the Board or Executive Committee a petition with no less than one hundred (100) Stakeholder or Board Member supporting signatures. The petition shall include a maximum of a one-page narrative outlining purpose and content. The Executive Committee or Board shall schedule the petition as an action item on the agenda at the next WCKNC meeting, to be held no less than thirty (30) days, nor more than ninety (90) days, following receipt of the completed petition. Notice of the


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referendum, including the narrative description, shall be made in all public meeting notices and announcements for the upcoming meeting at which the Board will vote. Approval of the Referendum requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, or seventeen (17) votes, of the full WCKNC Board.

Section 4: T erms and T e rm Limits Regular terms of the office for Board members will be two (2) years. No Board Member shall serve more than three (3) consecutive terms or six (6) consecutive years in any office or as a member of the Board. During their term, each Board member must maintain the status upon which they were elected to the Board.

Section 5: Duties and Powers Board members have the right to initiate discussion regarding a policy or position, and also to inform the Board of issues of community concern during the public comment period of Board Meetings, and to make use of initiative, referendum, recall, and grievance procedures. Further, Board members have the right to participate and provide feedback at all meetings of the WCKNC, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and to vote and elect the Board of Directors.

Each Board member shall participate on at least one (1) Standing Committee.

Section 6: Vacancies Vacancies on the Board created by voter recall, resignation, change in Board member status, removal, or any other reason, shall be filled through the following procedure:

the vacant seat.

Section 7: Absences The Secretary shall report to the Executive Committee any Board member absent from three (3) consecutive general meetings, whether the absences are excused or unexcused. The Executive Committee shall review the matter and issue a Letter of Concern notice to the member in question as a corrective action. Should said member continue to be absent two (2) consecutive meetings (with or without excuse) after the receipt of said notice, the Executive Committee shall submit a formal referendum petition to the Board to remove said member. The Secretary shall issue a Letter of Concern notice to any to any Board member frequently and habitually tardy to, or leaving early from, Board meetings. Should such behavior continue, the Secretary shall submit a tardy report to the Executive Committee for further action. If a Board member fails to consistently attend meetings, said member shall be automatically removed and the seat declared vacant upon a formal motion and vote by the Board. Executive Officers are expected to attend all Executive Committee meetings, Board meetings and General meetings. Board members are expected to attend all Board meetings and General meetings. Unexcused absence from three (3) consecutive meetings or six (6) or more meetings during a twelve (12) month period shall be deemed failure to consistently attend. Any meeting of the Neighborhood Council Governing Board, scheduled and noticed as per the Brown Act, shall constitute a meeting for the purpose of determining Board Member attendance.

Section 8:  C ensure   Intentionally left blank.

Section 9: Removal The WCKNC Board and Stakeholders may not recall a Board member without first receiving authorization from the Office of the City Attorney. The Board or Stakeholders may act to remove a Board member by submitting a written petition which (a) identifies the Board member to be removed; (b)


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describes in detail the reason(s) for removal; and (c) includes signatures of at least one-hundred (100) Stakeholders in at least three (3) classifications of Stakeholders in Article V, Section 1.

The Secretary shall then place the matter on agenda of the next meeting Board meeting for a vote. A vote of

-thirds (2/3) of the Board shall be necessary to remove the identified Board member forthwith. The Board member who is the subject of the removal action shall not take part in the vote, but shall be allowed to address the Board prior to the vote. If a quorum is not present to initiate a vote, the matter shall be placed on the agenda for the next regular meeting, and every meeting thereafter, until such time as a vote is taken.

Section 10: Resignation Any Board Member may resign by submitting a written resignation to the President or the Secretary.

Section 11: Community Outreach The Council shall make continuing and concerted efforts to increase voting membership and achieve diverse community representation and participation on the Board and committees per Department guidelines for Neighborhood Councils. The WCKNC shall communicate with community Stakeholders regularly, consistent with Department guidelines, to ensure information is disseminated evenly and in a timely manner. It shall endeavor to coordinate at least one (1) annual outreach to Stakeholders within WCKNC boundaries through mass distribution of print materials in order to extend the greatest participation opportunity to the largest number of people. The Outreach Committee shall coordinate outreach communications. Methods for periodic outreach efforts to solicit new membership will include but not be limited to flyers, e-mail to existing organizations, a WCKNC database, door-to-door canvassing, advertising in local periodicals, posting in public places, information booths, Farmers Markets and other community events. The Committee shall solicit volunteers to undertake targeted organizing efforts among under-represented Stakeholder groups, and shall maintain a list of all voting members and their contact information.

A R T I C L E V I   O F F I C E RS

Section 1: Officers of the Board The Officers of the Board of the Council are: President, Executive Vice President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 2: Duties and Powers All Executive Officers shall serve on at least one (1) Standing Committee as a Chair, and other Committees as required. All other Board Members shall participate in at least one (1) committee. The duties and powers of the specific Officer positions are as follows and also include such additional duties as may be adopted by official action of the Board:


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pursuant to the Plan; and co-sign all checks for disbursement of funds.

the meetings have taken place. S/he will make the minutes available prior to the next meeting as well as maintain public record of the WCKNC meetings. The Secretary shall serve as a Chair of the Rules & Election Committee.

Section 3: Selection of Officers The President shall be elected in every 2 years at the first General Board Meeting following the City conducted election, subject to a majority vote of the Board at public meeting. The seats for the all other Executive Officers, Executive Vice President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and two (2) Executive Board members shall be appointed by the Board with a majority vote at the second general Board meeting following the appointment of the President at the first General Board Meeting. The executive

shall not serve more than six (6) consecutive years in the same office.

All officers serve a one (1) year term and are elected every year by all Board members at the first Board meeting after the general election of Board members. No person shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in any Executive Board office. The Officers make up the Executive Committee of the Board.

Section 4:  Officer T erms   The Officer terms shall be two (2) years, and they shall not serve more than six

(6) consecutive years in the same office.

A R T I C L E V II   C O M M I T T E ES A ND T H E IR DU T I ES

All Standing and Ad Hoc Committees shall be established by the Executive Board.

Section 1: Standing  The following are Standing Committees of the WCKNC:


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Section 2:  Ad Hoc   The Board may create Ad Hoc Committees as needed to deal with temporary issues.

Section 3:  Committee C reation and Authorization


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A R T I C L E V III   M E E T IN GS

All meetings, as defined by the Ralph M. Brown Act California Government Code Section 54950.5 et seq.), shall be noticed and conducted in accordance with the Act and all other applicable laws and governmental policy. Meetings shall be open to the public as promulgated by the Department.

Section 1: M eeting Time and Place WCKNC Board meetings shall be held at least once per calendar quarter. The Council and its committees may meet more often as warranted, and timely notice shall be given to community stakeholders and the public.

Section 2:  Agenda Setting  The Executive Committee shall set the agenda for each Council meeting

Initiative An Initiative is a procedure by which Stakeholders or Board Members directly petition for a proposal and secure its submission to the WCKNC Board for approval. Any Stakeholder or Board Member may submit to the Board or Executive Committee a petition with no less than fifty (50) Stakeholder or Board Member supporting signatures. The petition shall include a maximum one (1) page narrative outlining the

shall trigger its being scheduled as an action item on the agenda of the next WCKNC meeting, to be held no less than thirty (30) days, nor more than ninety (90) days, following receipt of the completed petition. Notice of the Initiative, including the narrative description, shall be made in all public meeting notices and announcements for the upcoming meeting at which the Board will vote on the Initiative. Passage requires a simple majority (50%+) vote of the full WCKNC Board. If the Initiative passes, the Stakeholder(s) or Board Member(s) who put forth the Initiative must be willing to chair and/or organize an ad-hoc committee (when appropriate) to carry out the action of the Initiative, if so directed by the Board.

Section 3: Notifications/Postings Notice of a regular meeting shall be a minimum of three (3) days (72 hours) in advance of the meeting and at least one (1) day (24 hours) in advance of a special meeting. At a

on its website (if applicable) and emailed out to Stakeholders if the Council maintains such a database. Regular and Special meeting agendas shall also be emailed to the Department.

Section 4: Reconsideration The Board may reconsider and amend its actions on items listed on the agenda if reconsideration takes place in the same meeting as the original action, or at the next subsequent meeting. In reconsidering an action, the Board shall: (1) make a Motion for Reconsideration and, if approved, (2) hear the matter and take an action. If the motion to reconsider an action is scheduled for the next meeting following the original action, then two (2) items shall be placed on the agenda for that meeting:

(1) a Motion for Reconsideration on the matter, and (2) a Proposed Action in the event the Motion for Reconsideration is approved. A Motion for Reconsideration can only be made by a Board member who previously voted on the prevailing side of the original action taken. If a Motion for Reconsideration is not made on the date the action was taken, then a Board Member on the prevailing side of the action must submit a memorandum to the Secretary identifying the matter to be reconsidered, and giving a brief description of the reason(s) for requesting reconsideration. The aforesaid shall be in compliance with the Brown Act.

A R T I C L E I X   F IN A N C ES

the City of Los Angeles who have authority over Neighborhood Councils.


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C. All financial accounts and records shall be available for public inspection and posted on the Council website, if available.

submitting the documentation to the Department for further review.

A R T I C L E X   E L E C T I O NS

Section 1: Administration of Election The Neighborhood Council's election will be conducted pursuant to any and all City ordinances, policies and procedures pertaining to Neighborhood Council elections.

Section 2: Governing Board Structure and Voting The number of Board seats, the eligibility requirements for holding any specific Board seats, and which Stakeholders may vote for the Board seats are noted in Attachment B.

Section 3: Minimum Voting Age Any Stakeholder age eighteen (18) and over at the time of the election may complete a simple registration form and be eligible to vote.

Section 4: M ethod of V erifying Stakeholder Status Voters will verify their Stakeholder status by providing acceptable documentation. Stakeholder status may also be established by means of declaring a stake (or interest) in the neighborhood and providing documentation supporting that declaration.

Section 5: Restrictions on Candidates Running for Multiple Seats A candidate shall declare their candidacy for no more than one (1) position on the Council Board during a single election cycle.

Section 6: Other Election Related Language Any community Stakeholder may qualify to run for a position on the WCKNC Board. Registered Stakeholders are entitled to vote for seats on the Board in the elections.

A R T I C L E X I   G RI E V A N C E PR O C ESS

A Stakeholder grievance must be submitted to the WCKNC in writing. The Board shall then refer the matter to an ad hoc grievance panel comprised of five (5) Stakeholders randomly selected by the Council Secretary from a list of stakeholders who have expressed interest in serving on such a panel. The Secretary will coordinate a meeting with the aggrieved party to discuss a resolution of the dispute. Thereafter, a panel member shall promptly prepare a written report outlining panel recommendations. The Board may receive a copy of the report but members shall not discuss the matter until it is heard at the next regular meeting of the Board, pursuant to the Brown Act. This formal grievance process is not intended to apply to Stakeholders who simply disagree with a position or action taken by the Board. Those grievances can be aired at Board meetings. This process is meant to address matters involving procedural disputes, e.g., Board failure to comply with Board rules, and/or state and federal law. In the event a grievance cannot be resolved through this process, the matter may be referred to the Department for consideration.

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A R T I C L E X II  PA R L I A M E N T A R Y A U T H O RI T Y

WCKNC will have fair, open and transparent procedures for conducting Council business. Meetings shall be conducted in compliance with the Brown Act and with Roberts Rules of Order as parliamentary authority. The WCKNC will abide by all applicable federal, state and city laws, these Bylaws, WCKNC Standing Rules

ules of Order (in this order). All meetings, including but not limited to general public meetings, committee meetings, subcommittees and/or ad hoc committees, shall be governed by written rules adopted by the Board, where no Board rules apply. Board rules which have been formally adopted and set forth in writing shall, unless contrary to state or federal law, take precedent

Standing Rules may be approved by the Board to supplement these Bylaws. Such rules shall be in addition to the Bylaws and shall not be construed to change or replace any bylaw. Among other aspects, Standing Rules are meant to guide the conduct of the Board, elections and meeting procedures. If Standing Rules conflict with Bylaws, the Bylaws shall govern. Standing Rules may be adopted, amended or repealed by a simple majority vote of the Board.

A R T I C L E X III   A M E ND M E N TS

A R T I C L E X I V   C O MPL I A N C E

The WCKNC, upon certification, shall be subject to all applicable sections of the City of Los Angeles Governmental Ethics Ordinance (Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 49.5.1). All applicable local, state and federal laws shall be the minimum ethical standard for the WCKNC, its Governing Body and community Stakeholders.

Any Board Member who knowingly violates WCKNC Bylaws or rules shall be reviewed by the Executive Committee. Depending on the severity of the violation, the committee may issue a Letter of Concern to said Board Member or submit a formal petition of referendum to the General Board.

Accounting books, records and minutes of proceedings of the Board and any Board committee shall be kept at such place or places designated by the Board. In the absence of such a designation, the minutes shall be kept in written or typed form, and the accounting books and records shall be kept either in written or typed form or in any other form capable of being converted into written, typed, or printed form.

WCKNC will comply with the Public Records Act. Stakeholders shall have the absolute right at any reasonable time to inspect all books, records and documents of every kind, and the physical properties of the WCKNC. Right of inspection includes the right to copy and make extracts of documents.

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Section 1:  Code of Civility  WCKNC Board members shall agree to abide by a Code of Civility. Freedom

The WCKNC welcomes diverse views and opinions of all Board members and Stakeholders as they relate to the issues before the Board. In order for these discussions to be meaningful and effective, however, respect and dignity must be afforded and observed.

Declaration of the Code of Civility

Center- Koreatown Neighborhood Council, including treating each member of the Board and the public with respect at all times.

Even in the face of disagreement or differences of opinion , I will demonstrate est eem and defe rence for my colleagues and the public. During N eighborhood Coun cil mee tings, functions or even ts, I will not engage in, or threat en to engage in, any verbal or physi cal attack on any othe r individual. I will not use language that is abusive, threatening, obscene or slanderous, including profanities, insults or other disparaging remarks or gestures. I believe that derogatory language about a

or religion is not acceptable.

I will promote and enforce a s afe meeting environmen t at all times. At moments wh en memb ers of the public become disruptive and viola te the rules of civility that we have pledged to follow, I will join my f ellow board memb ers in de manding that the persons conduct the mselves in a respectful and orderly manner, even if I agree wi th the point of view that is being expressed.

I will commit to communicate my idea s and points of vie w cle arly, and will allow o thers to do the s ame without inte rruption . I pledge to truly listen to and hear other points of view. I will practice the art of disagree ing without being disagreeable.

I will take responsibility for my own actions and will work to fulfill my role and responsibilities as specified in the Bylaws.

I will commit to learning the applicable laws that govern Neighborhood Councils, including Bylaws, standing rule s, m eeting procedures, the Brown Act, conflict of interest laws, ci ty ordinances, and the City Charter, and will not knowingly violate any of them so that we can maintain a safe and effective environment for conducting business.

I will seek to present information truthfully and will not knowingly misrepresent, mischaracterize or misquote information received from others.

the diffe rences and excuse myself f rom vot ing on such matters; and I will ask for advice from the Office of the City Attorney whenever I have doubts.

I will commit to good faith efforts to resolve grievances which come before the Board as specified in the Bylaws.

Out of respect to my fellow Board members, the public and the decision-makers we are trying to influence, I

Any Board Member who knowingly violates the Code of Civility shall be review by the Executive Committee. Depending on the severity of the violation, the committee may issue a Letter of Concern to said

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Board Member as a corrective measure, or may submit a formal petition of referendum to the General Board.

Section 2: T raining Within forty-five (45) days of being seated, all Board members shall take training in the fundamentals of Neighborhood Council, including but not limited to ethics, funding, workplace violence and sexual harassment trainings provided by the City, or they shall lose their Council voting rights.

Section 3: Self Assessment Every year, the Council shall conduct a self assessment pursuant to Article VI, Section 1 of the Plan.


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A T T A C H M E N T A   Map of Wilshire C enter- Koreatown Neighborhood Council

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A T T A C H M E N T B Governing Board Structure and Voting Wilshire C enter- Koreatown Neighborhood Council 26 Board Seats


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ATTACHMENT B Governing Board Structure and Voting Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council 26 Board Seats

BOARD POSITION

# OF

ELECTED OR

ELIGIBILITY TO RUN FOR

ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE

 

SEATS

APPOINTED?

   

THE SEAT

   

FOR THE SEAT

At LargeRepresenta tive

1

Elected

Stakeholders who live, work, own

Stakeholders

who

li ve,

Term: 2 Years

   

property

or de clare a

stake and

work,  own  pr  operty  or

     

affirmafa

ctual basis foritand  who

declare a stake and affirm

     

are 18 yearsor

older.

     

a fa ctual  basis

for it

and

                     

whoa

re 18 years oro lder.

             

CommunityOrg  anization

7

Elected

Any Stakeholder 18 years or older

Stakeholders

who

li ve,

Representatives

   

who

serves

in

the

community

work,  own  pr  operty  or

Term: 2Y ears

   

service orga nization (i .e.

a n on

declare a stake and affirm

     

profit

organization,

school/parent

a fa ctual  basis

for it

and

     

group,

 

social

service   a gency,

whoa

re 18 years oro lder.

     

arts/cultural group, you th p rogram,

       
     

senior

 

program,

 

health

care

       
     

provider,

en vironmental

gr oup,

       
     

community group, orpol iticalgr oup

       
     

operating wi thin and wi th a

mailing

       
     

address  within  the  boundaries  of

       
     

WCKNC).

                 
             

BusinessR  epresentatives

7

Elected

Any Stakeholder who is employed

Stakeholders

who

li ve,

Term: 2Y ears

   

by  any  business  operating  in  the

work,  own  pr  operty  or

     

community and who is

18 years or

declare a stake and affirm

     

older.

             

a fa ctual  basis

for it

and

                     

whoa

re 18 years oro lder.

               

Latino  Representatives

2

Elected

A Lat ino Stak eholder who

lives in

Stakeholders

who

li ve,

Term: 2Y ears

   

the WCKNC Community, or who    is

work,  own  pr  operty  or

     

employedby

any

business

declare a stake and affirm

     

operating in the community, orwho

a fa ctual  basis

for it

and

     

serves in the comm

unity

service

whoa

re 18 years oro lder.

     

organization

(i.e.

a

non profit

       
     

organization) and who is 18 y ears

       
     

or older.

                   
             

Young AdultR  epresentative

1

Elected

Stakeholders who live, work, own

Stakeholders

who

li ve,

Term: 2Y ears

   

property

or de clare a

stake and

work,  own  pr  operty  or

     

affirmafa

ctual basis foritand  who

declare a stake and affirm

     

are between the agesof

18 to 24.

a fa ctual  basis

for it

and

                     

who are 18 24 yearsold.

                 

At Large Residential

1

Elected

Any Stake holder

who

lives with in

Any

Stakeh older

who

Representative

   

the  boundaries  of  WCKNC  and

resides  wi  thin

WCKNC

Term: 2 Years

   

whois 18 yearsor

older.

 

and who is   18  years  or

                     

older.

   
                             


BOARD POSITION

# OF

ELECTED OR

ELIGIBILITY TO RUN FOR

ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE

 

SEATS

APPOINTED?

 

THE SEAT

 

FOR THE SEAT

Sub District1

1

Elected

Any  Stakeh  older

who

resi  des

Any

Stakeholder

who

Resident Representative

   

within Sub District 1andw

hois 18

resides within Sub District

Term: 2Y ears

   

yearsoro

lder.

   

1 and who is 18 years or

             

older.

   

Sub District2

1

Elected

Any  Stakeh  older

who

resi  des

Any

Stakeholder

who

Resident Representative

   

within Sub District 2andw

hois 18

resides within Sub District

Term: 2Y ears

   

yearsoro

lder.

   

2 and who is 18 years or

             

older.

   
                 

Sub District3

1

Elected

Any  Stakeh  older

who

resi  des

Any

Stakeholder

who

Resident Representative

   

within Sub District 3andw

hois 18

resides within Sub District

Term: 2Y ears

   

yearsoro

lder.

   

3 and who is 18 years or

             

older.

   
                 

Sub District4

2

Elected

Any  Stakeh  older

who

resi  des

Any

Stakeholder

who

Resident Representatives

   

within Sub District 4andw

hois 18

resides within Sub District

Term: 2Y ears

   

yearsoro

lder.

   

4 and who is 18 years or

             

older.

   
                 

Sub District5

2

Elected

Any  Stakeh  older

who

resi  des

Any

Stakeholder

who

Resident Representatives

   

within Sub District 5andw

hois 18

resides within Sub District

Term: 2Y ears

   

yearsoro

lder.

   

5 and who is 18 years or

             

older.

   
                   

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