Building Neighborhood Councils

USC experts call for flexibility in defining boundaries as the new Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) begins creating neighborhood councils.

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July 7, 2000, 11:30 AM PDT

By Laura Kraft

The authors suggest that "...instead of establishing detailed criteria for the creation of the councils, the plan should include a clear process that permits negotiations to clarify neighborhood boundaries, reaches out to stakeholders, reconciles overlapping boundaries and promotes inclusion of economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Experience with successful neighborhood councils in other cities suggests that this will be an extended process." Terry L. Cooper Is a Professor and Juliet A. Musso Is an Assistant Professor at Usc's School of Policy, Planning and Development. They Are Co-founders and Alicia Kitsuse Is Manager of the Usc Neighborhood Participation Project, Which Is Studying the Establishment of the Neighborhood Council System in L.a

Thanks to Laura Krafft

Friday, July 7, 2000 in The Los Angeles Times


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