City Council in the business of funding non-profit organizations?
I was in attendance at the Boyle Heights' Resurrection Church Hall
meeting on Tuesday night (Oct. 29th) and I want to congratulate
you on the award you were presented by the Commissioners in front
of our new Police Chief, William Bratton.
The Los Angeles Police Department needs all the help it can get,
and even though you don't have anything to do with the LAPD directly
you have done an outstanding job in keeping us informed about the
activities and events of the Department. You pass on wonderful information.
At this moment Boyle Heights is experiencing its worst urban decay
and gang violence crises ever. But nobody seems to have the magic
solution to fix it. Maybe our Hispanic representatives can do so
and demonstrate they can clean up their own communities.
Otherwise they don't deserve to hold higher positions in government.
I am part of a wonderful group of men and women who contribute their
energy and family time to help our police and children in this community.
We raise money for several groups and take time from our real jobs
(and families), dedicating it to these communities in need.
Well, I just learned some disturbing information about a Commissioner
from DONE, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
It seems that Tammy Membrano, a member of the Board of Neighborhood
Commissioners (BONC), is going to get millions for her Barrio Action
Youth Center and Family Center from City Council, utilizing Community
Development Block Grant savings from Ascot Park in Council District
Here's how item 23 of tomorrow's City Council Nov. 8, 2002, agenda
CONSIDERATION OF MOTION (PACHECO - REYES) relative to withdrawing
from Committee the reprogramming of funds, previously allocated
to the Ascot Park Development Project.
for Council action:
WITHDRAW, pursuant to Rule 54 of the Rules of the Los Angeles
City Council, the Motion (Pacheco - Greuel) relative to the
reprogramming of $3.3 million in Community Development Block
Grant funds, previously allocated to the Ascot Park development
project, from the Economic Development and Employment and Housing
and Community Development Committees.
ADOPT, upon withdrawal from Committee, the Motion (Pacheco -
Greuel), AS AMENDED, to allow for the reprogramming of $2.7
million, currently allocated to Ascot Park, instead of the original
$3.3 million, and TRANSFER to the following projects: Barrio
Action Youth and Family Center ($2 million); and El Sereno Skate
Park ($700,000 instead of the $750,000 requested in the original
INSTRUCT the Controller to provide the necessary instructions
to effectuate this transfer.
from Council meeting of November 1, 2002)
I didn't know
that City Council was in the business of funding non-profit organizations
If Ms. Membrano's nonprofit Barrio Youth Center gets all this money,
shouldn't we request funding for our nonprofit organizations,
also? I thought that Commissioner's positions are volunteer positions.
Or is this the way the City quietly pays them off?
In our group, we do fundraising for several organizations, and we
work very hard. To help us out, the amount of money we raise is
often matched by a private organization or by private individuals.
All of these ladies and gentlemen have been doing fundraising work
for years. I believe getting people involved is the American way
of contributing to our communities.
To raise the amount that Tammy Membrano is going to get takes us
many years of hard work.
The other day I was reading your e-mail that said you were in need
of funding to keep this website alive. My dear man, why don't you
see how the City can help you also with your nonprofit organization?
And we shall see how the city can help us, too. That way we don't
have to work as hard as we have for over 20 years. Or is it that
we need to have a good friend sitting on the City Council to pull
some strings? Maybe somebody can do some investigation … like our
Congratulations again for your well deserved recognition.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Vitkoff
Marina del Rey
NOTE: From our inception the Directors of LACP decided on a policy
where we will not request direct funding from the Los Angeles Police
Department, the Police Protective League (union), the Mayor's Office
or the LA City Council. Although we have strong relationships and
cooperate fully with all of them, our advocacy is grassroots, and
allows for all points of view.
We wish to keep it that way ... making the task of fundraising much
more difficult, but eliminating even the appearance of impropriety.
As private citizens, individuals from any of these groups may certainly
feel free to support us financially. And for this support we are
most grateful ...
Such tax deducible contributions are made in the spirit of wishing
to continue the inclusion of all voices at LACP. Ours is an ongoing
living dialogue about how working together we Angelenos can make
our streets safer and improve the quality of life.