Neighborhood Councils were created as part of the 1999 Los Angeles Charter reform package to better connect residents with their city government. Neighborhood councils are direct links to our City Council and City Governmental departments.
The Board consists of community stakeholders who meet, discuss, and prepare presentations about local needs to Los Angeles City governing bodies. They work as an arm of the City to accomplish common goals for the City and the local community. Neighborhood Councils are groups of people coming together to influence City decisions that affect us within our neighborhoods . . . where we live, work, play, shop, study, raise our families, and aim toward an improved community.
This neighborhood council is called the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council (STNC). STNC was Certified on May 27, 2003. Transcript of STNC Certification Hearing on May 27, 2003 – PDF Format
Neighborhood Councils ensure that our community has the opportunity to actively participate in City Government. If you live, work, own property or a business in Sunland Tujunga, you are a stakeholder. Join your fellow neighbors at our next meeting. Be part of this neighborhood council and help to change and empower our community.
SUNLAND-TUJUNGA NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
The organizing effort of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council (STNC) started in November of 1999, with the guidance and encouragement of the Chamber of Commerce. The STNC was certified in May of 2003 by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC) with bylaws that were approved by a vote of community members. Bylaws V2.72 Approved by DONE August 29, 2003 – PDF Format
STNC's officially elected Board of Representatives are involved, in an advisory capacity, with city budget planning, city development plans, officially address our community and city issues with governmental officials and departments. The STNC has a $37,500 Neighborhood Council Funding budget annually to allocate to community improvement projects, outreach, and Council operations.
YOU, as an STNC stakeholder, may be elected to the Board, attend the public meetings to gain information, hear diverse opinions, and foremost, to express concerns, potential solutions and ideas to the STNC Board of Directors, who are empowered to take appropriate advisory action.
The elected Board establishes dates of the regular monthly meetings of the STNC. Currently we meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All stakeholders are encouraged to attend, participate, ask questions and speak. STNC regular meetings are open to the public and are subject to the Brown Act.
STNC community stakeholders are defined as individuals who live, work, or own property within the boundaries of the neighborhood council. Additionally, individuals who participate in educational and faith-based institutions, and community services, youth, business and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly in the community are considered to be community stakeholders.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
We want to hear from YOU! What's happening on your block? How can your neighborhood be improved? Become a Neighborhood Block Captain and let your voice be heard — Become Involved! STNC Interest Form - PDF Format
Who are our neighboring Neighborhood Councils?
Neighborhood Councils closest to us are the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (FTDNC) which includes Lakeview Terrace, Shadow Hills and La Tuna Canyon, the Sun Valley Neighborhood Council, and the Pacoima Neighorhood Council. To the east is the Crescenta Valley Town Council which is part of the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
How many board members are on the Neighborhood Council?
The STNC Board of Representatives includes 21 elected positions and 1 appointed position. The elected positions are five executive officers, eight Stakeholder Group Representatives, and eight Geographic District Representatives. The appointed position is the Parliamentarian.
Five Executive Officers, elected at large, President, First Vice-president, Second Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer
Eight Stakeholder Group Representatives shall be elected at large from the pool of all community stakeholders to represent education, faithbased, community, service, youth, business and or other special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly in the community.
Eight Geographic Representatives (4 regions, 2 per region) shall be elected at large from community stakeholders who live (either homeowner, renter, or other fixed living arrangement), work, or own property in each of the regions within the STNC boundary area:
Region 1 North Sunland Region (North of Foothill Blvd., from the western STNC domain boundary east to Mount Gleason Ave. & Big Tujunga Canyon Road.)
Region 2 North-West Tujunga Region (North of Foothill Blvd., from Mount Gleason Ave. & Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Commerce Ave. & Seven Hills Drive.
Region 3 North-East Tujunga Region (North of Foothill Blvd., from the eastern STNC domain boundary west to Commerce Ave. & Seven Hills Drive.)
Region 4 South Sunland-Tujunga Region (South of Foothill Blvd.)
What is the Brown Act?
The Ralph M. Brown Act is required by the State of California which says all our meetings are open to the public. It also says that we must post, in advance, our agenda whenever we have a meeting. For more information please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Act
What if I want to say something at a meeting?
Everyone is entitled to speak during the Public Comment period by completing a "speaker card" that indicates what agenda item you will be speaking to and/or what your comment is related to. The chairman will call upon you during the Public comment period.
What if I don't like what the STNC is doing for the community or how they operate?
STNC promotes public participation and consistently gives time for comments and quesions. The STNC Bylaws explains the reconsideration process. Currently the Board is elected about every two years.
How early in advance must the notices be posted?
State Brown Act Requirements are:
For regularly scheduled meetings - 72 hours
For Special meetings - 24 hrs.
Where are they posted?
Agendas are posted for public review at:
- Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce, 8250 Foothill Blvd., Unit B, Sunland;
- Sunland Senior Center, 8640 Fenwick Street, Sunland;
- Also posted via L.A. City's Early Notification System (ENS). Sign Up Here
Does the STNC have an office?
Yes. New location: 8250 Foothill Blvd., Suite A, Sunland, CA 91040
Contact: (818) 951-7411.
All stakeholders are invited to visit the STNC office. Please contact STNC President.