In 1999, the new Los Angeles Charter created neighborhood councils as quasi city entities to advise those in government who are making decisions that affect our lives. During the Neighborhood Council certification process, the city was divided into many geographic areas and neighborhood council in each area was empowered to represent the respective communities.
On May 21, 2002, the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council received its certification from the City of Los Angeles establishing it as an advisory board to City Council. Ever since that day, the BHNC has continued to serve more than 85,000 residents, stakeholders and members. After nearly facing decertification in 2011 the BHNC would adopt a new form of bylaws The newly formed Bylaws dissolved the board executive officer positions, established all members as stakeholders, and held an election amongst its board to elect new officers. Upon doing so it led also to the creation of the Neighborhood Committee that would establish the BHNC into 4 respective area seats equally represented.
Despite having to enter into survival mode the BHNC managed to speedily get itself out of Exhaustive Efforts. Funds were released allowing the BHNC to once again serve as a voice of the Boyle Heights community. Today the BHNC continues to serve as a bridge of communication amongst it stakeholders and City Hall. In May of 2012, the Boyle Heights neighborhood Council hosted and celebrated its 10th year anniversary as an advisory board to City hall and the voice of the people.
To learn more about BHNC, please read our most recently updated Bylaws CLICK HERE. To learn more about becoming a part of the BHNC Board or to learn about possible partnerships, please contact the President Jonathan Echavarria at firstname.lastname@example.org