SNAGLE

Snagle: cross between a snail and an American eagle

The Neighborhood Council system became part of the Los Angeles City Charter in 1999.

Says the Purpose: “…make government more responsive to local needs…”

Skid Row went for a City Certified Skid Row Neighborhood Council when the Neighborhood Councils were first created. It didn’t get one, “thanks” partly to the lawyer representing the Downtown Los Angeles Council Neighborhood Council (DLANC) effort accusing the city of “balkanization”, meaning one large country pitting two smaller countries against each other. In the wake of that accusation, which implies the grassroots folks advocating for a Skid Row Neighborhood Council were political pawns, the City quickly gave DLANC want it wanted, namely Skid Row.

Fast forward fifteen years, with the Neighborhood Council system having no provision on how to create a new Neighborhood Council out of an existing one, and City Hall working on a process to accomplish that goal, named “subdivision”. Skid Row, through the Skid Row Neighborhood Council Formation Committee (SRNCFC), was one of two neighborhoods in Los Angeles pursuing this subdivision process.

The SRNCFC application was approved by City Hall on January 11, 2017, triggering an election within 90 days. Set for April 6th, all Downtown Los Angeles “stakeholders” were eligible to vote to see if Skid Row would gets its own Neighborhood Council or remain with DLANC.

Lots of twists and turns then ensued, carefully tracked by local media. Skid Row lost the April 6th vote 826 to 766.

Lots of twists and turns then ensued, carefully tracked by local media. The SRNCFC is now preparing potential lawsuit(s).

Leading up to the April 6th vote, a major new player got dropped into the mix — United Downtown LA, and they hired the former City Attorney of Los Angeles to block the election.

United Downtown LA was the Sheriff who arrived just in the nick of time to restore order amidst an uprising of crazed Skid Row outlaws known as “activists and advocates”.

United Downtown LA was the front group for a blood-sucking capitalist cabal of Downtown developers and politicians living in their hip pocket.

Or maybe something in the middle. Or maybe not.

Michaelkohlhass.org is a muckraking website going after the murky and mucky relationship between City Hall and Business Improvement Districts (BIDS). Michael Kohlhass is a merchant in an 1810 German novella who killed people in his quest for justice only to see his quest fulfilled as he was about to be executed. (Personally, I would not want to be the founder of that website).

What Michaelkohlhass.org surfaced through the California Public Records Act is the essence of a June 21st LA Weekly article, “Who Killed The Skid Row Neighborhood Council?” In other words, who is United Downtown LA? The slightly murky answer: a network of developers organized by a couple of BIDS.

Radical is a Latin word that means root. With new shovels and a pick ax or two, hopefully snagle will pull up some root issues.

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Snagle On The Move!

On June 27th, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council (snail/eagle — I’m throwing a Symbol Party) voted unanimously to send a letter to City Hall requesting an impartial investigation take place into the City Hall decision to certify the April 6th election.

The reasoning behind the letter is the belief City Hall violated its own policies and procedures in certifying the election.

This a big Skid Row deal — Eagle Rock, a completely separate section of Los Angeles than Downtown Los Angeles, sunk their Neighborhood Council teeth deep enough into this injustice to produce a well-researched and well-written letter to City Hall from folks who objectively think what happened sucks.

This is also a big Neighborhood Council deal — the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council vote suggests Skid Row is the tip of the spear in reforming the Neighborhood Council system.