A system of neighborhood councils throughout Los Angeles was created when local voters approved changes to the City Charter in 1999, partly in an effort to head off threats of San Fernando Valley secession. The councils were designed to give neighborhoods a greater say in city government. While they have no actual authority over city decisions, they are expected to render opinions about local issues such as development and zoning, and elected officials have said they listen closely to the councils. Membership on the councils is open to anyone considered a stakeholder in a community, such as residents, local employers and employees, property owners, students and others with interest in the neighborhood’s future. The city’s Board of Neighborhood Commissioners has certified 88 councils, including 34 in the Valley. The certified councils that have an elected board in place are eligible for $50,000 each in city funding per year. The city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, run by General Manager and the seven-member Board of Neighborhood Commissioners More information about neighborhood councils and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is available at lacityneighborhoods.com 485-1360, or via the city information line at 311. LIST OF COUNCILS: Here is a list of certified neighborhood councils in the San Fernando Valley and their Web site addresses, when available. To get in touch with individual councils or for more information, call the city Department of Neighborhood Empowerment toll-free at (866) LA HELPS or (213) 485-1360. NORTH VALLEY Arleta Neighborhood Council Chatsworth Neighborhood Council http://www.chatsworthcouncil.org Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council foothilltrails.org Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council www.ghnnc.org Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council Mission Hills Neighborhood Council North Hills East North Hills West Neighborhood Council northhillswest.org Northridge East Neighborhood Council northridgeeast.com Northridge West Neighborhood Council northridgewest.com Pacoima Neighborhood Council Panorama City Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council prnc.org Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council http://www.stnc.org Sylmar Neighborhood Council sylmarneighborhoodcouncil.org SOUTH VALLEY Canoga Park Neighborhood Council Encino Neighborhood Council Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council www.greatervalleyglencouncil.org Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council midtownnoho.org Neighborhood Council Valley Village www.myvalleyvillage.com NoHo West North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council Reseda Neighborhood Council resedacouncil.org Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Studio City Neighborhood Council www.scnc.info Tarzana Neighborhood Council Van Nuys Neighborhood Council West Hills Neighborhood Council westhillsnc.org West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council wvnlbnc.org Winnetka Neighborhood Council Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council woodlandhillscouncil.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!