Saturday, October 13, 7:30 a.m. (free continental breakfast) to 12:30 p.m., Los Angeles Harbor College MU 101 (Recital Hall) Los Angeles City Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) Regional Workshop for certification of newly created neighborhood councils
October 13, 2001, Saturday morning, Los Angeles City’s 15th District Councilwoman, Janice Hahn spoke at LAHC on the need for voters to be more vocal and active in the political process. Councilwoman Hahn also spoke in support of the public’s demand for the accountability of government officials. She made the point that there are presently no lobbyists for neighborhood unity. In forming neighborhood councils, the power is given back to the people. The powers may be limited as far as being able to vote on measures, however, the vote is still in the hands of the people. Voters have the power not to reelect any official who does not serve the people well if informed voters unite.
Mrs. Hahn strongly called for neighborhoods to take care to become involved in the business of getting things done. Voters have to do more than just vote and then complain when elected officials don’t hold to campaign promises. There is a limited amount of information that reaches the people whom the government effects when it makes decisions. If we get involved and informed and tell the policy makers, “Do this or lose your seat”, it is likely that neighborhood councils will become the newest group of lobbyists. The wealthy may have a certain amount of influence but politicians are very aware of the power of the vote. Public officials use the wealthy’s contributions to buy the poor’s vote.