In the past few days, three of the most influential local politicians told Studio City Neighborhood Council president John Walker how important the council was throughout the city of Los Angeles.
But no one would know it.
Walker waited until the late hours of the marathon SCNC meetings, about 10:30 p.m., before making his statements of praise.
By then, the nearly 40 audience members went home, and the council members outnumbered the public.
“I just wanted to give you all kudos for being a very effective and efficient board,” Walker said. “We are taken seriously throughout the city.”
Earlier in the meeting, City Council member Paul Krekorian reiterated what he has said before that “this Neighborhood Council is well respected throughout the city and I am proud that you represent the are where I live.”
Also at the meeting, former state assemblyman Mike Feuer said, “This is one of the most effective neighborhood councils I’ve ever worked with or seen.”
Then, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Walker at his home and explained that the city officials do seriously consider what the SCNC recommends and suggests.
“They read our motions, they listen to what we say,” Walker said. “I’m very proud of this board.”
Walker pointed out, “In the past three days I’ve heard from the mayor, a city council member and a man running for city attorney telling me how good our board is. That is good news.”
Of course, the audience was lacking.
Lisa Cahan Davis, the Outreach Committee chairman, suggested, “John, maybe you can repeat this information at the beginning of the board meeting next month. I think our stakeholders would like to hear that, too.”