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City Council Memorandum <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL DATE: May 25, 2010 <br />FROM: MAYOR RONALD O. LOVERIDGE ITEM NO: 34 <br />WARDS: ALL <br />SUBJECT: INTRODUCTION OF A FORMAL NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL APPROACH <br />ISSUE: <br />The proposal before the City Council is to approve a neighborhood governance approach using <br />existing neighborhood groups, and to recommend formal procedures for recognizing <br />Neighborhood Councils. <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />That the City Council approve a formal neighborhood governance approach based on the sixteen <br />(16) guidelines below. <br />COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: <br />On May 5, 2010, the Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously recommended that the City <br />Council approve a formal neighborhood governance approach. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />Overview <br />The proposed neighborhood governance approach may draw on the current neighborhood <br />groups. There are a number of neighborhood associations whose boundaries are those of one of <br />the City's 26 community neighborhoods. They meet regularly, elect officers, and network with <br />electeds. Examples of these associations include: Downtown Area Neighborhood Alliance <br />(DANA), Grand Neighborhood Alliance, Historic Wood Streets Neighborhood, Magnolia Area <br />Neighborhood Association, Casa Blanca Community Action Group, and Northside Improvement <br />Association, among others. Most if not all have, or had, representation on the Riverside <br />Neighborhood Partnership and have been actively involved in varied City hosted/sponsored <br />neighborhood programs. <br />Using the existing associations for the proposed approach is in line with Asset-Based Community <br />Development (ABCD) embraced by the City's Neighborhood Programs. ABCD is a research- <br />based community development model and affirms that social and economic revitalization starts <br />with what is already present in the community--the capacities of a neighborhood's residents, the <br />neighborhood's association, and the neighborhoods institutions. ABCD also asserts that an <br />34-1 <br />