A MESSAGE FROM THE CITY CLERK
First and foremost, on behalf of the entire City Clerk’s staff, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for your patience and understanding at this urgent moment and hope that you and your loved ones are safe and secure. I encourage you to sign up for NotifyLA, the City’s emergency alerts system, which the City is using to push out updates about COVID-19 prevention. Please encourage your family and friends to do the same. As the situation develops, our Office will remain committed to providing you as much consistent customer service as is possible.
The following will provide some updates on the most recent developments that may affect BID operations in the City. Before I close, I would like to share with you some encouraging words Mayor Garcetti recently sent to City employees:
“This is a moment for preparation, not panic. A moment to be kind and generous and to show the very best of the Angeleno spirit. And I know that each of us will do our part to stay vigilant, stay informed, and help limit the spread of this virus.”
Thank you and stay safe,
Holly L. Wolcott
TELECONFERENCING AND THE BROWN ACT
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a comprehensive Executive Order N-25-20, part of which includes revisions to teleconferencing requirements under the Ralph M. Brown Act. The following are some key elements of the Order, under Paragraph 11:
- A local legislative body or state body is authorized to hold public meetings via teleconferencing and make public meetings accessible telephonically or otherwise electronically to all members of the public seeking to attend and to address the local legislative body or state body, and
- All requirements of the Brown Act expressly or impliedly requiring physical presence of members, personnel, or the public as a condition of participation in or quorum for a public meeting are waived.
-However, at least one physical location must be provided for the public to view and make public comment
-Please note that this is not a comprehensive summary and you should review the following with your legal counsel
Additional details on this Order, under Paragraph 11, can be viewed here: https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.12.20-EO-N-25-20-COVID-19.pdf.
The State urges that local bodies use sound discretion and to make reasonable efforts to adhere as closely as possible to the provisions of the Brown Act and other applicable local laws regarding the conduct of public meetings.
As the City determines how to best respond to this crisis, the BID Division staff will continue to be available to address specific BID inquiries and assist BIDs that are in various stages of renewal and/or establishment. Until otherwise notified, BIDs are still required to use the BID Portal at bidsportal.org to view fund information, submit invoices, quarterly reports, and upload property data. In the event our staff is required to adjust their work schedules, we will notify you as soon as possible.
Resources & Useful Links: Click the link to find useful resources and links to the current BID APR Portal and Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller web site.
Policies & Guidlines: The City Clerk will provide BIDs within the City of Los Angeles guidance on City policies concerning BID procedures and management so they can effectively deliver services and meet their stated goals. These policies are intended to reinforce and complement State law or other City policies and are subject to revision when necessary. BIDs are encouraged to review these policies and contact our office for any questions.