MVCC – the Mar Vista Community Council – is a city-certified Neighborhood Council made up of people who live, work, own property or have some other connection to Mar Vista.
Local engagement is important because no one understands a neighborhood better than the people who live, work and play there. The vision of a citywide system of independent and influential neighborhood councils, and the creation of a city department (the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment) to guide that process, was the centerpiece of the new City Charter that was approved by the voters in June 1999.
There are currently 96 chartered Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles. MVCC was certified in October, 2002. It is governed by an elected Board of Directors – the lowest rung of city government. Directors can serve up to four consecutive 2-year terms; MVCC's next election will be in June, 2018.
Board members are not compensated for their work, but Neighborhood Councils receive public funds – normally $37,000 – to support their activities. This may include creating events and programs that respond to the unique needs of their community, providing neighborhood purpose grants to schools and non-profits, and advocating on behalf of the issues of concern to the community.