If Los Angeles’ network of neighborhood councils is the key to empowering the public, then giving them legitimacy is essential to their credibility. And in the short history of the neighborhood councils, elections have not been a source of great credibility – just see the charges of dogs and babies voting. With that in mind, the move by the Los Angeles City Council to have the City Clerk’s Office oversee the elections of the neighborhood councils starting in June would help boost the legitimacy – and thus their relevance and importance – to neighborhood democracy. Despite a few glitches in recent years, the City Clerk’s Office has a much better track record of conducting elections than the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has ever done. The shift also would free the neighborhood councils up from the time commitment of conducting elections and dealing with the controversy that often surrounds them so they have more time focusing on improving their neighborhoods. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!