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Bylaws & Standing Rules
Download the official South Robertson Neighborhood Council bylaws (approved February 29, 2012).
The Board's parliamentary guide is Rosenberg's Rules of Order, supplemented by Robert's Rules of Order as necessary.
View a history of SORO NC bylaws changes since 2006.
Standing rules supplement the official bylaws and may be revised at any time by a majority vote of the Board.
Current standing committees
Updated November 17, 2011
- Education, Executive, Finance, Green Team, Land Use & Economic Development, Outreach, Public Safety, and Transportation
Code of Civility
Originally adopted September 5, 2007; included in rules September 15, 2011
Standing rule to increase SORO NC financial transparency
Passed July 10, 2009
In addition to any requirements in the Neighborhood Council Charter, the SORO NC bylaws, the Brown Act, or any other applicable law:
- That all monthly financial statements be available to the public via the SORO NC website at least 72 hours prior to a general Board meeting;
- That quarterly audits be reviewed (at a minimum) at the open Executive Committee meeting prior to submission;
- That the SORO NC website include a Finance section that compiles the NC's monthly financial statements and audits and include a link to request full financial records from DONE.
Standing rule on minimum time requirement for Board notification
Passed August 13, 2008
The motion description was amended by Board vote to note that "at a minimum, this should be done by email."
- To require that all Executive Reports (Board Minutes, Treasurer's Report) and all items requiring Board consideration (motions) be submitted to the Board Members at least 72 hours before a General Board Meeting or 24 hours before a Special Board Meeting. If the time limits are not met, the item will not be considered at that Board meeting but will be carried forward to the next meeting that will permit such time for consideration of the item.
Standing rule on Board vote recording
Passed August 13, 2008; revised September 15, 2011
Recording how each member voted allows for later reconsideration, per the bylaws. The revised rule no longer requires votes by roll call.
- For purposes of later reconsideration, each Boardmember's vote (or failure to vote) during general Board meetings must be recorded in the meeting minutes.
Standing rule on the responsibilities of Board liaisonsPassed September 20, 2012
- Board-appointed Liaisons (aka Public Representatives) to other public bodies are expected to regularly and proactively report to the SORO NC Board on activities and issues pertaining to both organizations; help keep communication between the two organizations open and transparent; actively identify issues of mutual concern and develop proposals for Board action; and advocate in good faith for official Board positions and recommendations. The Liaison may not vote to endorse or otherwise publicly represent a position on an issue without prior Board authorization.
Standing rule on ethics trainingPassed October 18, 2012 / effective November 15, 2012
- Boardmembers must complete State-mandated Ethics training within one month of their election/selection/appointment and every two years after that. Board members who have not taken Ethics training or whose certification has lapsed must abstain from voting on all financial and land use matters before the Board.
Standing rule on term expiration for officers, committee chairs and liaisonsPassed October 18, 2012
- All executive officer, committee chair and other Board-appointed NC representative liaison positions shall hold office for a term of two (2) years and if necessary, on a pro tempore basis until their successors are appointed. Elections for non-officer positions shall be held no later than the second official General Board meeting following a public Board election or selection. Executive officer terms begin after the meeting at which they are appointed. In the event of an officer, chair or liaison vacancy, the remaining portion of the term shall be filled by simple majority vote of the Board members present.