On October 12th 2000, Bill Scheding and Tom Ponton first crossed paths at a meeting organized by the new Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to discuss the creation of Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles, which were now mandated by the new City Charter. As Mar Vista residents and somewhat conservative community activists, Bill and Tom set out to create a Mar Vista Council that would within the next few years apply for certification as the Mar Vista Community Council. On August 13th, 2002 the MVCC became the 41st. Neighborhood Council in Los Angeles to be certified.
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