STARTING in April, the entire Los Angeles City Council and its entourage of staff and supporters will pull up stakes and troop over the Cahuenga Pass once a month. There, in the restored Van Nuys City Hall, a smaller replica of the white tower downtown, the council will convene a regular meeting on the first Friday of every month. It’s a significant symbolic gesture to the San Fernando Valley, whose residents have felt disrespected and neglected by the over-the-hill leadership for decades. But as everything that comes from City Hall, there’s a bittersweet quality of the gift: Friday council meetings are typically those in which the least amount of significant business is heard. Indeed, in an effort to speed up the regular Tuesday and Wednesday council meetings, Friday has become the repository for the meaningless but numerous council presentations, demonstrations and bloviations. Still, this is a genuine move by the city’s elected officials to reach out to neighborhoods once marginalized by downtown, and it will give many more Valley residents the chance to let the council know what they think.v AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!