It was only a few years ago that the Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Council went dormant after council members failed to show up for meetings. But residents of the community wedged between the Los Angeles River and 5 freeway have decided to give the neighborhood council a second try. Last Tuesday, the newly elected council members were officially seated and wasted no time doing what elected leaders love to do most: spend money. The board allocated $40,000 from their 2009-2010 budget in the form of eight grants (which must sill be approved by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment) to support neighborhood schools and non profits, reports Elysian Valley resident Tracy Stone. Some of the recipients included Dorris Place Elementary School, the Jardin del Rio community garden, the Friends of the Los Angeles River, the Elysian Valley Recreation Center and the Elysian Valley Arts Collective.