May 4, 2012   date
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Our Open House was a great success thanks to the Neighborhood Council leaders who came to our Open House on Monday to celebrate our new office space on the 20th floor of City Hall and to the hard work of our staff in pulling it together.  The Department has been literally elevated to another level thanks to the  steady work of Neighborhood Council volunteers and

ELA cake
Attendees enjoyed Empowerment Cake

staff these past years.  Over 120 people from all areas of the City showed up to tour our new space and celebrate together in the Bradley Tower for the reception and workshop. 


Over 120 people in Bradley Tower

The room was abuzz with people networking, including Neighborhood Council and regional alliance leaders, Department staff, commissioners, and representatives from other City departments.   Election Coordinator Stephen Box conducted a training on how to make an impact in your neighborhood.  We also shared the great outreach video produced by the Del Rey Neighborhood Council in preparation for the upcoming elections. 

Also this week, the Department's budget was heard in Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday.  The committee is chaired by Councilman Paul Krekorian, the former chair of the Arts, Parks and Neighborhoods Committee and a good friend and supporter of the Neighborhood Council movement.  Discussion took place around the proposed position reductions, elections, and possible alternatives to the reductions. The Department and CAO were requested to provide reports addressing possible alternatives for the committee's consideration.  The committee will be taking the next two weeks to finalize their recommendations to full Council.


Thanks to the many Neighborhood Council leaders who spent their entire afternoon waiting in Council chambers and our office for our item to be heard in order to provide public comment.  It was the strongest turnout of public comment amongst all the City departments.  Thanks to those who provided written comments as well. 

We really appreciate your support! 

BongHwan Kim


BongHwan (BH) Kim,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Message from BH about the Neighborhood Council Elections


Election Ordinance Before City Council Next Week!

The City Clerk has notified us that the elections ordinance granting the Department temporary authority to administer Neighborhood Council elections next fiscal year will be heard in full Council on Wednesday, May 9th. Please refer to Council File #11-1912 on LACityClerk Connect to note the exact time.

Updated Neighborhood Council Election FAQ's

We received a few questions out of the Budget and Finance Committee regarding elections that were not covered in our original Frequently Asked Questions document so we've provided an updated version for you.

Click here for the current list of regions and proposed election weeks. 

City Attorney draft ordinance - (Letter to the Department/Report)

Click here for the City Clerk Elections Alternatives Survey Results Report.

Click here for our final elections report to the City Council.

IEA Orientation Meeting


We had a great Independent Election Administrators (IEA) orientation meeting last night with 16 Neighborhood Council leaders from all areas of the City!  We're really happy with the support shown by everyone for the elections and will be announcing the final IEA's in the upcoming weeks.


Bylaw Amendment Deadline - May 12th


The deadline to submit bylaw amendments before the upcoming elections is next week.  Please contact Grayce Liu at if you have any questions. 

12 Days Until Demand Warrants Are Due - May 16th!
For more information on the demand warrant and purchase card deadlines and procedures, please click here.

Don't forget that May 16th is also the last day to encumber funds for election outreach for next fiscal year


For election outreach expenditures, the Board will have to provide a Board resolution and an excel spreadsheet of the vendors that may be used for the elections as well as one total amount to be encumbered. 


Here is a sample of the election outreach spreadsheet as well as a template for the Board Resolution.


If you require the excel or word documents of the sample and template, please contact so we can email them to you.

Upcoming Events



Leadership Academy



Saturday, May 5th


1 pm to 4 pm

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6501 Fountain Ave.

Hollywood 90038


Empower Yourself

"Getting Heard at City Hall"

Empower Your Community

"Getting Good Press"





Thursday, May 10th


5 pm to 7 pm



Our Office - 20th Floor 

200 N. Spring Street

Los Angeles 90012



Treasurer's Training




Thursday, May 10th


6 pm to 9 pm  



530 Saturn Street

Los Angeles 90019


Empower Yourself

"The Secrets of Social Media"

Empower Your Community

"Horizontal Partnerships, Vertical Growth"





Saturday, May 12th


8 am - 12:15 pm



6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

Van Nuys 91401 



Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils Coalition Monthly Meeting


Saturday, May 5th


10 am to 1 pm



6501 Fountain Ave.

Hollywood 90068



City Council Meeting on Election Ordinance 


Thursday, May 10th



Room 340

200 N. Spring St.

Los Angeles 90012



Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Council Monthly Meeting


Thursday, May 10th


6:30 pm to 8:30 pm



Doctor's Conference Room

4929 Van Nuys Blvd.

Sherman Oaks 91403


PlanCheckLA Monthly Meeting


Saturday, May 12th


10 am to 1 pm



114 W. 5th St.

Los Angeles 90013



See all upcoming events


on our Events Calendar 



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