May 11, 2012   date
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This week the City Council unanimously approved    (12-0) the draft ordinance to temporarily transfer the authority for administering Neighborhood Council elections for Fiscal Year 2012-13.  Councilman Bernard Parks, Chair of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee, also introduced some motions (that were passed) which requests reports back from the Department on the administration of elections as well as Neighborhood Council funding for elections.  We have submitted our report to the committee, which is meeting next Tuesday, May 15th at 1pm.


Thanks to all the Neighborhood Councils that advised your elected officials regarding your views on this matter.  The last piece that will be required is the approval of our budget request which is pending in Budget and Finance Committee.  You are encouraged to track the progress of this item as it makes its way through committee with a recommendation to full Council.   

The City Council is expected to approve the City's budget for next Fiscal Year by late May/early June. With adequate funding and strong partnerships between the City and Neighborhood Councils, this election promises to be the most energized and robust neighborhood participation event ever!


BongHwan Kim




BongHwan (BH) Kim,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Neighborhood Council Elections 


Election Ordinance Passed!

On May 9, 2012, the City Council passed the amendment to the ordinance that transfers the administration of elections to the Department.  They specifically removed language that would allow the Department to extend any Board's terms to 2014.  Please refer to Council File #11-1912 on LACityClerk Connect for more information.  We will be working on funding the elections now.  The Education and Neighborhoods Committee will be looking at this issue next Tuesday and is considering ways to fund the elections from the Neighborhood Council's yearly allocation.  We encourage you to provide feedback to the committee.  

Please start meeting with the other Neighborhood Councils in your region to discuss how you can help one another with elections.  We'll also be following up with calls.

Updated Neighborhood Council Election FAQ's

We've updated our election Frequently Asked Questions document to reflect the ordinance change.

Click here for what we hope will be the second to last list of regions and proposed election weeks. 

Click here for our updated elections report to the Education and Neighborhoods Committee on Tuesday.

2012 Election Procedures Stipulation Worksheet


We are working on sending to Neighborhood Councils their 2013 Election Procedures Stipulation Worksheet for Board approval.  The information for the worksheet will be compiled from the bylaws and the 2010 Election Procedures.  Please keep an eye out for it and agendize it for a quick turnaround so we can make sure your elections run smoothly.  Thank you!


Bylaw Amendment Deadline - May 12th


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

5 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 12th


9 am - 12:15 pm

 time change



6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

Van Nuys 91401 




Powerful Public Presentations

Citywide Election Plan

Citywide Outreach Plan

Mysteries of Social Media




Thursday, May 17th


6 pm - 9 pm



4924 Paso Robles Ave.

Encino 91316



Print Campaigns that Work

Citywide Election Plan

Citywide Outreach Plan

What are Neighborhood Councils?


Education and Neighborhoods Committee 


Tuesday, May 15th


1 pm - 3 pm



Room 1010

200 N. Spring St.

Los Angeles 90012



Westside Regional Alliance of Council Monthly Meeting


Wednesday, May 16th


8 am to 10 am  



11407 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles  90025



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