June 8, 2012
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General Manager's Weekly Update 


Urgent Funding Bulletin

Neighborhood Council Purchase Cards will be shut off on Friday, June 15th at 12 noon and Neighborhood Council Budgets for Fiscal Year 2012/2013 are due on Friday, July 13th 

A reminder that ALL Purchase Cards will be shut off on Friday, June 15th at 12 noon and will be opened up again on July 2, 2012. This is necessary so the Department can close out and reconcile all outstanding payments in order to meet the Controller's closeout deadline of June 22. For your budgets, we will be sending out an electronic template next week to all Treasurers for use in submitting your budgets to us. The standardized template is mandatory. Your Neighborhood Council funds will be suspended if you do not use the form provided by the Department by the deadline above. Also, we received almost 400 check requests for last month's Demand Warrant deadline.  Our goal is to cut as many checks as possible before the Controller deadline. Our funding staff is working hard to make this happen.  Kudos to them for raising the bar on year-end closing accomplishments.  This will avoid problems we experienced last year with encumberances. 

This week, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, the only city commission to conduct monthly meetings out in the community,  met on Tuesday evening in the Northeast region.  The agenda included updates on the citywide Neighborhood Council elections, a public hearing on the proposed standards policy which sets out performance standards for all Neighborhood Councils, and recognition of all the Neighborhood Councils in the region celebrating their 10 year anniversary.  

A well deserved congratulations to Lincoln Heights, Greater Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, Elysian Valley Riverside, LA-32, Boyle Heights, and Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Councils for your service to Los Angeles and your community!


And lastly, this week was the primary elections for many local and statewide elected positions - I trust that everyone went to the polls to exercise your constitutional right and to warm up for more elections just around the corner, including the Department-run, citywide grassroots elections coming soon to a neighborhood near you!  Remember, YOU decide who represents your Neighborhood Council - not City Hall.  So don't miss this unique opportunity to give your neighborhood a voice.




BongHwan (BH) Kim, 

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

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Local Hero - Atwater Village's Diplomat  


Leonora Gershman Pitts hails from the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council where she served her community over the last five years, first
as Treasurer and more recently as the Co-Chair. 

"I hadn't been very enchanted with Los Angeles," she explained "until the very moment I moved to Atwater Village. I loved it there so much that I decided to do everything I could to work for the people who made it so special. There was a Neighborhood Council election coming up, and I was inspired by the energy of Mr. Stephen Box who was coordinating ours. I took a leap." 


Leonora's leadership skills were put to the test when controversy threatened to divide her community... [Continue reading]   


Local Hero - Reseda's Outreach Guru


The Reseda Neighborhood Council is home Garth Carlson, one of LA's great communicators. Garth is a stakeholder who serves as the Newsletter Committee Chair as well as on the Outreach, Economic

Development, Senior Advocacy, Emergency Disaster and Community Safety Committees.


Garth was a founding member in 2001 and along the way, he has served as Vice Chair and as Chair but he found his calling when he took responsibility for communications... [Continue reading] 


Daily News says "Get Involved in Your Community"


Local neighborhood councils can give you a taste of political life, improve your way of life.

In This Issue
General Manager's Weekly Update
Atwater Village's Diplomat
Reseda's Outreach Guru
Daily News Editorial
Upcoming Events


Leadership Academy


     Saturday, June 9, 2012

              9 am to 12 noon



      1225 South Union Blvd.

         Los Angeles 90015   



PlanCheck NC


Saturday, June 9, 2012

10 am to 1 pm



114 W. 5th Street 

Los Angeles 90013



Valley Alliance of  Neighborhood Councils


Thursday, June 14th, 2012

6:30 pm - 9 pm



Los Angeles 91403



Rally in the Valley

Election Season Kick-Off


Friday, June 22nd, 2012

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



12431 Roscoe Blvd. Sun Valley 91352



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2012 Election Info
Independent Election Administrators (IEA)
Region 1- Sat, Aug 4th
Region 2- Sat, Sept 8th
Region 3- Sat, Sept 29th
Region 4-Thurs, Sept 20th

Kevin Taylor

Region 5- Sun, Sept 16th
Region 6- Thurs, Nov 15th
Region 7- Sat, Oct 6th
Region 8- Sat, Oct 13th
Region 9- Sat, Oct 20th
Region 10- Sat, Oct 27th
Region 11- Sun, Oct 28th
Region 12- Sat, Oct 20th


Election Procedures Stipulation Worksheet


Please make sure your Board approves the stip sheet and returns it to us by July 1, 2012 or citywide defaults will be used for your elections.  Thank you!


Funding Facts
The Purchase Card deadline is on June 15th.  Please don't wait until the last minute to make your purchases in case there are any Purchase Card issues.  Thank you!