June 22, 2012
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General Manager's Weekly Update 


The Education and Neighborhoods Committee, Chaired by Councilman Parks, held a meeting this week to discuss a number of carry-over items including: Neighborhood Council Elections administration and budget, Neighborhood Councils paying for a portion of the citywide cost, website and Neighborhood Council board rosters, and the Department's report responding to the Controller's audit of the Neighborhood Council funding program.

The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners postponed approval of several contracts administered by the Department providing services to Neighborhood Councils including temporary administrative/bookkeeping help, education and training, and translation services. These items will come up at the next scheduled meeting on July 16th (agenda not yet available). These services are subject to review and re-approval through a Request For Proposal process per City Law. Once approved, we will announce and publicize the services available so more Neighborhood Councils can take advantage of the great services offered. 

The Neighborhood Council elections' very first region wide outreach event to draw new candidates called "Rally in the Valley" is coming up this Friday, June 22nd, from
6:30 pm - 8 pm at Francis Polytechnic High School, 12431 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley 91352. Please encourage your friends, family, and others who you think would make great neighborhood candidates to attend and learn how to help make Los Angeles an even greater City through an empowered Neighborhood Council system. I plan on being there to make the call for more people to get involved.

As previously announced, our new Neighborhood Council Elections website is up and running EmpowerLA.org. It serves as the administrative and communications platform for our citywide elections.  It is easy to use and has lots of neat new features including the ability for candidates to file online. The website also hosts information for all Neighborhood Councils including meeting locations, bylaws, etc, and even includes space for Neighborhood Councils without websites to post information. We welcome you to check it out and let us know what you think!

And remember, your Neighborhood Council budgets are due July 13th. Please use the this link to submit the budget electronically - NC Budget Submission
.  We will not accept budgets submitted in any other format or medium. 





BongHwan (BH) Kim, 

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Local Hero - Foothill Trails District's Detective         


Nancy Woodruff saved her neighbors millions of dollars in her position as President of the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council by standing up for common sense and against exorbitant fees from City Hall.

Nancy Woodruff


In April 2010, the Bureau of Sanitation identified 5,282 households in her community with septic systems that posed a risk to the local water supply. They proposed an ordinance that would require some of the poorest residents of the Valley to pay exorbitant fees for inspection and maintenance of septic systems that were working perfectly fine. 

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EmpowerLA - Workin' it!

The Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council believes that the best way to ask for a helping hand is to have work gloves ready to be filled. The Neighborhood Council has a strong record for engaging the community in projects that improve the quality of life in the community. These branded work gloves are emblazoned with
FTDNC.org and serve as a reminder that many
hands make light work.
FTD Outreach
"This small investment in outreach materials serves as a reminder that the Neighborhood Council is here to get the work done," says Jeff Woodruff, Vice President of Administration, "and that we need members of the community to partner with us to make it happen."

'Rally In The Valley' Aimed at Boosting Community Council


By Rick Orlov


Hoping to bring new blood and energy to the Neighborhood Council system, the city will host a "Rally in the Valley" on Friday to kick off the start of elections for 80 of the 96 Community Councils.


"What we are hoping to do is raise the visibility of the Neighborhood Councils, get more people involved and promote the work of the Neighborhood Councils," said B.H. Kim, General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.


Kim said a number of board members are seeking new two-year terms, while others want to step aside and allow new people to take over running the city-certified panels that work on community issues.

Free Parking Permits for Neighborhood Councils  

We are pleased to inform you that Neighborhood Councils will be receiving free parking permits to provide you with access to City Hall.  The Department, with the assistance of the General Services Department (GSD), has been approved to allocate two (2) parking permits per Neighborhood Council.  The Parking Permits must be assigned to a specific individual with vehicle information provided to the Department which we will forward to GSD. If an individual owns more than one vehicle, provide that vehicle information as well.  These permits are non-transferable.  Other individuals requiring parking can utilize the GSD Daily Visitor Parking Program.   


These parking permits will be valid for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2012 and expiring on June 30, 2013.


The Department must provide GSD with a list of names and requested vehicle information prior to GSD providing the permits to the Department.  The Department will provide the parking passes on an expedited basis for distribution once the Department receives the required vehicle information from the NC's.  Please use this link to submit your vehicle information

NC Parking Information.


To view the Department's Parking and Permit Guidelines as set forth by GSD, click HERE

If you are currently in possession of a Yellow Parking Permit that will expire on June 30, 2012, it must be turned in order to receive a new Parking Permit.


If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Jeffrey S. Brill at jeff.brill@lacity.org or at 213-978-1551.

If additional parking is required, please contact our office at (213) 978-1551 to make arrangements through the GSD Daily Visitor Parking Program. 


In This Issue
General Manager's Weekly Update
Foothill Trails District's Detective
EmpowerLA - Workin' it!
Rally in The Valley
Free Parking Permits for Neighborhood Councils
Upcoming Events


Rally in the Valley

Election Season Kick-Off


Friday, June 22nd

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



12431 Roscoe Blvd.
Sun Valley 91352

Leadership Academy 
Northeast LA

Saturday, June 30th  

10:00 am - 2:15 pm


2530 Workman Street
 Los Angeles 90031

Leadership Academy 
South LA 

Saturday, July 7th  

8:30 am  

8475 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles 90044

Leadership Academy
South LA 

Thursday, July 12th  

6:30 pm

10221 Compton Ave.
Watts 90002

Leadership Academy
South LA 

Saturday, July 14th  

8:30 am 

Location TBD

Contact Us
Phone: (213) 978-1551
Fax: (213) 978-1751

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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Are You Prepared?

The LA Fire Department is offering a FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training in Your Area! This 7-weel course will provide you with information to help yourselves, family, and community during times of disaster. All citizens 18+ years old are invited. No experience necessary! 

Topics include:

*Disaster Preparedness
*Fire Suppression
*Triage & Patient Assessment
*Light Search & Rescue
*Incident Command System
*Disaster Psychology

FREE LAFD CERT Training will be offered:

Battalion 1:
Thursday Classes
June 28-August 9, 2012
6:30 - 9:00 pm
LAPD Hollenbeck Station (Community Room)
2111 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA

Battalion 4:
Monday Classes
June 25- August 6, 2012
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Fire Station 5 (Community Room)
8900 S. Emerson St. (To Rear of Station)
Westchester, CA 90045

Battalion 9:
Wednesday Classes
June 27-August 8, 2012
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Fire Station 59 (Community Room)
2117 S. Butler Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Battalion 14:
Monday Classes
June 25-August 6, 2012
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Fire Station 89 (Community Room)
7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
(To Rear of Station)
North Hollywood, CA

For more information Contact Firefighter Butler (818) 756-9674 or visit


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


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!



How to Reach Us


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Elections Division

Van Nuys City Hall  

14410 Sylvan St. 4th Fl 

Van Nuys, CA 91401  


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Election Hotline

(818) 293-VOTE  







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