June 29, 2012
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General Manager's Weekly Update 


Fiscal Year 12/13 Budget submission deadline extended to Tuesday, July 31st.  
You can submit your budgets earlier if you would like your Demand Warrants processed.  Not submitting your budgets by the new deadline may result in your PCards being frozen.  Those Neighborhood Councils who have submitted elections outreach encumbrance requests are NOT to include this amount in next year's budget because the Department must approve your requests beforehand. We will notify you by next week what has been approved and we will provide you with a separate budget tracking tool. We understand the importance of being able to pay for elections related outreach expenses in a timely manner and we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible.  Remember that funds encumbered for elections outreach must be used for the stated purpose.  If you do not use your elections outreach funds by your election date - the funds will be deducted from your account and returned to the City's general fund.  We ask for your patience as we work through year end closing responsibilities with minimal staffing. 

Office Closed - Wednesday, July 4th

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July with your family, friends, and loved ones.




BongHwan (BH) Kim, 

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

Empower LA.

GM's Roundtable features Bureau of Sanitation's Zaldivar 

Enrique C. Zaldivar, Director of the Bureau of Sanitation, will be joining EmpowerLA's General Manager, BongHwan "BH" Kim, for the GM's Roundtable at the Lincoln Heights Library.

EmpowerLA's Leadership Academy conducts workshops throughout Los Angeles that fall into three categories:


Empower Yourself workshops are hands-on opportunities that feature topics such as Public Speaking, Social Media, Powerful Partnerships, Group Dynamics, Successful Advocacy, and Parliamentary Procedure. The tools and strategies presented in these workshop are designed for personal growth.


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Lake Balboa's Emergency Preparedness Pioneer!         


Linda Pruett witnessed the death, destruction, and injury that resulted from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and made it her mission to ensure that the next time disaster strikes, her community of Lake Balboa would be prepared and ready to mobilize.

Bordering Reseda and Northridge and only one mile from the epicenter of the quake, Lake Balboa was hit especially hard. When Pruett heard of the formation of the Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, she saw it as a great opportunity to organize her neighbors around emergency preparedness.


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Outreach Resource BagsSpotlight on Outreach - Empowerment Congress Central

Arnetta Mack and Tracy Jones of the Empowerment Congress Central Neighborhood Council used door-hangers to get the word out about their meetings and to offer gift-bags to anyone who showed up to participate, resulting in a standing-room-only crowd of engaged stakeholders.

The door-hanger had a map of the Council area, information on the upcoming meetings through the remainder of the year, contact information for the digitally inclined and a little enticement that included a resource guide.

EmpowerLA's Elections Division to Draw Ballot Order

On Monday, July 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm, EmpowerLA's Elections Team will be drawing lots to determine the order that the names of the Neighborhood Council candidates will appear on the respective Neighborhood Council ballots during the upcoming election season.

The Elections Team will print each letter of the alphabet on a separate slip of paper and then place the slips in a box. The ballot order will then be chosen at random as the slips of paper are drawn from the box, working chronologically from first position to last position.

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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.


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Rally in the Valley Kicks Off Election Season

Ron Kaye, the Valley's very own Accidental Anarchist, and Bill Robertson, one of LA's most effective General Managers, spoke truth to potential power in LA's first Neighborhood Council  election rally of the upcoming election season.

"Neighborhood Councils have the potential to transform Los Angeles, said Ron Kaye, "if they will organize hundreds, even thousands, of people in their communities, and think big regionally and citywide about how they can help create a livable and sustainable city that balances the interests, needs and values of everyone."

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In This Issue
General Manager's Weekly Update
GM's Roundtable features Bureau of Sanitation's Zaldivar
Lake Balboa's Emergency Preparedness Pioneer!
Spotlight on Outreach - Empowerment Congress Central
Elections Division to Draw Ballot Order
Free Parking Permits for Neighborhood Councils
Rally in the Valley Kicks Off Election Season
Upcoming Events

Leadership Academy 
Northeast LA

Saturday, June 30th  

10:00 am - 12:45 pm


2530 Workman Street
 Los Angeles 90031

Congress of Neighborhoods Planning Session

Saturday, June 30th  

12:45 pm - 2:45 pm


2530 Workman Street
 Los Angeles 90031

Leadership Academy 
South LA 

Saturday, July 7th  

8:30 am  

8475 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles 90044

Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils Coalition

Saturday, July 7th
10 am - 1 pm

HOLLYWOOD CONSTITUENCY CENTER 6501 Fountain Ave. at Cahuenga
 Los Angeles 90038 


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

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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


Visit Us:


Elections Division

Van Nuys City Hall  

14410 Sylvan St. 4th Fl 

Van Nuys, CA 91401  


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Call Us:

Election Hotline

(818) 293-VOTE  







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