July 13, 2012
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General Manager's Weekly Update 


4th of July, Democracy, and Neighborhood Councils

I trust that you all had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July with your friends and loved ones!  It's a great time to reflect on what democracy really means beyond just a good fireworks show.  It's a big and intimidating word for most, but we live it everyday in our work building the Neighborhood Council movement.  Once again, I thank and acknowledge you all for making Neighborhood Councils what we are today - a growing and thriving system of hyper-local government that is making an impact in neighborhoods and City Hall. 

Budget deadline - July 31st, PCards, etc.

And now to the more mundane.  Remember to submit your budgets by the newly extended deadline of Tuesday, July 31st and that your PCards are now turned on.  Your PCards will be suspended if you don't meet the budget submission deadline.

This past week staff continued to be busy with year end closing and new fiscal year start up tasks.  I'm happy to inform you that staff successfully processed as many check requests as possible leaving us with roughly $500k to encumber in order to pay out next fiscal year. 
The Department will be providing instructions next week to each of the NCs who requested to encumber funds for elections outreach on processing and accounting requirements. Please thank and acknowledge the good work of our funding staff who did a great job in managing a smooth year end process. 




BongHwan (BH) Kim, 

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

Empower LA.

Promote Local Democracy-Staff Neighborhood Polls

EmpowerLA is looking for neighborhood partners who are interested in volunteering as poll workers for the 2012 Neighborhood Council Elections. Volunteers will support the local electoral process and contribute to the Culture of Empowerment.

We are especially looking for partners who are bilingual in languages including, but not limited to, Thai, Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.


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Northwest San Pedro's Informant!         

Robert Bryant has over the last two years developed the Northwest Advocate, the newsletter of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, into a forum that allows his neighbors to communicate meaningfully with one another by sharing their personal stories.   


After living his entire life in San Pedro, he became aware that there were many hard-working, generous people in the community with significant stories to tell, but with no way to share them with the public.


In 2010, he took over publication of the newsletter and made it his mission to get those stories out there. "Whenever I meet someone with an interesting story, I ask them for an article for a newsletter," he explains. "I wanted to give people an opportunity to express themselves."


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Neighborhood Commissioners "Go West!"

The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners is on the road, heading to the westside for a Special Meeting on Monday night where they will be recognizing the Bel-Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council, the Mar Vista Neighborhood Council, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa, the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council, the Venice Neighborhood Council, and the Westside Neighborhood Council as they celebrate their 10th Anniversaries.

The Commission will be addressing "the requirements of a Neighborhood Council
stakeholder, as defined under the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood
Councils." Specifically, the analysis of the terms requiring a stakeholder to live, work or own property in a Neighborhood Council area to serve as a stakeholder will be discussed. 
In addition, the Commission will discuss possible changes to the current posting policy, the City Council's policy on public comment, and a call for City Departments to assign representatives to Neighborhood Councils.

GM's Roundtable features Building & Safety's Bud Ovrom

Bud Ovrom, General Manager of Building & Safety, will be joining EmpowerLA's General Manager, BongHwan "BH" Kim, for the GM's Roundtable at the South Seas House in Historic West Adams.

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.


Empower Your Community workshops present tools and strategies for improving the effectiveness of Neighborhood Councils and include Advocacy Campaigns, Media Strategies, Outreach Tools, Neighborhood Networks, Communications, WordPress Websites, Newsletter Strategies, and Managing Mailing Lists.


Empower LA workshops are hosted by General Manager (GM) BongHwan "BH" Kim and feature City Hall leaders at the GM's Roundtable. These are great opportunities for Neighborhood Councils to engage stakeholders in face-to-face sessions with the people responsible for running the City and delivering City Services.


Neighborhood Council leaders respond to Councilman Parks  


Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition was joined by Venice, SORO, and West LA Neighborhood Councils in supporting a resolution in response to a motion introduced by Councilman Parks addressing Neighborhood Council outreach on city issues.



Be it resolved that LANCC, in its regular meeting dated 6/2/2012, moves to approve the following response, submitted by Jay Handal and Ivan Spiegel, to the motion: 
Neighborhood Councils, by charter and ordinance, are mandated to be the link between the City government and the citizens of Los Angeles. Neighborhood councils recognize their responsibility in this matter. In an effort to do so, many NC's have created newsletters, blast e-mails, events, town halls  and other forms of outreach. 


In This Issue
General Manager's Weekly Update
Promote Local Democracy - Staff Neighborhood Polls!
Northwest San Pedro's Informant!
Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Special Meeting
Upcoming Events

Leadership Academy
South LA 

Saturday, July 14th  

8:30 am - 12:15pm 

2301 W. 24th St.
Los Angeles 90018

Saturday, July 14th  

10 am - 1pm 


(formerly The Community Exchange)

114 W 5th Street
Los Angeles 90013 
NC Congress Planning Meeting 

Saturday, July 14th  

12:30 pm 


517 S. Spring Street
Downtown LA
NC Candidate Workshop 

Saturday, July 14th  

2:30 pm 
Meet and Greet

3pm - 5:15pm


Community Room
12002 Osborne Street
Lake View Terrace  91342


Board of Neighborhood Commissioners

Monday, July 16th  

6:00 pm  

5651 West Manchester Blvd.
Los Angeles 90045

Leadership Academy 
West LA

Thursday, July 19th  

6:00 pm - 9pm  

IMAN Center
 3376 Motor Avenue
 Los Angeles 90034

Leadership Academy
West LA 


Saturday, July 28th  

9:00 am - 12:15pm 


Municipal Building - west side 
1645 Corinth Avenue
Los Angeles 90025


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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


How to Reach Us


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Van Nuys City Hall  

14410 Sylvan St. 4th Fl 

Van Nuys, CA 91401  


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