July 25, 2012
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General Manager's Weekly Update 


The countdown continues - 7 more work days left of my reign as the supreme neighborhood empowerer for the City!  For my last day at work on August 4th (on a Saturday of course), I plan on visiting the polling locations for our first regional elections in the Northwest Valley and kicking off the City's very first truly grassroots participatory elections.  

Education and Neighborhoods Committee


At yesterday's committee meeting, Councilmember Parks recommended that the amounts suggested in the CAO's report as possible s/election costs for Neighborhood Councils to contribute be considered if the Department goes over the budgeted $550k for elections.  The suggested contributions are $1550 for an election and $475 for a selection.

Website Quick Hits

This past week EmpowerLA had over 6000 visitors to the website and we are now reaching an average of 1000 hits per weekday!

Candidates from all regions are filing via the online candidate filing form, where they can submit their candidate statement as well as their photos with one click. When the candidates file their form to run for the board, they also receive a copy of the form in their inbox.
Volunteer Poll Workers are filing online daily. Be sure to sign up as well and get your friends involved too. 
The top three (3) sources for EmpowerLA visitors were Google Searches, Facebook referrals and emails, in that order. Fourth is Council websites. Be sure to add the EmpowerLA buttons to your site. If you didn't get it, talk to your Independent Election Administrator to resend it to you.

Treasurer Training

The Department will be conducting monthly trainings for new Treasurers.  The next training is on Thursday, August 2nd from 6 to 9 pm at our downtown office in City Hall - 20th floor.  You MUST RSVP at least 24 hours in advance in order to clear security into the building.  Please rsvp to Betty Wong Oyama (betty.wong@lacity.org) or Barry Stone (barry.stone@lacity.org).  



BongHwan (BH) Kim, 

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

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Empower LA.

  Countdown to the Congress of Neighborhoods


"To promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs"

On Saturday, September 22, Neighborhood Leaders from around the City will converge on LA's City Hall for the Congress of Neighborhoods, an all-day session that includes...


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 Commission Leadership

The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners unanimously elected Paul Park as its new President and Commissioner Len Shaffer as its new Vice-President at its on the westside.

In addition to recognizing outgoing President Daniel Gatica and Vice-President Carlene Davis, the Commission honored...

Leadership Academy takes Time Banking to Watts

Autumn Rooney of the Arroyo S.E.C.O.(Sustainable Economies Community Organization) Time Bank joined EmpowerLA in Watts and spoke of the magic that happens when people begin to share their skills, their knowledge, and their time, creating a community that connects unmet needs with untapped resources... 


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BongVoyage Party for BongHwan!

Come join us this coming Friday, July 27th, to wish BH well on his next adventure in San Diego!  We'll be gathering for Happy Hour from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at...

 Community Needs Assessment Survey 


The Commission on Community and Family Services (CCFS) has launched its Community Needs Assessment Survey. This surven is designed to elicit information from the general public and businesses, and City of Los Angeles departments and their program partners, on what they believe to be the most important issues affecting their households and their communities. The responses will help inform the development of the next five-year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.


NC City Attorney Pics
City Attorney Corner 

Neighborhood Council Lawsuit Alert:

Please be aware that the unauthorized use of copyright protected images on your official Neighborhood Council website can cause...

In This Issue
General Manager's Weekly Update
Countdown to Congress of NCs
Commission Leadership
Time Banking to Watts
Bong Voyage Party for BH!
Assessment Survey
NC Lawsuit Alert

Upcoming Events
BongVoyage Party


Friday, July 27th  

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

CHAYA Downtown LA
525 South Flower Street
Los Angeles 90071

Leadership Academy
West LA 


Saturday, July 28th  

9:00 am - 12:15pm 

Municipal Building
 (west side)
1645 Corinth Avenue
Los Angeles 90025

Elections Workshop - Poll Workers 

Monday, July 30
6:30 pm

6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Los Angeles 91401  


Wednesday, August 1st
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

- Community Outreach Portables 
25965 Normandie Ave.
Harbor City 90710

Thursday, August 2nd
6 - 9 pm
200 S. Spring St.
LA 90028

Saturday, August 4th
10 am - 1 pm

6501 Fountain Avenue at Cahuenga
Los Angeles 90028 
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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


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