August 17, 2012
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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I started my week swearing in the new Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council (SVANC) Board, which was really delightful for me. Nearly 5 years ago, the first meeting I attended as a new Project Coordinator was the SVANC Land Use Committee where a very patient Mike O'Gara, Mary Benson and Karl Kunak taught me about what an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) was. I was so impressed by these tenacious community leaders with their self taught knowledge asking the huge local waste company to mitigate their proposed dump expansion. My respect for Neighborhood Council folk has only grown from that point so it was a treat to come back as the Interim General Manager to swear the new Board members in after all I've learned from Neighborhood Council leaders these past years.


The rest of the week, my life has been filled with elections, funding and bylaws, oh my!  The Elections Division, led by the very talented Stephen Box, is working hard to verify candidates as we have a regional candidate filing deadline nearly every week until mid-September. Region 4 candidate filing deadline is Tuesday, August 21st at midnight. If you are applying as a candidate, please help our elections staff by making sure you are including all necessary documentation with your filing so we don't have to spend time tracking it down from you.   


I'm furiously trying to keep up with updating all the bylaws to comply with the election ordinance before each regions' election day. Thanks to those who have submitted bylaw amendments and who have waited with exquisite patience for me to get to them. I do need to update even those bylaws that I approved in the past year so I appreciate everyone understanding my desire to do the review just once as opposed to updating 95 bylaws 3 separate times because of all the election changes this past year.
As for funding, my goal is to put the FUN back into our Neighborhood Council FUNding Program!  I am really enjoying working with our enthusiastic staff, Neighborhood Council leaders and our City partners, especially the Controller, CAO and CLA's offices, on creating a more efficient and transparent program on both the Department side and the Neighborhood Council side. Check out some of the updates we are taking in the Neighborhood Council Funding Program Updates below with more to come in the next few weeks.  Please let me know what you think and any suggestions you have by emailing me at


Stay cool and enjoy your weekend!




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

Empower LA.


ASNC's President, Martha Benedict, honored by Commission on the Status of Women


"I'm humbled to be in the company of so many women of such accomplishment" said Benedict, "and I'm honored to be recognized for pursuing my passion."This year marks the 24th Anniversary of the Pioneer Women of the Year Celebration. The Pioneer Women of the Year celebration began in...


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Neighborhood Council
Funding Program Updates


Our Funding Program staff have finished cutting the nearly 400 demand warrants that came into the Department the final few months of last fiscal year. We are starting on the current fiscal year demand warrants now. Just so you know what we're doing with your demand warrants and auto-deducts, we've put up a Neighborhood Council City Check Tracker...


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LAUSD's Small Business Enterprise/We Build Program


The  We Build Program is offering a pre-apprenticeship construction training program starting August 14th...  


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Los Angeles World Airport 
Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Review and Comment


LAWA has prepared a program-level Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS), pursuant to the California Environmental Quality ACT (CEQA). The SPAS serves to identify and evaluate potential alternatives to certain components of the LAX Master Plan program, referred to as the Yellow Light Projects...


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You may have heard reports in the news that the Brown Act was suspended. In the California budget, a provision was included that suspended certain provisions in the Brown Act. (Assembly Bill 1464) The suspended provisions apply to the requirement to post the regular meeting agenda 72 hours in advance of the meeting and to several provisions regarding closed session meetings that are not applicable to Neighborhood Councils...


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   Call for Nominations for the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners' EmpowerLA Awards!


It's been ten years since the first Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles were founded and began pursuing their mission to promote more citizen participation in government, and make government more responsive to local needs. Through a decade of political, economic and social challenges the Neighborhood Council system grew and flourished..


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In This Issue
IGM Grayce Liu
Status of Women Honoree
Funding Program Update
We Build Program opportunity
Brown Act Suspension
EmpowerLA Awards


Region 2 Candidate Workshop Session 


Sat, Aug 18th  

9051 Darby 



Region 3

(Meet & Greet
the Candidates)

Mon, Aug 20th

7338 Canby St.
Reseda, 91335    




Region 4 Candidate Filing Deadline

 Tues, Aug 21st





Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting


Tues, Aug 21st


200 N. Spring Street
Room 1010
Los Angeles 90012






 Wed, Aug 22nd



3750 North Verdugo Road
(in back of Public Storage)


more info here  




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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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