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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. The close of summer brings the start of some exciting events for Neighborhood Councils in the upcoming months. The Neighborhood Council elections pick up again on Saturday, September 8th with Region 2 - the North West Valley where 6 Neighborhood Councils are having contested elections. After September 8th we will have elections every week until the end of October when we'll take a break for the national elections before ending with the final region on November 15th. If you haven't signed up to be a volunteer poll worker, please do today so we can successfully administer your elections!


The Congress of Neighborhood Councils is coming up fast on Saturday, September 22nd, so please take the time to register and learn from your fellow Board members across the city. The deadline for the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners' EmpowerLA Awards has been extended to Monday, September 3rd. So if your Neighborhood Council is doing something great in the community, recognize them for their hard work by submitting for the Award consideration


I had a lot of productive meetings this week. I met with the Controller's Office and was delighted by the strong support Wendy and her staff has for the Neighborhood Council Funding Program. We discussed a lot of ideas about how to make the process more streamlined and also more transparent for the Councils, which I will incorporate into a proposal for your consideration next month. I met with Councilmember Parks, and he is greatly in favor of eliminating any stumbling blocks for Neighborhood Councils so Board members can focus on their mission and not on getting their demand warrant paid on time. My weekly meeting with our Deputy Mayor, Torie Osborn, who is just so enthusiastic in her support (take a moment to read about her below), makes me really look forward to the upcoming year for the Neighborhood Council system. 
I think some awesome changes are on the horizon, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you.


Have a great Labor Day weekend! 




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

Empower LA.


Torie Osborn Appointed Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services


On August 1, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed long-time civil rights and social justice advocate Torie Osborn to serve as Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services. Osborn replaced Larry Frank, who now serves as the Mayor's Deputy Chief of Staff...


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Call for Election Volunteers!   


Want to help your community? - Promote Local Democracy-Staff Neighborhood Polls...  


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The Great Northwest is alive
with Election events!


In North Hills West, there are 26 Candidates running for the 12 open seats on the North Hills West Neighborhood Council and the community has spoken, in emails, in phone calls, and in person, asking for a Candidates Forum where they can hear the Candidates address the community on the issues, their positions, and the reasons why they should be elected to the Neighborhood Council Board.

The message was sent and the message was received!

EmpowerLA will be hosting a Candidates Forum on Thursday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m.  


The North Hills West Candidates Forum will be moderated by Jill Barad, Founder and Chair of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils.  


New Horizons - Sam's Cafe 
15725 Parthenia St. 
North Hills, Ca 91343
5:30 pm - Candidates Sign-In
6:00 pm - Doors open to the Public
6:30 pm - Forum Begins


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Saturday, September 22, hundreds of community leaders will descend on City Hall. This 2012 Congress of Neighborhoods will be the second year that neighborhood councils have organized their own Congress, in partnership with EmpowerLA. The day will be filled with practical workshops on...


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Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Call for Candidates 2012


The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council created two PSA videos, both in Spanish and English, to reach out to their community members.

See the videos on our blog.  


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National Voter Registration Day - September 25th, 2012


In 2008, 6 million Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. In 2012, we want to make sure no one is left out.On September 25, 2012, volunteers, celebrities, civic groups, and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create...


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In This Issue
IGM Grayce Liu
Meet Torie Osborn
Promote Local Democracy
The Great Northwest is Alive!
NC Congress Update
Boyle Heights NC PSA
Voter Registration Day


Region 2 North Hills West Candidate  

Meet & Greet


Tue, Sept 4th 

5:30-7:45 pm


7300 Hollywood Blvd.




Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Meeting


Tue, Sept 4th



3875 Dublin Ave
LA, 90008  



 Region 2 Poll Workers Workshop
Wed, Sept 5th 
Rawley Hall
10535 Zelzah Avenue
LA, 91344


For more information, call 818-293-VOTE or click this link to sign up online.  




  Region 5 Hollywood Hills West Candidate Meet & Greet


Wed, Sept 5th 

7:00 pm


7300 Hollywood Blvd.  Hollywood



Region 7 Candidate Registration Deadline 

Thurs, Sept 6th 



Region 2 North Hills West 

Candidates Forum


Thurs, Sept 6th  



15725 Parthenia St.
North Hills, 91343 




Region 2 Granada Hills South 

Candidates Forum


Thurs, Sept 6th  


10535 Zelzah Ave.
Granada Hills 




Region 3 Candidates Workshop


Thurs, Sept 6th  


4935 Balboa Blvd
Encino, 91316




Region 2 Northridge South Town Hall Selection Meeting


Thurs, Sept 6th  


17960 Chase St.
Northridge, 91325  






Sat, Sept 8th




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