September 7, 2012
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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. As we just celebrated Labor Day, I wanted to take this opportunity to appreciate our staff. They've been amazingly supportive while I've gotten up to speed on all the General Manager duties this past month, getting the necessary work done while taking on changes for increased efficiency and transparency. The funding team is working strong on paying the bills while updating our new City Check tracker and providing the various budget updates the City requests. We're down to a 2 week turn around on demand warrants and are working out the kinks in the purchase cards now. We've also put together a year end summary of the last budget fiscal year for all the Neighborhood Council expenditures (more about that below). 


Our Neighborhood Empowerment Advocates, led by the talented Director of Field Operations, Leyla Campos, are busy working both in funding and the field to support the Neighborhood Councils. They are also gearing up to start EmpowerLA Leadership Academy trainings for all the new Boards being seated after the elections. Last, but not least, our elections crew is going full speed on the elections, handling deadline after deadline with swift efficiency. It's beyond intense, but luckily, they have the great Elections Coordinator, Stephen Box, at the helm making it happen. I'm also thrilled to welcome our new Neighborhood Council Funding Program Director, Armando Ruiz, who is coming from the Housing Department and will start next week. He has done some impressive work there, and we welcome his talents here. Along with our wonderful Independent Election Administrators and USC interns, we are all enthusiastically serving the Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders.  Learn more about us on our website.
Region 2 elections are tomorrow so you'll find me driving around the North East Valley checking on the 6 Neighborhood Council elections in the afternoon. In the morning, I'll be at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils Coalition meeting where our new Deputy Mayor, Torie Osborn, will be introducing herself to the Neighborhood Council leaders.  


In case I don't bump into you tomorrow, have a great weekend!




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

Empower LA.


Year End Expense Sheet for Neighborhood Councils


We've complied a spreadsheet for all Neighborhood Councils of what they have spent for the budget fiscal year 2011-2012.   The spreadsheet will show all purchase card and demand warrant payments.  You can download the spreadsheet in either a...


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Commission Update    


The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners met last Tuesday at the Thomas Bradley Global Awareness Magnet School auditorium in South Los Angeles. Despite the warm summer night, many Neighborhood Council members and stakeholders were in attendance...  


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Bonney Klabunde's neighbors affectionately call her "The Cleaning Lady," but she said she doesn't mind. In the last year, Klabunde (pronounced Klah-bun-dee) has made it her mission to...


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New Ordinance No. 182183 -
An Increase in Parking Fines


As part of the Fiscal Year 2012- 2013 adopted budget, the Mayor and City Council approved a parking fine increase of $5.00 for all parking violations, except for disabled parking violations. Disabled parking violations were increased by...


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  Neighborhood Council Parking Pass Update


The yellow parking permits from last fiscal year will no longer be honored by the parking attendants. Thanks to those Neighborhood Councils who have picked up their passes.  If your Neighborhood Council has not picked up the parking passes, we will hold them until...


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 Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Meeting


Sat, Sept 8


Hollywood Constituent Center

6501 Fountain Ave

Hollywood  90038 





Sat, Sept 8th




Region 5 - CHNC 


 Mon, Sept 10



Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Ave.

Hollywood  90038




Region 4 - SONC Candidates Forum


Mon, Sept 10



Sherman Oaks
Elementary School
14755 Greenleaf St
Sherman Oaks 91403




 Region 5 MINC 
Stakeholders Meeting 
& Candidate Rally


Mon, Sept 10


LAPD Wilshire Division
4861 Venice Blvd
LA 90019     




Region 5 - PICO  
Candidates Forum


Mon, Sept 10


  Claude Pepper Senior Center

1762 La Cienega Blvd.

LA  90035




Region 4 - SCNC Meet & Greet


 Tue, Sept 11



The CBS Studio Center Lot, in MPR 6






South LA NCs Call for Candidate Forum


Thu, Sept 13


 Mark Ridely Thomas Constituent Service Center
8475 S. Vermont Blvd.
LA  90044




Region 5 - HUNC Candidate Forum 


Thu, Sept 13



1917 Bronson Ave Hollywood




Region 4 Valley Village Candidate Forum


Thu, Sept 13


 Colfax Elementary School
11724 Addison St
LA  91607 




Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting 


Thu, Sept 13



Sherman Oaks Hospital
4929 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys




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