September 21, 2012
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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well.  I am just tickled that we received a request this week to learn about our Neighborhood Council system from an Indonesian delegation on an "Empowering Local Communities" tour of the United States. Their focus: "using civic engagement to promote good governance to advance the interests of people at the grass roots of communities in democratic societies." The delegates are hoping to support the development and viability of "highly functioning, inclusive communities." I think once we share everything Neighborhood Councils are doing for their communities and their City government, our Indonesian visitors are going to be very impressed!


This great news was compounded by the excellent start of our Board Member Development Workshop on Saturday where 90% (nearly 50 people) of the packed room were new to the system. The workshop was led by one of our senior staffers, Amelia Herrera-Robles, in successful partnership with our C4C (Councils 4 Councils) peer mentors, Jay Handal and Ivan Spiegel, all of whom received raving reviews from the participants.


Our elections team have also been cranking away with wonderful volunteers around the City (see below).  


For those of you following the news, the South Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils, spearheaded by Empowerment Congress West's Lark Galloway-Gilliam, successfully negotiated an amazing agreement with the City and the California Science Center for the cutting down of their trees along the Space Shuttle route. Check it out HERE


Please join us at the Congress tomorrow where I will be giving out these "I heart NCs" buttons to folks who stop and tell me why they "heart" their NCs. I look forward to seeing you!




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

Empower LA.


Reminder: Turn in your Quarterly Reconciliations!


The end of the 1st fiscal year quarter is September 30th so we will be expecting the 1st quarter reconciliation of your Neighborhood Council purchase card receipts. We have compiled...

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Elections Update 9.21.12


We administered 15 Neighborhood Councils elections in the last 5 days - 7 on Sunday and 8 on Thursday where Councilmember Paul Krekorian showed his support by...


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Del Rey NC Opens Farmers Market      


The Del Rey Neighborhood Council welcomed a new addition to the community on Friday, Aug. 3rd ... a new Farmer's Market. Over 600 people attended the grand opening and the historic event was all captured here...  


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  CERT Training in Hollywood


This LAFD - CERT (Community Emergency Response team) course is one of the best Emergency Awareness- 
Preparedness courses available.  CERT Training is taught by the LAFD Emergency Response Unit.  
CERT Training covers the basics you will Need To Know, plus its FREE!
Start Date:   Tuesday, October 16, 2012 
Class Day:    Tuesday evenings
Class Dates:  10/16,   10/23,   10/30,   11/13,   11/20,   11/27 
Class Time:   6:30 - 9:30 PM
Class Location:  Hollywood City Hall
                         Community Room

                         6501 Fountain Ave.
                         Los Angeles, 90028

Download the pdf flyer here

For more information or to sign up contact Firefighter Willis at (818) 756-9674

and visit 


Congress of Neighborhoods   


Sat, Sept 21


LA City Hall

200 S Spring St

Los Angeles, 90012 




Region 10 Candidate Filing Deadline   


Thur, Sept 27  

by midnight



Region 10-West Adams- Vote-by-Mail Request Due

online form


Thur, Sept 27  





Region 7 - GGPNC candidate forum

 Thur, Sept 27



Our Mother of Good Counsel Auditorium 2060 N Vermont Ave
LA, 90027




Region 11 Candidate Filing Deadline


Fri, Sept 28

by midnight



Region 11-South Robertson- Vote-by-Mail Request Due


Fri, Sept 28




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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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Van Nuys, CA 91401  


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