September 28, 2012
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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I want to give a big congratulations to the Congress of Neighborhoods Planning Committee, chaired by Cindy Cleghorn of Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, for their outstanding work on Saturday!  Over 600 Neighborhood Council leaders attended the workshop filled day, enjoying the opportunities to meet and learn from one another. I want to give a special call out to our staffer, Tom Soong, who was the Department lead on the Congress and who worked tirelessly alongside the Planning Committee for months. He even did a sleep over in the office on Friday night to make sure everything was set up in time!


A highlight of the morning was the presentation of the EmpowerLA Awards to 7 Neighborhood Councils whose work really showcased the mission of Neighborhood Councils to increase civic engagement and to make government more responsive to local needs. Starting next week, we'll be showcasing each of the awardees' work so you can be impressed and inspired. I spent most of the day happily meeting new and veteran Board members and giving away "I heart NCs" buttons to those who told me why they hearted their NCs. It was great to see folks really stop and think about the good that NCs bring into their lives. Some answers were funny:  "because I'm the President" or "because I like to argue" and even "it keeps me active so I don't have to use my walker!" Some were very heartfelt: "because it's the only positive change that I see in my community."  One of the youth members of MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council told me he hearted his NC because being on the NC was teaching him skills to grow into a good leader so he could help his neighborhood now and even better when he becomes an adult - amazing! It was especially charming to hear Board members tell me they hearted their NC's because of the great people they got to meet and work with, especially  some Board members from Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council who couldn't stop complimenting one another for about 5 minutes after I pinned them. I also pinned Councilmembers Koretz and Garcetti, Controller Greuel, Fire Chief Cummings and the 4 Battalion Chiefs he brought with him, Assemblymember Mike Feuer, and Mayoral candidate, Kevin James, among others. I hope to get around to the rest of our electeds and department heads in the upcoming weeks so they can show their support for Neighborhood Councils, too.

The day ended on an especially sweet note for me when the Neighborhood Council leaders, who filled the City Council Chambers in the afternoon for the action session, nominated me for the permanent General Manager position and gave me a standing ovation. I was very touched and moved to tears by this surprise action, especially when Jill Banks Barad from the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, Bob Gelfand from the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition and Doug Epperhart from the Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Councils shared with everyone the actions their alliances took to nominate me for the permanent position. I am so honored  by the recognition of my work, and please know that I don't do it alone, but with the help of our amazing staff, the Mayor's Office, Councilmembers, other City departments, and of course, the awesome Neighborhood Council leaders. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to work with all of you in this capacity, and I am happy to pursue the permanent General Manager position to continue this wonderful momentum we are building to improve the system and the City. Thank you so much for your support!


Hopefully, I'll see you at our Board Development Workshop or at the Region 3 elections tomorrow, but if not, have a great weekend!




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Los Angeles Financial Planning Day


The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Los Angeles Financial Planning Association (FPA-LA), the U.S.Conference of Mayors, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and the Foundation for Financial Planning, will host the second annual Los Angeles Financial Planning Day on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM at Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles, CA 90071...


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Monday Night North East Central Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (NECA)


If you are curious or concerned about your DWP rates - or are eager to know more about the state ballot measures on the November ballot - then PLEASE show up to the October 1 meeting of the North East Central Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (NECA).  Anyone is welcome to attend this free event, no matter where you reside...


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Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Town Hall Meeting      


Join us as representatives from labor organizations, business, government, nonprofits, and the Southern California Workforce Partnership discuss the important topic of how the City's $50 Million Workforce Development System - the network of 18 WorkSource Centers - should be re-tooled to meet changing needs of employers and job seekers....  


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  Studio City NC Luminaria Festival in December


The Studio City Neighborhood Council Cultural Affairs Committee presents their 2nd annual LUMINARIA FESTIVAL to be held, once again, at the historic Campo de Cahuenga on December 2, 2012 from 4 pm - 7 pm. This FREE event has live music, entertainment, children activities, storytelling, complimentary 'holiday' treats, over 2500 lights set in paper bags decorating the grounds and more! Everyone is invited! 
Location: 3919 Lankershim Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604. 
Free parking and entry.    


Board Member Development Series  

Sat, Sept 29


Barlow Respiratory Hospital
2000 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, 90026




Region 3 - South West Valley

Election Day




North East Central Alliance of NCs (NECA) Meeting


Mon, Oct 1st



Russian Orthodox Church

650 Micheltorena St.
Silver Lake, 90026




Board of Neighborhood Commissioners


Tue, Oct 2nd  



Colfax Elementary School-Auditorium
11724 Addison Street
NoHo, 91607   




 Region 9 and 10 Candidate Workshop 


Tue, Oct 2nd  



Community Health Councils Bldg.
3731 Stocker Street
Los Angeles, 90008




Harbor Alliance NC Meeting


Wed, Oct 3rd  




111 North Hope St
Los Angeles 90012


Region 8 - Lincoln Heights NC
Candidate Forum

Wed, Oct 3rd

Lincoln Heights
Senior Citizen Center
2323 Workman
Los Angeles, 90031


Region 11 Candidate Workshop

Thu, Oct 4th

West Los Angeles Municipal Building
1645 Corinth Ave
Los Angeles, 90025


October 6th
Board Member Development Series moved to October 13th at the Marvin Braude Bldg.


Los Angeles NC Coalition

Sat, Oct 6th 



111 North Hope St 
Los Angeles 90012


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