October 12, 2012
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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Have you done the Ancs? No, it's not a new dance craze, but a fun nickname for some of the great Neighborhood Council regional and citywide alliances we have across the City - VANC, LANCC, HANC, SLAANC.  There are also the non-Ancs - WRAC, NECA, NELA, PlanCheck NC and the Hollywood Coalition. Whether you're new to the system and don't know about them or a veteran and never attended, I encourage you to check them out because these groups are doing some pretty terrific work. I was at the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) last night where our new Deputy Mayor, Torie Osborn, was there to meet everyone and answer questions about the future of the Neighborhood Council system. Next month, the VANC will be holding their famous Planning Forum where hundreds of Neighborhood Council Board members and committee members go to get educated about Planning and Land Use. Then, in December, they'll host Councilmember Eric Garcetti in their ongoing Meet the Mayoral Candidates sessions. I bumped into Assemblymember and City Attorney hopeful, Mike Feuer, at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils Coalition (LANCC) last Saturday where he was a guest speaker. At the Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (HANC), they are drafting proposals to the City to request earlier notification of planning issues. Next week, the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) will likely continue their review of the LA Airport expansion, and the South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (SLAANC) will tackle the analysis of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a local community plan proposal. Speaking of planning, PlanCheck NC continues its ongoing monthly educational series/meet and greets with high level Planning Department staff tomorrow.  There is a wealth of information at these alliance meetings so if you're not attending, you're really missing out. The meeting times and locations are on our EmpowerLA Events Calendar so I hope to see you there soon!


As you know, our City is in the midst of a serious budget crisis. For next fiscal year's budget, we are looking at a 10% cut in funding for staff, which is approximately $230,000, resulting in a potential loss of 3-4 of our 19 permanent staff. It's very likely that the Neighborhood Councils will also face a cut. Because the Department must submit the budget by November 15, 2012, I hope to hold a web conference with Neighborhood Council leaders in the next few weeks to see where you need the most support so we can all plan accordingly. In the last few years of budget cuts, I've seen our staff and the Neighborhood Councils really dig in and create a system that is evolving into something better. To be leaders in your community, I think it takes pluck. One of my favorite words, pluck means "courageous readiness to fight or continue against odds : dogged resolution." I know all of us in the Neighborhood Council system have got lots of pluck so we'll get through this together and be stronger for it.


I hope to see you tomorrow at our Board Development Series Workshop in the Valley or at the elections in North East LA!   




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Mid City Neighborhood Council


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All 73 City Libraries to Re-Open Weekday Evenings Starting Oct 15 


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, councilmembers, local students and City Librarian John F. Szabo will launch the restoration of Monday and Wednesday evening and Friday morning service at all 73 City libraries at a press conference on the steps of the Central Library...

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City of LA Consolidated Planning Community Meetings 


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LADWP's Feed-In Tariff (FiT) Program Workshops 


On April 17, 2012, the Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved the FiT Demonstration Program for 10 megawatts (MW) of solar power.  LADWP began the FiT program with a pilot phase of 10 MW to provide an opportunity for fine-tuning the pricing mechanism and other issues prior to rolling out a full-scale 150 MW program...  


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10 Tips For a Successful Website 


Once you have your domain name and your hosting account set up, you are ready to build your website. Here is the top 10 list for successfully building a website: 

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5th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair a Success 


The 5th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair on Saturday, Oct. 6 was a big success! This fair was sponsored by Fire Station 87  together with Northridge South, Northridge East, Northridge West, Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, North Hills West, Porter Ranch, Chatsworth and Lake Balboa Neighborhood Councils. 

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  New Board Member Development Series

Sat, Oct 13th

Marvin Braude Building
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. 
Van Nuys, 91401

Region 8
(ASNC's) Full Scale
Disaster Drill

Sat, Oct 13th

Montecito Heights Recreation Center
4545 Homer Street
LA, 90042

Region 8 (ASNC's) Disaster Survival Fair

Sat, Oct 13th

Sycamore Park
4702 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles

Plan Check Meeting

Sat, Oct 13th

The Community Exchange
114 W. 5th St
Los Angeles, 90013

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Monthly Meeting

Wed, Oct 17th

Dolores Restaurant
1407 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, 90025

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Special Meeting - Board Planning Retreat

Wed, Oct 17th

City Hall 10th Floor Conference Center
Room 1035
200 North Spring St
Los Angeles, 90012

Region 9 & 10
(Poll Workers Workshop)

Wed, Oct 17th

Constituent Center
8475 S. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, 90044
South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting

Thur, Oct 18th

Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker, Suite 201
Los Angeles, 90008

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