November 21, 2012
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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I'm sad to share the loss of one of our Neighborhood Council family, John Greenwood of Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, who passed suddenly last month. I asked his council to share some memories of him below so we can give thanks for his work and life and so we can appreciate those special people in our own lives tomorrow. 


With Thanksgiving upon us, I have been thinking about how thankful I am for our wonderful Neighborhood Council leaders, Department staff, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and City partners, particularly the Mayor, Councilmembers, Controller, CLA, CAO, City Clerk, City Attorney and all of their amazing and hardworking staff. I see more and more collaborations happening on all levels, which I know will result in a stronger, empowered LA. I'm already seeing the momentum build from these connections just this week.   



We celebrated a great Mayor's Budget Day on Saturday with over 200 participants (more below)! On Monday, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners reviewed Councilmember Huizar's subdivision and factual basis stakeholder motions with additional discussions to come as they review updates to the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils. They also approved letters of support for the Department's proposed budget and the reinstatement of Neighborhood Council funding back to $50,000. In the evening, Commissioner Paul Park and I met with Neighborhood Council leaders from East LA to discuss common community issues and the revival of an alliance in the area, which was met with much enthusiasm.


Yesterday, the Education and Neighborhoods Committee with Councilmembers Parks and Zine reviewed elections, Neighborhood Council Funding, Councilmember Huizar's motions and Neighborhood Council outreach regarding City issues. It was clear that any advancement in these areas requires collaborative discussion with Neighborhood Councils and City electeds and Departments in the upcoming months. Last night, we certified the last Neighborhood Council elections, which was really a model of how we can accomplish monumental tasks in a short period of time if we work together.    

I am so grateful for these opportunities to work with such inspirational leaders in our LA communities. 

Thank you so much for the work you do to Empower LA!


I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!  




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

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Thanksgiving Safety Message  


Thanksgiving is the time of year when family and friends get together to enjoy each other's company and a myriad of delicious foods. We have a tendency to include our four-legged family members in this feast, which often results in... 


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Funding Update 11.21.12


Reconciliation Forms for Encumbered Election Funds (3rd Reminder)The final deadline to submit the reconciliation form to claim 2011-2012 encumbered funds for 2012-2013 election expenditures is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 (close of business day 5:00 pm). There will be NO exceptions for late submissions. All expenses must have been incurred prior to your NC's election day, and the form must be completely filled out with all the necessary documentation attached...


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Administration Section Report - Week of 11.19.12    


From the Administration Section, the past two weeks has been wrapped up in the submittal of the Departments Fiscal Year 2013-14 Proposed Budget. This is always an annual cumbersome task that includes many Department staff reviewing documents to ensure...


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L.A. Takes Major Step Towards Clean Energy Future   


LOS ANGELES - With its unanimous approval of two long-term solar power purchasing agreements, the Los Angeles City Council, acting on a matter approved by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, moved decisively to meet Los Angeles' renewable energy goals... 


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  In Memoriam of John Greenwood  


John Greenwood, a founding member and first president of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council (NWSPNC), died suddenly and unexpectedly last month. His passing leaves a big hole in the Council in which he played such an integral role... 


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Wow! What a great event. Over 200 Neighborhood Council leaders came out for the Mayor's Community Budget Day on November 17th to learn about the City budget, participate, and elect your new Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates for 2012-2013... 


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U.S. Department of the Treasury staff will be holding a homeowner event on December 4, 2012 at the Ontario Convention Center to assist homeowners facing foreclosure or struggling to make mortgage payments... 

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