December 7, 2012
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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Thank you all so much for an amazing 120 days of engagement as Interim GM! With your help, we rocked elections throughout the City, and I saw nearly all the Neighborhood Councils in action at their elections or Board seatings, participated in a fantastic Congress and Mayor's Budget Day, and collaborated with you, staff and our City partners in problem solving for the system. It's been a wild and wonderful ride, and we're still going strong.
This week we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Harbor Gateway North and South Neighborhood Councils at the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners meeting.
Congratulations to them both!! The Commission also looked at Councilmember Huizar's motions on subdivision and factual basis stakeholder and may utilize a possible comprehensive review of the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils next year to tackle these issues. They also are reassessing their Agenda Posting Policy as to how many mandated posting locations, which meet the Brown Act requirements, there should be for Neighborhood Councils. Please take a moment to review the policy below and take the survey, and we will pass on the information to the Commission.  Thanks!


Now that elections are over, I'm drilling down into our Neighborhood Council Funding Program. With the help of the Controller, CAO and CLA's staff, we're reviewing all the details and checking into online platforms. I'll be looking at Rec and Park's e-funding platform to see if it can help us build a better foundation. I'm hoping that we'll finally have a report of recommendations for Neighborhood Council leaders to review in the next few weeks.


We're wrapping up our last workshop in our New Board Member Development series in West Los Angeles tomorrow morning so if I don't see you there, have a great weekend!




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

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Agenda Posting Policy Survey


The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners is considering changes to its Agenda Posting Policy, which states that when posting meeting agendas, Neighborhood Councils shall... 


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Funding Update 12.7.12


Pay Your Bills with your P-Card - Simplify your life! Did you know that you can set up your P-Card to cover monthly recurring charges such as phone bills, utilities or storage space? Most of these vendors will allow you to... 


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I hope this communication finds you well.  The Department's  field staff and I have been busy tending to the needs of the Neighborhood Councils in various areas.  A few Neighborhood Councils did not achieve...

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Voices from Beyond the Ballot Box


Neighborhood Council elections are LA's best opportunity to speak up. Candidates get to talk about their vision and how it motivates them to speak up for their community. Voters get to talk about the issues and what prompts them to stand up for their neighborhood...


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'You in the blue shirt...' - How watching a Neighborhood Council meeting changed me     


Nine years and one month ago, I took my young son to watch our Neighborhood Council in action. Actually, our little civic affairs field trip was more for my benefit than his, because he was intensely focused on his portable gaming device...


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2012 Election Survey


The Pacoima Neighborhood Council opened their polls at 10 in the morning and 102 days later, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council closed their polls at 8:30 in the evening. Somewhere in the middle...

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The Great Venice Toy Drive


The Great Venice Toy Drive Holiday Festival is less than a week away! If you haven't left a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy at one of our drop-off locations, now is the time to do so! Please visit one of our partners by December 6 and look for the bin with...  

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  Library Store on Wheels


Catch the Library Store on Wheels at the Mid-Valley Regional Library on Thursday, Dec.13, from 2 to 6 pm. Eclectic gift items from the Central Library Store will be available. This makes it a wonderful holiday shopping place for book lovers and literary-minded. Proceeds will go to the...  


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As part of advance utility relocation activities for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project, Metro's contractor, will conduct exploratory potholing activities of the existing sewer lines to help locate and identify underground utilities along the alignment...


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New Board Member Development Series


Sat. Dec 8th



West L.A. Municipal Building
1645 Corinth Ave
(Civic Center plaza)
West L.A.
Please note that the entrance is on the west side of the building, opposite the Court House (not the main entrance)





Live Ethics Training


Wed. Dec 12th



LAPD Administration Building - Hearing Room
100 West First St
LA 90012


Treasurer's Training
Thu. Dec 13th
EmpowerLA at City Hall
200 N Spring St #2005
LA 90012



Valley Alliance of NC Meeting


Thu. Dec. 13



Sherman Oaks Hospital Doctors Conference Room
 4929 Van Nuys Blvd




Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Meeting  


Mon, Dec. 17



City Hall, 10th Floor Conference Center, Room 1050

200 N Spring St
LA 90012




Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting


Tue, Dec. 18



City Hall, Room 1010

200 N Spring St.

LA 90012 




South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting


Thu, Dec. 20


 Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker, Suite 201
LA 90008




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