December 14, 2012
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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I'm so pleased to share that Mayor Villaraigosa sent a letter to City Council (Council File number 12-1934yesterday asking them to approve his appointment of me as the permanent General Manager of the Department.  I know that he was impressed with all of the great work we have accomplished together in these 4 short months, and I want to thank our amazing Neighborhood Council leaders and Department staff for your wonderful efforts. This appointment would not have been possible without your support and the support of our City partners: Mayor's Office, our Councilmembers, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, City Attorney's Office, City Clerk, Controller, CAO, CLA and the City departments who work with Neighborhood Councils to keep this City running.  Thank you so much! 


We've been busy the rest of the week seating the last of the new Boards, which will run into next week. At the Mid City West Community Council, I had the pleasure of hearing City Watch editor, Ken Draper, give a brief history of the origins and purpose of the Neighborhood Councils to the council he co-founded 10 years ago.
Ken Draper speaks at the Mid City West Community Council
It was lovely to bump into a lot of Neighborhood Councils folks at the holiday parties for Councilmember Englander and Councilmember Krekorian, who then left his party early so he could attend the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils last night to speak on the necessity of the sales tax increase next year.



Lastly, our Council 4 Councils program is shifting into high gear now. After a successful run with the New Board Member Development series, our knowledgeable mentors and trainers are going out to assist Neighborhood Councils with meeting operations and personalized Board orientation trainings. We're so lucky to have them so committed to making our system better. They partner with our staff to ensure support where it's needed. Please contact us (see info below) if your Neighborhood Council would like assistance.


Hope you have a safe, warm and dry weekend!




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Mayor Nominates Grayce Liu
as Permanent Head
of Neighborhood Councils


Mayor Antonio Villargarosa Thursday sent a letter to City Council nominating Grayce Liu as permanent general manager of EmpowerLA. In that job she supervises the operations, elections and finances of 95 Neighborhood Councils across the city. She has been serving as interim general manager of what is also known as the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) since the departure of BongHwan Kim who took a job in San Diego last summer. The announcement was made by Stephen Box, DONE's acting senior project coordinator, to thunderous applause...


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NC City Attorney Pics Neighborhood Council Support Helpline and Other Great Resources for Assistance


Here's how to get some help in case your Neighborhood Council needs meeting operation assistance or just has a question on best practices.

Neighborhood Council Support Helpline - We maintain a Neighborhood Council Support Helpline 5 days a week from... 


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Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) Elections
- Call for Candidates


Call for Candidates for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Executive Board. Election to be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the monthly LANCC meeting. Positions...


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Funding Update 12.14.12


Helping Out a School - With the cuts to education in our public schools that have been occurring for so many years, we all know and recognize the importance of helping out to ensure our kids get a quality education. The good news, as many of you already know, is that... 


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Budget Advocates Update 12.14.12


The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates' work is in full swing. Over the last month, they've met twice as a whole group and both meetings were very well attended. Nearly all of the 36 Budget Advocates and Alternates... 


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West Adams - We Count Campaign. They Count Will YOU!      


The West Adams Neighborhood Council has join the 100,000 Homes Campaign, as a Count PLUS Community in partnership with the 2013 LAHSA Homeless Count. If you want to be part of...


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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






Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Meeting






South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting


Thu, Dec. 20


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