December 21, 2012
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Interim General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Thanks to you, our wonderful Neighborhood Council leaders, as well as to our amazing staff, we partnered with our City family to do some outstanding work this year. I thought we'd thank our City partners on the Neighborhood Councils' behalf by sending out these holiday cards to all the electeds and heads of City departments describing just a few of the Neighborhood Councils' impressive accomplishments in 2012. Of course, I stuck in an "I heart NCs" button with each card to those I hadn't personally pinned yet.

This year, our staff really became The Little Department That Could because they've been working so hard to help Neighborhood Councils from the day to day administrative support, to keeping the funding program going, to supporting meeting operations, to holding trainings all over the City and to running citywide elections in record time. My super managers have put together some year end wrap numbers to share below, and I know you'll be proud of how your department is sprinting to keep up with you hard working Neighborhood Councils. 


Next year, we're looking to raise the bar even more.  We'll be assisting the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners as they take on an ambitious revision of the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils to look at issues such as the stakeholder definition, subdivision, trainings, grievances / complaints and outreach. See below for more details on how you can be involved in this important process. We'll also be introducing new funding procedures to increase accountability and ease of use, which may even include checking accounts! This is on top of our normal field, funding, admin, outreach and policy work.


Thank you so much for all that you do to Empower LA!  Happy Holidays and a Fantastic New Year to you and yours!




Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

Empower LA.


Commission Happenings - 12.21.12  


Did you know that the Board of Neighborhood Commissioner's actual posting policy called for postings at 5 Brown Act compliant locations, which includes 24 hour accessibility of the location? No? Well it came as a surprise to...


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Funding Year-End Wrap-Up  


As the calendar year comes to a close, the Funding Unit looks back on all of the challenges, changes, and accomplishments that occurred in 2012. Although the Department was at a record low... 


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Administration Year End Report 


From the Administration Section, the past year has been both very exciting and very busy. Some of the highlights include: executing more than 20... 


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News from Field Operations 12.21.12  


As we wrap up the calendar year, I'd like to tell you a little bit about how the field division in the Department assisted and supported Neighborhood Councils throughout the year. On the Neighborhood Council Support Helpline, field staff responded to more than 3,000...

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Beyond the Ballot Box   


The 2012 Neighborhood Council election season has come to a close and the last newly elected boardmembers have been seated, wrapping up a journey that saw a 28.35% increase in... 


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Budget Advocates Year End Wrap 


It has been a good year for Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate involvement. As in years past, the 2011-2012 Budget Advocates went deeply into the budget process. The newly elected 2012-2013 Budget Advocates are... 

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Volunteers Needed to Review the Plan for Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils!  


This week, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners approved the Neighborhood Council Plan Review and Reform Initiative (NCPRARI), a process intended to examine the ordinance governing the Neighborhood Council...


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Gun Buyback Program


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and Deputy Mayor for Gang Reduction and Youth Development Guillermo Cespedes announced today the locations for the Citywide Gun Buyback program aimed at reducing the levels of gun violence in Los Angeles...

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OPS Personnel & Duties Transferred to the LAPD  


On May 15, 2012, the Los Angeles City Council approved in concept the functional transfer of the Office of Public Safety (OPS), Department of General Services, to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). This transition began on...  


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