January 13, 2013
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Interim General Manager's Update 

Happy New Year! I hope this newsletter finds you well. After the holiday break and some much needed rest, we're off to an Olympic sprint start in 2013. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition held their officer elections and welcomed new Chair Terrence Gomes and Vice Chair Glenn Bailey. Many thanks to outgoing Chair Bob Gelfand and Vice Chair Len Shaffer for their excellent work.  Along with Secretary Dan Wiseman and Treasurer Alisa Smith, Terrence and Glenn will be working to reach out to Neighborhood Councils to take on citywide issues, such as the Street Repair Bond and Sales Tax Measures.
I was happy to stop by Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council's meeting on Tuesday night where I met LAFD Captain Stacy Gerlich who would like to partner with more Neighborhood Councils to work on CERT training. With the next round of Neighborhood Council elections only a year away, I welcome any opportunity to raise the awareness of Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles so collaborating with the 57,000 CERT trained stakeholders in the City would be great!


Last night, the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils invited Eric Garcetti to speak as part of their Mayoral Candidate series after which the VANC also took on the Street Repair Bond and Sales Tax Measures.

There was some confusion about whether Neighborhood Councils can weigh in on such matters. We've done a write-up below, which includes some City Attorney documents on the issue. I hope your Neighborhood Councils will agendize these and other important citywide issues and submit Community Impact Statements so your voice and that of your stakeholders are heard at City Hall.


Keep warm and have a great weekend!


Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Neighborhood Council Plan Review and Reform Initiative


The Neighborhood Council Plan Review and Reform Initiative process begins Saturday, January 26, with a session titled "Looking Back: A History of the Neighborhood Council Movement in Los Angeles" which will feature a discussion of L.A.'s Neighborhood Council system and its history. This will be the initial...


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Neighborhood Councils
and Ballot Measures


In order to meet their mission of increasing civic participation and making government more responsive to local needs, Neighborhood Councils should be aware of what's going on at City Hall and how that affects them and their stakeholders...


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Guess Who's Coming to the Neighborhood


Learn how LA City Planning can help you keep up on proposed development in your neighborhood. "Often, people don't know about new developments until they hear construction noise," explained Haydee Urita-Lopez, an Assistant Planner with the LA Department of City Planning...


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Valley Alliance Hears Garcetti, Debates Hot Issues


A standing room only crowd from 26 of the Neighborhood Councils in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday heard mayoral candidate and City Councilmember Eric Garcetti outline his five point plan for improving the City. His appearance marked...


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Budget Advocate Update 1.11.13


The General Board of Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates met this last Tuesday January 8, 2013 at City Hall. In that meeting two major items were addressed. The first was the upcoming 2013 Mayor's Budget Survey and the second was the newly proposed $3 Billion bond measure to repair LA City roads. Both of these items have...


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New Year's Resolution:
Have Great Bylaws!


The Department is now accepting Bylaw Amendment Applications until June 1, 2013. If the 2012 elections made your Neighborhood Council realize that your bylaws aren't all that they can be,... 


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Neighborhood Councils Get in the Holiday Spirit


Reseda and Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Councils Find the Holiday Spirit! The Reseda and Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Councils got into the holiday spirit and celebrated their communities' holiday light displays...


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Funding Update 1.11.13


The start of a new year is always an exciting time, full of new ideas, projects and goals. I'm hoping you had a refreshing and rejuvenating holiday season and are now ready to accompany us in...


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News from Field Operations 1.11.13   

Hello, Neighborhood Council leaders! The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's Field Division would like to wish you a Happy and Prosperous 2013. We are starting the year, as usual, at a very rapid but positive pace. I would like to share with you that we are excited to welcome...


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EmpowerLA's recent SlideShare posting of the "2012 Budget Day Presentation" went viral, prompting SlideShare to notify EmpowerLA that the PowerPoint deck "is being talked about on Facebook more than anything else on SlideShare right now."...


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LADWP Lights Up New Solar Program for L.A.


Board of Water & Power Commissioners Approves 100 MW Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Program to Buy Sun Power from Private Parties at Set Pricing... 


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Sat, Jan 12
Glassell Park Senior/Community Center
3750 Verdugo Road
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Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Special Meeting
Mon, Jan 14
LA City Hall
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200 S Spring St.
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Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting
Tue, Jan 15
LA City Hall
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200 S Spring St.
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Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Monthly Meeting 
Wed, Jan 16
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LA 90025
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