January 18, 2013
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General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I especially mean this given that I've been fighting off the flu this week myself! This was not the time for me to get sick because the City Council took final action today to approve my permanent appointment as General Manager of the Department. I am very honored and grateful for the opportunity to continue working for the Neighborhood Councils and the City in this capacity. I'm really touched and so appreciative of all the kind words and well wishes from Mayor Villaraigosa, the City Councilmembers and the Neighborhood Council Board members.

Thank you especially to all the Neighborhood Councils and individual Board members who took the time to personally tell the City of your support for me! It's really important to me that everyone knows it's a collaboration of our incredible staff, our City family partners and Neighborhood Councils that makes it possible for me to do this job. Any success of mine is really all of our success so thank you!!


We're a week away from the launch of the Neighborhood Council Plan Review and Reform Initiative on Saturday, January 26th. There is still opportunity for you to participate as a committee member in this important review of the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils where you'll have the chance to weigh in on policies and procedures that affect the daily operations of the Neighborhood Councils, such as stakeholder definition (particularly factual basis stakeholder), Neighborhood Council Funding Program and ability to provide grants and raise money, the Brown Act and agenda posting, elections and boundary adjustment policies, education and leadership develop, and the duties and powers of the the Department among other important issues that will 100% affect the future growth of the Neighborhood Council system. If you want to help shape the next evolution of the Neighborhood Councils, please contact Commissioner Doug Epperhart at NCPlan@EmpowerLA.org as soon as possible. For more infomation please click here or visit EmpowerLA.org/NCPlan.


Just a reminder that our office will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Thank you again for all of your support and great work for your community! Have a relaxing weekend!!


Grayce Liu, 

Interim General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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LA City Council Confirms Grayce Liu's Appointment to GM


The LA City Council unanimously confirmed the Mayor's appointment of Grayce Liu as the next permanent general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment on Friday. Grayce Liu was made interim general manager in August of last year after former GM BongHwan Kim left to take a position in San Diego.
LA City Council Confirms Mayor's appointment of Grayce Liu as GM

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City Council Puts $3 Billion Road Repair Bond Issue on Back Burner


Public meetings will be held before the plan goes onto a future ballot. Responding to an uproar by Neighborhood Councils and community activists, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday dropped plans to put a $3 billion road repair bond measure on the May 21 ballot...


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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Councilmembers Look to Future Election for Proposed L.A. Street Repair Bond


Councilmembers Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino proposed to hold the $3 billion L.A. Street Safety and Traffic Improvement Bond for a future ballot in order to give the proposal more time for consideration by all Los Angeles stakeholders and to engage in a massive public outreach effort....


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Free Workshop Designed to Help You Create Your Neighborhood Emergency Plan!


Neighborhood emergency preparedness workshops are available! This is a free program sponsored by the Emergency Management Department.

By attending the workshop, you will receive...


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SCAG Bicycle Planning & Facilities Implementation Workshop


Bicycle planning and the implementation of bicycle lanes, trails and "experimental" facilities is becoming a fixture in cities throughout Southern California. As a result, the dollars invested in bicycle planning are expected to...


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2013 Mayor's Budget Survey
to be released


The 2013 Mayor's Budget Survey is about to be released. The goal this year is to exceed 10,000 survey responses. To achieve this goal, we, YOUR Budget Advocates, are counting on you to spread the word, agendize the Budget Survey for your February board meeting, organize NC events, and have your entire board and as many stakeholders as possible to take this survey...


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Funding Update 1.18.13


Upcoming Important Dates/Deadlines

January 24, 2013 - Treasurer's Training

January 31, 2013 - 2nd Quarter P-Card Reconciliations Due Treasurer's Trainings - It's not too late to sign up! The Funding Unit will hold the first Treasurer's Training of the new year on...


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News from Field Operations 1.18.13   

Hello, Neighborhood Council leaders! I hope you are well and that 2013 is off to a great start for all of you. On our Field Operations Division, we have been working on new Neighborhood Empowerment Analysts (NEAs) assignments in order to better serve your needs...


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Greater Valley Glen Playground Opening on January 19, 2013


The Greater Valley Glen Council invites you to attend the Grand Opening of the new playground at Erwin Street & Mary Ellen Ave., on January 19, 2013 from 1:00 pm. to 4:00 pm...


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mon, Jan 21

Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates Meeting


Tue, Jan 22

West LA NC Office
1645 Corinth Avenue
West LA 90025



Treasurer's Training
Thur, Jan 24
LA City Hall
20th Floor 2005
200 S Spring St.
LA 90012
Neighborhood Council Plan Review and Reform Initiative Launch
Sat, Jan 26
Ron Deaton Auditorium
LAPD Admin. Bldg
100 W 1st St

LA 90012

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