February 15, 2013
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General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well and happy after Valentine's Day. I had great dates last night with Westside Neighborhood Council and Atwater Village Neighborhood Council where our very dedicated Board members tackled community issues late into the evening. They made me heart NCs all over again!


We've finished our report back on the 2012 Neighborhood Council elections and will be submitting it to the Education and Neighborhoods Committee for review next week. I'm so happy about our successful collaboration and want to again thank all the Neighborhood Council volunteers, Independent Election Administrators and our staff for their amazing work. I also see a lot of benefits to partnering with the City Clerk's Office for the 2014 elections, which is laid out in the report as well so please let us know what you think.


I was looking over remaining funding balances for Neighborhood Councils, and I want to encourage Board members to eye their budgets now to make sure they are on target to spend down their funds because there are no encumbrances this year. Also, please note that your 1st and 2nd quarter purchase card reconciliations are now due. If your council is late, you will not be able to submit Neighborhood Purpose Grants and will even have your funds frozen if you are behind both quarters. More updates on the Funding Program overhaul coming next week. 


Please remember that we'll be closed on Monday in observance of President's Day so hope you have a great long weekend!


Grayce Liu, 

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

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Curious about the Mayor's Budget Survey results to date?


Have you taken the Los Angeles Budget Challenge yet at LA.BudgetChallenge.org? So far, there have been 2,881 responses citywide. How is your Neighborhood Council and region doing? Take a look...


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North Hills West "Dynamic Dozen" Scores Big Land Use Win,
Sends Restaurant Depot
Back to the Kitchen!


In September 2012, a slate of twelve newcomers took control of the North Hills West Neighborhood Council after running on a platform to defeat a proposed 82,000 sq. ft. Restaurant Depot development in a single-family home residential community....


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A Vision for the Plan


The abundance of eclectic neighborhoods in Los Angeles is the lifeblood of our city. Yet, living in a metropolis this large can make it difficult to feel connected to City Hall. Neighborhood councils offer stakeholders the chance to...


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In December 2012, the Downtown Los Angeles community voted to approve a Community Facilities District (CFD) to provide matching funds to finance the proposed LA Streetcar Project.  The Streetcar will link the Civic Center to the Historic Core along Broadway and the LA Live Entertainment District. The project's goal is to...


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VANC Candidates' Forum on Saturday, February 23


please click here for info 


Throughout the month of February, LAHD will be conducting workshops on "Tenant's Rights Under the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance."

This workshop explains the ins and outs of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, including...


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Funding Update 2.15.13



* February 28, 2013 - Treasurer's Training
* May 15, 2013 - Last Day to Submit CompleteThe Funding Unit will hold the next Treasurer's Training on Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 6pm - 9pm in City Hall, 20th Floor. Please contact the Department at (213) 978-1551 to make a reservation. We invite each and every one of you to attend a training, whether as a refresher or for the first time...


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The City of Los Angeles is proposing to adopt and implement an ordinance to ban single-use plastic carryout bags, charge a fee on paper bags, and promote the use of reusable bags at specified retailers in the City of Los Angeles. Significant Environmental Effects of Project:  The analysis in the Draft EIR concluded that the proposed project would not...


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LADWP marks the
100 year anniversary of the 1913
first water releases into Los Angeles


February 13, 2013, marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 first water releases into Los Angeles Aqueduct Intake in the Owens Valley. To mark that milestone, on February 8, 2013 representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Inyo County joined together in a special event at the Eastern California Museum in Independence, California to...


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Ground Breaking for the
NEW Skate Park at Peck Park


After years of working hard to build a skate park at Peck Park, will now become reality on Feb 23 at 10am. Bring the the family and friends. There will be a cool skateboarding demos, giveaways, BBQ/food, concert and more.


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2013 Chinese New Year Festival
in Chinatown 


If you haven't already heard, the Chinese New Year Festival is happening this weekend in LA Chinatown, February 16th & 17th. Please note STREET CLOSURES

Parade Route: Saturday, February 16: The following streets will be closed starting from 11:00am to 3:30pm...


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Mon, Feb 18
North/South Valley Areas
NC Plan Committee 
Mon, Feb 18
Mission Community Hospital
14860 Roscoe Blvd
Panorama City

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting
Mon, Feb 18
Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting
Tue, Feb 19
City Hall
10th Floor Conference Center 
200 N Spring St
LA 90012
Prop A Town Hall
Tue, Feb 19
Cleveland High School
Multi-Purpose Room
8140 Vanalden Ave
Reseda 91335 
Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Monthly Meeting
Wed, Feb 20
Dolores Restaurant
11407 Santa Monica Blvd
LA 90025
South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting
Thu, Feb 21
Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker
Suite 201
LA 90008
Ethics & Open Government Training
Thu, Feb 21
CBS Studios
4024 Radford Ave
Studio City 91604
Board Development Series:
- East Area
Sat, Feb 23
Glassell Park Community Center
3650 Verdugo Rd
LA 90065
VANC Candidates Forum
Sat, Feb 23
9:30am - City Controller Candidates
11am - Mayoral Candidates
LA Valley College
Monarch Hall
5800 Fulton Ave
Valley Glen
East Central
North NC Plan Committee 
Mon, Feb 25
Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Ave
LA 90039




Treasurer's Training 
Thur, Feb 28
City Hall, 20th Floor
200 N Spring St
LA 90012
Council File
Hot Sheet


Here are some active Council Files that affect Neighborhood Councils citywide, which your Neighborhood Council may want to weigh in on:


11-1912-S1 2012 Neighborhood Council Elections / Cost and Administration 


12-0600-S171 City at Crossroads: Crisis Management or Stability and Reinvestment? 


08 3050 Establishment of Economic Development Department


1300-S5 Medical Marijuana / Limited Immunity Ordinance / Ballot Resolutions and Ordinance


1300-S6 Constitutional Amendment / Limiting Campaign Spending and Rights of Corporations / Ballot Resolutions and Ordinance / May 2013 Election


11-0923 Art Murals Citywide Program / Mural Ordinance


1300-S2 Medical Marijuana Collectives (MMI) / Ordinance Initiative Petition / Certification of Sufficiency


City Clerk's Referral Memoranda 


12-1321 Prohibitions Against Felons and Sex Offenders / Elected and Appointed Officials / City Regulations


13-1300-S1 $3 Billion Street Repair Bond Measure


13-1100-S6 Sales Tax Measure for March 5, 2013 Ballot


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