March 15, 2013
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General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. This week started with a bang at the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates meeting on Monday where your hard working advocates split up analysis on diverse budget issues to finish their white paper on the City budget. They also passed a motion objecting to any further delays or cuts to the Neighborhood Council elections and funding, which received support from the City Attorney's Office. Thank you to everyone who is weighing in on the proposed election budget!


We're racing to get ready for Regional Budget Day and the Valley Plan Review Committee tomorrow as well as prepping for next week. On Monday, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners will be taking on the stakeholder definition, reviewing the work of their standing committees. That evening the City Council Budget and Finance Committee is holding a special meeting to hear a report from the CAO and CLA on this and next year's budget and shortfalls. On Tuesday, our election report goes to City Council and our new funding report on the status of the current Neighborhood Council Funding Program and recommendations for a checking account goes to the Education and Neighborhood Committee.


It was nice to take a tiny break to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils last night with representatives from all 34 Neighborhood Councils in the Valley. Founder and Chair, Jill Banks Barad, received a surprise "Got It" Award from her Executive Committee for her inspirational leadership all of these years despite the many challenges. I was also happy to acknowledge Jill and the VANC's visionary ways for the Neighborhood Council system with a new twist to the famous Keep Calm and Carry On British poster from World War II.


I look forward to seeing you at Regional Budget Day and the Valley Plan Review Committee tomorrow!
Enjoy your weekend!



Grayce Liu, 

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Valley Alliance celebrates
10 years of Civic Engagement


The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a Mixer at CBS Studios that drew representatives from the 34 Valley NCs as well as most of the candidates for citywide office, all of whom professed their support for Neighborhood Councils. Jill Barad, founder and chair of VANC, was honored with a "Got it!" award for her leadership, her vision, and her fortitude in rallying the Neighborhood Councils together a decade ago, and then keeping them together over the years and through the many battles that they have waged to improve the quality of life in their communities...


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Regional Budget Day is here!


YOU are cordially invited to attend Regional Budget Day tomorrow, Saturday, March 16 th at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm when the results to the LA Budget Challenge survey are revealed. For those of you willing to sacrifice your Saturday morning for such a worthy cause, a light continental breakfast will be served, provided generously by a number of your local Neighborhood Councils. NEW for this year: We are taking Regional Budget Day into the regions! The four locations that will be running simultaneously include...


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EMD trains communities
to Get Prepared


The City of LA's Emergency management Department is hosting workshops that teach community members how to organize their neighborhood so that they are able to prepare for disasters and work together to support the most vulnerable by capitalizing on the strengths and talents of community members...


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Funding Update 3.15.13


On Friday, March 1, 2013, the Department issued letters to Neighborhood Councils with outstanding reconciliation reports. Pursuant to the Treasurer Handbook "The entire Neighborhood Council (NC) Board shares the fiduciary responsibility for the use of its funds; including auditing, managing and reconciling its records. All financial transactions must be reviewed and approved by the Board in a public meeting and shall be in compliance with all Department policies and procedures." NC's will be given unti...


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News from Field Operations 3.15.13


I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming Board Development Series Session in the Central Area on March 23, 2013. We will meet at the Hollywood Constituent Center, located at 6501 Fountain Avenue, LA, CA 90028 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We have invited Mr. Richard Ray from the Department on Disability to talk about services and accessibility to people with disabilities and how to partner with his office. Talking about the Council File Management System, we will have...


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Small Business Assistance - Mastering Business Growth Program


The Southern California Gas Company is conducting a 10-part training program for owners of small businesses (annual revenue under $1 million) that have been in business for less that three years. SCGC's Mastering Business Growth program is a series of ten (10) course modules which provide participants a toolkit for business planning and implementation. Participants must be Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE) woman-owned, minority-owned or disabled veteran-owned non-certified and certified businesses. Also, participants may bring one employee to any course...


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Complete Streets Workshop?


The Southern California Association of Governments is hosting an all-day training session on Complete Streets, the State of California mandated policy for ensuring that all streets are designed and operated to accommodate all roadway users, including bicyclists, public transit riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. SCAG's Toolbox Tuesday is designed for municipal employees, community advocates, and consultants who have an interest in developing community based conversations on how local transportation and land-use planning can better incorporate Complete Streets strategies...


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 NC Funding Reconciliation Reports - April 1  


2012/2013 Demand Warrants - May 15


Proposed Bylaw Revisions - June 1  


2012/2013 P-Card Transactions

- June 14




Regional Budget Day


Sat, March 16



Four Locations




NC Plan - Valley


Sat, March 16



Marvin Braude Constituent Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd

Van Nuys 91401



Funding Report

City Council Report




Tarzana NC Emergency Preparedness & Public Safety Fair


Sat, March 16



Tarzana Community & Cultural Center

19130 Ventura Blvd

Tarzana 91356


flyer in pdf here




Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Meeting


Mon, March 18



City Hall 10th Floor Conference Center Room 1070

200 North Spring St

LA 90012






Budget & Finance Committee Special Meeting


Mon, March 18



City Hall

John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340

200 North Spring St

LA 90012 






East/Northeast Region NC Alliance Meeting


Mon, March 18



Glassell Park Senior Community Center

3750 Verdugo Rd

LA 90065 




Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting


Tue, March 19



City Hall

Conference Center

Room 1010

200 North Spring St

LA 90012






Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Monthly Meeting


Wed, March 20



Dolores Restaurant 1407 Santa Monica Blvd

LA 90025




South Los Angeles Alliance of NCs (SLAANC) Meeting


Thur, March 21



Community Health Councils

3731 Stocker 

Suite 201

LA 90008 




Board Member Development Series - Central Area


Sat, March 23



Hollywood Constituent Center (6501 Fountain Ave

LA 90028




Pathways to Employment Youth Workshop


Sat, Apr 6



San Pedro High School

John M & Muriel Olguin Campus

3210 S Alma St

San Pedro 90731


flyer in pdf here



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:


 11-1531 Single-Use Carryout Bags / City Policy


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


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