March 29, 2013
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General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Congratulations to the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates on their meeting with Mayor Villaraigosa this week! Mayor Villaraigosa was impressed with the amount of work the volunteer Budget Advocates did in researching the budget issues to come up with some viable solutions in 16 main areas, which included the Economic Development Department, salary, healthcare and pension reforms, and centralized collections. A big thank you to all the Budget Advocates and their Co-Chairs, Jay Handal and Marcello Robinson, for all their work. I also want to appreciate the Mayor and his budget team for providing this opportunity to work with the Budget Advocates on finding solutions to the City's budget challenges. The Mayor's proposed budget will be released on April 19, 2013. 
I'm happy to report that the City Council reviewed our funding report on Tuesday and asked the City Attorney's Office to begin drafting the ordinance to authorize Neighborhood Council checking accounts. Many thanks to Councilmember Parks for leading on this change in the Education and Neighborhoods Committee. Neighborhood Councils can still weigh in because the ordinance language must go through 2 readings before becoming final so please submit your Community Impact Statements or opinion letters for the City Council in the next month.


In other news, I had an opportunity to meet our City's new Chief Technology Officer Steve Reneker to chat about how ITA can collaborate with Neighborhood Councils. There's some exciting possibilities coming down the road, but Neighborhood Councils can introduce the City's new 311 App [Click here to download the app from the Google Play store. Click here to download from iTunes.] to their stakeholders so they can start easily accessing City services. Read more about Steve below.


Just a reminder that tomorrow's Board Development Workshop in the Harbor area has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.


As always, thank you for all you do to Empower LA and have a great weekend!



Grayce Liu, 

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has productive meeting with Neighborhood Council
Budget Advocates


In what was described as one of the most productive meetings of the past several years, members of the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates backed many of the proposals made by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut city spending. "The mayor looked at all our proposals and disagreed with only a couple," said Jay Handal, chair of the Budget Advocates committee. "We agreed with him that dealing with the structural deficit is the main challenge the city faces."...


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When Lions Meet


In the middle of the room where a soft light seemed to perfectly shine through large windows and land on a huge conference table, sat the Mayor, his team, and the Budget Advocates, all poised to discuss the 16 issues that affect the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates '13 (NCBA13) and the communities it represents. Oddly enough at first glance, you cannot tell the Budget Advocates from the Mayor and his team. There is an atmosphere of oneness and respect. The meeting carries a peaceful and quiet tone of professionals eager to be heard, but more eager to listen. It is at first an eery feeling, because the Budget Advocates do not seem their usual selves. They tend to be direct, to the point, and at times downright loud! Their passion for the community is raw and Politicians can expect a direct verbal warfare if any dishonesty is detected. However, today is a different I thought!...


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Each One Teach One


One of the fastest ways to learn is to become the teacher, an application of the "Each One Teach One" principle in which a community grows stronger as members pass on their skills and knowledge to others. EmpowerLA's community of 95 Neighborhood Councils is strengthened through a peer mentoring program called Councils for Councils, made up of "expert" Neighborhood Council members who serve as mentors/trainers for less experienced Neighborhood Councils...


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Valley Unites to Fight Gangs


The City of Los Angeles has seen its crime rate decrease each year for the last ten years, earning it the title of America's Safest Big City, something that Mayor Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Beck attribute to LA's commitment to community policing. One of the best examples of the power of community policing takes place in the San Fernando Valley where the Coalition on Gangs has been active for the past decade, bringing together representatives from all walks of life, from the LAPD and City Attorney's office to local schools and churches, to community organizations and Neighborhood Councils, to elected officials and non-profit organizations...


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ITA's new GM and new Opportunity


LA's Information Technology Agency (ITA) has a new General Manager, Steve Reneker, who also serves as LA's Chief Technology Officer. Reneker most recently served as the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) for the City of Riverside and as the Executive Director for SmartRiverside where he developed programs to attract and retain High Technology companies in Riverside and to operate a citywide wireless Internet project with Digital Inclusion that provided free training, computers, and internet access for low-income families...


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One of the best ways to connect with the Mayor and your City Councilperson is to subscribe to their newsletter and email updates. If you are not sure of your City Council District, you can enter your address here and you will find all your representatives, including your Neighborhood Council. To subscribe to the Mayor's updates and your City Councilperson's newsletters, use the following links:


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Funding Update - Purchase Card Reconciliations Due on April 1st


Thank you to those Neighborhood Councils who have submitted their outstanding Purchase Card quarterly reconciliations. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013, and any Neighborhood Council that does not submit by that deadline will have its funds frozen. There will be no extensions of the deadline because of the necessity to bring Neighborhood Council funding records up to current policies and procedures so we can revamp the program to the new checking account system...


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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




Board Development Series - Harbor Area - CANCELED




Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting


Tue, April 2


135th Street Elementary School Auditorium
801 West 135th St
Gardena 90247




Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting


Wed, April 3


Kaiser Permanente Way Harbor City - Community Outreach Portables
25965 Normandie Ave
Harbor City 90710




Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Meeting


Sat, April 6


111 N. Hope Street
LA 90012


North South Valley NC Plan Committee

Sat, April 6

Van Nuys State Building Auditorium
6150 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys 91401



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




Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting


Thu, Apr 11



Sherman Oaks Hospital, 4929 Van Nuys Blvd., doctor's conference room  




PlanCheck NC


Sat, Apr 13



Glassell Park Community Center
3650 Verdugo Rd
LA 90065




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:


CF 11-1020-S1 Neighborhood Council Funding Program -

Approved NC Funding Program - to instruct the City Attorney to begin work on the ordinance language for NC checking accounts and to set up an account for NCs to transfer funds from this fiscal year to next fiscal year for the Congress/Budget Advocates with a cap

of $100k.


CF 11-0923 - Art Murals Citywide Program / Mural Ordinance


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


   11-1531 Single-Use Carryout Bags / City Policy


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


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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