April 19, 2013
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General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I'm excited to welcome John Szabo, our new City librarian to the GM roundtable of our EmpowerLA Leadership Academy Board Development series tomorrow on the westside. In the short time he's been here, John has been doing some pretty terrific work with the City's libraries. He's going to share that with us and talk about possible collaborations with Neighborhood Councils so I hope you'll join us. You can read more about John below.


This week, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners approved translation service contracts so we can catch up on our service agreements. We'll be releasing the final vendors and prices in the next few weeks. At the Education and Neighborhoods Committee meeting, Councilmember Parks welcomed comments from the Neighborhood Councils on the City budget pursuant to Charter Section 909. The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates presented their white paper there as well as before the City Council the next day, too. A big thank you to them for all of their work! Neighborhood Councils can weigh in on budget issues now using Council File #13-0355 as the reference and by emailing CityHall@EmpowerLA.org so that the Mayor and the City Council get your message and so that it is included as part of the City Clerk's file.


The Mayor's Budget will be released on Monday, April 22nd, and then we'll go into budget hearings that are detailed on this schedule. We'll keep everyone in the loop as quickly as possible so you can participate, too. Thanks to all the Neighborhood Councils and stakeholders who have sent in their positions on the budget!


National Volunteer Week starts on Monday, and we'll be honoring the Neighborhood Councils work along with other City volunteer work on Wednesday, April 24th, with Mayor Villaraigosa when he unveils his Future of Volunteering in LA report. Also, our Empower LA awardees will be recognized in City Council on Friday, April 26th, please come join us in celebrating their great work! More details below.

If I don't see you at our EmpowerLA Leadership Academy tomorrow, have a great weekend!!





Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.   

Empower Your Community. 

Empower LA.


Valley Town Hall


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be hosting a Town Hall in the San Fernando Valley to discuss the issues that are most important to Angelenos including public safety, transportation, and economic development. The Town Hall takes place on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Van Nuys City Hall.


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Budget Advocates release
White Paper


On Wednesday, April 17th, another significant Neighborhood Council empowerment milestone was reached. For the third year in a row, your Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates ("NCBAs") were requested to present their views and recommendations concerning the City Budget to City Council. This year the basis of the presentation was their White Paper report entitled, "The Angeleno's Recipe For Success," which was first released Tuesday, April 16th at the Education and Neighborhoods Committee meeting (special thanks to Councilmember Parks for his support of the NCBAs). The total potential savings and additional generation of revenues from these recommendations is at least $1.0 billion...


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EmpowerLA Awards in City Council


LA's City Council will recognize seven Neighborhood Councils on Friday, April 26th at 10:00 am, honoring them at City Hall for their EmpowerLA Awards, given to them by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for fulfilling their mission to engage their local stakeholders and to ensure that their government is responsive to the needs of their community...


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Neighborhood Councils
and the DWP


The LA Times reports that the City of LA's efforts to eliminate coal from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's power mix ahead of a state-mandated deadline is projected to cost more than $600 million. The article quotes Dr. Fred Pickel, LA's Ratepayers Advocate, who commented "What that could mean for ratepayers' electricity bills is unclear." The State of California has legislated that by 2020, 33% of our energy must come from renewable sources and to offset these new costs, rates will have to go up...


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Candidates meet
Neighborhood Councils


The Candidates for LA's citywide offices continue to demonstrate the power of Neighborhood Councils to engage the community by appearing at their meetings, their events, and their Candidate Forums. Neighborhood Councils have come a long way! This Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) will be hosting the Mayoral, the City Attorney, and the City Controller candidates in a Forum that takes place at CBS Studios in Studio City...


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Congress & Budget Advocates Funding


The City Council recently approved Council File: 11-1020-S1, which provides Neighborhood Councils with a tool for transferring funds from their current budget into an account that will hold the funds so that they can be used for the operation of the Congress of Neighborhoods in September and/or for outreach for next year's Budget Advocates...


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LA loves its Volunteers!


The world watches, the nation celebrates, and Los Angeles honors its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 22 through April 26. Los Angeles is America's safest big city, an accomplishment that was made possible because of the strong partnerships between City Hall, the LAPD and the LAFD, and the community. Through it all, LA's volunteers have worked tirelessly to support the men and women who make Los Angeles such a great city...


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Celebrate LA!


Los Angeles has lots to celebrate, including the fact that it is America's Capital of Civic Engagement! But it doesn't stop there, LA is the Capital of Creativity, Culture, Entertainment, Green Living, Livable Streets, Great Weather, Innovation, Food Trucks, and Great Public Space...


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CicLAvia - To the Sea


Sun, surf, and 15 miles of open road will mark the first CicLAvia of 2013 this Sunday, April 21 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, transforming Venice Boulevard and downtown Los Angeles streets into a car-free, linear park for strolling, biking, playing, and exploring the city from a new perspective. Since it began in 2010, CicLAvia has quickly become Los Angeles County's most popular public event, consistently attracting more than 100,000 participants. CicLAvia is free of charge and open to everyone, from lifelong Angelenos to first-time visitors from around the globe. Leave the motorized transportation methods behind and claim the streets as your own...


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Funding Update 4.19.13


Please make sure your Demand Warrants are complete per the revised Demand Warrant form which includes a checklist of required documentation. If your Demand Warrants are submitted on the deadline of May 15, 2013, and they are missing any of the requested documentation listed on the form, they will be returned to your Neighborhood Council and will not be funded with this Fiscal Year's funds (Budget Fiscal Year 2013). Unfortunately, due to shortage of Department staff and the expected high volume of Demand Warrants that will be submitted by the deadline, there will be no exceptions made for any Neighborhood Councils that submit Demand Warrants after the deadline...


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I would like to remind you all about our upcoming Board Development Session this Saturday in the West Area. Please remember that John Szabo, City Librarian, will be attending. We are happy to welcome back the Office of the City Clerk; also representatives from Council Member Koretz's office will be there as well as members of the Afriat Consulting Group. It should be a fun and informative session and I certainly hope you make the time to attend. Please note the time change for this particular session, it begins at 9:00 a.m. at the IMAN Cultural Center located at 3376 Motor Avenue, LA. CA...


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Administration Update


For the past few weeks, I have been wrapped up in just catching up with everything that has happened while I was out of the office for the previous 3 months, such as contracts, PRA's and especially leases. With regards to leases, the Department has worked very hard with the Controller's Office as well as with the City Attorney's Office to resolve the lease payment issue...


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2012/2013 Demand Warrants - May 15


Congress/Budget Advocate Transfers - May 31, 2013


Proposed Bylaw Revisions - June 1  


2012/2013 P-Card Transactions

- June 14




Board Development Series - West Area


Sat, Apr 20



IMAN Cultural Center
3376 Motor Ave

LA 90034






Sun, Apr 21



more info




NC Plan- Valley Review Committee


Mon, Apr 22



Braude Constituent Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys 91401




NC Plan- Harbor/South/West Review Committee


Tue, Apr 23


Community Health Council

3731 Stocker St

Suite 201

LA 90008




Volunteer LA


Wed, Apr 24



Tom Bradley Tower
City Hall

200 N Spring St

LA 90012


more info




Mayor's Valley Town Hall Meeting


Wed, Apr 24


Van Nuys City Hall Council Chambers

14410 Sylvan St

Van Nuys 91401




NC Plan- East/Central/North Review Committee


Wed, Apr 24



Citibank Community Room

1965 Hillhurst Ave

2nd Floor

LA 90027




Treasurers Training


Thu, Apr 25



City Hall, 20th Floor

200 N Spring St

LA 90012




EmpowerLA Awards in City Council


Fri, Apr 26



Council Chambers

City Hall

200 N Spring St

LA 90012




South Los Angeles Regional Training


Sat, Apr 27

8am-12 noon


Constituent Service Center

8475 S Vermont Ave

LA 90044




VANC Candidate Forum


Sat, Apr 27



CBS Studios Carla's Cafe 4024 Radford Ave

Studio City (1 block north of Ventura Blvd, just east of Laurel Canyon)


Reservations required by April 22, via email to


or fax to (818) 990-4066


more info




NC Congress Planning Meeting


Sat, Apr 27



Van Nuys City Hall

1st Floor Cafe

14410 Sylvan St

Van Nuys 91401






Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting


Wed, May 1



Kaiser Permanente Way Harbor City - Community Outreach Portables

25965 Normandie Ave

Harbor City 90710




Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Meeting


Sat, May 4



Hollywood Constituent Center

6501 Fountain Ave

Hollywood 90028




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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:


13-0355 Neighborhood Councils / City Budgetary Process Involvement 


 13-0046 Business Community Support / Oversight of Land Use Planning and Administration / Streamline System


Movement: 08-3050 Establishment of Economic Development Department 


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?


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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