May 31, 2013
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I got back from NUSA last week just in time to sit in on the Saturday combined meeting of the 3 Plan Review Committees where your dedicated Neighborhood Council leaders struggled long and hard to successfully come up with a new stakeholder definition. Check out Commissioner Doug Epperhart's article below for the details.



I was really inspired by the committee members' pluck in tackling challenging issues not only during Saturday's 4 hour meeting, but for the past 4 months as well - all for the sake of bettering the Neighborhood Council system. We all owe these volunteers a lot of gratitude for stepping up and to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for leading the charge, too.


I'm happy to report that the new Neighborhood Council Funding Program ordinance was approved on Wednesday by City Council. Many thanks to Councilmember Parks and to the City Attorney's Office in making this one of the fastest ordinances to be enacted. The ordinance is expected to go into effect by early July so we will be racing on our side to get everything into place for the launch. It has been all hands on deck for our staff to close down the old funding system and create a new one simultaneously, so I have to appreciate their great efforts, particularly our Funding Program Director, Armando Ruiz, and Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate Betty Wong Oyama, who have been keeping everything on course.


Don't forget about the biggest block party in LA on June 7th where we will celebrate Mayor Villaraigosa and welcome Mayor Elect Eric Garcetti. 


If I don't see you at the LANCC tomorrow, have a relaxing weekend!





Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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It Just Keeps Getting Bigger! 


President Clinton will be joined by Stevie Wonder and Wanda Sykes at LA's Ultimate Block Party, an opportunity for LA to say "Thank You!" to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and "Welcome!" to Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti, June 7th from 5pm to 10pm. (Be there at 6pm to see President Clinton) Come celebrate our great city's rich and diverse cultural heritage! Say goodbye to Mayor Villaraigosa! Say hello to Mayor-Elect Garcetti!...


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Mayor Elect launches
transition website


On Friday Mayor Elect Eric Garcetti announced the launch of his mayoral transition website where he says "Now that the election results are in, it is time to get to work. We're running a focused transition that will ensure we hit the ground running on July 1 with an agenda to create jobs and solve problems for L.A. residents."...


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Welcome Commissioner Mack


It's official! In a Unanimous vote, LA's City Council confirmed the Mayor's nomination of Arnetta Mack as Board of Neighborhoods Commissioner. Commissioner Mack was joined in Council Chambers by her son and daughter and a large group of supporters who came to celebrate her confirmation as Commissioner. Councilmembers engaged Mack in a discussion of civic engagement, noting her background in communications and marketing as strengths that are in great demand as LA continues engage its many communities as partners in delivering city services...


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LANCC welcomes City Attorney-Elect, City Controller-Elect


LANCC welcomes our newly Elected Officials!

LANCC Monthly Meeting

Saturday, June 1st @ 10am @ DWP Building

City Attorney-Elect: Mike Feuer (confirmed)

City Controller- Elect: Ron Galperin (confirmed)

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

John Ferraro Building, Cafeteria level

111 North Hope Street

Los Angeles, CA  90012


NC Plan Review Joint Session


A request to amend the city's ordinance governing neighborhood councils and how it defines stakeholders was among the motions adopted at a joint session of the NC Plan Review working groups this last week. The motion calls for renaming and redefining stakeholders who do not live, work or own property within a council's boundaries...


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Hackathons and GovJam


National Day of Civic Hacking takes place on June 1 and 2, apparently too much day for one day! Civic Hacking is the process of bringing together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create, build, and invent using publicly-released data, code, and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, and our countries...


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Citywide NC Plan Meeting


After months of review, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners adopts new policies to give NCs more flexibility with stakeholder requirements. More reviews ahead! The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners passed two motions this week that provide Neighborhood Councils with additional flexibility regarding stakeholder requirements...


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City Council Passes NC Checking Account Ordinance

On Wednesday, May 29, the Los Angeles City Council voted to adopt an ordinance amending Section 22.815 of the Administrative Code to grant the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment the authority to administer checking accounts for Neighborhood Councils. For more information, including a copy of the ordinance and supporting documents,...


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I would like to once again, remind you about our Bylaw Amendment Application deadline of June 1, 2013. Please be sure to work with staff in order to submit your Bylaw Amendment Applications and get your bylaws approved by the Department in a timely manner. Remember that if your board has and/or will be voting on board structure changes, we must schedule you on the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners agenda for an approval on your suggested structure change(s)...


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June 1 

Proposed Bylaw Revisions  


June 14 

2012/2013 P-Card Transactions


July 12
Approved Budgets for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 due






Sat, June 1



John Ferraro Building, Cafeteria level
111 N Hope St
LA 90012




Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) Meeting


Sat, June 1



John Ferraro Building, Cafeteria level
111 N Hope St
LA 90012


Agenda in pdf




Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting


Tue, June 4



Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center -Community Room

11338 Santa Monica Blvd

LA 90025




Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting


Wed, June 5



Kaiser Permanente Way Harbor City -
Community Outreach Portables

25965 Normandie Ave

Harbor City 90710 




The Ultimate LA Block Party


Fri, June 7



Downtown Grand Park


more info







Sat, June 8



Glassell Park Community Center

3650 Verdugo Road

LA 90065




Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting


Thu, June 13,


Sherman Oaks Hospital

doctor's conference room

4929 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks 91403





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Council File
Hot Sheet


Active Council Files that affect Neighborhood Councils citywide, which your Neighborhood Council may want to weigh in on:


Neighborhood Council System:


11-1020-S1 Neighborhood Council Funding Program -

Adopted by City Council
on May 29th 

City Attorney drafting ordinance 


12-1682 - Limiting Factual Basis Stakeholders to a Maximum of 2 Neighborhood

Pending in Education and Neighborhoods Committee


Pending in Education and Neighborhoods Committee

 Citywide Issues:



13-0600 Budget Proposal Fiscal Year 2013-14

Approved by City Council
 May 28


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

Approved by City Council
on May 28

11-0923 - Art Murals Citywide Program / Mural Ordinance

Pending in City Council


   11-1531 Single-Use Carryout Bags / City Policy

Scheduled in Energy and Environmental Committee
on June 5th

Pending in Public Works Committee




11-0262 - State Licensed Facilities/Community Care Facilities

Referred to Community Care Facilities Working Group on January 30th 

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