June 7, 2013
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well.  I'm sad to share that PlanCheckNC's founder and Co-chair Maggi Fajnor passed away yesterday morning from a brain tumor. I first met Maggi 5 years ago while assisting her with getting planning notices to Board members. Maggi was a gracious, feisty and dedicated Neighborhood Council leader who helped build PlanCheckNC into a highly respected organization in the City. By connecting and educating Neighborhood Councils on planning and land use issues, PlanCheckNC is now considered by the Planning Department to be their main conduit to Neighborhood Councils. She will be fondly remembered and missed.
This week took me to West LA for the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners meeting on Tuesday to celebrate West LA and Del Rey Neighborhood Councils' 10th anniversary, and then to South LA last night where I was on hand to celebrate the retirement of United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council founding Board member and long time Treasurer, Wesley Todd, after 11 years of Neighborhood Council service. A big thank you to Wesley for connecting his neighborhood to City Hall and for empowering his little corner of LA all these years. 
If you have time, please check out PlanCheckNC's monthly meeting Saturday morning.
Have a great weekend!





Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Mayor Elect Eric Garcetti's 
"Back to the Basics Tour"


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Sunland Tujunga NC Advocates
for Historic-Cultural Monument Designation


The Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council is advocating the Los Angeles City Council to designate the Tuna Canyon Detention Station site within their boundaries as a City Historic-Cultural Monument as proposed by Council Member Richard Alarcon. A Planning and Land Use Management Committee vote on this Council File 12-1625 is scheduled on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 2:30pm, followed by a full City Council vote a week later...


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Congress of Neighborhoods/
Budget Advocates Funding


Neighborhood Councils stepped up and supported their Congress of Neighborhoods and their Neighorhood Council Budget Advocates in the amounts $45,350 and $12,100 respectively!! Many thanks to Cindy Cleghorn, Chair of the Congress of Neighborhoods Planning Committee, the committee members, especially Randy Waller who made a lot of calls to Neighborhood Councils, Jay Handal, Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, the Budget Advocates and our wonderful staffer, Thomas Soong, for their hard work in advocating for these funds. Of course, thank you to the following Neighborhood Councils for their generosity in supporting our work to Empower LA!...


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GovJamLA rocks the public sector


In 30 locations around the world, 650 jammers gathered in a volunteer-led innovation session that mixed residents, public servants, and innovation specialists together and generated more than 120 projects that "rocked the world of public service - for the good of everyone!" LA's GovJam was held at the HubLA in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles...


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Garcetti kicks off Hackathon


This past weekend, as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti joined the AT&T Developer Program and the i.am.angel Foundation in challenging residents, developers and students to use open government data to create new solutions to challenges facing Boyle Heights...


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June 14, is the deadline for using the P-Card. Because U.S. Bank systems are on Eastern time, the P-Cards will not be available for use after 12:00 noon. Please plan accordingly...


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City Council File "Hot Sheets"


Having an advisory role on local issues, you and your Neighborhood Council need to know what is being considered by the City Council. What better place to start than with the Referral "Hot Sheet," where you can witness the birth of a Council File! Starting next month, all Neighborhood Council board members will start regularly receiving Referral "Hot Sheets."...


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June 14 

2012/2013 P-Card Transactions


July 12
Approved Budgets for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 due







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




Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting


Mon, June 17



City Hall
10th Floor Conference Center, Room 1060
200 N Spring St
LA 90012




Education & Neighborhoods Committee


Tue, June 18




Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Meeting


Wed, June 19



Jerry's Deli
2nd FL
10925 Weyburn Ave

Westwood 90024




South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting


Thu, June 20



Community Health Councils

3731 Stocker - Suite 201

LA 90008





Sunday, June 23
9 am - 4 pm


Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
Downtown to Miracle Mile






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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 -

Signed by the Mayor June 3; ordinance effective
July 6, 2013
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:


13-0667 Los Angeles Convention Center / Preliminary Draft
Action Plan

 Continued by Ad Hoc Committee on May 30  pending CLA report

13-0600 Budget Proposal Fiscal Year 2013-14

Approved by City Council
 June 4


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

Approved by City Council
on May 29

11-0923 - Art Murals Citywide Program / Mural Ordinance

Pending in City Council


   11-1531 Single-Use Carryout Bags / City Policy

Continued in Energy and Environment Committee
to June 17: in City Council June 18

Pending in Public Works Committee


Approved by City Council November 14, 2012; 16 motions referred to Energy and Environment and Ad Hoc on Waste Reduction and Recycling Committees


Pending in Energy and Environment Committee

11-0262 - State Licensed Facilities/Community Care Facilities

Referred to Community Care Facilities Working Group on January 30th



12-0610-S1 Pedicab Pilot Program in Downtown Los Angeles / Request for Proposals

 Scheduled in Transportation Committee June 12
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