July 12, 2013
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General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well.  On Saturday, the LANCC meeting had both newly elected Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and Dr. Fred Pickel, our Ratepayer Advocate, speaking.  Councilmember O'Farrell was one of the founders of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council and will also be on our Education & Neighborhoods Committee with Councilmember Chair Bernard Parks.

We expect that the last committee member will likely be the winner of the Council District 6 race on July 23rd.   

Speaking of which, last night at the Valley Alliance of NCs meeting, both CD 6 candidates, Cindy Montanez and Nury Martinez, were present for a short debate about their qualifications to be the next Councilmember in the Valley.   

Dr. Pickel was there again to talk about various rate issues, the solar power feed-in tariffs in particular.  He also introduced his new Deputy Director at the Office of Public Accountability, Camden Collins.  

Both the LANCC and the VANC were very kind to take actions to recommend to Mayor Garcetti that I be kept on as General Manager of the Department.  I am really honored and appreciative to have this support.  Mayor Garcetti will be re-interviewing all the department heads in the next several months before making his decision on who stays or goes.  

Don't forget that your budget packages are due today.  We are speaking with several banks about the new Funding Program so I am keeping my fingers crossed that we'll have sorted everything out sooner than later.  Your EmpowerLA Awards nominations were due today as well, but you now have a week extension to Monday, July 22, 2013 to submit the great work your Neighborhood Council is doing in your community.

Lastly, please check out our upcoming EmpowerLA Leadership Academy Board Development Series on Land Use and Planning 101, which we are co-sponsoring with PlanCheckNC.   Our own City Planning Department will be presenting the best way for you to tackle your local planning issues, using City resources like ZIMASIf you don't know about PlanCheckNC, it's an alliance created by Neighborhood Council stakeholders to promote more participation and understanding of planning and land use issues in order to make government more responsive to the local needs.  Their regular monthly meeting is tomorrow so check out PlanCheckNC!

As always, thanks for all that you do for our City!  

Have a relaxing weekend!! 



Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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David Schlesinger, founding boardmember of the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council, passed away last week, leaving behind sons Mark and Dimitri and a community of friends and neighbors whose lives are richer because of David's leadership and vision....


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My first week as your Mayor has come to a close.  After a long campaign, a swift transition, and a humbling inaugural ceremony, I'm now focused on the work the people of Los Angeles said they wanted done - creating jobs and making City Hall work better so we can solve problems in our neighborhoods. I started my administration by meeting with neighborhood business representatives and holding open office hours with constituents so I could hear directly from the people I serve....


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Newly minted Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell returned to his Neighborhood Council roots as the headliner at the July session of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) which met in Hollywood and drew representatives from more than 40 Neighborhood Councils from throughout Los Angeles. In a room full of people eager to talk policy and advocacy, O'Farrell introduced himself by looking back at the day more than a decade ago when he personally turned in the application to establish the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council....


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LA's big Inauguration took place on the steps of City Hall on Sunday, June 30 and since then the Councilmembers have been celebrating in their districts - each one with a unique and personal flair.  Councilmember Bob Blumenfield celebrated in Van Nuys, a reminder that the Valley has its own City Hall.  Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell celebrated alongside the Marsh Park, a reminder that LA has a River....


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LA Observed reports that Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today his most interesting appointments so far. Kevin James, the conservative candidate in the mayoral primary who lost then joined liberal Team Garcetti, gets one of five plum spots on the Board of Public Works....


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Angelenos have five opportunities to partner with the Department of City Planning in July.

The overhaul of LA's zoning code, re:codeLA, and the development of the General Plan's Health and Wellness Chapter are both underway.  There are three Planning 101 workshops and a PlanCheckNC meeting scheduled over the next few weeks, ideal for Neighborhood Council land-use advocates who want to learn more about tools and techniques for protecting their communities....


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The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (Commission) is accepting nominations for the second annual EmpowerLA awards. The awards are given to Neighborhood Councils that best fulfill their city charter mandate of promoting more citizen participation in government and making government more responsive to local needs. Nominations can be submitted online....


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Neighborhood Councils from throughout the city come together regularly, sometimes by region, sometimes by issue, sometimes citywide, and always with a louder representative voice. This past Saturday, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC), was joined by Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Ratepayer Advocate Dr. Fred Pickel, and Getting LA Back 2 Work's Linda Mims.  LANCC is made up of Neighborhood Council leaders from all over the City of LA and their recent session resulted in three resolutions....


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A new Mayor, a new City Attorney, a new City Controller, and six new Councilmembers join two incumbent Councilmembers in guiding the largest city in the most populated state in the most powerful country in the world and they need your feedback. The quickest way to check in is by emailing them.  Tell them who you are, tell them where you live, tell them the issue, and tell them....


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Neighborhood Councils can place their posters for free on LA's new Bus Benches as the result of a new contract with Martin Outdoor Media if the NC covers the cost of producing the posters. The City of LA has more than 15,000 bus stops but only a quarter of those stops have bus benches.  This is a great opportunity for Neighborhood Councils to advocate for bus benches where they are needed and to tell the Neighborhood Council story....


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As many of you already know, the Department was unable to set up the new NC checking accounts with Wells Fargo due to a last minute change on the bank's part of the promised services they would be providing to the NC's.  We are meeting with different banks, working closely with the Office of Finance to find another bank that will be able to provide the requested services, and will keep you informed via this newsletter of the latest happenings....

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I hope you are well and that you are staying cool during these hot summer days.  This week, the field operations division has been working on reviewing and approving your bylaw submissions.  Please know that staff will be sending out communications to you via e-mail regarding the revisions to your bylaws that are approved and those that are not....


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 NC Plan Review Survey 


Commission Asks for Your Feedback in Survey


The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners is considering making recommendations to the City Council on a number of important policy issues which govern the Neighborhood Council system. Before acting, the Commission would like to have your input through a survey.  Okay, so policy and surveys aren't the most exciting of topics... but they do matter.  To whet your appetite, here are the nine topics that you'll see addressed in the survey....


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July 12
Approved Budgets for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 due


July 22

EmpowerLA Awards 2013 deadline for submission (extended deadline) 


July 31  

Fourth Quarter P-Card Reconciliation Report Due  

September 1
Funding Training and Ethics Compliance for NC Board Members




Neighborhood Council Parking Passes



PlanCheckNC & 

re:code LA  


Listening Session 

Saturday, July 13


Henry Medina
Traffic Center
11214 W Exposition Blvd
LA 90064


CANCELLED - Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting

Mon, July 15



Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Monthly Meeting

Wed, July 17

Jerry's Deli, 2nd Floor 10925 Weyburn Ave
Westwood 90024




South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting

Thurs, July 18
Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker
Suite 201 
Los Angeles 90008




NC Board Member Development

Planning and

Land Use 101


Sat, July 20

Time 8:00-12 noon


Glassell Park Community Center & Senior Center

3750 Verdugo Road 

Los Angeles  90065 





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


Neighborhood Council System:



12-1682-S1 New Neighborhood Council Stakeholder Definition

Referred to Education and Neighborhoods Committee


Report back to Education and Neighborhoods Committee in 60 days from June 18
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

11-1018  Neighborhood Council Grievance Policy and Process
Pending in Education and Neighborhoods Committee

 Citywide Issues:


Approved by City Council
July 2 


09-2645 - Cell Tower (AGF) Regulations in Public Right of Way

City Attorney draft ordinances referred to Planning and Land Use and Public Works Committees 


13-0613 - Creation of City Department of Health

Placed on June 3, 2014 Statewide Primary Election ballot


 12-0460 - Comprehensive Zoning Code Revision

Five year effort underway; updates at recode.la


 13-0479 - Spring Street / Repainting Bike Lane Green / Green Bike Lanes Program

Approved by City Council June 19; report back

in 60 days 


 13-0658 - Sidewalk Dining / Storefront Furniture / Temporary Permit Process

Referred to Public Works Committee May 28 


13-0002-S94 - Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Funding 

Referred to Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee June 11

13-0667 Los Angeles Convention Center /

Second Draft
Action Plan

 Referred to Economic Development Committee June 20


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

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