September 20, 2013
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I am excited to be back in the office though I am digging out from under 1,200 emails received when I was gone. A huge thank you to Armando Ruiz, who led the Department while I was gone with the great help of our management team and staff. I know it was crunch time for everyone with the deadlines for budget packages and funding/ethics training so I appreciate their dedication in keeping everything moving for Neighborhood Councils.


This week sped by while I got back in the swing of things: Congress of Neighborhoods, Budget Advocates, Neighborhood Council elections, policy work, field operations, funding issues, contracts, leases or in other words, just another ordinary week in the Neighborhood Council system. I was thrilled to come back to our EmpowerLA Award winners and the confirmation of our Neighborhood Council leaders on the Board of Water and Power Commissioners.  


New DWP Commissioners:  Michael Fleming,  

Jill Banks Barad (Sherman Oaks NC), Mel Levine,  

and William Funderburk (Greater Wilshire NC).


Mayor Garcetti also introduced the General Managers to LAPD's COMPSTAT system this week, which is a management accountability process that LAPD uses to look at their performance so they can critically review them for improvement. It was really impressive and inspiring and is part of the Mayor's plans for performance budgeting for the City. We are already heading that way with the our department and Neighborhood Councils' strategic plans and budgets so I'm looking forward to using this data to measure our successes.


If you haven't registered for the Congress of Neighborhoods, please do so to reserve your spot in our day of sharing, learning and schmoozing about all things Neighborhood Councils. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there.


Don't forget about the special PlanCheckNC meeting on the Building & Safety and City Planning Department and creation of a new development services department tomorrow morning. 


Have a great weekend!



Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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The City of Los Angeles is once again proud to take part in the annual Los Angeles Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. This 5K walk will take place in spectacular Griffith Park, one of L.A.'s most famed landmarks, on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 9:00 am...


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More than 650 representatives from the City of Los Angeles' 95 Neighborhood Councils, along with elected officials and City departments, will meet Saturday, September 28, 2013 at City Hall for the annual Congress of Neighborhoods.  Mayor Eric Garcetti will be the keynote speaker. Attendees from throughout the City will have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of workshops covering all aspects of the City's neighborhoods...


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This year's Congress of Neighborhoods incorporates a new generation of productive citizens dedicated to bettering themselves and their communities. Besides mingling with the current leadership of our great City and discovering priceless information to strengthen our power, this year's Congress of Neighborhoods will bring our NC Board Members close to a bevy of youthful future leaders...


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The City Council approved unanimously a motion authorizing the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to partner with the City Clerk in the administration of the 2014 Neighborhood Council elections, scheduled for March, April, and May of 2014.  The motion that was approved replaces the ordinance that gave the Department the authority to conduct Neighborhood Council elections in 2012 with an ordinance that allows the Department and the City Clerk to administer jointly all future Neighborhood Council elections. The Department and the City Clerk each will adopt comprehensive regulations addressing the election procedures that they will administer and oversee...

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Please take a moment to designate your Neighborhood Council's citywide and regional representatives at your next Board meeting and then fill out this form so we can get you and your representatives connected and then get busy Empowering LA...

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Get a new parking pass by bringing your old parking pass to the Congress of Neighborhoods on September 28 and exchanging it for a new one. Effective October 1, 2013, Neighborhood Council representatives that have had a Parking Permit assigned to them by the Department for Fiscal Year 2013-14 will not be able to use these parking permits anymore to enter into the City Hall East parking structure via the Los Angeles Street entrance. The Neighborhood Council representatives must have the new AVI Tags that will be assigned to them...

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This past week, the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) and the South LA Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (SLAANC) met in their respective regions, tackling the issues that resonate in their communities. WRAC passed five motions and SLAANC made plans for town hall meetings at would feature their elected officials, including the Mayor and the City Council Members that represent South Los Angeles...

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There is a lot of activity in the Funding Unit as we work hard to assist Neighborhood Councils that have had their funds frozen due to outstanding budget or quarterly reconciliation documentation. Please remember that we are here to assist you in getting your funding back on track as soon as all the documentation has been received and processed. For any questions or concerns, please email or call the Department at (213) 978-1551...

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As you know, we are gearing up for the yearly Congress of Neighborhoods and we are very excited to have the opportunity to engage with you during this great event. There will be various exhibitors as well as a multitude of workshops to choose from. Please look for your field staff, as they will be present at the Congress and ready to answer any question and/or provide any guidance and assistance that you may need.  The field staff have also started conducting "Brown Bag" sessions in their respective areas. Brown bags are mini-trainings that are topic specific. Among some of what we consider the core areas or nuts and bolts of your operations, we've identified sessions such as "how to write a good agenda", and "how to run a meeting effectively" as examples....


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The survey results are in for the nine motions proposed by the Neighborhood Council Plan Review Committees! Over a period of two months, 389 responses were collected from the public, with most originating from Board Members and stakeholders who identified with one of 65 Neighborhood Councils. The survey affirms the work of the NC Plan Review Committees since all nine of their policy proposals were supported by the survey participants - from 61.6% for the proposed motion on Neighborhood Council subdivision to 90.9% for the proposed motion on maintaining information networks...


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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles announces the availability of a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report, which includes a Draft Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study, Los Angeles County for review and comment. The study evaluates alternatives for the purpose of restoring 11 miles of the Los Angeles River from approximately Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles while maintaining existing levels of flood risk management...


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Register now for the Congress of Neighborhoods  

  Saturday, September 28 at City Hall. 




Neighborhood Council Parking Passes




PlanCheckNC Workshop - Reorganization of Building & Safety and the Planning Department - New Development Services Department


Sat, Sept. 21

Time 10 am - 12 noon


 North Valley City Hall

7747 Foothill Blvd.

Tujunga 91042



Alliance of River Communities (ARC)

Thurs, Sept. 26  

Time 7 pm


Glassell Park Senior and Community Center

3750 Verdugo Rd

Los Angeles 90065 



Congress of Neighborhoods



Sat, Sept. 28

Time 7:45 am - 4 pm


 City Hall

200 N Spring St.

Los Angeles  90012

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Meeting

Tues, Oct. 1 

Time 6 pm


Hollywood Adventist Church, Fellowship Hall

1711 N. Van Ness Ave
Los Angeles  90028




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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:



Referred to Education and Neighborhoods Committee  

12-1682-S1 New Neighborhood Council Stakeholder Definition

Pending in Education and Neighborhoods Committee  


12-1682 - Neighborhood

Report from E&N Committee; Scheduled in City Council 9/24 


Report back to Education and Neighborhoods Committee 90 days from 8/20

Approved by City Council 9/17; Last day for Mayor to sign 9/30   


Pending in Education and Neighborhoods Committee

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

 Citywide Issues:



13-1300-S1  Street Repair and Safety General Obligation Bond Program 

 24 recommendations approved by City Council 8/21; CLA and CAO report approved by Council 9/17; Last day for Mayor to sign 9/30     


13-0600-S135  2013-2014 Appropriation Limit

Scheduled in City Council 9/25    


13-0953 Citywide Municipal WiFi Initiative

Pending in Innovation, Technology and General Services Committee


 13-0941  Sidewalk Repair Adjoining Property Owner  Fee Elimination  

 9/4 Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee continued for 30 days   


13-0909  DWP Unlimited
Sick Pay Policy

Referred to Energy and Environment Committee  7/26


13-0650 Removal of Obstructions in the Street or Sidewalk Penalties 

Pending in Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee   


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 


 12-0460 - Comprehensive Zoning Code Revision

Five year effort underway; updates at


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

Scheduled in Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee 8/21 


11-0923  Regulation of
Art Murals

   Ordinance effective date 10/12/13; related motions referred to Arts, Parks Health, Aging, and River Committee and the Planning and Land Use Management Committee 8/28

11-0262 - State Licensed Facilities/Community Care Facilities

Referred to Ad Hoc Committee on Community Care Facilities on 1/30

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