September 27, 2013
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well.  I started the week with a visitor from Sacramento, Steve Boilard, who is the Executive Director for the Center for California Studies. The Center is working with the state government on local civic engagement issues and models, and he was very impressed with the Neighborhood Council system.  Unfortunately, he couldn't make it to the Congress tomorrow, but he's definitely coming back again to check out some Neighborhood Council meetings so we've won over a fan up in Sacramento.


Our Board of Neighborhood Commissioners has a new appointee, Lydia Grant from the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council (more below).  Mayor Garcetti announced his appointment this week, and I'm happy that our Commission is on its way to full capacity since there are still the NC Plan review recommendations that need to move forward for our system.


I'm still looking for feedback from Neighborhood Council folks about the Department's performance this past fiscal year so I've extended our survey until next Friday, October 4th.  Please take a moment to tell us how we did so we can continue to improve our services to you as well as plan our budget next year to include your priorities in our performance metrics to Mayor Garcetti.


Lastly, I know Neighborhood Councils and the Department have been in the news this week regarding workplace violence issues.  Please know that we take such allegations very seriously and do not delay investigations when these matters are brought to our attention.  We are working with the City Attorney's Office on the allegations and hope to resolve everything in a timely manner.


Please continue to Keep Calm and Empower LA, and I'll see you at the Congress tomorrow!  Come early to get through security and registration in time for breakfast and the opening session with Mayor Garcetti.  We're expecting over 600 people!   


Have a great weekend!



Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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You told me that our first photo to welcome travelers to LAX should include the L.A. River, so that's just what we did. Now, I need your help to assure that the L.A. River restoration is worthy of us and our city. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering four plans to rehabilitate the river - only one of which does the job right...


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CONGRESS OF NEIGHBORHOODS - Neighborhood Council Board members, Committee chairs, and stakeholders from throughout the City will gather at City Hall on Saturday for the annual LA Congress of Neighborhoods. Organized by Cindy Cleghorn, Volunteer Chairwoman of the Congress Planning Committee and Thomas Soong from EmpowerLA, the Congress has been months in the making. Registration could exceed 650 and there are more than 30 workshops and seminars taking place during the day- long event...


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On Sunday, October 6, from 10 am to 3 pm, CicLAvia opens the streets of downtown Los Angeles to people on foot, on scooters, on bikes, and on a mission to explore the origins of Los Angeles at the street level. Join the EmpowerLA peleton for a bike ride that starts at City Hall at 10:30 a.m. and works its way through the four legs of the CicLAvia route. Wear your Neighborhood Council shirts or get an EmpowerLA shirt when you show up...


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Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated Sunland-Tujunga resident Lydia Grant to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, representing the North Valley Region and bringing the total number of Commissioners to its full complement of seven members. Lydia is a Board Member on the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council and has been active on land use and educational issues citywide, countywide, and even statewide as a Board Member for Parent Revolution which advocates for expansion of the Parent Trigger laws across the country...


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Each year, the City of Los Angeles receives federal grant funds to assist businesses create jobs, provide job training for adults and youth, improve neighborhoods through projects that eliminate slum and blight, and provide gang prevention programs, affordable housing, services for seniors and the disabled, and fair housing. These grant funds are limited and need to be prioritized and targeted in a way that will provide the most benefit to the most people...


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The Department of Water and Power is preparing an Environmental Impact Report for a proposed L.A. Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) Project in the San Fernando Valley. The proposed project involves construction of an advanced water purification facility to advance treat recycled wastewater from Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the Valley to replenish groundwater in the San Fernando Basin at existing spreading grounds. Public comment period started Friday, September 6 and concludes on Monday, October 21, 2013. You may have seen the ads in the LA Times and La Opinión earlier this month. For more information, please refer to the GWR Initial Study and the Notice of Preparation...


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LA's Neighborhood Council Plan Check LA Committee, an organization that works to educate and empower LA's neighborhood land-use representatives, met last week to focus on the scheduled consolidation of City Planning, Building & Safety, and the Plan Check departments of Transportation, the Fire Department, and Engineering.  This meeting was one of the last for the Road Show that has seen representatives from the Office of the City Administrative Officer and the consulting firm that has been hired to collect input from the community on the scheduled consolidation, resulting in a final report that will be delivered in October..

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Every year, since 2004, there has been a "Mayor's" Budget Day - a day when NC Representatives could fulfill their Chartered responsibility "to present a list of their priorities to the Mayor and City Council." Those were "Mayor's" Budget Days but this year on Saturday, October 26, 2013, thanks to increasing NC activism and some specific funds allocated to the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates (NCBA), we will have the first Neighborhood Council Budget Day...

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The Neighborhood Councils' Alliance of River Communities had many great special guests this month at its regular meeting on Thursday, September 26. The CAO's Office presented information on the January release of a plan to merge five City departments under one Development Services Department. There was also an update on the Condition Compliance Unit that has been working to begin holding permitted businesses and individuals accountable for conditions and variances that they've been granted...

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Greetings Neighborhood Council Board Members and stakeholders! As the Department prepares to be a part of this weekend's Congress of Neighborhood events, the Funding Unit is working hard to continue restoring funding access to any NC's that were frozen due to outstanding budget documentation. Demand Warrants and Auto-Deducts are being processed at record speeds, and our Auditing team is completing their review of the final quarter's reports of Fiscal Year 2012-13. I encourage you all to continue providing feedback on the new funding forms available on our website. We are listening and making changes and updates to better suit your needs as well as provide the best level of oversight to the funding process...

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This week, our team was very busy managing the Help Line; attending your NC meetings; conducting individual board trainings and answering your questions as well as problem solving with you. In addition, we have also been racing against the clock to submit performance metrics requested by the Mayor's office. It has been an incredibly busy week, which will culminate with Congress on Saturday...

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The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering will hold a community meeting and public hearing on November 6, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Palisades Branch Public Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades  90272, to provide project information and take questions and comments on Coastal Development Permit Application No. 13-02 for the Temescal Canyon Park Stormwater Best Management Practices Project (BMP) - Phase II...


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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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  Saturday, September 28 at City Hall. 




Neighborhood Council Parking Passes


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


Harbor Alliance of NCs (HANC) Meeting

Wed, Oct. 2   

Time 6:30-8:30 pm


Kaiser Permanente Way Harbor City - Community Outreach Portables

25965 Normandie Ave. Harbor City 90710 



DWP MOU Oversight Committee Meeting

Sat, Oct. 5  

Time 8:45 am


Hollywood City Hall

6501 Fountain Ave
Hollywood  90028


LA NC Coalition (LANCC)

Sat, Oct. 5  

Time 10 am


Hollywood City Hall

6501 Fountain Ave
Hollywood  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



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; Rescheduled in City Council 10/1


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

Approved by City Council 9/17; Signed by Mayor 9/24  
Pending in Education and Neighborhoods Committee

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

 Citywide Issues:


13-0046 Consolidation of Planning and Building and Safety Departments, etc.   

Approved by City Council 5/29; Motion to delay consolidation introduced 9/13; referred to Budget and Finance and Planning and Land Use Management Committees on 9/17  



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

Adopted by 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 

Approved by Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee 6/12   


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 10/2  


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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