October 18, 2013
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I got a great taste of Neighborhood Councils at Taste of Encino on Sunday.  Both Encino and Tarzana Neighborhood Councils had booths at the well-attended event where I indulged in yummy Italian ice and chewy brownies.

Tarzana Neighborhood Council had a busy weekend having also participated with the West Valley Neighborhood Councils and Council Member Blumenfield's very successful Public Safety Fair the day before, which attracted over 700 stakeholders.


At the Education & Neighborhoods Committee on Tuesday, Council Members Parks, O'Farrell and Martinez agreed to send the regional peer grievance panel system to the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance change, which would combine the current grievance and complaint processes into one cohesive citywide system administered by the Department, but reviewed by peers. (CF 11-1018) This change is many years in the making, and I'm looking forward to finally implementing it. Also, the Council Members approved a motion that would require Neighborhood Council board members to take sexual harassment training.


The Neighborhood Council Budget Day is next Saturday, the 26th, so I hope to see you there. I'm looking forward to welcoming the next crop of Budget Advocates who will be working with Mayor Garcetti's new performance metrics budgeting system. We spent some creative time this week with Budget and Innovation Deputy Mayor Rick Cole's great team brainstorming about the future of civic engagement in LA and how to measure what success would look like. We'll be bringing our ideas to Neighborhood Councils with a webinar in November to get feedback for our budget submission in December so keep an eye out for that.    


Our next EmpowerLA Leadership Academy series on outreach and engagement starts tomorrow in the Valley.  This is a must go workshop to not only get ready for Neighborhood Council elections, but also to just learn the basic mechanics of effective outreach, which should be happening all the time for Councils. Speaking of some good outreach, Studio City Neighborhood Council is partnering with the LA Library to present "50 Years of Television Production" on Saturday, and Del Rey Neighborhood Council is sponsoring their Del Rey Day 2013 on Sunday. If I don't see you this weekend, have a great one! 





Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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This Preliminary Financial Report on financial operations for the City of Los Angeles for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2013 provides the first year-end review of the City's finances as the new fiscal year is underway. The Report provides an informational "snapshot" of General Fund and budgeted Special Fund revenues and expenditures, reserves, and bonded indebtedness - together with key financial...


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The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles is pleased to announce the launch of its new project website, featuring the data from the project's Health Atlas in an interactive format so users can see how their neighborhood's health outcomes compare to other areas of the city.The website will also be our portal for project updates and information about upcoming events... 


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 Two More Neighborhood Commission Confirmations

LA's City Council voted unanimously to confirm Olivia Rubio and Lydia Grant as the latest Mayoral appointees to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, bringing the total number of Commissioners to six, one short of a full Board. Olivia is a Board Member on the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council and also serves as a Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate where she works to ensure that public funds...

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Calling Independent Election Administrators


One of the most important people in Neighborhood Council elections, in addition to the voters and the candidates and the volunteers, is the Independent Election Administrator who works with the Neighborhood Councils in a region to conduct the board elections, engaging the community and turning out the voters in a powerful demonstration of grassroots democracy...


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There are lots of ways to get residents engaged in Neighborhood Council elections. And the most important thing a stakeholder can do is VOTE! We can knock on doors, converse with our neighbors, and eke promises out of passersby to come to polling stations, but it's rough out there in the field. Busy people need to be convinced that it's worth their time to show up...

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Greetings Neighborhood Council Board Members and stakeholders! I want to thank you all for working so hard with the Funding Unit to get your completed budget packages in, as well as getting your NC Board Members to comply with the Funding training requirements. If there are some NC's who still need to complete these requirements and access to your funds has been frozen, please contact us immediately to work out the best plan to get you back up and running...

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I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the cooler weather that the autumn months bring. Even though this was a short week for staff, we continue to push through to be ready for the upcoming regional training in the Valley...

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Valley Region: 
Emergency Preparedness and NC Elections 2014 

Sat, Oct. 19

Time 8 am - 12 noon


Braude Constiuent Service Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys  91401
(park underground,
enter from Sylvan St.)


Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting
Mon, Oct. 21

Time 1 - 3 pm


LA City Hall
10th Floor Conference Center, Room 1060

200 N Spring St
Los Angeles 90012


NC Budget Advocates Meeting

Tues, Oct. 22

Time 7 - 9 pm


LA City Hall, 20th Floor
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles 90012


City Council Honors EmpowerLA Award Winners

Wed, Oct. 23

Time 10 am


LA City Hall, Council Chamber Room 340
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles 90012


Alliance of River Communities (ARC)

Thurs, Oct 24
Time 7 pm

Glassell Park Senior and Community Center
3750 Verdugo Road
Los Angeles 90065


Neighborhood Council Budget Day

Sat, Oct. 26

Time 8 am - 12:30 pm


 City Hall

200 N Spring St

Los Angeles  90012


Leadership Academy - East Region: Connectivity and NC Elections 2014

Tues, Oct. 29
Time 6 pm - 9 pm

Glassell Park Senior and Community Center
3750 Verdugo Road
Los Angeles 90065 


LA NC Coalition (LANCC)

Sat, Nov. 2
Time 10 am - 1 pm

Hollywood City Hall
6501 Fountain Ave 
Hollywood 90028


Leadership Academy - Central Region: Connectivity and NC Elections 2014

Sat, Nov. 2

Time 1 pm - 4 pm

Hollywood City Hall
6501 Fountain Ave 
Hollywood 90028




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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:


11-1017-S1 Investigate Allegations of Discrimination and Harassment; Training of NC Board Members

Heard in Education and Neighborhoods Committee 10/15; continued to 11/19 



Confirmed by City Council 10/16   


12-1682-S1 New Neighborhood Council Stakeholder Definition

Pending in Education and Neighborhoods Committee  

12-1682 - Neighborhood

Report from E&N Committee;
Approved by City Council 10/1; City Attorney to draft ordinance
Report back to Education and Neighborhoods Committee 90 days from 8/20

Ordinance effective 
October 28
Heard in Education and Neighborhoods Committee 10/15; continued to date TBD

11-1018  Neighborhood Council Grievance Policy and Process
Approved as amended by Education and Neighborhoods Committee 10/15; City Attorney to draft ordinance 

 Citywide Issues:


13-0025-S1 Rewards for Hit-and-Run Crimes 

Referred to Budget and Finance and Public Safety Committees 

Pending in Planning and Land Use Management Committee

08-2020 Sign Ordinance Revision
Proposed ordinance pending in Planning and Land Use Committee; 10/17 Planning Director's report 

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

Approved by City Council 5/29; Motion to delay consolidation introduced 9/13; Approved as amended by Planning and Land Use Management Committee 10/8; pending in Budget and Finance Committe 


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; Mayor signed 9/27       


13-0953 Citywide Municipal WiFi Initiative

Scheduled in City Council 10/29


 13-0941  Sidewalk Repair Adjoining Property Owner  Fee Elimination  

 Heard in Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee 10/16; continued to date TBD     


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

Approved as amended by  Planning and Land Use Committee 10/8 


 12-0460 - Comprehensive Zoning Code Revision

Five year effort underway; updates at recode.la



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

Approved by Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee 10/2; Approved as amended by Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee 10/15


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; scheduled in PLUM 10/22

11-0262 - State Licensed Facilities/Community Care Facilities

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

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