November 8, 2013
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. We've been reaching out to collaborate with various departments this past year, and our Los Angeles Fire Department reached out to us to see how they can work with Neighborhood Councils on the LAFD strategic plan. On Saturday, they were at the LANCC and on Wednesday, the HANC. They'll also be going to the other alliances as well this month. Please take a moment to tell them what you think the LAFD should focus their resources on and get the word out to your stakeholders to do so, as well.


Speaking of strategic plans, on Sunday, I was happy to stop by the Mid City West Community Council's 1st Annual Harvest Festival. This was their first community event based on their strategic plan this year and was impressively put together in a month. Councilmembers LaBonge and Koretz, City Attorney Mike Feuer, LAPD, LAFD and other community partners were present to make the event a success.



On Monday, the Budget and Finance Committee approved the new grievance peer panel system with an implementation date of July 1, 2014. This new policy is to replace the current grievance and complaint process for the Neighborhood Council system and was many years in the making. I really want to appreciate Councilmember Krekorian for leading in this effort when he was Chair of Arts, Parks and Neighborhoods Committee, Councilmember Parks, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and the Neighborhood Councils for continuing to push for a better way to address issues within the system.


Next week, our offices will be closed on Monday for Veteran's Day and Thursday for a staff retreat. Have a great Veteran's Day weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Mayor Garcetti Requests Extension of Public Comment Period in Bridge Redesign Process

Last month, we shared a story with you about the proposed redesign of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge and the involvement of Neighborhood Councils in the public comment process. The Alliance of River Communities, representing fourteen Neighborhood Councils, passed a resolution in support of a more complete, multimodal streets approach to the project. Last night, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council also spoke out in support of a revised redesign process...


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EmpowerLA is bringing you the latest on data visualization, and it's getting better by the week. First, we unveiled NC Viz Data, which offered a dynamic infographic with regional funding data. Then came the second stage of NC Viz Data, which breaks down the data at the Neighborhood Council level...


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Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by the leadership of the LAPD and the LAFD in honoring the latest class of volunteers to complete their Mayor's Crisis Response Team training which equips them to provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, emotional support and referrals to victims and families involved in a traumatic incident...

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LA's DWP Advocacy Committee held its monthly meeting last week, tackling issues such as the problems with the new Customer Billing and Information System which included higher bills as the result of errors with estimated usage. It is expected that the problems will be worked out over the next several months. Industry standards range from 12 to 18 months to reach stabilization, but the DWP expects to have the bugs worked out of the
$100 million system in advance of that timeline


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Fire Department takes
Strategic Plan on the Road


The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is developing a new, community-driven strategic plan and is teaming up with EmpowerLA to get the word out to members of the community. The first stop on the road tour was the Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (video) followed by a trek to the south for the Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Councils...


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EmpowerLA's Elections team has been busy, taking the 7 x 7 Outreach Strategies on the road and presenting an overview of the 2014 Neighborhood Council Board Elections process, visiting the Valley, the Eastside, Central LA, and the Westside with two more sessions on the schedule, one in the Harbor on the 16th of November and the other in South LA on the 23rd of November. Both sessions start at 8:00... 


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Greetings Neighborhood Council Board Members and stakeholders! Our Funding webpage on is continuing to be upgraded by our talented staff, and very soon (probably this weekend), there will be a great new enhancement to view each NC's expenditures. In addition to this, look for more information coming soon regarding the transition to the NC Checking Account system which is now slated...

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I hope our newsletter finds you well. We just completed our fourth segment in the Leadership Academy on "Connectivity" in the West area. We are happy to say that your participation in these sessions is wonderful. We know that Emergency Preparedness is one of your top priorities as some of you have already dealt with an emergency in your neighborhood. We know that as Neighborhood Councils, you take...

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Do Neighborhood Council boards have opinions on issues? Of course they do. Do Neighborhood Council boards express their opinions officially? According to last year's statistics, not very often. The City's 95 Neighborhood Councils in fiscal year 2012-2013 weighed in officially on issues through Community Impact Statements just 216 times. Indeed Neighborhood Councils have achieved many successes...


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In 1993, the Los Angeles Police Department established the first official police-community relationship in the City of Los Angeles called Community-Police Advisory Boards. Twenty years later, there are 21 community policing stations in Los Angeles, each with a Community-Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) made up of volunteers who live and work in the neighborhoods they represent. C-PABs are the voice of...


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Draft EIR for Proposed Griffith Park Baseball Fields

The City is proposing to construct two new youth baseball fields within the existing Crystal Springs Picnic Area, located in Griffith Park. A Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared for the proposed fields, with an alternative layout and an alternative site- North Atwater Park. The City is requesting input from responsible agencies, trustees, and other interested parties on the...

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PlanCheckNC Meeting

Sat, Nov. 9
(Next meeting Dec. 14 @ Boyle Heights
Community Room) 

Annual Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) Summit


 Sat, Nov. 9

Time 8 am - 1 pm


 Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Biltmore Bowl

506 South Grand St.

Los Angeles 90071



Valley Alliance of NCs (VANC)

Thurs, Nov. 14
Time 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Sherman Oaks Hospital Doctor's Conference Rm
4929 Van Nuys Bl.

Sherman Oaks  91403


Leadership Academy - Harbor Region:
Connectivity and
NC Elections 2014
Sat, Nov. 16
Time 8 am - 12 noon

Medical Center Administration Kaiser Permanente, South Bay
25825 S. Vermont
Room B1/B2
Harbor City 90710


Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting

Mon, Nov. 18  

Time 1 pm

City Hall, Room 1060
200 N.Spring St.
Los Angeles 90012


NC Budget Advocates

Mon. Nov. 18
Time 7 - 9 pm

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


Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting

Tues, Nov. 19
Time 1 - 3 pm

City Hall, Room 1010
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles 90012


Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Meeting

Wed, Nov. 20
Time 8:30 - 10:00 am

Lenny's Deli
2379 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles 90064


South Los Angeles Alliance of NCs (SLAANC) Meeting

Thurs, Nov. 21
Time 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker, Suite 201

Los Angeles 90008


Leadership Academy - South Region:
Connectivity and
NC Elections 2014
Sat, Nov. 23
Time 8 am - 12 noon

Council District 10
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1819 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles 90006
(enter parking lot on Manhattan)




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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 


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

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; approved as amended by Budget and Finance Committee 11/4   

 Citywide Issues:


13-1364 Municipal Elections Reform Commission

Approved by City Council 10/22  


 13-0600-S146 First Financial Status Report FY 2013-14

Approved as amended by Council  10/23; approved by Mayor 10/30  


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 and City Attorney's reports received  

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 by City Council 11/6; CAO to report back in two weeks from 11/6 

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

Approved as amended by City Council 11/5 


 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 City Council 11/5; last day for Mayor to sign 11/18 


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

Approved as amended by  Planning and Land Use and Public Works and Gang Reduction Committees 10/8; City Attorney requested to prepare ordinance 


 12-0460 - Comprehensive Zoning Code Revision

Five year effort underway; updates at


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

Approved by City Council 11/6


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; 
PLUM continued 15-30 days 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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