November 15, 2013
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I'm happy to say that in addition to our LAFD partnership for Neighborhood Council feedback on LAFD's first strategic plan, we have received another request from the Bureau of Sanitation for Neighborhood Council partnership for their 2040 One Water L.A. Plan team, which will develop implementation ideas for the City's plan to effectively capture, conserve and reuse water. If you're interested in being part of this team as a Neighborhood Council representative, please see the information below.


As we've mentioned in the past, retreats are a great way to get all of your Board members on the same page. Since the Department also practices what we preach, our staff had a retreat yesterday at the Maritime Museum down in the Port of Los Angeles, which was facilitated by our Human Relations Commission. As part of our team building exercises, we took a boat tour of our port. It was a good way to assess what's working and what needs to work better in order for us to provide Neighborhood Councils the best support we can.  


Speaking of retreats, I'll be participating in Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council's board retreat tomorrow after stopping by our EmpowerLA Leadership Academy workshop on Connectivity in the Harbor area. If I don't see you, have a relaxing weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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I just spoke at a tribute to the heroes of the American Red Cross, to whom we owe so much here in L.A. and whose work is now crucial in aiding our friends in the Philippines.  Will you join me in contributing through this special link to support the rescue work of the Red Cross in the Philippines?...


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The Mayor's Crisis Response Team is made up of volunteers who provide immediate on-site crisis intervention, support and comfort for victims and families of all ages. When small children are affected, one of the things this team does is give them a stuffed animal to hold and help navigate the crisis...


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Mayor Eric Garcetti's commitment to open and transparent governance and City Controller Ron Galperin's policy of opening the city's books to the public continue to resonate through the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, resulting in "More Data, More Visuals."...


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Los Angeles is prone to 13 of 16 possible federally-identified natural and man-made threats. Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable to the destructive effects of wildfires, flooding, mudslides and earthquakes. The Los Angeles Police Department shared some information on disaster preparedness that every Neighborhood Council should know-including the important role Neighborhood Councils can play...

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The lines passing through LA LIVE today aren't just tailgaters for the Lakers game. November 15 is the fourth annual America Recycles Day in Los Angeles. Today was the day to grab your old phones from the garage, dust off your unused monitor for that standing desk you never built, and pack up that ancient VCR you got from Circuit City in 1992- then get in line and join the largest recycling drive in LA- and in the country!...


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Last year, facing everyday challenges to residents' quality of life, including dumping, graffiti, clogged storm trains, and public safety issues, the neighborhood of North Hills East was in need of a fun-filled event with a "Give Thanks" theme to bring together all members of the community. The leadership of the North Hills East Neighborhood Council, which serves the diverse and bilingual community of North Hills, decided to do something to educate their community on the many free resources that Los Angeles has to offer....


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The LAFD and EmpowerLA
Are Coming to a
Neighborhood Near You 


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 partnership between the two city departments is the first of its kind- EmpowerLA is connecting the LAFD to the Neighborhood Councils, and they are asking for your help in connecting them to the 3.8 million residents they serve...


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LA's Department of Recreation and Parks is holding a series of community meetings to provide input and comments which will help the Department determine methods to increase its annual budget for operations and maintenance over the next five years beginning in Fiscal Year 2014-15. By popular demand, they've expanded their schedule. Please see the revised schedule of meetings and mark your calendar!...


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Question: Why are we having elections so soon, it seems like we were just elected to our seats?

Answer: Neighborhood Council elections are held in March, April, and May  of even numbered years. In 2012 the elections were delayed because of the budget crisis, resulting in an extension of the terms until the August, September and October elections. On September 17, 2013 the City Council...


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LA Is Open For Business(es)

Did you know that you can do business with the City of Los Angeles? There is a multitude of opportunities in our City, but it can be difficult to navigate the business environment on your own. Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN) is there to help you search and find opportunities all in one place, for free...


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Greetings Neighborhood Council Board Members and stakeholders! Implementation of the NC Checking Account system is just around the corner, so look to this newsletter for critical updates to make sure your Board is ready to open their account by January 2014. See below regarding the monthly expenditure reports. By January 2014, the Department should have received your reports for July - November 2013, and submission of these reports will be a pre-requisite to opening an account. Department staff will be reaching out to Treasurers and Signers to complete the information packets required by the bank to open the accounts...

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I would like to remind you about tomorrow's upcoming Leadership Academy session in the Harbor Area. We will be at the Medical Center Administration Kaiser Permanente, South Bay, 25825 S. Vermont, Room B1/B2, Harbor City, CA 90710. This is one of our last sessions on Connectivity where you will get the chance to hear from the Los Angeles Fire Department on Emergency Preparedness and also from our field staff on how to conduct one on ones or how to tell your story using tools and strategies used in community organizing...

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A citywide day of education on November 18 will ready Thanksgiving shoppers and retailers for the implementation of the City of Los Angeles' single-use, plastic shopping bag ban that begins on January 1, 2014.After years of hard work, the City is now poised to follow a more sustainable path in which shoppers bring reusable bags to the store as part of their normal daily routine...


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Attention all business owners: the City of Los Angeles is offering a tax penalty waiver through December 2. If you have not yet fulfilled the requirements, now is the time. The tax amnesty applies to the following taxes: Business; Telephone, Electricity & Gas Users; Commercial Tenant's Occupancy; Transient Occupancy; and Parking Occupancy for businesses who have unpaid taxes, under-reported gross receipts, or who are not registered...


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As the City of Los Angeles moves forward towards making LA a more sustainable city, collaboration between city departments has become a vital part of implementing new programs, projects, and policies that will comply with water quality mandates, increase water recycling and reuse, and enhance our communities and environment in the process...


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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
Field Office
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:


13-1343 Appointment of Joy Atkinson to Board of Neighborhood Commissioners

Scheduled in Education and Neighborhoods Committee 11/19; scheduled in City Council 11/20 


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

Scheduled in Education and Neighborhoods Committee  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 11/19

Scheduled in Education and Neighborhoods Committee 11/19

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  


13-0025-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; signed by Mayor 11/8; ordinance effective 12/16 


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


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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