November 22, 2013
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. Wow, I can't believe that it's already Thanksgiving next week. I know that I express my gratitude a lot in our newsletters, but I am truly thankful for all the folks who work collaboratively to make our Neighborhood Council system a success starting with our wonderful Neighborhood Council leaders who voluntarily give so much of their time to make their community voices heard at City Hall on City services. For instance, check out Neighborhood Council Valley Village on CBS. Even the Metro recently incorporated Winnetka Neighborhood Council's suggestions for their local construction as well.


I'm extremely grateful for our hardworking staff who do so much with so few, our awesome City Attorneys who do the same, our Councils for Councils and VANC Resource Board mentors, Alliance members, Congress Planning Committee and Budget Advocates who step in to help everyone in addition to their own Neighborhood Council work and our City family who support and collaborate with the Neighborhood Councils and us: Mayor Garcetti, our City Councilmembers, Controller Ron Galperin, City Attorney Mike Feuer, CAO Miguel Santana, CLA Gerry Miller, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (welcome, Commissioner Joy Atkinson! - more below), Board of Public Works, LADWP, Planning, LAFD, LAPD, Street Services, Sanitation, Library, GSD, and the list goes on and includes everyone's amazing staff as well.


I also appreciate veteran staff and Neighborhood Council leaders who still check in with me to make sure Neighborhood Councils are thriving, such as former General Managers Greg Nelson and BongHwan Kim (check out his shout out to Neighborhood Councils here) and  Citywatch's Ken Draper, who also features Neighborhood Council articles weekly.

So many, many thanks to everyone who, like me, believes that if you empower yourself, you empower your community so you can Empower LA.


Don't miss our last  EmpowerLA Leadership Academy workshop on Connectivity tomorrow in South LA. Our offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, the 28th-29th, so we will skip our newsletter next week.


Have a great weekend and a super Thanksgiving!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


Empower Yourself.

Empower Your Community.

Empower LA.



Ever since I was elected to City Council, I've walked neighborhoods to hear directly from my constituents about what's on their minds. It's a practice that I'm continuing as Mayor - bringing City Hall to doorsteps across Los Angeles...


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Our Neighborhood Councils have a lot to do. They're full of people who care about what's going on in their neighborhood and in their city. We often get questions here at EmpowerLA about how the Neighborhood Councils can really get behind an issue and make sure the voices of stakeholders are heard when that issue has gotten the attention of the City Council...


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LA's Recreation and Parks Department celebrates the Winter Holidays with outdoor ice-skating at Pershing Square from November 14 through January 20 with a special Winter Holiday Festival on December 14 that features entertainment, crafts, a snow zone, puppet shows and, of course, ice skating...

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LA's City Council voted unanimously to confirm Joy Atkinson as the latest Mayoral appointee to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, bringing the total number of Commissioners to seven, a complete membership. Joy Atkinson is a private consultant specializing in developing and implementing community outreach programs in the public and private sectors, She offers services in public relations, public affairs, and administrative support as a project administrator/coordinator...

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The first deadline of the 2014 Neighborhood Council Elections season has passed, the Election Procedures Stipulation Worksheets have been filed and now it's time to start working on next steps. #1 Empower your Elections Chair to get busy organizing the Elections Committee and engaging passionate volunteers who will work to make the 2014 Election Season the best yet. #2 Empower your Outreach Chair to get busy telling your Neighborhood Council story, engaging stakeholders who will participate as Candidates, Volunteers, and as Voters...


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Winnetka NC Moves the Metro


There are many advantages to having a Metro connection at your disposal. But as any rider of public transportation knows, one of the most obvious-and fixable-disadvantages is when nature calls, and there's no place to go. Residents living near the Orange Line stop in Winnetka know this all too well. As it turns out, they're also at a disadvantage when Metro riders find themselves without a public restroom. When complaints from residents and businesses about becoming makeshift restrooms began to surface, the Winnetka Neighborhood Council decided to do something about it...


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Guess Who's Coming to the Neighborhood II  


An earlier article on the Department of City Planning described the steps for signing up for the Early Notification System and for monitoring development issues in your neighborhood. Since then, community members have asked how they can be assured that they receive determination notifications of the decisions that are made by the Zoning Administrators and the Planning Commissions.

First, a bit of background...


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The series continues this week with data visualized yet another way! The possibilities are endless. Next week, there won't be a Viz Data Part VI due to the holiday. But we'll...


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This Fall get to know your local WorkSource Center. WorkSource Centers are an excellent resource if you are under-employed, dislocated, or even a business owner. As Neighborhood Council leaders, you understand the importance of keeping your neighbors informed. Likewise, WorkSource Center staff are broadening their outreach efforts and hitting the pavement from Marina Del Rey to Northeast LA...


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Are you planning to fry your turkey for the holiday?

The Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation is accepting household fryer oil at local S.A.F.E. (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, Electronics) Centers. The oil will be recycled for fuel and energy-instead of clogging your plumbing and sewer pipes.

When recycling the oil, make sure that it is delivered in a closed leak-proof container (such as a store container) and take it to one of six S.A.F.E. Centers. See below for locations and times...


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Zero Waste LA
-Public Comment Period

The City of Los Angeles is releasing a Notice of Completion for the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report on Commercial and Multifamily Franchise Hauling, also known as Zero Waste LA.

That means the report is open for public comment from November 21, 2013 to January 10, 2014.

The City of Los Angeles will consider the adoption of an ordinance to establish an exclusive and citywide franchise system for the collection and handling of Solid Resources (including solid waste, organic material and recyclables) from commercial and multifamily (commercial) establishments. Right now, this service is provided by permitted private waste haulers within the City...


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Greetings Neighborhood Council Board Members and stakeholders! The holidays are just around the corner. Please work with the Funding Unit to ensure you are using your NC funds in accordance with City policy. Look to this newsletter for critical updates on the implementation of the NC Checking Account System 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...

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I would like to remind everyone about our upcoming Leadership Academy session in South Los Angeles. We will be in Council District 10 Field Office - 1819 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90018. This is our final session 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 and how to tell your story using tools and strategies used in community organizing...

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On September 2, 2013, the LADWP completed the replacement of its 39-year old Customer Information System (CIS) after over three years of planning and development. This CIS platform touches nearly every aspect of utility operations, including customer service, meter reading and billing. It is the heart of our customer service system and used during each customer interaction by phone or online. Over time, this system will help us significantly improve the customer experience...


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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)


Happy Thanksgiving 
Thurs, Nov. 28 


Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting
Tues, Dec. 3 
Time 6 - 9:30 pm

Elysian Heights Elementary School-Auditorium
1562 Baxter St.
Los Angeles 90026 


NC-DWP MOU Oversight Committee

Sat, Dec. 7 
Time 8:45 - 10 am

Hollywood City Hall 
6501 Fountain Ave. 
Los Angeles 90028


LA NC Coalition (LANCC) Meeting

Sat, Dec. 7 
Time 10 am - 1 pm

Hollywood City Hall 
6501 Fountain Ave. 
Los Angeles 90028




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Hot Sheet


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

Approved by City Council 11/20 


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

Continued by Education and Neighborhoods Committee  to date TBD  


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
11/19 Education and Neighborhoods Committee continued to date TBD

11/19 Education and Neighborhoods Committee 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:


11-0923-S2 Allow Art Murals on Single Family Residences in Council Districts
1, 9, and 14
Scheduled in City Council 11/27



13-1513 Increase Number of Cats Allowed Per Residence From Three To Five 

11/19 Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee continued to date TBD  


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 report received 11/22 

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


11-0262 - State Licensed Facilities/Community Care Facilities

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

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