December 20, 2013
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. This week was filled to the brim with final budget tweaks as we submitted our proposed FY 2014-2015 budget. A huge thanks to Mayor Garcetii's Budget and Innovation Team, our Funding Director, Armando Ruiz, and to the CAO, especially our analyst, Leah Chu, for working with me on the budget preparation. If you weren't able to catch our streaming presentation with the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates online on Monday, you can  check it out here. The final budget is supported by the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates who also voted this past Tuesday to restore the Neighborhood Council yearly allocation to $50,000 so we have included that request in our proposed budget as well.


On Wednesday, the City Council took action to change the stakeholder definition and replace the factual basis stakeholder to the community interest stakeholder. The updated ordinance will take effect in late January. For those Neighborhood Councils whose Candidate Filings have already opened, we had already prepared language on the filing forms noting that this change would take effect to avoid as much disruption as possible (more info below). To save Neighborhood Councils time so they can focus on election outreach, we'll be working on updating all 95 Neighborhood Council bylaws with the new stakeholder definition so they will be ready to post once the ordinance is in effect.


As we come to the end of 2013, we wanted to acknowledge some of the accomplishments of Neighborhood Councils this year whether it was celebrating the VANC's 10 year anniversary or having elected leaders like City Controller  Ron Galperin and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell come from the Neighborhood Council system. It was exciting to see so check out the article below for more.


We'll be taking a break with our newsletter for the next two weeks and will be back in action on Friday, January 10th. Our office will be open for business though with the exception of December 25th and January 1st. 



Our staff and I wish you very Happy Holidays and New Year with your loved ones, and we look forward to Empowering LA with you in 2014! 




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday issued an Executive Directive establishing an Open Data initiative in the City of Los Angeles. Garcetti directed all City departments to collect data that they generate and prepare it for posting on a city website, which will go live in early 2014. Mayor Garcetti said, "This Executive Directive empowers Angelenos to participate in their government with greater understanding...


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There's another new neighbor on This past week, Interim Fire Chief Featherstone announced that the Los Angeles Fire Department has joined the social network for neighborhoods to keep residents informed about important issues and better connect with the great neighborhoods throughout our city. Chief Featherstone is committed to connecting the LAFD with the communities it serves.


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As 2013 nears its conclusion, I want to express my appreciation to you for making this year such a great one - and for the privilege of serving as your Los Angeles City Controller. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me to be your advocate, truth-teller, and problem solver. It is a job I both love and am so very grateful to have. There's no time to waste. Along with a great team, we're...


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The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and the City Attorney's Neighborhood Council Advice Division wish you a Happy Holidays and thank you for a great year of Empowering LA! It's an honor to serve the City of Los Angeles and an even great honor to partner with the 95 Neighborhood Councils that make LA the Capital of Civic Engagement in connecting LA's 4 million residents with their City hall. Thank...


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Happy Holidays from the Public Works Commission! On behalf of LA's Public Works Commission and the hardworking city workers at the Bureaus of Street Services, Sanitation, Street Lighting, Engineering, and Contract Administration as well as the Office of Community Beautification, Happy Holidays and thank you for a great year of civic engagement and partnership! The last six months have been an exciting...


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It's been a great year for Neighborhood Councils. From well-attended meetings to community service days to neighborhood fests, there is a lot to look back on in 2013. With the 2014 Elections right around the corner, EmpowerLA congratulates all 95 Neighborhood Councils on its achievements and looks forward to a new year that sets the bar even higher for civic engagement in Los Angeles. Thank you...


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On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, LA's City Council voted unanimously to approve CF 12-1682, changing the name and definition of the Factual Basis Stakeholder to Community Interest Stakeholder, defined as those who have a "substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council's boundaries." The ordinance now goes to the Mayor for his signature and then must be posted before...


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Over the last three months, EmpowerLA has been working with to partner on engaging new stakeholders and connecting them with the City of Los Angeles and their local Neighborhood Council.. In those three months, the number of neighborhoods has grown from 292 to 794, an increase of 254%! The number of members in LA grew from 8133 to 21,857, an increase of 268%!...


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LAPD's Operations-Valley Bureau is hosting a "State of Public Safety in the Valley" Town Hall in Van Nuys City Hall on January 29, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and features LAPD Deputy Chief Villegas. The LAPD invites all 34 Neighborhood Council Presidents and the NC Public Safety Liaisons to join them in a look at the past, present, and future of public safety in the San Fernando Valley. EmpowerLA...


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The latest round of NC Viz Data takes a look at stats for the Outreach and Communications Team, tracking metrics on a weekly basis and doing a 6 month comparison for some of them. The first graph shows website visits, unique visits, and page views and compares it to 6 months ago. The second graph gives detail on the number of Neighborhood Council Board members that have taken their Ethics and Funding...


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I hope our newsletter finds you well and I also hope that the hecticness of the holiday season does not keep you from finding some quiet time to sit back and think about your accomplishments during this soon to be, past year. It is important to reflect on 2013 and our successes and challenges and equally important is to impart our best practices and lessons learned onto all those that want and need...


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EmpowerLA's Outreach and Communications Team wishes you happy Holidays and thanks you for being such great partners in civic engagement. Over the last year, EmpowerLA's newsletter has seen its distribution grow 350% and this edition is the 50th of the year with 677 articles, countless calendar postings, and a Council File Hot Sheet that makes it easy to track the issues that resonate in our communities....


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The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners is creating an outreach task force to gather and develop best practices for Neighborhood Council outreach and is seeking leaders with outreach and/or public relations experience. Those with extensive Neighborhood Council experience as well as those who are newer to the system are encouraged to participate. To nominate yourself, contact your region's Commissioner...

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ECWA Outreach Chair, Yvonne Ellett, shares the day's clear view with Congressmember Karen Bass and South LA Budget Advocates Darlene Atkins and Danielle Lafayette. Fifty years ago on Saturday, December 14, 1963 the Baldwin Hills Dam failed at 3:38 in the afternoon. City services and volunteers mobilized to evacuate homes and businesses. Empowerment Congress West (ECWANDC) was proud to co-sponsor a... 


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El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and Million Trees L.A. will be presenting an art exhibit entitled DEEP ROOTS: ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS OF EARTH MONTH from April 4, 2014 to April 20, 2014 in the historic Pico House Gallery, in celebration of Earth Month and to highlight the city's growing urban forest. Artists are asked to submit two and/or three-dimensional work that interpret themes of...


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Los Feliz Neighborhood Council celebrates a 2013 A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made the inaugural year of our Council Day of Service a success! Collectively we logged well over 200 volunteer service hours. We made fantastic new friends and had a blast making Los Feliz an even better place. Here's a look back at 2013. Because of YOU, this year we: Planted flowers and landscaped the front...

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Sunday Library Hours The Los Angeles public libraries are now opening on Sundays. The restoring of the library hours on Sunday was made possible by the voter-approved Measure L. "With voters' overwhelming support for Measure L and nearly 14 million people visiting our 73 libraries in a year, it's clear that Angelenos love their libraries. Beginning January 2014, children, teens and adults will...


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Happy New Year! 
January 1, 2014


NC-DWP Advocacy Committee

Sat, Jan. 4  
Time 8:45 - 10 am

DWP Cafeteria Meeting Room, Level B 
111 N. Hope St. 
Los Angeles 90012 


Sat, Jan. 4  
Time 10 am - 1 pm

DWP Cafeteria Meeting Room, Level B
111 N. Hope St.
Los Angeles 90012

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting

Tues, Jan. 7
Time 6 - 9 pm

Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter
14755 Greenleaf St. Sherman Oaks 91403


Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (HANC) Meeting 

Wed, Jan. 8  
Time 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Kaiser Permanente Way Harbor City - Community Outreach Portables 
25965 Normandie Ave. Harbor City 90710


Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) Meeting

Thurs, Jan. 9
Time 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Sherman Oaks Hospital,
Doctor's Conference Room
4929 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks 91403


PlanCheck NC Meeting
Sat, Jan. 11 
Time 10 am - 12 noon

Location TBA 



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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:


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

11/19  Education and Neighborhoods Committee  continued to date TBD  


12-1682-S1 New Neighborhood Council Stakeholder Definition

Pending in Education and Neighborhoods Committee  

12-1682 - Neighborhood

approved by City Council 12/18; last day for Mayor to act 12/30
11/19 Education and Neighborhoods Committee continued to date TBD

11/19 Education and
Neighborhoods Committee continued to date TBD; Department report dated 11/19 received

11-1018  Neighborhood Council Grievance Policy and Process
Approved by City Council 12/3; City Attorney to draft ordinance to be effective 7/1/14 

Citywide Issues:

13-0600-S147  Second Financial Status Report

City Council adopted 12/18; last day for Mayor to act 12/30  


13-1374 Prohibit growth of genetically modified crops within City

Referred to Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and River



11-0923-S2 Allow Art Murals on Single Family Residences in Council Districts
1, 9, and 14
 City Council approved as amended 12/10; approved by Mayor 12/17; ordinance effective 1/27/14


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

12/10 Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved as amended 

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; Planning and Land Use Committee approved as amended 12/3; 12/11 City Council approved; last day for Mayor to act 12/23

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  

 Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee approved as amended 12/4; referred to Budget and Finance Committee


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


Five year effort underway; updates at


11-0262 - State Licensed Facilities/Community Care Facilities

12/11 Ad Hoc Committee on Community Care Facilities continued to date TBD 

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