January 10, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


Happy New Year! I hope this newsletter finds you well in 2014. We are right back into the swing of all things Neighborhood Councils. Candidate filing has opened in all 4 Valley regions, and each is holding their own Rally in Valley to sign up candidates for their Neighborhood Council elections. We were excited to see the first of the Neighborhood Council LADWP ads encouraging stakeholders to join Neighborhood Councils appearing in the January bills. A huge thanks to LADWP Commissioner (and Neighborhood Council guru) Jill Banks Barad for making that happen!!


I'm thrilled that Neighborhood Councils are getting noticed for their great civic work for Los Angeles. Over the holidays, I was contacted by the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, D.C. from a team that is supporting the federal Building Neighborhood Capacity Program, a key program of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, an interagency strategy launched in 2010 by the Obama Administration. They would like technical support in the creation of a Neighborhood Council system that is occurring in Frayser, a community in Memphis, TN. On Monday, we fielded questions from representatives of the Mongolian government on the Neighborhood Council system. Apparently, Mongolia has their own Neighborhood Councils, and they wanted to learn from us. They even attended the Greater Valley Glen Council meeting to observe them in action. Board of Public Works President Kevin James talked about Neighborhood Councils and their growing influence in City government on KFI 640 am radio (click here). Neighborhood Councils and the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates' work were even acknowledged in the Los Angeles 2020 Commission's report released this week (more below).



I think this well deserved attention is due to the dedication and successes of our Neighborhood Council leaders as they work hard each day to make their communities better. Just this past week, Neighborhood Council leaders met at the LANCC, the HANC, the VANC, the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates and the Valley regional outreach committees and events in addition to the over 30 Neighborhood Council board and committee meetings around the City as volunteers! My New Year's Resolution is to be as awesome as LA's Neighborhood Councils.


Thank you to all the Neighborhood Council leaders for your work! We at the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, aka EmpowerLA, look forward to collaborating with you to make Neighborhood Councils more connected, more influential and more successful in 2014.


Have a great weekend! 




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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New Year's resolutions are easier to keep when they are a team effort. Let's make a New Year's resolution together for Los Angeles City Hall. We made this quick survey so you could tell us what needs to improve in your neighborhood. Thousands of people have already taken it online, but we need you to join us. Will you take this survey? It's just three quick questions. Together, we can make sure City...


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The LAPD's Operations-Valley Bureau is partnering with the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils to host a "State of Public Safety in the Valley" Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, January 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Van Nuys City Hall where they will take a look at the past, the present, and future of public safety in the San Fernando Valley. The Daily News recently reported that "crime is...


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Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates Call on DWP Union to Release Financial Information. Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates issued a demand letter on Thursday requesting financial documents from the two nonprofits associated with the largest union of the Department of Water and Power, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. This past fall, the Los Angeles Times reported that...


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The Los Angeles 2020 Commission has just released its report, and it's not pretty. The panel, chaired by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, was convened by City Council President Herb Wesson to address economic growth and job creation in Los Angeles and offer solutions for the challenges the city faces. Called A Time for Truth, the report levels some heavy-handed criticism of various aspects of the....


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Los Angeles is now a "Promise Zone," one of five cities that will receive federal funding to fight poverty, President Obama announced on Thursday. As a Promise Zone, Los Angeles is eligible for grants over ten years that can amount up to half a billion dollars. The Zone is made up of five neighborhoods in LA: Hollywood, East Hollywood, Little Armenia, Koreatown, Westlake and Pico-Union. Money...


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The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition held its annual elections this past Saturday, electing Terrence Gomes as Chair, Fred Mariscal as Vice-Chair, Connie Acosta as Secretary, and Glenn Bailey as Treasurer to one year terms. LANCC is the citywide coalition of Neighborhood Councils, made up of representatives from across the city who are committed to organizing a citywide voice on the issues...


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LA's City Attorney, Mike Feuer, joined the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Council to discuss the State of LA from the City Attorney's perspective, tackling topics that included the City Controller's subpoenas to the DWP's union, Medical Marijuana, Workplace Violence, Gang Injunctions, Neighborhood Prosecutors, Community Courts, and Civic Engagement. The Valley Alliance includes representatives...


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Social Media is an essential tool to get the word out about your Neighborhood Council and the Neighborhood Council elections. And according to Fast Company, the fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55-64 age range bracket and 45-54 age range is for Facebook and Google+. The latest Pew Research suggests, that in 2012 67% of women between the ages of 18-29 used Facebook. These demographics....


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Happy New Year Neighborhood Council Board Members and stakeholders! Here's hoping you all had a great holiday season, are rested, and are ready to take on 2014 with gusto. Although we continue to experience delays with the implementation of the NC Checking Account, we are not going to give up on what will clearly be a better way for NC's to access their funds. The contract with Union Bank is currently...

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On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, LA's Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (Commission) voted unanimously to adopt six (6) of the Neighborhood Council Plan Review committees' recommendations and officially forward those recommendations to LA City Council's Education and Neighborhoods committee. The recommendations if adopted by the City Council and signed by the Mayor would impact how Neighborhood... 


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With the NC Elections coming up, you have an opportunity to get involved by running for election or voting for a candidate at a local polling station. This year, you'll have an opportunity to do even more than cast your vote. You can also provide a tiny bit of comfort to children in a crisis situation, or to a family that is struggling to put food on the table. The Mayor's Crisis Response Team...


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Candidate Filing What region does my neighborhood council belong to? You can find out what region your neighborhood council belongs to by visiting EmpowerLA.org/Elections. At the bottom of the page there is a list of the regions with the neighborhood council names and a neighborhood council city wide map that is clickable. Where can I get my candidate filing form? The candidate filing forms are...

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The most successful outreach strategy is to simply make it personal. There's nothing more powerful than word-of-mouth and face-to-face contact. Neighborhood Councils that lay down a digital outreach platform, complemented by radio spots and newspaper ads, supported by direct mail and enhanced with bus shelter and street furniture posters, are to be applauded. They are getting their name out there...


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LA Rec & Parks Community Budget Discussion Input Form/Survey

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Neighborhood Council Parking Passes


PlanCheck NC Meeting

Sat, Jan. 11
Time 10 am - 12 noon

LAPD Community Room

Hollenbeck Station

2111 E. 1st St.

Los Angeles 90033


Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Monthly Meeting

Wed, Jan. 15
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 am

Lenny's Deli
2379 Westwood Blvd



South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (SLAANC) Meeting

Thurs, Jan. 16
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker - Suite 201
Los Angeles 90008

NC Elections Region 3 "Rally in the Valley"

Fri, Jan. 17

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Reseda American Legion Hall
7338 Canby Ave
Reseda 91335




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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:



Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking / Prohibition of Well Stimulation Activities

Referred to Energy and Environment Committee and Planning and Land Use Management Committees 9/4 


Information and Communication Network / Neighborhood Council and Public Use / Creation and Maintenance

Report referred to Education and Neighborhoods Committee  12/18


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; Acting Mayor signed 12/24; Ordinance effective 1/26/14
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; approved by Acting Mayor 12/24   


13-1374 Prohibit growth of genetically modified crops within City

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

Committee 12/3 


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 9/27/13 

12/10 Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved as amended; scheduled in City Council 1/14

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; Mayor approved 12/17 

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 12/4 


13-0909  DWP Unlimited
Sick Pay Policy

Referred to Energy and Environment Committee  7/26

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 recode.la


11-0262 - State Licensed Facilities/Community Care Facilities

Ad Hoc Committee on Community Care Facilities scheduled for 1/15

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