January 17, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. Elections, elections, elections...if your Neighborhood Council isn't talking about election outreach at every meeting, you should be. I ended last week with a Rally in the Valley for Region 1. Board of Public Works President Kevin James stopped by to speak along with Commissioner Lydia Grant of our own Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and Monica Ratliff of the LAUSD School Board. They all talked about how important it is to recruit more people into our Neighborhood Council system to grow our voices. More candidates in your elections means more potential partners and supporters. 



A big thank you and congratulations to our Region 2 Independent Election Administrator, Kevin Taylor, for a strong start to the Neighborhood Council election candidate filing, which closed on Wednesday. I know he, the rest of our IEAs and our election staffers, Stephen Box and Glenn Bailey, worked hard with Neighborhood Councils to get those candidates, including phone banking all the existing Board members. Thanks to the City Clerk, we're posting the new candidates up within a day or two of receiving their filings. Kudos to Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council for having over 4 candidates for each of their 5 open seats!


As you've no doubt heard, Los Angeles is one of President Obama's Promise Zone cities. Specifically, the neighborhoods of Pico Union, Westlake, Koreatown, Hollywood and East Hollywood will benefit from a local and federal government partnership to invest in underserved communities. Deputy Chief of Staff, Rick Jacobs, called a meeting today of the City departments that will be supporting in this worthy endeavor, and we were one of them! I'm hoping that our Neighborhood Councils in those areas will be strong partners in assisting with this project over the next 3 years. More information to come as we get it.


I'm off to another Rally in the Valley in (I heart) Reseda. Remember our offices are closed on Monday, January 20, 2014, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday.


Enjoy the warm weather this weekend!





Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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Twenty years ago today, our city was jolted awake by the devastating Northridge Earthquake. While we cannot predict the future, we can be ready for it. That's why I appointed Dr. Lucy Jones, one of the world's leading seismologists, to advise me on how LA can prepare for the Big One. I'm pushing City Hall to do everything it can, but I need you to do your part. Will you take the #ReadyLA Pledge right...


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January 15, 2014, marked the end of candidate filing for the Neighborhood Council (NC) Region 2. Candidate signup was tremendous! Over 120 candidates filed to join the ranks of leaders in Los Angeles' NC. Candidates who filed by the deadline will have until 5:00 p.m., January 21 to provide documentation to establish their stakeholder status for the seat they are seeking. Region 2 includes Granada...


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In December, EmpowerLA had the opportunity to sit in on Professor Ong's Urban Planning class at UCLA as students presented their neighborhood profiles, finished products of the neighborhood analyses they conducted in collaboration with seven Neighborhood Councils. We promised to share these great profiles with you, and we are excited to present them as PDFs here for you to peruse online. Students...

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This is a reminder to mark your calendar for January 29. From 6-8pm, the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils will host a "State of Public Safety in the Valley" Town Hall meeting with special guest Deputy Chief Jorge Villegas. Click here to see the event flyer. For more information on the "State of Public Safety in the Valley" contact one of the four Independent Election Administrators...


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EmpowerLA's Funding Department has just released a recap of Neighborhood Council expenditures over the last 18 months, viewable in NC Viz Data format as well as in traditional spreadsheet detail. Click here to review Elections, Improvements, NPGs, Operations, and Outreach expenses by region. There are also options for a detailed spreadsheet and a summary spreadsheet....


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Neighborhood Councils are constantly taking on great new projects to make their neighborhoods better. In Council District 2, a new matching grant program will enable NCs to carry out projects that improve the neighborhood environment and build stronger connections in the community. With the Neighborhood Council Community Beautification Program, every award matches Neighborhood Council appropriated...


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The City of LA joined Nextdoor.com in December. Since then, 20 Neighborhood Councils have activated their own pages to communicate with their stakeholders. With Election '14 season underway, now is the time to take advantage of this online tool to spread the word about candidate registration and increase voter turnout. Over 700 neighborhoods are already on Nextdoor.com, and they're waiting to...


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Prototypical Job Fair offers Promise of High Paying Jobs. The Canoga Park Neighborhood Council (CPNC) under the leadership of its President, Corinne Ho, is organizing a Job Fair and Resource Expo. This groundbreaking job fair will take place Friday, January 24, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. What makes this event unique is its organizational process and vision. Registration for employers and attendees...


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The Empowerment Congress is holding its 22nd Annual Congress on Saturday, January 18. The 22nd Annual Empowerment Congress Summit will feature a diverse array of workshops that highlight major issues of importance in Second District communities. Join the Empowerment Congress as they continue in their mission to Educate, Engage, and Empower residents to take control of their communities...


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More than 100 people joined City Controller Ron Galperin and Councilman Bob Blumenfeld for a training session on ControlPanel LA, the new data portal that makes the City's revenue and spending information public and downloadable. This first phase of ControlPanelLA includes data detailing billions of dollars of City transactions - with specifics on nearly 1,000 revenue sources, 600 expenditure... 


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Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. -- Michael Jordan Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders! This period is a time of change, transition, and most currently a period of waiting for change. With elections around the corner as well as the implementation...

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You might notice the Council File Hot Sheet we send out every week with our Newsletter. You can find it in the sidebar, and it lists some issues of interest for Neighborhood Councils. We'll be highlighting these files periodically and encourage you to issue Community Impact Statements and weigh in on issues that matter to stakeholders in your neighborhood. Are you concerned about public safety?...


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The City of LA just keeps getting better and better at recycling water, something that nature has been doing since the beginning of time. After all, water is the simplest example of the cycle of life. And since water is not the most abundant resource in Los Angeles, finding the safest and most efficient way to meet the demand for water is a real challenge. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power...


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Neighborhood Council Parking Passes


Education & Neighborhoods Committee

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Time 1 pm - 3 pm

City Hall

200 North Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

10th Floor Conference Center, Room 1010  


Alliance of River Communities (ARC) Monthly Meeting

Thurs, Jan. 23
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm

Glassell Park Senior and Community Center
3750 Verdugo Road 
Los Angeles, CA 90065



Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Special Meeting - Board Planning Retreat

Mon, Jan. 27
Time: 1 pm - 5 pm

Audubon Center at Debs Park - Discovery Room
4700 North Griffin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90031

LAPD - State of the Valley Public Safety Town Hall

Wed, Jan. 29

Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

Van Nuys City Hall
14410 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, CA 91401




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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:


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:

13-1152-S1 Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking / Prohibition of Well Stimulation Activities

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


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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