January 31, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. This week has been such a whirlwind of activity and meetings that I've not yet caught my breath. On Monday, our Board of Neighborhood Commissioners had their yearly retreat, and I'm looking forward to working with the enthusiastic Commissioners on a variety of policies in the upcoming year. Expect to see more on their discussion in the upcoming weeks once their retreat summary is completed.


That evening, I followed North Valley Commissioner Lydia Grant to Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council to thank the outgoing board members for their work as the new board was affirmed by her. In the next few months, I'll be doing my best to get around to all of the Neighborhood Councils to express my appreciation in person for all the great work you do for your community. 



On Tuesday, I got a more detailed glimpse of Controller Ron Galperin's ControlPanelLA. I'm really very impressed with the fiscal information at our fingertips now not only for the City, but for Neighborhood Councils as well. Controller Galperin is taking his presentations on the road, and I highly encourage you to check it out. We'll let you know his schedule once it's set so you can see how the City spends your taxpayer dollars.


Our partnership with LAPD and Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils for the first State of the Valley Public Safety Town Hall on Wednesday was a hit with over 250 people at Van Nuys City Hall. Councilmembers Martinez, Fuentes and Krekorian also stopped by to lend their support. We're now receiving requests to do others around the City and on a quarterly basis as well! A huge thanks to our wonderful outreach and elections staff, led by our fearless Director of Outreach and Communications (and Elections!), Stephen Box, who worked with our Independent Election Administrators to make the event a success.


This same crew, along with our great partners at the City Clerk, is also going all out on the elections. Congratulations to IEA Tony Wilkinson for closing Region 3 candidate filing strongly last night! I cannot emphasize what a massive job it is to make online candidate filing available for every region, verify the candidates and upload pictures and statements onto the website while also making changes for the new stakeholder definition. So please bear with us as we work out the kinks and make the necessary adjustments to hit our stride.


I'm off to Region 4's Rally in the Valley tonight, but I hope to see you at the LANCC meeting tomorrow or at Mayor Garcetti's City Budget 101 in Porter Ranch on Monday night.


Have a super weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment  


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I just left DWP headquarters where I announced my nomination of Marcie Edwards as the new General Manager. Marcie began her career at DWP at age 19 as a clerk typist. Today, she will make history as the first woman to lead the largest public utility in the nation. She shares my belief that LA's ratepayers should be treated like shareholders in a great company. She has the toughness and expertise necessary...


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Over 200 Valley residents, including members of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, area Neighborhood Council Public Safety Committees, and CERT members turned out for a Town Hall meeting with LAPD Deputy Chief Jose Villegas and the LAPD Operations- Valley Bureau to discuss public safety in the Valley. Los Angeles City Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Paul Krekorian, and Felipe Fuentes addressed....


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I have exciting news to share: U.S.A. Track & Field has chosen Los Angeles to host the 2016 Olympic trials marathon. L.A. has a long and rich history of hosting the greatest sports events in the world. We've held two Olympic Games here, including the first ever Women's Olympic marathon in 1984. That memorable race inspired the creation of the annual L.A. marathon, which remains one of the...


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The Elections Hot Line gets lots of calls from candidates, volunteers, and voters who have lots of questions. Here are some of the common questions and the answers. Question from potential Candidates: "Where do I start?" Answer: Visit EmpowerLA's Elections page where you will find a list of the Neighborhood Councils and the Regions, a map of the City with all of the Neighborhood Councils, links...


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Neighborhood Councils have a mandate to connect their stakeholders with City hall and one of the simplest ways to do that is with their website and links that take visitors to the City of LA and to EmpowerLA. This is such a fundamental strategy for connecting that EmpowerLA offers several ways to find local Neighborhood Councils from the EmpowerLA website. In return, the simple request is that the...


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Elections - One of the many advantages of having the Neighborhood Council elections administered by both EmpowerLA and the City Clerk is that each department has different strengths. The City Clerk's skillset includes a strong vote-by-mail team that is standing by to support the Neighborhood Councils that have elected to implement Vote-by-Mail as one of their strategies for engaging voters. The...


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Internet accounts are easy to open, all it takes is an email address (sometimes a credit card), but they can be tricky and sometimes impossible to transfer, especially if the person who opened it is reluctant to cooperate. Neighborhood Councils should slow down when embarking on the digital journey, setting up accounts in the Neighborhood Council's name, not in the names of the individuals who set...


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A month from now the first 2014 Neighborhood Council elections will be held: Saturday, March 1 in the Northwest San Fernando Valley (Region 2), with the other three Valley Regions following each week thereafter. Each NC's election is unique since each NC has its own Board structure and Bylaws. To assure every NC election is well run, EmpowerLA is recruiting a Poll Manager and Assistant Poll Manager... 


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EmpowerLA's Elections Team conducted a random drawing of letters of the alphabet to determine the order of candidate names for the upcoming Neighborhood Council elections. Candidates will be posted online as they file, in the order that they file. When the ballot is prepared, the candidates in each of the 12 election regions will be listed in uniform order as determined during the random drawing...

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Los Angeles Office of the City Clerk is looking for experienced community organizers. Are you a seasoned organizer? Are you bilingual? Maybe you fit the bill! See the official announcement for details about this job in the Election Division. The Los Angeles City, Office of the City Clerk-Election Division is seeking experienced community organizers in the area of voter outreach. The salary for the...


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Take NC action on a brand new motion in the City Council With some regions open and others getting ready to kick off candidate filing, Elections '14 are on the mind of NC stakeholders. For those elected to the Board of their NC and for all stakeholders, one of the best things about building community is building the community voice. Right now there is an opportunity to speak up on the subject of...


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The President stood before Congress and the nation, declaring that the state of our union is strong. And while it is, we can and must make it stronger. To start, we must support those families struggling because of the lack of jobs. The new year began with the expiration of unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, to the detriment of our economy and millions of families. Congress has the...


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We told you about it last week-- now it's time to get serious and take the survey to share your thoughts on what the Greek Theatre means to you. This week, General Manager of Recreation and Parks Michael Shull personally invites you to give your input on the future operations of one of Los Angeles' best and most famous venues. Be sure to share this news with your fellow stakeholders and encourage...

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Neighborhood Council Parking Passes


Neighborhood Council-LADWP Memorandum of Understanding Oversight Committee Meeting

Sat, Feb. 1
Time 8:45 - 10 am

Hollywood Constituent Center

6501 Fountain Avenue

Los Angeles 90028


Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Meeting
Sat, Feb. 1
Time: 10 - 1 pm

Hollywood Constituent Center

6501 Fountain Avenue

Los Angeles 90028



Region 1 Candidate Workshop
Sat, Feb. 1
Time: 2 - 4 pm

Sepulveda United Methodist Church
15435 Rayen Street
Van Nuys 91401

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Meeting

Tue, Feb. 4

Time: 6 - 9:30 pm

Manchester Elementary School - Auditorium
661 West 87th Street
Los Angeles  90044



Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting

Fri, Jan. 31
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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





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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:


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:


Referred to Planning and Land Use Management Committee 1/28

1/14 Department to report to Planning and Land Use Management Committee in 60 days


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 2/4

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 continued to date TBD

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