March 7, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. With Region 2's elections in the Valley behind us, we are fully in the Neighborhood Council election cycle now with EmpowerLA and City Clerk staff both qualifying candidates and holding elections at the same time. I want to congratulate Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council on their great election turn out in pouring rain no less last Saturday. Thanks to Ethan Turer, their Youth Rep and Election Chair, and the PRNC board and election volunteers, they signed up 23 candidates for 5 open seats and had 730 people come out to vote! On election day, Ethan was using social media to remind their stakeholders to come out and vote. Congratulations to Ethan and PRNC since they have taken the lead in getting Mayor Garcetti to come out to swear their board in!



I stopped by USC this week to talk about Neighborhood Councils to master students in Terry Cooper's public policy class. Terry is the Director of the USC's Civic Engagement Initiative, and has studied the Neighborhood Councils from the start. We're talking about how USC can do a follow up study on the impact of Neighborhood Councils so hopefully we can make that happen soon. I'm also talking with UCLA about how we can work together to create Neighborhood Council profiles to provide board members with the necessary information about their community history, demographics, zoning and assets to support their work.


Yesterday, I was at the first TEDx for the City of Los Angeles, which was organized by the Emergency Management Department. It turns out that General Manager Jim Featherstone, who is Interim Fire Chief now, is a big TED fan as I am, too. He and his team put together a great TEDx session for City employees that covered emergency management and leadership issues with presenters both local and across the country, including our LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. I'm picking the brain of his staffer, Chris Ipsen, who coordinated the event about how we can do something about civic engagement since Los Angeles' Neighborhood Councils are setting the standard in that arena.



I'll be trying to get around to all the polling locations in my little electric car tomorrow in Region 1 of the Valley. If I don't see you, enjoy the warm weather this weekend!


Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment


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L.A. is a global city and so is our city's economy, which is why I'm in Mexico City right now on my first trade mission as Mayor. I am joined here by representatives of our Port, Airport, and Tourism & Convention Board as well as a business delegation organized by the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce. Trade between Mexico City and L.A. tops $2 billion annually, while our region's overall trade with...


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It's been a deadly year so far for residential fires in Los Angeles County. Many of those deaths are being blamed on broken or missing smoke alarms. Fire officials are hoping to stop that trend. City leaders kicked off a new campaign on Friday to raise awareness about the importance of working smoke alarms. We're just about three months into 2014, and fire-related deaths are soaring in the city...


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On Wednesday, April 2, the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, in partnership with Marymount California University and the Grand Vision Foundation, is hosting a Quality of Life forum. Learn how chronic homelessness is being addressed on local and national policy levels, and discuss potential solutions for our community.  This free event will be held at the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St, San Pedro...


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 Recycle Your Tires For Free
With LA Bureau of Sanitation


Throughout the April, May, and June, you'll have a chance to drop off your used car or light truck tires at one of six recycling events with the Bureau of Sanitation. Bring up to 9 tires per person per trip, off the rim, to the recycling site. Remember to take along some proof of Los Angeles residency, such as a California Driver's License or a DWP bill. Check out this flyer for the locations...


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Know any great youths that are making a difference in their community? The City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission (City HRC) is honored and pleased to announce the 2014-2015 open enrollment for our exclusive and highly competitive, City of Los Angeles HRC Youth Ambassador Program. The Youth Ambassador  (Y.A.) initiative is a year long commitment, it targets high school youth ages 14-17, who...


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Last week a group of students from Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Public Policy Departments at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs had a rare opportunity to sit down and talk shop with some of the city's most influential minds. A yearly event, Luskin Day at City Hall addresses an important theme that students discuss with policy makers, academics, and leaders in the field, and culminates...


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Do you have any great ideas on reducing LA's dependence on imported water by using stormwater capture to increase the local water supply? The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is looking for public support for their Stormwater Capture Master Plan. Stormwater capture involves catching rainfall and runoff from open space and urban lands for direct use or allowing the water to percolate into... 


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Early Saturday morning on March 1, new DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards stood in the DWP headquarters atrium to welcome Neighborhood Council members to her building.  Up until 11:30 p.m. the night before, she had been managing the City of Anaheim.  Bright and early on her first day of work she wanted to see what the DWP Committee was all about. The DWP (Advocacy) Committee and the DWP MOU Oversight...


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People St. is a new initiative by LADOT and the City of Los Angeles transform LA's 7,500 mi of streets into people-friendly public spaces. The ideas start with you-- with partners in the community,  you can apply to change the landscape in your neighborhood by introducing a parklet, bicycle corral, or plaza. The application period opened officially this week. Visit the People St. website to get...


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Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders! I cannot believe that the end of this fiscal year is fast approaching. With the uncertainty of an estimated implementation date for the NC Checking Accounts, we felt it prudent to set the deadlines for submitting Demand Warrants, Contracts, and Neighborhood Purpose Grants to the Department. This year's deadline will be...


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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sends you a friendly reminder to Spring forward this Sunday! Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 9 at 2:00pm, so don't forget to move your clocks an hour ahead! Now that we're springing forward, remember to coordinate ALL your timers: lights, thermostats, and (if you're using them very sparingly) sprinklers. The City of Los Angeles is currently...


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News from Field Operations 3.7.14


I hope our Newsletter finds you well. Congratulations to some of the Valley groups whose elections have been completed. Now begins the important task of ensuring that we provide you with the necessary training for you to be successful neighborhood council board members as well as a successful neighborhood council board. I want you to know that the Field staff have been working on the plan for training...


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Neighborhood Council Parking Passes


Region 1
Election Day
Sat, Mar. 8

Location: Region 1

Visit the North East Valley Elections Page


PlanCheckNC Meeting

Sat, Mar. 8
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Historic Downtown Outreach Center
114 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles 90013

Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting
Thurs, Mar. 13
Time: Time: 10 - 1 pm


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



Region 3
Election Day
Sun, Mar. 16

Location: Region 3



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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:

Scheduled in Education and Neighborhoods Committee  2/18  


13-1685 Information and Communication Network / Neighborhood Council and Public Use / Creation and Maintenance

Scheduled in Education and Neighborhoods Committee  2/18


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   
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 


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; 2/14 Public Safety Committee continued for 60 days  

2/12 City Council  adopted Planning and Land Use Management Committee report as amended for Planning and Animal Services to report back to PLUM in 60 days

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; Budget and Finance Committee approved 2/10; Scheduled in City Council 2/18  


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


11-0262 - State Licensed Facilities/Community Care Facilities

1/15 Ad Hoc Committee on Community Care Facilities continued to date TBD

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