March 14, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I was so impressed with Region 1 elections this past Saturday. Some Neighborhood Councils - Arleta, Sylmar, and Sunland-Tujunga - were turning out historical highs, thanks to some great outreach. Our super elections team, led by the fearless Stephen Box, were out in force to make sure everything was running smoothly. We were also flying our new EmpowerLA banners, too, which I thought were pretty neat and eye catching. Elections continue in Region 3 on Sunday and Region 4 on Thursday so we are definitely keeping busy.



We welcomed an international delegation from Venezuela on Tuesday, which included a Governor and Congressman. They were here to learn about the Neighborhood Councils' role in ethics and government. Thanks to Deputy City Attorneys Carmen Hawkins and Alois Phillips for working with our staffers, Leyla Campos and Melvin Canas, to set up a very educational experience for them. I think Venezuela may be the next country to develop a Neighborhood Council system modeled after Los Angeles based on their interest.


Last night at the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, Chair and LADWP Commissioner Jill Banks Barad welcomed Mayor Eric Garcetti, who stopped by to personally introduce LADWP's new General Manager, Marcie Edwards, to the Valley Neighborhood Council leaders. I think everyone in the packed room was excited to welcome back fellow Valley folks, as both Mayor Garcetti and Marcie grew up in the Valley, and was impressed by LADWP's new leader as she answered the many questions about the City's electricity and power issues. Afterwards, we all had cupcakes to celebrate the birthday of Judi Daniels, Vice President of Chatsworth Neighborhood Council and VANC Executive Officer. Happy Birthday, Judi! 



We are sprinting to the end of the fiscal year so please make sure your Neighborhood Council finances are in order. There are some corrections in the end of year fiscal deadlines so please read more about it in Armando's report below.


As always, thank you for all your wonderful work! If I don't see you at Sunday's elections, have an excellent weekend!



Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment


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Join the City of Los Angeles' Planning Department for a series of community meetings and give your input on the needs of your neighborhood. Find details and RSVP to help plan the future of your community. Saturday, March 15th - North Valley Community Meeting Wednesday, March 19th - Central Los Angeles Community Meeting Saturday, March 22nd - South Los Angeles Community Meeting Saturday, March 29th...


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The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council hosted the first public forum for the candidates running for LA County Sheriff with 6 of the 7 candidates addressing a standing-room-only crowd at the Van Nuys Constituent Center. Frank Stoltze, Crime and Politics Reporter for KPCC, covered the forum which drew almost as many journalists as members of the public and his article can be found here. The forum's origins...


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 Mayor and DWP GM visit
Valley Alliance of NCs


Mayor Eric Garcetti and DWP GM Marcie Edwards joined DWP Commissioner Jill Banks Barad at the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils where representatives of the 34 Valley councils talked about the Mayor's priorities and the DWP's future. Mayor Garcetti reminded the standing-room-only audience of his Valley roots, from summer camp in Chatsworth to school in Studio City to a first date in Sherman...


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The state of public safety, traffic, SB1818, small lot sub divisions...these are just some of the issues on the minds of Westside residents these days. Join Deputy Chief Hara and Los Angeles Planning Department General Manager Michael LoGrande for a Westside Town Hall on Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00pm. You'll have a chance to discuss a range of topic that matter to Westside residents, including traffic...


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Neighborhood Council elections are successful because of the volunteers that work with the poll managers to assist voters in navigating the election process, from registering and qualifying for a ballot to navigating the board structure and ballots. Volunteers make great neighborhoods greater and they are essential at our local elections where the objective is to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat...


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Neighborhood Council leaders from throughout the city are partnering with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to bring the 2014 LA Congress of Neighborhoods to City Hall on Saturday, September 20th. SAVE THE DATE! In the meantime, you can take part in the 2014 Congress of Neighborhoods Planning Committee to prepare for the 2014 Congress of Neighborhoods. The Congress of Neighborhoods is designed...


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Neighborhood Council elections take place in libraries, schools, recreation centers, farmers markets, churches, shopping centers, parks, and even in local museums and cultural centers. While the wide variety of polling locations reflect the unique personalities and character of each community, all polling places have several things in common. They need to accommodate a large number of people who want...


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Neighborhood Councils take note: an important change to the Brown Act took effect at the beginning of this year. Under this new provision, Neighborhood Councils general boards and committees must publicly report any action taken at a meeting and publicly record the vote or abstention on each action taken by each member present for the action at a meeting.  This should be done orally at the time the...


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Neighborhood Councils pick the location for their upcoming elections, a choice that was typically made before the November 22, 2014 deadline for their Election Stipulation Worksheets, along with several other decisions on the administration of their elections. They also submit a Demand Warrant for the location fees. Neighborhood Councils that did not select a location or did not turn in a worksheet...


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Teen C-PAB Meeting on March 18

LAPD Pacific Area is looking for teens and young adults who are interested in working with the LAPD in their neighborhoods. You're probably familiar with the successful adult Community Policy Advisory Board program, which just celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2013. The LAPD seeks self-motivated young folks who want to improve quality of life in their communities and assist officers with reducing... 


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 Social Engagements - 2014

This week, the focus is on connecting with the Mayor and the City Council using social media. If you are not sure of your City Council District, you can enter your address here and you will find all your representatives, including your Neighborhood Council. Now let's get busy liking and following and sharing and joining and getting social with City Hall! Council website facebook twitter youtube...


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Region 8 Candidate Filing Extension


EmpowerLA has extended the deadline for candidate filing by seven days in order to conduct a comprehensive direct mail campaign that will reach every residential address within the council boundaries, engaging voters for the Arroyo Seco, Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Greater Cypress Park, Historic Highland Park, LA 32, and Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Councils. The candidate filing deadline...


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The Neighborhood Council election journey is open to the public, from beginning to end, including the Canvass of Votes which typically takes place immediately following the polling and at the same location as the election. At the conclusion of the polling, the polls will be closed and the room will be reset for the tally process. The Poll Manager will then open the doors and allow observers and...


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 Home As Your Kit
Deadline Extended!

A couple weeks ago we told you about Home as Your Kit, the video competition from the LA Emergency Management Office. If you shoot a (1-min) short video showing how to use common household items to protect yourself in the event of a disaster or emergency, you could win an iPad Mini. Now you have until March 31 to round up your friends and start shooting your film...


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Mea Culpa! Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders. Unfortunately, in last week's newsletter I misstated the information on the fiscal year end deadlines for submitting funding documentation to the department. I offer my sincerest apologies for this confusion. To clarify, there will be separate deadlines for submitting contracts versus demand warrants and Neighborhood...


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Region 3
Election Day
Sun, Mar. 16

Location: Region 3

Visit the South West Valley Elections Page


Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting

Mon, Mar. 17
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm

City Hall
10th Floor Conference Center Room 1050
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles 90012

Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting
Tue, Mar. 18
Time: 1 pm - 3 pm


City Hall
10th Floor Conference Room 1010
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles 90012



Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Monthly Meeting
Wed, Mar. 19
Time: 8:30 am - 10 am

Lenny's Deli
2379 Westwood Blvd.



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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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