March 28, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I'm doing my best to get over a wicked case of food poisoning yesterday so I can be healthy and ready to go for Region 5 Neighborhood Council elections on Sunday.


I was sorry to hear that a former Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council board member, Clay McFarland, passed away recently. Clay served as the LBNC President, Vice President and Treasurer before retiring for health reasons. I remember Clay being very supportive of the Neighborhood Council system and of our department by contacting the City Council last year in support of our budget. LBNC and we here will remember him with respect and fondness.


I was pleased to stop by the Westside's Public Safety Town Hall on Wednesday. Partnering with the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils and PlanCheckNC, we had over 150 people attend to hear the latest news from LAPD and the Planning Department. Councilmembers Bonin and Koretz were also there to lend their support.


If you haven't already taken the LAFD strategic plan survey, please take a moment to do so. This is the first time LAFD is putting together a strategic plan with community input so please let them know what your community thinks about their services. The survey is open until Monday, March 31, 2014.


On Tuesday, April 1st, Kevin James, President of the Board of Public Works Commission, will be at the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners meeting at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School, 6017 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Commissioner James is a great collaborator and friend to Neighborhood Councils so I hope you join us to hear from him on his plans to partner with Neighborhood Councils and on leadership in general.


Just a reminder that our office will be closed on Monday, March 31, 2014, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. Take good care and have a relaxing weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor Garcetti Announces His Goal of Doubling Youth Summer Jobs will be Achieved Posted by Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on March 25, 2014 Flag Mayor Eric Garcetti today said that he will achieve his goal of doubling the city's summer youth job program to serve 10,000 young people. He credited a new emphasis on public-private partnerships. He was joined today by White House Senior Advisor...


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Director Diego Luna celebrated today's nationwide release of his movie "Cesar Chavez" by dropping by LA's City Hall to visit with Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo. The visit coincides with the Cesar Chavez holiday celebrated on March 31st, which commemorates the civil rights and labor leader whose trailblazing determination ushered in a new era of struggle for agricultural workers in the United States...


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Councilman Joe Buscaino and
Dept. of Public Works invites you!

Councilman Joe Buscaino and Department of Public Works invites you to attend a meeting of the Board of Public Works. It is the Board of Public Works first off site meeting and will be held down in the Port of Los Angeles, Harbor Commission Hearing Room on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:30am.  Agenda topics will include: Machado Lake White Point Landslide / Hamilton Street Project Overview of Street Services... 


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Filipino American art exhibit,
"The Saysay Project: 
The Arrival of the 12th Poblador"

The Saysay Project: THE ARRIVAL OF THE 12TH POBLADOR a Filipino American art exhibit May 10 - May 25, 2014 Pico House Gallery, El Pueblo Historical Monument, Los Angeles In celebration of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Heritage Month, FilAm ARTS and El Pueblo Historical Monument invite visual artists to participate in an exhibit that explores the narratives of Filipino presence in Los Angeles - from...


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Spotlight on LA Public Libraries: Citizenship Workshops

Did you know the Los Angeles Public Library holds citizenship classes and naturalization assistance workshops? If you require assistance in learning about what is required to apply for U.S. citizenship, practicing your knowledge of English or American history for the citizenship test, or putting together the necessary documents, you can attend one of the many FREE multi-lingual workshops hosted by...


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"SPRING CLEAN L.A." CAMPAIGN IN GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP LAUNCHED TO SUSTAIN AND IMPROVE COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTS" LOS ANGELES (March 25, 2014)-The City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works and Keep Los Angeles Beautiful announced today the Spring Clean L.A. campaign to encourage city residents to remove household hazardous wastes from their homes as well as to join volunteer cleanup events held...


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 Earth Hour: Turn Off
for the Earth this Saturday Night!

On Saturday, March 29, millions of people will be turning their lights off for one hour in order to show their commitment and support for a lower-emissions future. Between 8:30pm and 9:30pm local time, participants are to turn off all their lights and power down non-essential electronics as a statement against the wastefulness of modern society and a powerful visual symbol of the unity of everyday...


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The Election in your Backyard


As Angelenos, it's important that we all take an active role in making our city prosperous, safe, livable, and well-run. With that in mind, will you vote in your neighborhood council election this weekend? This city is too big and diverse to leave all the decisions to City Hall. That's why I've made a proactive effort to host office hours, neighborhood walks, and town halls in every corner of Los...


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Final Program
Environmental Impact Report


The City of Los Angeles has completed the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (Final PEIR) on the Exclusive Commercial and Multifamily Solid Waste Franchise Collection and Handling system, also known as Zero Waste LA. It is anticipated that the Final PEIR will considered by City Council for certification in April 2014, under Council File Number #10-1797-S16. The City of Los Angeles (City) will...


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Make Music LA Partners
with Caricabela
for Canival-Themed Block Parties


After a successful first Make Music Day in the United States in 2013, Make Music LA is partnering with Caricabela Los Angeles to bring the Carnival spirit to Make Music Day 2014. This initiative will encourage neighborhoods to host a city-wide network of Carnival-themed block parties on June 21, 2014. Caricabela has been bringing Carnival traditions to Los Angeles for over 15 years, and president...


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  Los Angeles Dodgers invites you
to an Open House and Tour!

The Los Angeles Dodgers cordially invite you, your family, neighbors and friends to an Open House and Tour! Open House and Tour will highlight new stadium improvements including bullpen plazas and Dodger clubhouse. Monday, March 31st 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm And Tuesday, April 1st 8:00 am - 9:30 am Dodger Stadium 1000 Elysian Park Ave Los Angeles, Ca 90012 Come on out and tour the stadium! Click here to...


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This workshop will provide an overview of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) provisions on tenant evictions. The RSO's requirements for evictions for owner, eligible family, and resident manager occupancy; compliance with a government agency's order; illegal drug activity; gang related crime and nuisance; and for the withdrawal of rental units from the rental market will be explained. Along...


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March NC Board Meeting
February Monthly Expenditure Reports due




Let the Fire Department know what services are most important to you

Tell Recreation and Parks what the Greek Theatre means to you



Neighborhood Council Parking Passes



Region 5
Election Day
Sunday, Mar. 30


Location: Region 5



Board of Neighborhood Commissioners 
Speaker:  Kevin James

Tues, April 1 
Time: 6 pm - 9:30 pm

Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School Auditorium 
6017 Franklin Ave. 
Los Angeles  90028

Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting
Wed., April 2 
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

Save Our Streets Los Angeles Community Briefing Session 

Wed., April 2 
Time:  6 pm

 City Hall
, 3rd Floor
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles  90012


Region 6 
Election Day
Thursday, April 3


Location: Region 6 



DWP MOU Oversight Committee

Sat., April 5
Time:  8 am - 10 am

DWP - Cafeteria
111 N. Hope St.
Los Angeles  90012


Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Meeting

Sat., April 5
Time:  10 am - 12:30 pm

DWP - Cafeteria
111 N. Hope St.
Los Angeles  90012


Congress Planning Committee

Sat., April 5
Time: 12:30 pm

DWP - Cafeteria
111 N. Hope St.
Los Angeles  90012



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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:


Education and Neighborhoods Committee approved as amended 3/18 


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

Education and Neighborhoods Committee  approved as amended 3/18


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:

13-1336 One Water Planning Concept / Blue-Green Projects and Solutions / Meeting Water Mandates

Scheduled in Energy and Environment Committee 4/2 


3/26 Planning and Land Use Management Committee continued; also referred to Budget and Finance Committee 3/26

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

2/28 City Council adopted Planning and Land Use Management Committee report 


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; Planning Department report received 3/4  

13-0046 Consolidation of Planning and Building and Safety Departments, etc.    

3/4 Planning and Land Use Committee approved as amended; scheduled in City Council 4/2  

13-1300-S1  Street Repair and Safety General Obligation Bond Program 

 CAO and CLA joint report received 3/17; refered to Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee


13-0953 Citywide Municipal WiFi Initiative

Approved as amended by City Council 11/5


 13-0941  Sidewalk Repair Adjoining Property Owner  Fee Elimination  

 2/18 City Council approved   


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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