April 4, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. This past week has been a little rough because I lost my voice on Sunday, and my asthma has kicked up so crazy that I've only been able to work part time this week. We're still rocking and rolling here though figuratively and literally with all these earthquakes lately.


The Region 5 elections in the Hollywood and Central area were great on Sunday. I got to swing by half of the 8 polling locations in the morning before heading over to Chatsworth to join in on Councilmember Mitch Englander's horse ride with Mayor Garcetti. Organized by ETI Coral 54 members, Mary Kaufman (Chatsworth Neighborhood Council) and Charlotte Brodie, I joined over 100 equestrians, including Councilmembers Nury Martinez and Tom LaBonge, to enjoy a 2 hour ride through the beautiful Chatsworth hills. I was surrounded by board members from the Chatsworth, Sylmar, Foothill Trails and Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Councils so that was pretty neat. Check out this great video about the ride!



After the lovely ride, it was back to the remaining polling locations, which included Hollywood United Neighborhood Council's corner of the Gelson's parking lot. The high traffic area brought them 306 voters, a voter improvement of 774% from 2012. This puts HUNC (coolest acronym!) in the lead for a visit by Mayor Garcetti. Overall, Region 5 was up 44.9% in voter turnout from 2012 so we are all thrilled with their hard work.


On Tuesday night, I was able to make the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners meeting to hear Board of Public Works Commission President Kevin James speak on leadership and Neighborhood Councils. Commissioner James was thoughtful and practical in his collaborative approach, and I enjoyed his talk. I was also happy to welcome our new Commissioner for the West area, Palms Neighborhood Council President Eli Lipmen. Commissioner Lipmen brings a wealth of tech experience, which I think is going to be perfect for tracking the impact of Neighborhood Councils.



On Wednesday night, I missed the Community Briefing Session on Save Our Streets LA at City Hall because I had the pleasure of going back out to Chatsworth again to swear-in their newly selected board. The board was very gracious in accommodating my barely there voice as I administered the oath. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council conducted a selection this year and did a fantastic job in outreach, getting 690 voters. It was noted that all of their 21 board members had to receive over 300 votes in order to make it on the board this year. A lot of great outreach is happening for elections, too, across the City. I love Los Feliz Neighborhood Council's new outreach video for voters: LosFelizNC.org/election-2014 So cute!


Yesterday, we ran Region 6's elections in the Central area. Thanks to our amazing volunteers, we were able to keep things going over the day of great voter turnout. We had a 23% increase in voters from 2012 in this region. MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council, which had a record high voter turnout of 306 that beat their goal of getting 1% of their population to come and vote, had people who were first time voters in their lives participate. That was awesome. Great job to the Neighborhood Councils in this region along with their volunteers and our election team, particularly their Independent Election Administrators, Jay Handal and Terrence Gomes. We are halfway done with the elections, and we have a 47% increase in voters from 2012 thus far, which is pretty amazing.


Thanks again for all that you do to Empower LA! If I don't see you at the LANNC, have a terrific weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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MAYOR GARCETTI HOSTS PRESIDENT CLINTON AT CITY HALL; ANNOUNCES GREEN BUILD WILL COME TO LA IN 2016 As part of the Clinton Global Initiative conference held at LA City Hall today, Mayor Eric Garcetti joined President Bill Clinton for a discussion on investing in resilient infrastructure and announced that the the U.S. Green Building Council will move its 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and...


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Harbor Area residents: take a walk with Mayor Garcetti on Saturday, April 12, when he strolls through the Harbor Area. You can join him and Councilman Joe Buscaino at 9:00am at the Wilmington Recreation Center, 325 N. Neptune Ave., Wilmington, CA 90744. They'll be going door-to-door in the Wilmington neighborhood and informing residents of basic city services available to them. Stay posted for a...


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A Survey for City-Wide WiFi


Have you heard of the City of Los Angeles Community Broadband Network? It's a city-wide project that will make internet access anytime, anywhere in the City of Los Angeles. The city has already released a Request for Proposals from private bidders to make ubiquitous wireless possible in LA. Read more about this city initiative here. Do you want internet access wherever you go? Los Angeles City wants...


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NC Viz Data: Elections Edition

This week's NC Viz Data takes a special look at the ongoing Elections season. We have a lot of good news to report! The numbers just keep going up: record turnouts at several Neighborhood Councils, with every region thus far seeing increases at the polls. Refer to the graphs below for more detailed statistics on voter turnout in Regions 1-6.... 


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Commission Meeting Review

On Tuesday April 1st the Commission met in Hollywood United NC territory. During our first public comment period we heard from stakeholders on issues ranging from the effect bylaws may have had on recent elections to matters involving C4C. After conducting some Commission business we broke from our traditional meeting format for the start of a new program recommended by Commission President Karen...


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Gender Breakdown
in City Government

From the office that brought you Control Panel LA, now an excellent infographic to show the disparities between female and male City government employees. Controller Ron Galperin has just released a series of statistics comparing salaries and percentage of employees broken down by department. Some surprising stats are readily visible on the infographic, but the more exhaustive information is found...


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The Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee (man, that's a mouthful) met this Monday to discuss a motion by Councilmen Blumenfeld and O'Farrell on a practical and sustainable measure on the use of City property that will help to cope with long-term drought conditions in Southern California. Council File 13-603 is a motion to look into using drought-tolerant landscaping and low maintenance...


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 One Day on Earth:
One Day in Los Angeles

A day in the life of an Angeleno...it varies, doesn't it? What does yours look like? Wouldn't it be nice if you could share a little bit of your Los Angeles, so people can catch a glimpse through your eyes? That's the idea behind One Day on Earth, a multi-city event open to the public on April 26. Los Angeles is a participating city, which means that you are invited to film LA to tell a story...


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Investing in Working Families: Financial Workshops in April


Earlier this year, Mayor Garcetti launched LA's Investing in Working Families Campaign to help Angelenos achieve economic security. To coincide with National Financial Literacy Month in April, Mayor Garcetti is hosting Saturday events from 10am-3pm at library branches throughout the city. At these events you will get free access to a series of financial workshops, financial resource fair, tax preparation...


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Funding Update 4.4.14


Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders. Please see below for some important updates, events, and deadlines. Best, Armando Ruiz Neighborhood Council Funding Program Director IMPORTANT DATES / DEADLINES 10 days after your April NC Board Meeting - March Monthly Expenditure Reports due April 10, 2014 - Treasurer's Training...


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Save our Streets


Just over a year ago, Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander joined forces and proposed a ballot measure that would fund the repair of the worst streets in Los Angeles. They've been working to gather facts with the City's top budget and policy analysts and reaching out to stakeholders: Neighborhood Councils, business, industry, labor, environmental, bicycle, transit and pedestrian...


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  Make Music LA

Be a part of the music-making on June 21! On the first day of summer, hundreds of concerts will take place throughout the city in celebration. All music, all cultures, all ages, all organizations, all businesses, all people and all levels of skill are welcome to participate in a day honoring music and the arts. Take a moment to think how wonderful it will be to experience jazz in a garden, mariachis...


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I hope our newsletter finds you well and that you are keeping warm in this oddly cold weather. I would like to thank those of you who have permitted us time on your agenda to conduct your board installation; officer elections and Board Orientation training. Among the groups that have been trained within the last two weeks are: Tarzana NC; Canoga Park NC, North Hollywood North West NC; Panorama City...


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Give your input on how much you access the internet, what you use it for, and how much you think faster and slower internet access should cost (if at all)

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



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


Regions 9 and 10 Candidate Workshop

Sat, April 5 
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Thomas Jefferson
Branch Library
2211 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles 90018


Congress Planning Committee


Sat, April 5 
Time:  12:30 pm

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


CicLAvia: Iconic Wilshire Boulevard

Sun, April 6 
Time: 9 am - 4 pm


Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting


Wed., April 9
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

Basic Funding Training

Thurs, April 10
Time:  6 pm - 9 am

City Hall
20th Floor - 
Conference Room
200 North Spring St
Los Angeles 90012


PlanCheckNC Meeting


Sat., April 12


Time:  10 am - 1 pm


LAPD Community Room

Hollenbeck Station - Boyle Heights

2111 E. 1st St

Los Angeles 90033



Region 7 
Election Day

Saturday, April 12

Location: Region 7



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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

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:

4/2 Energy and Environment Committee continued to date TBD   


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


13-1513 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.    

4/2 City Council approved as amended   

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

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

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

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