April 11, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I can't tell you how grateful I am that no one was killed at the LAPD shooting on Monday night. Olympic Park Neighborhood Council was meeting in the community room of the LAPD West Bureau when the shooter walked in and began firing. Our staff, Policy Director Joe Hari, and NEA Barry Stone, were with the board members along with former Commissioner Doug Epperhart of the Board of the Neighborhood Commissioners, who had volunteered to assist with the OPNC selection process. A bullet actually went through their meeting room. I'm so thankful for the amazing LAPD officers for their quick response. Despite it being a very scary experience for all, the OPNC board members showed their Neighborhood Council pluck by staying to approve several more motions after the shooting! You can read about their experience here.


With Mayor Garcetti's State of the City and the LA 2020 Commission's second report released this week, everyone is starting to recognize the role that Neighborhood Councils can play in the future of Los Angeles. I feel really fortunate to collaborate with Neighborhood Councils and appreciate the positive changes they are bringing to their communities and to City Hall.


Thanks to all those inquiring about my health. I am still trying to regain my voice, but was able to stop by Mid-town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council on Wednesday night and have the privilege of swearing in the new board. For new board members being seated, please remember that you will be ineligible to vote for funding items until you take the funding and ethics training though you will still count towards quorum at the meeting.


Last night, I was able to swing by the 11th Anniversary VANC Mixer where Chair Jill Banks Barad led an event packed evening with LA County Board of Supervisor candidates, the "Best of" Awards to the very worthy Neighborhood Councils, and their "Got It!" Award to LA City Controller Ron Galperin. It ended up being standing room only with a third of the folks being newly elected board members, which was great. More info on the evening below.



I'll be out tomorrow for Region 7 elections in the east along with our terrific elections staff and volunteers. If I don't see you tomorrow, take it easy and enjoy your weekend! 




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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State of the City

Striking a "back to basics" theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti concluded his first State of the City address by challenging residents to help build "the Los Angeles of tomorrow." "I stand before you today to say that the state of our city is strong, but is in need of fundamental reform," he said. In a 45-minute appearance at the California Science Center, Garcetti said he would keep the Department...


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LA River Proposal To Create
2 Recreation Zones

The Los Angeles District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking public input on a proposal that would provide two recreation zones, this summer and for the next four summers, along the Los Angeles River. The proposal includes a program that would offer guided and unguided non-motorizes boating access in the Sepulveda Basin area of the river, in addition to the program that...


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Mayor's Crisis Response Team
Seeks Volunteers

Are you compassionate and looking to help your neighbors? Are you willing to provide support and resources during times of crisis? Can you commit to volunteering every month for at least one year? If so, Mayor Garcetti's Crisis Response Team (CRT) is looking for you! Applications for the Spring 2014 are now open. Being a CRT volunteer is an extremely rewarding experience, as our members provide...


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Neighborhood Council Takes
to the Streets at CicLAvia


During last Sunday's CicLAvia Iconic Wilshire Boulevard event, the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council welcomed participants to their community with a guided Miracle Mile Art Walk around LACMA, the Architecture + Design Museum, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Ace Gallery, The Icon, and the Petersen Automotive Museum, all conveniently clustered...


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 Submit your Neighborhood Council Success Stories!

As part of an initiative to spread the word to Stakeholders about how effective & necessary Neighborhood Councils are, Empower LA is looking for a collection of success stories, big or small, to feature in a series of online videos.  If your council sponsored a Neighborhood Garden, supported a local organization, work with LAPD or others to improve safety, wrote a Community Impact Statement that saw direct effect with the City Council, or anything else, we would love to hear about it...


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 "Best of..." and "Got it!" Awards Presented to 13 NCs,
Controller Galperin

Thirteen Neighborhood Councils were recognized with three "Best of..." awards and City Controller Ron Galperin was the recipient of the "Got It!" award at last night's Valley Alliance of NCs 11th Anniversary Mixer event held at CBS Studios in Studio City. Over 200 Neighborhood Council Board members representing...


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Emergency Management
Internship Program


The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Emergency Management Internship Program. Applications are accepted through April 28, 2014. The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) is currently taking applications for the Summer 2014 Emergency Management Internship program. This highly competitive internship program...


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John Walker joins City's
Quality & Production Commission


Studio City Neighborhood Council President John Walker was appointed Tuesday to the city's Quality and Production Commission which will help improve productivity and work measurement within the city government. Walker was appointed to the position after a meeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian. "I'm very happy to be part of this commission, it's a chance...


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Hundreds of Angelenos Gather
at City Hall for ArtsDay 2014!


Friday morning, in the rotunda at the entrance of City Hall, dozens of Los Angeles artists and arts leaders joined together as advocates for Arts for LA's annual ArtsDay, a day which unites artists, audiences, and arts organizations with the leaders who represent them in City Hall.  Advocates and elected officials use ArtsDay as an opportunity to spark dialogue over the specific ways we can work...


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  Fund the Congress and
Budget Advocates!

As the 2013-2014 Funding Cycle comes to a close, Neighborhood Councils will have to act decisively to ensure that their unspent funds are not swept if it is their intention to invest those funds in the future of the Congress of Neighborhoods and/or outreach for the Budget Advocates. Neighborhood Council Boards must pass a Board Resolution that indicates the amount the Neighborhood Council wishes to...


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Interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing regarding the restoration of the Gaffey Street Pool and Bathhouse, scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the San Pedro Regional Library, 931 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. The proposed project consists of a complete restoration of the Gaffey Street Pool, to meet current health, safety, and building codes, and to provide...


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Sat, April 12 
Time: 10 am - 12 noon

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Tue, April 15 
Time: 1 - 3 pm

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Room 1010
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Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Monthly Meeting


Wed, April 16 
Time:  8:30 - 10 am

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Los Angeles 90064


South Los Angeles Alliance of Nieghborhoods Meeting

Thur, April 17 
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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 City Council 4/23  


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

Scheduled in City Council 4/23


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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