May 2, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I just got out of the Budget & Finance Committee meeting where we received a warm reception from Councilmembers Krekorian, Englander, Koretz, Bonin and Blumenfeld. They acknowledged both the Department and Neighborhood Councils amazing work with the few resources we have so we should all be very proud. Many thanks to the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, Co-Chairs Jay Handal and Joanne Yvanek-Garb, Jeanette Hopp and Commissioner Lydia Grant of our Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for coming to speak in support of our budget request. 



I've had a few questions regarding a potential funding source for our budget request coming from the Neighborhood Councils unspent funds. Please know that I would love every Neighborhood Council to spend down their yearly allocation on our mission, and our small funding staff does its best to process payments in a timely manner when paperwork comes in complete. Every year though, we typically have between $300-$500k that doesn't get spent and reverts back to the general fund. My ultimate goal is that we reinvest these funds back into the system through outreach and capacity building grants to Neighborhood Councils. Until such grants are set up though, which requires City Council approval and staffing, these unused fund, along with the Department's unused funds, are a potential funding source for the policy and outreach staff I'm proposing for next year. These staffers are necessary to continue building the Neighborhood Council system citywide. If you have concerns or other suggestions, please feel free to contact me at to discuss.


Region 8 Neighborhood Council elections were great last Saturday. Big thanks to Councilmember Huizar and his staff for assisting us with last minute election location changes and for opening up their offices as polling locations. There was an infusion of new board members in this area's Neighborhood Councils with 67 of the 135 open seats being new folks in the system. We're so appreciative of board members doing the necessary outreach to grow and sustain our system. Even if you didn't get elected to the board, your Neighborhood Council still needs you working in their committees, community events and voicing your concerns at board meetings. There's plenty of work for everyone.


Next week, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners is meeting on Tuesday in the Harbor area. We're looking forward to having CD 15 Councilmember Joe Buscaino there to speak on leadership. We're also happy to welcome Dave Meslin of #Leadership LA. Dave is a Community Choreographer from Toronto, Canada who will be spending the week with us learning about Neighborhood Councils for a book he is writing on democracy. 


Neighborhood Council elections continue in Regions 9 and 12 in South Los Angeles and Harbor. I'll be heading there after stopping by the LANCC in the morning. If I don't see you tomorrow, have a great weekend!






Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor Garcetti Submits
Los Angeles City Budget Proposal

Mayor Garcetti  released his first LA City budget proposal this week, and Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates have been sitting in--and chiming in --on the budget talks this week.  You can attend the hearings as they go down the list in City Hall Chamber as well. Mayor Garcetti calls his proposal "Changing the Conversation." In his own words: Five years ago, the worst economic crisis since the...


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Grayce Liu to Participate
in Grand Park Art Project

Grand Rounds, an innovative new public art project in Grand Park, is a participatory artwork involving acoustic sculptures and public conversations with individuals who work and recreate in the Grand Park area. The project investigates the many voices, ears, and roles both public officials and citizens utilize to invigorate our communities. Grand Rounds aims to create an inventive space for socially...


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Leadership LA Applications
Now Available!
The Leadership L.A. program includes eight monthly, full-day sessions devoted to key community issues and personal development exercises. This fellowship is for individuals who are becoming increasingly active in community leadership roles throughout Los Angeles County who need to understand the issues shaping the city and county. Fellows learn through first-hand experiences about such issues as water...



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 Report from Board of NC Commissioner' Last Meeting

On the agenda at the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners' April 21st meeting were several policy issues to address neighborhood council boundaries, posting and improper conduct by council members. Stakeholders Can Be Members of Both NCs that Share Major Transportation Corridor as Boundary There has been some concern within the system that people who live on either side of a major thoroughfare that...


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Last Call for Elections Volunteers

Have you been thinking about volunteering at a Neighborhood Council election, but haven't been able to fit it into your schedule until now? It's not too late! We have had a great turnout during the entire Elections season, but we always need more support. If you've never been to an election before, don't worry. We will make sure you're prepped and partnered with an experienced poll volunteer. We've...


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Announcing the first ever
TUXies Awards!
Curated by EmpowerLA's
TUX Team


Websites and Social Media are two of the most effective and inexpensive marketing tools that Neighborhood Councils can use for outreach & engagement, but considering most councils are not necessarily comprised of volunteer tech teams, they can also be somewhat daunting to build and support. Some Councils decide to spend top dollar on design and management, but nowadays websites and...


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Your Opinion Counts!


City Clerk Connect Have you used the City Clerk Connect service? What features were most useful? Take the feedback survey to let us know! LACityClerk Connect is a one-stop online resource created by the Office of the City Clerk that provides direct access to the Council's files (Council File Management System-CFMS), legislative information, agenda packets, Journals, Referrals, Ordinances, and City...


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Dave Meslin Wants
to Hear from YOU!


Dave Meslin calls himself a Community Choreographer. He hails from Toronto, but thanks to his TED talk on civic engagement in cities, he's known to 1.3 million people around the world. [If you have a moment, stop reading here and listen to his take on Nike Ads vs.City Planning announcements. Brilliant...


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  Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Meeting May 6

The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners will be meeting on Tuesday, May 6, at the Wilmington Senior Center. All are welcome, and the following issues are on the agenda: Discussion with Councilmember Joe Buscaino, CD 15 Presentation by #Leadership LA, Dave Meslin, Community Choreographer, Toronto, CA Final vote on the Neighborhood Council Posting Policy Share best practices with other Harbor Area Neighborhood...


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Riverside Drive Land Bridge


Greetings, One of the most important responsibilities public officials have is to find ways to engage residents in the decision-making process for infrastructure projects like the new Riverside Bridge being built north of downtown. We do this by holding public hearings and community meetings and providing ongoing information through public notices, articles and other communications from Council offices...


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Free, City-Wide Internet? Weigh in!

You can't visit without seeing it: Los Angeles is embarking on a project to make internet access publicly available throughout the whole city. The process is in its initial stages and the city is looking into how to build an infrastructure that will support wifi access throughout Los Angeles, from the physical construction to the legal implications. That's why they're soliciting input...


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Get Connected to Clean Air!

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is introducing a free easy-to-use smartphone app to help you plan activities for yourself and the ones you love. It offers real-time and forecasted conditions that let you know whether the air quality in your area is healthy or unhealthy. With this valuable information you can determine if you, your family or friends should enjoy your favorite outdoor...


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Funding Update 5.2.14

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 May NC Board Meeting - April Monthly Expenditure Reports due May 8, 2014 - Treasurer's Training - see attached flyer May 15, 2014...


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One Vote Makes a Diffrence!

Have you ever heard someone say that one vote doesn't really matter? Last week's Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council election was a perfect illustration of how one vote really can make a difference. When the votes were counted at the end of the day, two candidates tied for one of the council positions. Following the neighborhood council's bylaws, the winner was decided through a simple...


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A Message from
Councilman Gilbert Cedillo:
Riverside Bridge

One of the most important responsibilities public officials have is to find ways to engage residents in the decision-making process for infrastructure projects like the new Riverside Bridge being built north of downtown. We do this by holding public hearings and community meetings and providing ongoing information through public notices, articles and other communications from Council offices, City...


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Neighborhood Council Parking Passes


Region 9 
Election Day

Sat, May 3


Location: Region 9


Neighborhood Council - LADWP Memorandum of Understanding Oversight Committee Meeting
Sat, May 3  
Time: 8:45 am - 10 am

Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles 90028

Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition


Sat, May 3 
Time:  10 am - 1 pm

Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles 90028

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Meeting

Tues, May 6
Time: 6 pm - 9:30 pm

Wilmington Senior Center
1371 Eubank Ave
Wilmington 90744
Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting

Wed, May 7
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting

Thur, May 8
Time: 6:30 pm - 9 pm

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

Region 10
Election Day

Sat, May 10

Location: Region 10


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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 4/29   


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

Scheduled in City Council 4/29


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:



14-0600 Budget Proposal Fiscal Year 2014-15

Referred to Budget and Finance Committee; hearings scheduled  4/29, 4/30, 5/1, 5/2, 5/5; City Council public hearing scheduled 5/20; City Council considers Budget beginning 5/21    


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

4/16 CLA/CAO report referred; scheduled in  Planning and Land Use Management Committee 4/29 


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


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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