May 16, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. We received over 200 demand warrants yesterday. A HUGE thanks to our funding staff, led by the plucky Armando Ruiz, for doing the intake and starting the processing race before the end of the fiscal year. We'll be relying on our great partners at the Controller's Office to assist in paying out everything. Many thanks as well to our Neighborhood Council Treasurers and Second Signatories for getting all the paperwork together and for enduring this hybrid funding system the past year while we waited for the ever elusive checking accounts to manifest. I'm scared to jinx it, but we're very close. I so appreciate your continued patience while we plug away at streamlining this funding system.


Our field team also deserve some recognition for their awesome work. Along with their directors, Leyla Campos and Joe Hari, they have completed board orientation trainings for 44 Neighborhood Councils thus far over the last several months. Kudos to them for plugging away at the individual board trainings even though we are down to 5 NEAs in the field to support 95 Neighborhood Councils. It's also been nonstop for our fantastic elections team and their fearless leader Stephen Box for the past year. We are at our last regional elections on Sunday for the West area, and we're going in there with a 31% increase in voters citywide from 2012. So awesome!


Some other neat election news is from the Central Alameda Neighborhood Council where 12 year old, Natali Cabrera, won the Youth Seat on the board. You can check out her candidate statement on our website here. I'm loving that our Neighborhood Council system is a place to develop young leaders in the City so I was glad to hear that Senator Ricardo Lara recognized Natali for her civic participation with his Young Leader Award. 


Other happenings this week is that the CLA released their recommendations on the budget. We are happy to still have our 3 unfunded positions for policy and outreach and will see how we can fund them through our Department savings, any unused Neighborhood Council funds and grants. Much gratitude to the Budget & Finance Committee, the Councilmembers' staff, CLA, CAO and the Mayor's Budget team for doing their best to meet so many departmental needs. You can still weigh in on the budget by emailing or submitting a Community Impact Statement.


Speaking of which, Neighborhood Councils have filed 116 Community Impact Statements this fiscal year and are so close to the goal we set of 150. If your Neighborhood Council hasn't filed a CIS yet, you still have until June 20th to file on the numerous Council Files affecting your community. See the right side bar below for some choices and let your voices be heard!


Thanks again for all the great work that you do for your community! If you've got no plans this weekend, you can join us on the Westside for Neighborhood Council elections or hang out in the Valley for such Neighborhood Council events as Citrus Sunday, Chatsworth's Day of the Horse or the 2014 Senior Symposium. Have a cool weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Take the Rains

In Los Angeles, we elect 95 neighborhood councils, not just a Mayor, City Attorney, Controller, and City Council. And our city charter gives those councils -- one of which represents your neighborhood -- a lot of influence. If you live, work, own property, or have a community interest in a Los Angeles neighborhood...


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Is Your Website Sticky?

By the end of May we will be deliberating on which Neighborhood Council sites will be awarded the following awards: Best User Experience, Thriftiest Website, Most Accessible Council, Most Reliable, Most Comprehensive Site, Best Social Integration, Best Design, Best Overall Site. We know that some councils are in the midst of elections and re-seating still, but we wanted to award these sites as they are as a thermometer to see where ....


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  Summer Outdoor Movies

Los Angeles summer nights are the perfect opportunity for outdoor movie screenings, and Thrillist has compiled a list of all 112 currently scheduled outdoor films for this summer. Among other venues, Pershing Square, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and Exposition Park are all hosting movie screenings throughout the summer. Venues are scattered throughout the LA area, so there's sure to be something going on in your neighborhood! Screenings run from May to the end of September, and many, including those at Pershing Square...


  Call for Nominations:
EmpowerLA Awards

It's time to nominate your favorite Neighborhood Council for the EmpowerLA Awards! Each year, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners celebrates the achievements of Neighborhood Councils by presenting EmpowerLA Awards to those certified Neighborhood Councils that best achieve their mission to engage their local stakeholders with government and make their government more accountable and responsive...


LA Tote Bag Contest-
Vote for your Favorite Design!

LA is getting greener thanks to the efforts of the many environmental and sustainability advocates from all walks of life in our city. At the start of this year, the city introduced its plastic bag ban, and ever since we've been weaning ourselves off of the once-ubiquitous side product of trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and the mall. To keep the ball rolling, Mayor Garcetti launched a...


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EmpowerLA Last Election Region - Last Call for Election Volunteers

Los Angeles! EmpowerLA will be having its last region of elections this Sunday, May 18, 2014. Come on out and join us EmpowerLA in our last elections for the year. It is your last chance to be an Elections volunteer and support grassroots democracy! 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...


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LA's 3-1-1 Disconnect


From the office that brought you Control Panel LA, now another excellent infographic of the performance audit of Los Angeles' 3-1-1 System by City Controller Ron Galperin. LA's 3-1-1 customer service system was designed to link Angelenos with the services and information they need most. But how well does it work? The City Controller's Office audited the system's performance...

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SoRoFest 2014 Save the Date!


Westsiders, mark your calendars for Sunday, June 1. From 11am to 4pm, the SoRoFest Community Festival, on South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood Street and Cattaraugus Street (just North of the 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit) is open to the public. This year's theme is "Many Neighborhoods Create One Great Community! SoRoFest 2014 Festival features a live music stage, "Camp...


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Reservior Walks
with LADWP are Back!

Join the Department of Water and Power on May 31 at the Los Angeles Reservoir in Sylmar for a 3-mile walk to learn about Los Angeles' water system. During a time of extreme water scarcity and new innovations in technology to save and reuse water in Los Angeles, this tour is a must-see to find out first-hand what the future of water treatment in our city will look like. Anyone can join, and General...


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Citrus Sunday- this Sunday
in the Northwest Valley!

In the Northwest part of the Valley this Sunday, May 18, Neighborhood Councils will team up with other neighborhood groups for a great collaborative effort: picking pounds and pounds of citrus fruits to share throughout Los Angeles!  


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Make Music LA

You too can Make Music! Make Music Day is a worldwide, daylong celebration of free, public, outdoor music on the summer solstice. Last year organizers in over 800 cities around the world participated by helping to turn their entire city into a stage. Anyone who played music - all styles, all ages, all skill levels - performed for free for their communities on rooftops, store fronts, parks and...


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Funding Update 5.9.14

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 31, 2014 - Deadline to submit Board Resolution requesting the transfer of...


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News from Field Operations 5.9.14

I hope our newsletter finds you well and that you are gearing up for a nice weekend. I want to say thank you to all those who showed up to our Saturday, April 26, training held at the Marvin Braude Constituency Center in the Valley in order to comply with your Ethics and Open Government training requirement. The session was conducted by the City Attorney's Office, represented by Ms. Alois Phillips...


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Public Hearing Notice:
Hamilton Avenue Widening Project

If you live in San Pedro, you may know about plans to pave Hamilton Avenue from Patton Ave. to Barbara Street. The LA Department of Public Works is holding a public hearing on the project at the San Pedro Public Library on June 3 at 12:30pm. See this flyer for details about the project...


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Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Meeting

Wed, May 21
Time: 8:30 am - 10 am

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Los Angeles 90064

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Thur, May 22
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm

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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:


 14-0331 Solar Rights Act / Discretion to Review Solar Projects / Recommend Amendments    

5/7 Energy and Environment Committee continued to date TBD


14-0600 Budget Proposal Fiscal Year 2014-15

Referred to Budget and Finance Committee; continued to 5/13; 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; 4/29 Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved; referred to Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee  

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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