May 30, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well.  I am very excited to share that after almost a year of hard work, the Council File 14-0544, containing the contract for the Neighborhood Council checking accounts will be going to City Council for review and approval on Tuesday, June 3rd.  If they approve, we will finally be able to move ahead to open the checking accounts.  With the changes in the boards, please make sure that your Neighborhood Council Treasurer and Second Signatory have completed the bank paperwork so there will be no delay in opening your accounts.  Thank you very much to the Neighborhood Council leaders for their patience this past year with all the stops and starts.  Many thanks as well to Councilmembers Parks and Krekorian, City Attorney's Office, Office of Finance, CAO and CLA for fast tracking the contract review to City Council. Keep your fingers crossed that we will finally have our checking accounts next month!


Speaking of funding, check out Los Feliz Neighborhood Council's website detailing where they spent their FY 2013-2014 funds.  This is really a great way of keeping their stakeholders informed and a definitely a best practice.  Be on the lookout for FY 2014-2015's budget package next week.  We're putting some of the finishing touches on it, and rest assured that your Neighborhood Council will have plenty of time to complete and submit the package.


My apologies to Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa for last week's Westside election numbers.  It was their Council, not Mar Vista, with 1135 voters.  With the close of elections, we're frantically updating all of the board rosters on our website so give us another week or so to catch up on that.  We'll be doing a citywide election wrap session on June 9th so please come and share with us what you'd like to see in the 2016 elections.  More info on this below.



This weekend is busy with the Alliance of River Communities holding their "Neighborhood Council Crash Course" in Glassell Park on Saturday (more info on our EmpowerLA Events Calendar) and Westside Neighborhood Council's Pick Pico community event on Sunday. Also tomorrow, our field staff are supporting 2 Neighborhood Council retreats, and our funding staff is coming in to process pending demand warrants and purchase card increases.  Mayor Garcetti is hosting Hack for LA at City Hall this weekend as well.


If I don't see you this weekend, have a great one!






Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Garcetti Announces Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Win

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that an effort he co-led with USC has resulted in Southern California winning a federal designation that gives our region preference in accessing $1.3 billion in federal assistance for local aerospace and advanced manufacturing. Southern California was designated by the U.S. Commerce Department as a "Manufacturing Community" as part of the Investing...


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Neighborhood Council Crash Course

The Alliance of River Communities invites you to a Neighborhood Council Crash Course, which aims to empower new and veteran board members, committee members, and stakeholders to: Understand the NC system and structure Learn about important alliances and issues Gain skills and resources for being an effective board member and ensuring productive meetings Learn about the role and impact of NCs and alliances...


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Election Wrap Session on June 9

Calling all poll workers, volunteers, board members, and stakeholders! Elections have come to a close, and now we invite you to an evening of look back on the Elections 2014 journey that lies behind us. Join us for an Election Wrap Session on Monday, June 9 at 7:00pm at 7th Day Adventist Church, 1711 N. Van Ness Ave., Los Angeles. We want to hear your feedback: what went well, and what we could...


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Billion Dollar River Revitalization Plan Gains Support from 
Army Corps of Engineers

Thanks in part to the tireless lobbying efforts of Mayor Eric Garcetti and his aggressive campaigning for the plan known as Alternative 20, the proposed $1 billion plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River and develop areas around it for recreation and new housing and commercial development, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday expressed support for the plan, providing a huge boost for the...


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Youth Leader Partners
with TUX Team to Promote
Digital Equity and Civic Engagement


Youth who have strong skills in technology have a leg up on careers in the data-driven new economy, but many young people in LA lack the resources to learn fundamental computer and technological skills. The Weingart East Los Angeles (WELA) YMCA Youth Institute, part of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative funded by California Endowment, is a year-round YMCA program that uses technology...


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4th Annuel LGBT Heritage Month Kicks Off with City Hall Reception

Los Angeles celebrated the kickoff of the 4th Annual LGBT Heritage Month this morning with a presentation and reception in the John Ferraro Council Chamber at City Hall, hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Controller Ron Galperin, Councilmember Mike Bonin, and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell. This year, the city officials honored professional athlete Jason Collins, Rabbi Lisa Edwards, Rabbi Denise...


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Reminder: TUX Website Awards Are Coming Up!

Does your NC have a fantastic website? Is your web presence engaging and accessible to your constituents? Remember that in a couple short weeks we will be awarding Neighborhood Council websites for the first annual TUX Awards in the following categories: Best User Experience Thriftiest Website Most Accessible Council Most Reliable Most Comprehensive Site Best Social Media Integration Best Design Best...


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Call for Artists: Sacred Memories 2014 at El Pueblo

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and El Pueblo Park Association are requesting submissions for their annual exhibition entitled Sacred Memories: Cross-Cultural Celebrations of Day of the Dead. The exhibition is scheduled to take place October 25 through November 30, 2014 at the Pico House Gallery. Sacred Memories will explore the world's rituals that venerate the departed including Dia...


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What Do You Think about Street Vending in Los Angeles?

Writer/director Jon Favreau just jumped on the food truck bandwagon with his film "Chef," a familiar story of a gifted cook who leaves his restaurant job to take up serving phenomenal grub to customers through a tiny window. Roy Choi, the guy everyone from Los Angeles knows was an inspiration for Favreau's character, reignited the massive food truck following when he started rolling his Kogi...


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Summer Youth Employment Program


Youth looking for job opportunities this summer can apply to the Summer Jobs LA program sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department. The program is designed to help youth build their work readiness skills and earn wages through a work experience opportunity. Basic eligibility requirements: Applicants must be 14-24 years old Resident of the City of Los Angeles Must have a...


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Hack for LA Happening
this Weekend!

Hack for LA, an event based on the concept of "civic hacking," offers government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and civically engaged individuals the opportunity to work together to move into a new era of solving complex social problems through technology innovation. Hack for LA is a call to action for anyone in Los Angeles who wants to make an impact. Anyone can get involved, irrespective of...


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Why the Arts Matter to Communities - MMLA

Building Community The arts are about stretching ones imagination, reaching for or discovering the unknown and seeking the artists interpretation of his/her vision. However, stakeholders by participating in public arts programming are able to develop their community to better reflect their values. Art as an engaging tool breathes life into neighborhood revitalization. Unused parking lots can be transformed....


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Reminder: SoRoFest this Sunday!

Westsiders, don't forget to come to SoroFest this Sunday, June 1! The 17th Annual SoRo (South Robertson) Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Free street parking is also available. Free and open to the public...


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2014 Neighborhood Council Election Retention

The 2014 Neighborhood Council Elections have wrapped up and newly-elected Board members are settling in, but don't forget that your Board must contact the City Clerk for any desired Elections material such as Stakeholder Registration Forms, Vote­-By­-Mail Applications, and ballots. According to Elections guidelines, of these documents will be destroyed 90 days after the election. If your...


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EmpowerLA Elections 2014 Report


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Anonymous Gun Buyback Program - This Saturday!

On Saturday, May 31, citizens have the opportunity to anonymously surrender firearms to the LAPD in exchange for Ralphs gift cards as part of the city's Gun Buyback program. The buyback initiative was started in 2009 as part of the city's Gang Reduction and Youth Development program, formed under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to get guns off the streets, staged in cooperation with the Ralphs...


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News from Field Operations 5.30.14

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 Ethics & Open Government and Funding Trainings on Thursday May 29th at the Glassell Park Senior Citizen Center.  We had fantastic representation by Neighborhood Councils from the East and Central Areas as well as other parts of the City. There were over...


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Hack For LA

Sat, May 31 - Sun, Jun 1

City Hall
200 N. Spring Street

Los Angeles 90012


Los Angeles Municipal Elections Reform Commission 

Mon, Jun 1
Time: 6 pm

CD 10 District Office
1819 Western Ave
Los Angeles 90006

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Meeting


Tues, Jun 3

Time:  6 pm- 9:30 pm

El Sereno Senior Center

4818 Klamath Place

Los Angeles, 90032


Los Angeles Municipal Elections Reform Commission 
Wed, Jun 4
Time: 6 pm
Boyle Heights Civic Center
2130 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles 90033
Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meetings


Wed, Jun 4 
Time:  6:30 pm - 8: 30 pm

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

Outreach Bootcamp Meeting

Wed, Jun 4
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm

LAFD Fire Station 89
7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd
North Hollywood 91605

Neighborhood Council- LADWP Memorandum of Understanding Oversight Committee Meeting

Sat, Jun 7
Time:  8:45 am - 10:00 am 

Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, 90028

Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Meeting

Sat, Jun 7
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles 90028


Valley Alliance of
Neighborhood Councils (VANC)

Thur, Jun12
Time: 6:30 pm - 9 pm

Sherman Oaks Hospital
4929 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks 91403




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