June 13, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you. Today was the Neighborhood Council Purchase Card deadline, and I know that we received a ton of paperwork for exemptions to use the card. I want to really appreciate our funding staff who sorted through everything to make it possible for Neighborhood Councils to do their final purchases this fiscal year: Betty Wong Oyama, Jessica Pua, Mario Hernandez, Tony Chavez and of course, Armando Ruiz, who leads the Funding Team. Thank you as well to our Neighborhood Council leaders for supplying the documentation we need to meet the funding rules. I know it was stressful for all at times, and I can only say that lovely changes are coming with the checking account system (we opened our first account today!!!), which I shared with the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils last night in this handout.


At the VANC, we also discussed the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners harassment training policies that I mentioned in last week's newsletter. This discussion started at the LANCC on Saturday and will be making its way around the City to the various alliances. The Commission will also take feedback at their next meeting in City Hall on Monday, June 16th. If you can't make any of the meetings, please send your comments to Janet.Lindo@lacity.org.


On Monday, we had a great Election Wrap Session in Hollywood, where we honored some of our election volunteers with Neighborhood Council Ambassador pins for their service during the elections. We'll be sending out the final election survey next week in case you didn't have a chance to let us know what worked and what could work better. Our final election report will be coming out in July.




On Tuesday, I was happy to welcome another international visitor, Daniel Lindvall, the Deputy Director of Sweden's Ministry of Justice - Division for Democratic Issues. He wanted to learn about Neighborhood Councils as a way for the Swedish government to connect to their local immigrant populations more effectively. As always, Neighborhood Councils made a very good impression on our international visitor from the work of the EmpowerLA Award winners to our creative election outreach methods that resulted in a 30% increase in voters from 2012.


Who wouldn't be impressed with Neighborhood Councils and their abilities to connect the community to make a positive impact? On Monday, when the police were trying to capture a gunman in North Hollywood, the neighbors on the street where the gunman was barricaded were calling one another and checking in because they knew one another from the block parties that Neighborhood Council Valley Village supports. They'd even had one on that street the night before. I live nearby there, and my neighbors were using one of the Neighborhood Council outreach tools, Nextdoor.com, to warn one another to stay in their houses while giving each other updates.


I love hearing about and sharing great things that Neighborhood Councils are doing in their neck of the woods so please email me at grayce.liu@lacity.org to let me know about them. For example, check out Studio City Neighborhood Council's Picture This: A Day in the Life of Studio City outreach event tomorrow where they invite their community to take pictures around Studio City and submit them for an exhibition. Very cool!


Thanks again for all the great work that you do, Neighborhood Councils! Have a super weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Message from the Mayor: New Mayoral Initiative to Hire 10,000 Local Veterans by 2017

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today a new regional veterans hiring initiative called "10,000 Strong" aimed at getting 10,000 local veterans jobs by 2017. The initiative brings together over 100 Los Angeles-area companies and 40 non-profit and public-sector partners to offer supportive services or jobs for veterans. "The 10,000 Strong initiative aims to serve those men and women who have done...


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Neighborhood Prosecutors Town Hall: Harbor


Join City Attorney Mike Feuer for a town hall with newly appointed Harbor Area Neighborhood Prosecutor Lauren Halligan on June 24 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building located at 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro 90731. Lauren Halligan will represent the following areas as Neighborhood Prosecutor: Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, San Pedro, Terminal...


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L.A Controller Issues 'Action Plan to Track Foreclosures, Reduce Blight 


City Controller Ron Galperin issued an audit today detailing the ineffectiveness of the City's current foreclosure tracking program - along with recommendations for a more targeted GeoRegistry of foreclosed homes and a plan to improve the inspection and enforcement process for foreclosed and blighted properties. Galperin's office audited the City's Foreclosure Registry Program, which was established...



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Municipal Election Reform Commission Releases Report

Faced with the low voter turnout of the 2013 municipal elections, the Municipal Elections Reform Commission instituted by Mayor Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson sought public input as to how to increase voter awareness and civic engagement in Los Angeles. The Commission invited all Angelenos to share their ideas on how to increase interest and participation in city elections at a series... 


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TUX Bootcamp and TUX Awards

Join us in Encino on June 19th for the TUX Bootcamp! We will recap the progress of our Outreach Champions and then take on Technology and the User Experience (TUX) from the Neighborhood Council perspective. Explore ways to grow your web and social media presence and utilize outreach tools more efficiently. This Bootcamp will focus on best practices for social media, websites, and email campaigns...


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Elections Summary Report and Survey Results

We cannot emphasize enough how happy we are with the recent NC elections cycle! As you already know, we saw increased numbers of voters and candidates and an outpouring of community support and civic engagement at each voting location. EmpowerLA partnered with the Office of the City Clerk to conduct the 2014 Elections, administered by Independent Election Administrators who organized Neighborhood...


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Mayor Announces Reseda Boulevard as Part of Great Streets Initiative

Reseda Boulevard between Plummer Street and Parthenia Avenue will be one of the first 15 streets to participate in the City's Great Streets Initiative, as announced by Mayor Garcetti on Tuesday June 3. Councilmember and Public Safety Committee Chair Mitchell Englander joined the mayor in congratulating the Northridge community on its completion of the Northridge Vision Report, a community-driven...


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LA Police Commission Seeks Community Input for LAPD Chief Reappointment

Chief Charlie Beck has submitted a request to be considered for second five-year term. The Los Angeles Police Commission now has the responsibility to respond to that request, either positively or negatively, by August 20, 2014. You are invited to participate in the reappointment process by providing your input to the Los Angeles Police Commission at a community meeting or by writing to the Board...


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Community Emergency Response Team Training

The Department of Public Safety at California State University, Los Angeles in Partnership with the Los Angeles City Fire Department is proud to present a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training during July and August. The training will take place Friday mornings from 9:30am to 12pm, and a firm commitment to all 7 sessions is required for certification. The dates are: July 11, 18, 25 and...


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Zero Waste LA: Request for Proposals

The City-Wide Exclusive Franchise System for Municipal Solid Waste Collection and Handling Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available on the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN). For the purpose of proposing, all RFPs must be downloaded from LABAVN. This RFP is to provide solid waste, commingled recyclables and organics collection, transfer,disposal and processing services to...


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Funding Update 6.13.14
A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." John Steinbeck Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders. We are rapidly approaching the end of this fiscal year and funding staff is working extensive hours to ensure...


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Blue Campaign: Help Stop Human Trafficking

The City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status Women enthusiastically invites you to learn about the dangers of human trafficking. Facilitated by the US Department of Homeland Security, this free training teaches how to identify critical warning signs and implement solutions that save lives. The Blue Campaign training will equip advocates and resource providers with: Skills to recognize warning...


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LA River Recreation Season Opens with Kayak Trips!
This week, the Los Angeles River welcomed the first groups of kayakers of the season. Led by organizations such as the LA Conservation Corps and their Paddle the River Program, kayakers can join groups paddling down two stretches of the 51-mile river, including the Sepulveda Basin, an area north of the Sepulveda Dam where the riverbanks are not lined with the concrete so familiar to the lower part...


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Sylmar Neighborhood Pride Day

Join your neighbors and the Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County in Sylmar in beautifying and improving the community at the Neighborhood Pride Day on June 14, 8am until noon. Volunteers are needed for flower planting, graffiti removal, exterior house painting, and yard cleanup. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. June 14, 8am - 12pm 14952 Nurmi Street Sylmar, CA 91342   For...  


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PlanCheckNC Meeting

Sat, Jun 14
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Hollenbeck Police Station Community Room
2111 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles 90033


Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting

Mon, Jun 16
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm

City Hall
10th Floor Conference Room 1050
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles 90012

Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting Cancelled


Tue, Jun 17


Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Monthly Meeting 
Wed, Jun 18
Time: 8:30 am - 10 am
Lenny's Deli
2379 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles 90064
Ethics & Funding Training
Wed, Jun 18
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Council District Nine Field Office
4301 South Central Ave.
Los Angeles 90011
TUX Bootcamp Meeting


Thur, Jun 19
Time:  7 pm - 8:30 pm
Encino Community Center
4935 Balboa Blvd.
Encino 91316     


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