June 28, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. While I'm out this week, the Chair of PlanCheckNC, Cindy Cleghorn, accepted my offer to write the GM Message. Cindy and the steering committee of 12 members are not only busy with their own neighborhood land use issues, they also bring Neighborhood Council leaders together each month to educate and network.


We're so lucky to have PlanCheckNC as a resource for Neighborhood Councils throughout the city and I thank Cindy for taking the time to share her thoughts with you today.


Have a great weekend!





Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


Empower Yourself.

Empower Your Community.

Empower LA.


PlanCheckNC: Helping Give Voice 
to the Future of Our Communities 
By Cindy Cleghorn, PlanCheckNC Chair

Sometimes, it's about a cell tower being proposed...next to your kids' school. Sometimes, it's about new development that proposes to bulldoze a hillside. Sometimes, it's about plans to use land for an entire subdivision of solar panels...next to equestrian and wildlife communities. ALL of the time, it involves Land Use and Zoning:  one of the biggest issues to bring out Neighborhood Council and community stakeholders. 


In 2008 the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning and PlanCheckNC established the Planning Pilot Program to address community concerns and to give us all a voice.  It took a great deal of work by many volunteers working with City Planning to realize the "Early Notification" resource for Neighborhood Councils.  Section 907 of the LA City Charter states that the Regulations shall establish procedures for receiving input from neighborhood councils prior to decisions by the City Council, City Council Committees and boards and commissions.  The Planning Pilot Program is the perfect collaboration.


But, how is the Planning Pilot Program working?  In most cases, it works well.  Lately though with adjustments in Case Processing procedures, some Neighborhood Councils are seeing Determination Letters out before the application is received by the Neighborhood Council. And that's unfortunate. It doesn't benefit the community stakeholders just as much as it doesn't benefit the City and its best future.


Neighborhood Councils need to do their part.  Doing their part means being informed and educated with the tools to develop and communicate their community's vision.  This is why volunteers created PlanCheckNC, a grassroots alliance created by Community and Neighborhood Council stakeholders. PlanCheckNC meets monthly on the second Saturday in a central part of the City with volunteers from all parts of the City coming together to hear presentations from the City Planning Department, developers, experts within the City, State, County and independently. The goal of PlanCheckNC is to help Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders to have the knowledge and tools to develop a vision reflective of the values of neighborhood residents and to develop and implement a land use framework that enables all stakeholders to feel that they are part of the community - supported, safe and valued by the community. 


One major initiative underway in which PlanCheckNC needs to be involved is the City's current reCodeLA project to update the City's Zoning Code.  This is a five year work project that includes volunteer advisory recommendations.  More Neighborhood Councils need to be involved in this process and this is what we encourage, update and promote at PlanCheckNC meetings.


Saturday, July 12 is the next PlanCheck NC meeting to be held at the Glassell Park Community Center, 3750 N. Verdugo Rd., Los Angeles 90065 . We will be talking about the latest with the City's Sign Regulations and Protection from Sign Intrusions.  In addition we will have updates from the City Planning Department.  Future meetings will cover CEQA, Roundtable with the City Attorney and in November Planning 101 co-hosted by the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils. If your Neighborhood Council would like assistance with setting up and improving the effectiveness of your Land Use Committee, PlanCheckNC volunteers can help.  PlanCheckNC meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.  For more information and meeting location visit PlanCheckNCLA.com


Mayor's Message


Los Angeles, Finally, we're getting a rail line to our airport. Yesterday, the MTA board, of which I'm Vice Chair, approved building a train to the plane at LAX, a crucial step to building the world-class airport and world-class transit system that our world-class city deserves...


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Neighborhood Council
Budget Package
Fiscal Year 2014-2015


In order to start effectively measuring the impact of the Neighborhood Council system, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (Department) collaborated with Neighborhood Councils last year to submit strategic plans and budgets for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. These plans and budgets were posted online on your Neighborhood Council's webpage...


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Mayor's 5 Resolutions Proposed
were adopted by the
US Conference of Mayors

This past weekend, I had the honor of representing Los Angeles at the US Conference of Mayors. As gridlock continues to paralyze our federal government, it's America's mayors who are increasingly leading the charge to improve quality of life across this country. This conference served as an opportunity for mayors to establish common priorities so we can effectively coordinate our advocacy for America's cities...


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Mayor Garcetti's Small Business Disaster Awareness Series


Los Angeles, This summer the Mayor's Office of Economic Development is hosting a series on Disaster Awareness for the city's small business communities. The Mayor's Office of Economic Development is in collaboration with the Emergency Management Department, and the U.S Small Business Administration Los Angeles Region are hosting a series of events for small business owners, and community stakeholders...


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Funding Update 6.27.14

Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders. The fiscal systems deadlines have now passed. It is now time to start looking at your 2014-15 budget packages and the new NC Checking Accounts. After what seemed like an endless litany of obstacles and challenges, the Union Bank NC Checking Accounts are now being opened and by July 1st all NC's will have an account with...


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Housing + Community Investment Department hosts
July 2014 Workshop

The public is invited to attend this workshop to learn about the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).You will learn about the RSO including how to calculate the annual allowable rent increase, legal reasons for evictions, security deposit interest and requirements for relocation assistance for no-fault evictions, as well as recent updates to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance... 


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5 Questions regarding NC Elections

The 2014 Neighborhood Council elections had more volunteers, more candidates, and more voters than in 2012 and now is the time to celebrate!

It's also the time to evaluate what worked and what can be improved so that the 2016 elections are even better...


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EmpowerLA Awards
Call for Nominations 2014

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners
to honor Neighborhood Councils
that best achieve their mission

The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (Commission) is accepting nominations for the Third Annual EmpowerLA awards. The awards are given to Neighborhood Councils that best fulfill their city charter mandate of promoting more citizen participation in government and making government more responsive to local needs...


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Online Voting

In an age of tech-driven convenience when Americans cast upwards of 60 million votes in the American Idol finale but we still can't muster more than 20% turnout in municipal elections, is it time for an update to our aging voting technologies and election infrastructure? This month's primary in LA county drew only 13.1% of eligible county residents -- the lowest turnout in the state. Online voting platforms are becoming more sophisticated, and...


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Sunland-Tujunga's Official Logo Wins Securing over Half of All Votes - By Paolina Milana

We are finally realizing the fruits of a labor that's been about 14 months in the making. To recap, since May of 2013, the branding initiative has:

  • Made three presentations to the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council, and received the vote of support in October 2013;
  • Made one presentation and a follow-up to the S-T Chamber of Commerce, and received the vote of support in August 2013;
  • Took two meetings with the Rotary Club;
  • Launched a community wide logo contest;... 

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Make Music Day inn LA


Saturday, June 21st music could be heard all over LA from Santa Monica to Downtown, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Griffith Park, Culver City, an Fernando Valley and many points in between. Our counterparts in New York, Chicago, Austin, Boston, Denver, Paris, and 794 cities around the world celebrated at the same time. The worldwide celebration brought thousands of people together to share in making music...  


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Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting

Tue, Jul 1
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm

Mar Vista Recreation Center
11430 Woodbine Street
Los Angeles, 90066
Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting


Wed, Jul 2

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Kaiser Permanente Way Harbor City- Community Outreach Portables

25965 Normandie Ave
Harbor City 90710 


Neighborhood Council- LADWP Memorandum of Understanding Oversight Committee Meeting
Sat, Jul 5
Time: 8:45 am - 10 am
Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles 90028
Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Meeting
Sat, Jul 5
Time: 10 am  - 1 pm
Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles 90028
Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting


Thu, Jul 10
Time:  6:30 pm - 9 pm
Sherman Oaks Hospital
(Doctor's Conference Room)
4929 Van Nuys Blvd 
Sherman Oaks, 91403



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