July 11, 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 the Neighborhood Council Congress Planning Committee, Cindy Cleghorn, accepted my offer to write the GM Message. Cindy stays busy with her own Neighborhood Council plus co-chairs PlanCheckNC and still finds time to lead the team that organizes the annual Congress of Neighborhoods each September. We're so lucky to have her as the champion for this empowering event that brings Neighborhood Council leaders together with our elected officials and our department heads. 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.




Hello Neighborhood Councils,


It has been more than a decade since I moved my business to Tujunga and began working with my neighbors to make our community a better place to live, work, and play. Along the way, I served as one of the first board members of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council and I learned how the City of Los Angeles Works by working as a Commissioner, the Chair of PlanCheckNC, and as the Chair of the Neighborhood Council Congress Planning Committee.


This is an exciting time for us, plans are underway and the energy is building for the Congress of Neighborhoods which will take place in City Hall on September 20, 2014.



The theme this year is "Keys to Success" and this will be your opportunity to network with elected and appointed City officials, City department managers, staff and Neighborhood Council leaders from across the City. This is our Congress of Neighborhoods at City Hall.


Whether you're brand new to your Neighborhood Council or have been around for a few years, there's something for you at the Congress. Resources and networking great ideas, real life experiences and opportunities where Neighborhood Councils have made a difference and where they would like to make a difference in their communities, for themselves and beyond.  

The Congress is designed so you can take something (or many things) back immediately and put them to use for yourself and your community. Below is a sample of the workshop topics to be included at the 2014 Keys to Success event:


Meet Your City Officials

Developing Leadership Skills
Outreach and Technology Guidelines
Ethics Training
Finance Training
Interactive Problem Solving
Disaster Preparedness events
Neighborhood Purposes Grants
Public Works Roundtable
Committees - where the work gets done
Working with non profits for community improvement
Land Use 101 and 102
Animal Welfare
What's Important to your neighborhood?
Opening the Door
and more....


The NC Congress is organized by and for NC Congress Leaders. Mark your calendar now for this all day event. Registration will open August 10. More info at nccongressla.com or contact hosts@nccongressla.com.




Cindy Cleghorn
Chair, NC Congress of Neighborhoods


Mayor's Message


Mayor Garcetti Thanks LA Employers for Hiring 10,000 Youth in Summer Jobs Through Hire LA's Youth Initiative Posted by Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on July 08, 2014 LOS ANGELES-- Mayor Garcetti today joined Councilmember Paul Koretz and employer partners at Cedars Sinai Medical Center to celebrate meeting his goal of 10,000 summer jobs for youth through his Hire LA's Youth summer jobs...


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Airtalk chats with Mayor Garcetti


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been in office for a little over a year. Returning efficiency, accountability and transparency to City Hall has been a priority of his administration. Shortly after he took office, he asked all city managers reapply for their jobs, and in May launched a new city data website providing access to data gathered by the city. One of the high points of the Mayor's tenure...


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New Neighborhood Prosecutors - Hollywood Division


Concerned about your Neighborhood? Join City Attorney Mike Feuer to meet your newly appointed Hollywood Division Neighborhood Prosecutor Jackie Lawson on July 16 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Hollywood Field Office Community Room located at 6501 Fountain Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Jackie Lawson will represent the following areas as Neighborhood Prosecutor: Hollywood, East Hollywood...


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LA Times covers City Controller

Ron Galperin, L.A.'s new city controller, wants to be right on the money Ron Galperin has taken on union heavyweight Brian D'Arcy over $40 million in ratepayer money. And he's putting others on notice. Two opposing forces squared off last week in the latest round of a long-running battle over a $40-million mystery. In one corner was one of the most powerful heavyweights in the history of local politics...


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City Controller & Attorney Seek Action on DWP Trusts

Los Angeles city officials moved on separate fronts Wednesday to try to get control of two trusts funded by the Department of Water and Power. City Controller Ron Galperin said he was refusing to issue the $4 million in payments authorized for the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institutes, while City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the filing of a legal action to have the courts appoint... 


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It Takes a Villager


THE WINNER OF THE ATWATER VILLAGER OF THE YEAR IS .... Atwater Village, CA: Bruce Fleenor, local volunteer and the pastor of Christ's Church at Griffith Park (a local church located in Central Atwater) is the winner of the Atwater Villager of the Year for 2014. This annual award, determined by community nominations and presented annually by the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce, is for someone...


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City Signs and Protection from Sign Intrusion at PlanCheckNC


PlanCheckNC will go over the latest updates on the City's Sign Regulations and Protection from Sign Intrusions with Dennis Hathaway. Also Clean Up Green Up Pilot Policy with Hugo Solomon-Cary, LA City Planning Department. For Neighborhood Councils, land use issues present one of the greatest opportunities to engage the community and advise the city on the delivery of services. Whether it is elements...


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Spotlight on Mar Vista


NC WATCH-Between writing about election challenges and other downbeat subjects ... what a delightful change to tell you about a Neighborhood Council that seems to be doing everything right and having a wonderful time along the way. Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) has managed to engage its stakeholders ... big time, help influence public policy ... and best of all work together as a team. In this...


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Small Lot Subdivision Workshop


The following is a post on behalf of Council District 13 representatives: In response to the great interest in the subject, Council District 13 is hosting a Small Lot Subdivision Informational Workshop. The event will feature a presentation and Q&A with Simon Pastucha, an Urban Designer with the Department of City Planning and a creator of the small lot ordinance and design guidelines. This meeting... 


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Funding Update 7.11.14

Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders. The Funding team is hard at work opening the Union Bank accounts for Neighborhood Councils and we are hopeful that all NC's will have full access to their funds within the next week or two. In addition, look for additional guides, tutorials and procedures that will help you get up and running with your new accounts....


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34th Lotus Festival


ECHO PARK -- The Lotus Festival, one of the signature cultural celebrations in the City of Los Angeles, will return this summer to a newly renovated Echo Park Lake, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell announced today. O'Farrell will officially kick-off the festival with a community event on Friday, July 11, 6-9 p.m., on the main lawn of Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, 90026. The free... 


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News from Field Operations 7.11.14


I hope our newsletter finds you well enjoying our wonderful Summer weather! Our team of Neighborhood Empowerment Analysts (NEAs) has been busy wrapping up our board orientation sessions in South LA and Harbor Areas. As of now we have trained approximately 1700 board members and stakeholders on the basics of being a Neighborhood Council. We are hoping that having the key principles and basic information... 


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PlanCheckNC Meeting

Sat, Jul 12
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Glassell Park Community Center
3750 N. Verdugo Rd.
Los Angeles 90065
Education and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting


Tue, Jul 15



Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Monthly Meeting


Wed, Jul 16
Time:  8:30 am - 10 am
Lenny's Deli
2379 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles 90064

South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting

Thur, Jul 17
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