July 18, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I'm back in the office and playing a lot of catch up this week. I wanted to thank Cindy Cleghorn, Joanne Yvanek-Garb and Jay Handal for their articles updating you on their great work with the Congress of Neighborhoods, PlanCheckNC and the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates. It was super to come back to open checking accounts for the Neighborhood Councils! A huge thanks to our Funding Program Director, Armando Ruiz, who did an amazing job as Acting General Manager while I was gone by not only with holding down the fort, but also ensuring that the accounts were finally opened with minimal drama. Of course, he wouldn't have been able to do it without the awesome support of our staff so I want to acknowledge and appreciate them as well.



I was sad to learn, however, that we lost two of our long time Neighborhood Council supporters these past few weeks. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council leader, Diana Dixon Davis,passed away on 

Sunday after 14 years service to the CNC. Please  click here for more 

information on her amazing life. We also lost Pilar Martinez-Byrnewho was a popular Spanish translator for Neighborhood Councils and City Council for many years and just a lovely individual. They will be both be missed.


I'll have more news to share next week once I've sorted through everything. Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor's Message


Today First Lady Michelle Obama joined me in Los Angeles where we pledged to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Now it's your turn to join us. There is no one to whom you or I owe a greater debt of service than to our veterans. Yet, across the country, veterans find themselves with few opportunities and little chance to get ahead when they return home. The heartbreaking reality is that nearly...


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City Attorney Files Gang Abatement

LOS ANGELES - City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed nuisance abatement lawsuits against the owners of three south Los Angeles properties, including a strip mall and an unlicensed barber shop, allegedly controlled by the Rollin' 30s and 40s criminal street gangs and used for gang activity including narcotics and firearms sales. City Attorney Feuer's suits follow a... 


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DWP nonprofits ordered to recognize Garcetti Allies as trustees

A Superior Court judge is ordering two Los Angeles Department of Water and Power nonprofits to recognize trustees allied with Mayor Eric Garcetti, the latest twist in an enduring saga over the details of their spending. The mayor's office heralded the decision as a victory. "With today's ruling, DWP trustees can take their seat at the table to make sure ratepayer money is not misspent," Garcetti spokesman... 


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New Appointed Los Angeles Fire Department Chief


My Choice to Lead the Los Angeles Fire Department Reforming the fire department is vital to the safety of our families and to my back to basics agenda. When it comes to this part of city government, lives are on the line. After an exhaustive, nationwide search, I have decided that there is no better person to cut response times, improve technology, and bring reform to the Los Angeles Fire Department... 


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New Appointed LADOT GM


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti picked a San Francisco official known for her focus on innovation, bicycle use and traffic safety to run the city's Department of Transportation on Friday. Assigned to the "Livable Streets" office of San Francisco's transportation agency, Seleta Reynolds played a major role in carrying out that city's Vision Zero project, which is seeking to cut traffic fatalities to... 


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New CicLAvia Route


CicLAvia's latest cycling-centric event will close streets from Echo Park to East Los Angeles to traffic this fall, opening up new stretches of asphalt to the walking and biking public. The Oct. 5 event (see the full map here) will also run along Broadway from Ninth Street to Chinatown. The event is the first by the group to tap into $2.35 million in funding from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan... 


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Board of Public Works meets in the Valley


Councilwoman Nury Martinez and the Department of Public Works invites you to attend a meeting of the Board of Public Works. It is the Board of Public Works off site meeting and will be held at Van Nuys City Hall, 14410 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys 91401, on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10 am. Agenda topics will include: Fire Station No. 7 Discovery Science Center Quarterly Project Labor Agreement Report Street...


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Funding Update 7.18.14

Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders. Please see below for some important information. Best, Armando Ruiz Neighborhood Council Funding Program Director IMPORTANT DATES / DEADLINES 10 days after your July NC Board Meeting - June Monthly Expenditure Reports due NC Checking Account Core User's Guide As part of our commitment to making the new checking account....


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LA River Greenway Opens in Canoga Park, Winnetka


County officials and community leaders celebrated the official opening of a five-acre greenway at the headwaters of the Los Angeles River on Saturday. The $11.5 million LA River Headwaters Project - the river's biggest greenway project so far - provides cyclists, walkers and runners access to 2.5 miles of trails (1 miles on each side). The path begins at Owensmouth Avenue in Canoga Park where... 


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Drought Solutions Tour and Native Plant Walk


A free hour-long guided tour through TreePeople's beautiful Coldwater Canyon Park highlighting the importance of trees during LA's drought emergency, along with easy sustainable solutions to conserve water. When: Every Saturday, 11:00am-12:15pm Where: Coldwater Canyon Park, 12601 Mulholland Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 LOS ANGELES (July 17, 2014) -- Every Saturday at 11 AM TreePeople hosts a... 


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Controller's Office Fast Facts


Controller's Office FAST FACTS Disburse close to 290,000 payments to vendors annually, totaling nearly $5 billion including Special Funds Process payroll totaling $131 million bi-weekly for over 42,000 employees Manage a multi-lingual Fraud Waste & Abuse toll free hotline (1-866-428-1514) available in 175 languages; and respond to over 300 allegations annually Conduct independent financial, performance... 


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Board of Public Works Meeting

Mon, Jul 21
Time: 10 am - 12 pm

Van Nuys City Hall
14410 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys 91401
Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting


Mon, Jul 21

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm


City Hall

10th Floor Conference Center, Rm 1050

200 N. Spring Street

Los Angeles 90012


NC Checking Acct/Funding Training


Mon, Jul 21
Time:  6 pm - 9 pm
City Hall
20th Floor Conference Room
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles 90012

Alliance of River Communities (ARC) Meeting

Thur, Jul 24
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm

Glassell Park Senior and Community Center
3750 Verdugo Road
Los Angeles 90065



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