July 25, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I'm having a bit of a slow start catching up on work unfortunately because I was rear-ended on the freeway my first day back to work last week and have been mostly out of the office recovering. Sadly, my little electric car is also out of commission so I haven't been able to do my free EmpowerLA advertising as I drive around the City. Hopefully, we will both be 100% in the next few weeks.


In the meantime, our staff is still hard at work supporting the Neighborhood Councils. The field team has conducted 83 Neighborhood Council board orientations around the City. Many thanks to them and to the Neighborhood Councils who participated so that we can start off the new boards with a strong foundation. Our funding team is working on smoothing out any kinks with the new checking account system. As your Neighborhood Council is using the new system, please let us know of suggestions you may have to improve any part of it. We've already gotten some positive feedback from folks who found making payments to be wonderfully easier.


We had another international visitor from Equatorial New Guinea, Central Africa, visit us on Monday to learn about Neighborhood Councils. Thanks to our NEA,Taneda Larios, for hosting him in Spanish! Check out Taneda's article below on the visit. We will be welcoming another international visitor on Monday, July 28th, Mayor Joaquin Alfredo Peņate of Santa Ana, El Salvador. He will be coming to learn more about the Neighborhood Council system and the Neighborhood Prosecutors Program so we will be co-hosting him with City Attorney Mike Freuer. A big thank you to our NEA, Melvin Caņas, for doing all the legwork to set this visit up.


As always, thanks for all you do to Empower LA! Have a relaxing weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor's Message


Summer Fun with Rec and Parks Summer is the time to relax, have fun, and be in the sun! We've provided for you a list of exciting activities and relaxing getaways for you and your loved ones right here in Los Angeles. Check them out below. Do you miss laughing at lunch with your best buds? Well good thing LAUSD's Summer Lunch Program is serving up some food for you and your friends! You can enjoy...


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Catching Up With LA City Attorney Mike Feuer


Mike Feuer is the Los Angeles City Attorney. His responsibilities go far beyond prosecuting misdemeanor criminal cases. For example, the City Attorney's office is currently investigating the medical marijuana dispensaries that operate legally within the city. There has been an on-going question about the number and location of dispensaries, but now there's also a medical marijuana farmers' market...


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Election Doc Retention

Neighborhood Councils can pick up their Election Documents from the City Clerk by emailing Clerk.Election@LACity.org or calling 213-978-0444 and giving the City Clerk a week's notice so that the documents can be retrieved from the archive and prepared for pickup. The Documents include the Stakeholder Registration forms, the Candidate Registration forms, the Vote-by-Mail applications, and the Community... 


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Funding Update 7.25.14

Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders. I hope this week's newsletter finds you all well. As we try out the new NC Checking Account system for NC's we are receiving lots of positive feedback as well as concerns and confusion about the new process. Since this process is new to everyone, we are doing our best to find answers and solutions to your concerns as... 


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Small Business Entrepreneurship: Doing Business in LA


PRESENTED BY THE MAYOR'S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY WHAT: A workshop to teach the basics of small business entrepreneurship, how to legally start a business in Los Angeles, and introduce resources provided by the City of Los Angeles and regional partners that assist with small business development. WHEN: Monday, August 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. WHERE: San... 


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LA River Bike-In Movie Theater


Join us under the Broadway Bridge for picnics, play and the 40th anniversary of the LA cult classic Chinatown. As always, you can expect good food, good people and good fun. Before the film screening, we will have Tom Explores Los Angeles talk about his adventures in the Owens Valley that speak to the issues of water, the drought and the LA River. We will also be joined by FOLAR's exciting new River... 


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Celebrating 130 Years of the Plaza Firehouse


The Plaza Firehouse is celebrating 130 years on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm at El Pueblo Historic Monument. Events: Historic rigs and fire apparatuses Arts & crafts tables Living history performances at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Pico House Rarely seen photos & artifacts on display All events are free and open to the public Spend the day celebrating the 130th anniversary... 


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Atwater Movie Nights


Atwater Neighborhood Council presents Atwater Movie Night under the stars. Gates open at dusk and the show begins at dark at the Los Feliz Municipal Golf Course, located 3207 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039. Movie schedule: June 27th Airplane! July 25th My Favorite Year August 22nd The Lego Movie Atwater Votes! September 19th Ghostbusters Grease The Goonies For more information click here...


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News from Field Operations 7.25.14

I hope our newsletter finds you well and that you are able to stay cool during this heat wave! I would like to start this short article by thanking our Field Operations team, comprised of our Neighborhood Empowerment Advocates and our support staff for carrying out a total of 83 board orientations! Great job guys!!!! Out of the 95 NCs, we did not get to 12 of you, for various reasons. At the moment...


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International Visitors See Civic Engagement in Action


On Monday, July 21, 2014, I had the pleasure of hosting our most recent international delegate, Mr. Diosdado Mba NCony a Political Science and Sociology Department Head and Professor from Equatorial New Guinea, Central Africa where the native language is Spanish. We met at the office where I briefed Mr. Ncony on the the Neighborhood Council system and provided him with our Board Member Handbook in... 


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19th Annual Jazz Festival


Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. in conjunction with Coalition for Responsible Community Development presents 19th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Thousands of Angelenos are expected to crowd the "New Ninth" this weekend for the 19th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. The event pays homage to the vital role Central Ave played in establishing Jazz music and culture. Partnering with the Coalition... 


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How Should Law Enforcement Interact with Mentally Ill Persons?


Click to view the Assemblymember's video invite Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Mental & Behavioral Health, invites you to attend an important joint hearing being convened with the Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment that will examine the interactions between law enforcement and persons with mental illnesses. In the aftermath of... 


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