August 1, 2014
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General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I'm almost back to full steam with a few nifty adjustments to my desk and chair so that I can function better while I'm on the mend.Thanks so much to folks who emailed me well wishes on my (and my car's!) speedy recovery. I really appreciate it!



While I had a little recover setback on Monday that prevented me from meeting with our international visitors from El Salvador, Director of Field Operations, Leyla Campos, and NEA, Melvin Canas, were great hosts along with City Attorney Mike Feuer and his team. Our visitors also received a proclamation from Mayor Garcetti acknowledging their visit to Los Angeles. Big thanks again to Melvin for putting together the visit (see his article below for more details). Next up, we have visitors from Saudi Arabia coming in August to check out our awesome Neighborhood Council system.


We're doing some rearranging of our newsletter so that you can get information on our department's work a little easier on the right hand side bar for our teams. Between the funding updates and policy changes, I've heard from Neighborhood Councils that it's hard to stay on top of everything so we'll make adjustments to make everything more transparent. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.


Speaking of suggestions, thank you for the feedback on the checking accounts! We are already working on improving the forms to address any questions. In the meantime, please remember that we'll be expecting to see July's monthly expenditure reports in August 10 days after your board approves them at your regular meeting. Also, if you are requesting funds to be transferred into your checking accounts, please request them at least 5 days before you need to use the amounts. Between corrections to the forms and other transfer delays, we've noticed it may take that long for the funds to arrive in your account.


In July, we've already had 13 Community Impact Statements filed by Neighborhood Councils. Thank you! If you haven't already, please agendize relevant Council Files for your community's feedback. One deadline coming up is weighing in on the Election Reform Commission's report before it goes to City Council on September 15th. Please take advantage of this powerful tool to get your neighborhood's opinion heard at City Hall.


If I don't see you at the LANCC meeting tomorrow with Board of Public Works Commission President Kevin James, have a great weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor's Message

We are carefully coordinating a 24/7 operation to ensure we get the pipes fixed and traffic moving ASAP. Sunset Boulevard near the break remains closed, so commuters should plan ahead and people should avoid the area unless absolutely necessary. UPDATED 8/1/2014: While our focus is on making those repairs and reopening Sunset Boulevard as quickly as possible, we also are very much aware that this...


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City Attorney Cracks Down on Illegal Tobacco Sales


Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has suspended tobacco sales at 14 retailers for 30 days as part of his attempt to crack down on establishments selling tobacco products to minors. In the local area, the licenses to sell tobacco were suspended at the Beverly 76 gas station at 4700 Beverly Blvd. and at K.S. Union 76 gas station, located at 4000 W. 6th St. Both gas stations are located near Western... 


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As the streets of Los Angeles continue to deterioriate, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services has been unable to document both the number and location of potholes throughout the city and its status regarding the collection of monies it is owed, City Controller Ron Galperin said Thursday. With gravel, sand and recycled pavement behind him at the city's 67-year-old Asphalt Plant 1 east of downtown... 


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At the beginning of the calendar year, Neighborhood Council leaders meet with the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles and his budget team to present their budget findings and recommendations. But the City Budget journey begins months earlier, with the selection of NC Budget Advocates, enlisting the support of NC Budget Representatives, and continues through the year, engaging the community in working... 


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Mayor Sets out to Transform L.A. Streets through 'urban acupuncture'


San Pedro's Gaffey Street is no one's idea of a quaint village. Cars pour off the 110 Freeway, frequently at high speeds. The street's palm trees provide little shade. The corridor is dominated by businesses catering to the automobile - KFC, Taco Bell and 7-Eleven, among others. Yet Mayor Eric Garcetti hopes to transform Gaffey and 14 other major thoroughfares into hubs of neighborhood activity... 


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On Monday, July 28th 2014, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (Department) received a visit from Mayor Alfredo Peñate, from Santa Ana, El Salvador; traveling with Mayor Peñate was Ms. Karen Figueroa, Communications Director. The visit came about due to efforts from Westlake South Neighborhood Council board members Manuel Olmos and Nelson Castillo who contacted the Department to initiate... 


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Taylor Yard River Parcel G2 Project


An Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND/IS) is available for review for the. proposed 41-acre Taylor Yard River Parcel G2 (2070 North San Fernando Road). The project site is located approximately, 3 miles north of downtown Los Angele in the community of Cypress Park of Los Angeles and Council District 1 area of the City of Los Angeles. The project consists of implementation of best management... 


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HOLLYWOOD -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell is pleased to announce another transportation alternative for residents and visitors in Hollywood traveling to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). FlyAway® bus service to and from the heart of Hollywood will be available to the traveling public starting Wednesday, September 3rd. The pick up and drop off will be located on... 


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Funding Update 8.1.14

Greetings, Neighborhood Council Treasurers, Board Members, and stakeholders. I hope this week's newsletter finds you all well. The NC Checking Account System is now officially 1 month old, and with any such young system, there have been ups and downs, adjustments, apologies, and corrections. But there have also been successes, improvements, compliments, and positive suggestions. We in the Funding... 


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LA City Councilmembers Call for the Humane Treatment of Unaccompanied Minors and the Consideration of their Status as Refugees Officials announce the introduction of a City-wide resolution that denounces to repeal the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, reducing immigrant children's access to immigration hearings Los Angeles Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Mitch O'Farrell, Nury...


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News from Field Operations 8.1.14

I hope our newsletter finds you well and that you are gearing up for a wonderful weekend. As you may know, your Field Operations Division in the Department is working hard to get some housekeeping in order as it relates to agendas, bylaws, rosters, etc. This last month, our Neighborhood Empowerment Advocates, NEAs, have been reaching out to you asking for a complete board roster in order to forward...


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9th Annual Frogtown Art Walk


Ninth Annual Frogtown Art Walk September 13, 2014 L.A.'s annual free art show celebration returns with community involvement, art installations, music on three stages and river-related exhibits. Event is co-sponsored by CD13 and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell. WHO: The artists, artisans, and architects of Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown) welcome art-lovers of all ages to tours their galleries, studios...


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Larchmont Medians Phase II Project BSS has completed the second phase of the Larchmont Medians Project. Phase I was a huge success, significantly transforming the southern end of Larchmont Blvd. from 1st to 3rd St., Phase II continued the efforts of beautifying the area and calming traffic on this pivotal city street by building three landscaped medians and a monument between Melrose and Rosewood...


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For information on the status of policies being reviewed by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, click here. Please let me know if you have any questions. Joe Hari Director of Policy...


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Neighborhood Council Parking Passes


Neighborhood Council - LADWP Memorandum of Understanding Oversight Committee Meeting

Sat, Aug 2
Time: 8:45 am - 10 am

Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles 90028
Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Meeting



Sat, Aug 2

Time: 10 am - 1 pm


Hollywood Constituent Center

6501 Fountain Ave

Los Angeles 90028


Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting


Tue, Aug 5
Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting

Wed, Aug 6
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kaiser Permanente Way Harbor City Community Outreach Portables
25965 Normandie Ave
Harbor City 90710

Special Meeting Board of Neighborhood Commissioners

Thur, Aug 7
Time: 6 pm - 9:30 pm

Walter Reed Middle School
4525 Irvine Avenue
North Hollywood 91602

Harbor Area Live Ethics and Funding Training

Sat, Aug 9
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Nathaniel Narbonne 
High School
Multi-Purpose Room
24300 Western Ave
Harbor City 90710

Sat, Aug 9
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Hollenbeck Police Station - Community Room
2111 E. First Street
Los Angeles 90033

Budget Day

Sat, Aug 16
Time: 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

City Hall
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles 90012



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