August 8, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. I've been getting wonderful stories of Neighborhood Councils changing the world for the better, one neighborhood at a time. From hillside drilling issues in Porter Ranch to the Sex & Child Trafficking Summit held in Van Nuys to the National Night Out events held by Neighborhood Councils throughout the Los Angeles, I am constantly impressed and inspired by the hard work of our volunteer Neighborhood Council leaders. Speaking of which, our Neighborhood Budget Advocates are prepping Budget Day on Saturday, August 16th, and our Congress Planning Committee is opening registration for the Congress of Neighborhoods on Saturday, September 20th. These are both great events, and I hope you will take the time to come learn and network with one another.


Last night at the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners meeting, we celebrated Lake Balboa Neighborhood Councils 10th anniversary in the South Valley.

We also heard from LADWP Commissioner Jill Banks Barad on the best practices of Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council. There was still some confusion about the 
Posting Policy and whether the reduction from 5 posting locations to 1 was actually in effect.The short answer is yes if your Neighborhood Council has a website. The Commissioners are looking to make a few updates to the policy thought so that it is why it is still being discussed.


This week, we also celebrated the graduation of our staff, Joe Hari and Tom Harvey, from the Los Angeles Fire Department's Leadership Academy. The LAFD offers an amazing 4 week leadership training for free, and we are really grateful that they open this course up to other City departments. Congratulations, too, to their new Chief Ralph Terrazas, who was sworn in today! 



Next week, I'm looking forward to sharing our Neighborhood Council knowledge with our Saudi Arabia international visitors on Monday and then attending the VANC meeting on Thursday.


Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor Garcetti Begins Second Annual Department Head Review LOS ANGELES--Mayor Eric Garcetti this week began annual reviews of every city department head as part of his commitment to improve accountability and performance measurement in city government. The City Charter assigns the Mayor the role of the city's CEO, and when he took office, Mayor Garcetti took the unprecedented step of requiring every...


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Concerned about your Neighborhood? Join City Attorney Mike Feuer to meet your newly appointed Foothill Division Neighborhood Prosecutor Susan Chung on August 13 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Montague Charter Academy Auditorium, 13000 Montague St, Pacoima, CA 91331. Susan Chung will represent the following areas as Neighborhood Prosecutor: Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland/Tujunga, Lakeview... 


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Galperin vs. James ... Not Really a Fight NC WATCH-City Controller Ron Galperin is rapidly gaining hero status. And, Public Works President, Kevin James is on the same track. Therefore I was somewhat dismayed when James appeared at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) and suggested ... nicely of course ... that the recent Controller's Audit on the Street Services Bureau (SSB) wasn't... 


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The USGS has developed a prototype earthquake early warning system that they hope to deploy in California as soon support is received for running the instruments and software. As part of this program, we want want to create apps to deliver earthquake early warnings in a way that will help people use the information effectively. You can help by taking this survey from the University of Kentucky so... 


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Anonymous LADOT Employee Will Answer Your Questions On Roads, Parking And More On Reddit An anonymous LADOT employee has emerged to answer all of your burning questions about the roads. Over on the subreddit r/LosAngeles, user MyLADOT posted a thread for Angelenos to ask their questions about L.A. parking and streets. He also posted an important caveat: LADOT is not the Metro, so all your Metro questions...


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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is the Chair of the Metro Board of Directors for the next year. At the start of the Board meeting, Garcetti briefly outlined his goals as Board Chair. Here are some highlights from his comments. "When you're talking about transportation, the top priority has to be reducing traffic. Traffic, especially in Los Angeles, defines our lives. It keeps us from being with...


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HOLLYWOOD ARTS COUNCIL'S FREE 29TH ANNUAL FREE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS WHO & WHAT: The Hollywood Arts Council will present its FREE 29th Annual Children's Festival of the Arts on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 12-Noon to 4:30 p.m. at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, CA. Casey McCabe, on-air talent for AMP Radio 97.1 FM will serve as the Event Emcee. The Children's Festival is a celebration...


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Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office of Economic Development and your local Los Angeles public library are excited to host the Small Business Entrepreneurship: Doing Business in LA workshop series. This free two hour workshop for pre-startup and small business owners will teach the basics of small business entrepreneurship and how to legally start a business in the City of Los Angeles. We will also introduce...


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Councilmember Bernard C. Parks invites book lovers, the literarily curious, and everyone in between to the 8th annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF) on Saturday, August 9. Councilmember Parks, an advocate for the arts and education, founded the free event to promote literacy and provide a welcoming and entertaining venue for families to learn and explore various prose. The event will feature...


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Harbor Area Live Ethics and Funding Training

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

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24300 Western Ave
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Time: 10 am - 1 pm


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2111 1st Street

Los Angeles 90033


Los Angeles City Planning Commission

Thur, Aug 14
Time: 8:30 am - 12 pm

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Hearing Room 350
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles 90012
Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Meeting

Thur, Aug 14
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sherman Oaks Hospital
Doctor's Conference Rm
4929 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks 91403

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