August 22, 2014
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General Manager's Update 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. We had a great Neighborhood Council Budget Day last Saturday with over 200 Neighborhood Council leaders at City Hall learning about the City budget and electing their new Budget Advocates. Big thank you's to the attendees and the City officials who supported the event: Mayor Garcetti, his Budget and Innovation guru, Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, and his awesome team, Councilmember and Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, City Controller Ron Galperin, Board of Public Works President Kevin James, and CAO Miguel Santana. Of course, appreciation must also go to our outstanding Budget Advocates from last year, Co-Chaired by Jay Handal and Joanne Yvanek-Garb, our dedicated Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, who led the breakout sessions, and our super staff, led by Policy Director, Joseph Hari. The Mayor's Office, Budget Advocates and EmpowerLA have created a Budget Day Survey to get your input about the City budget. Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback. For more information on Budget Day, see below.


With a day's rest, our Commissioners were back to work on Monday, finalizing an update to the Neighborhood Council Posting Policy. I know some folks have been confused with the changes so the Commission has put out a FAQ on the changes and how the Department will be updating all bylaws automatically the next few months to incorporate the update. The Commission also made a few changes to their Neighborhood Council Board Member Code of Conduct Policy, which will be up for discussion and possible action at their September 2nd meeting in the North Valley. If you would like to submit public comment on this policy, please send it to Janet Lindo at


Last night, I was happy to see our fledgling TUX (Technology User Experience) Team NationBuilder ambassadors from our 12 service regions at the launch of the NationBuilder training. Many thanks to them for stepping up to be the Neighborhood Council leaders on NationBuilder in their regions. NationBuilder is an exciting tool to bring all of your stakeholder communications together in one place, and we're happy to offer the Neighborhood Councils the opportunity to use it to grow their stakeholder contacts. I want to really appreciate our Outreach and Communications Director, Stephen Box, and his team, Sevak Paramazian and Jose Galdamez, for working with NationBuilder this past year to get us to this point. I also received a lovely surprise yesterday from Sevak and our TUX Team logo creator, Arin Abedian, when they presented me with their handmade version of our TUX Team logo with a flashing heart at my actual office location in City Hall. Thank you!


I'll be stopping by Park Mesa Heights Community Council's annual Unity Fair tomorrow in South Los Angeles so if I don't see you there, have a wonderful weekend!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor's Message

Mayor Garcetti has appointed Abhi Nemani as Los Angeles' first Chief Data Officer. As part of Mayor Garcetti's effort to build a data-driven culture of innovation and excellence in city government, Nemani will work with city departments to collect and analyze data, and will lead the operation of the city's new open-data portal...


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LOS ANGELES (CN) - Glendale Adventist Medical Center dumps homeless, mentally ill, disabled patients on Skid Row, the Los Angeles City Attorney claims in court. The Aug. 20 lawsuit in Superior Court is City Attorney Mike Feuer's latest effort to crack down on "inhumane and intolerable" patient dumping in the homeless area of downtown. In January, the city reached a settlement with Beverly Hospital... 


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Dear Friends, Join me and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell for a demonstration of ControlPanel LA - the City's first open data site which allows the public to explore how the City spends our money with an in-depth look into the City's financial books. Tuesday, August 26 @ 7 pm Emerson College Hollywood 5960 Sunset Boulevard (x Gordon) Hollywood, CA 90026 RSVP here Stop by to see how open data is changing... 


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Join us at Van Ness Park on Saturday, August 23, for Park Mesa Heights Community Council's Unity Fest featuring fun for the whole family. We will be there providing FREE health screenings and information on affordable care plans. Wellness begins with access to healthcare. Hope we see you at PMHCC Unity Fest happening 10am to 3pm at Van Ness Park at 5720 2nd Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043. Activities... 


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NHS invites you to join us for our upcoming Neighborhood Sustainability Symposiumon Saturday, October 11th at the Expo Center in Los Angeles. This all-day, family-friendly symposium will explore the emerging role of resilient and sustainable communities, healthy neighborhoods, mass transit, K-12 education, green development, and neighborhood investment. The event will feature community workshops...


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Neighborhood Councils are on the move! The winners of the 2014 EmpowerLA Awards were announced at the August 18th board meeting of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners. The vote for the winners of the EmpowerLA Awards 2014 was the culmination of stiff competition to name Neighborhood Councils of the Year. A total of 38 nominations were received for projects that exemplified the mission of Neighborhood...


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Saturday's Budget Day at City Hall successfully launched another year-long effort to provide Neighborhood Council input and influence into the City's annual budgeting process. Over 200 NC Budget Representatives, Board members, and concerned stakeholders representing 77 of the City's 95 Neighborhood Councils listened and participated for four hours of "talking budget." The standing room only...


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Can we cap the 101 freeway with a 44-acre park? Floods of cars hurdle through the canyon along the 101 in Hollywood, spitting pollutants. Heat radiates from miles of asphalt and concrete buildings, and weary apartments line the chasm. But when Los Angeles native Laurie Goldman gazes over the twisting gray expanse, a part of town pedestrians rarely visit, all she can see is green. "I look at the...


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PURPOSE OF NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS: "To promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs" ~ Los Angeles City Charter, Article IX Neighborhood Council leaders from throughout the city have partnered with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA) in bringing the 2013 LA Congress of Neighborhoods to City Hall on Saturday, September 20...


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The Mayor's Office, the Budget Advocates and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment are pleased to co-sponsor this year's Budget Day Survey, which we anticipate will: form the basis for wider citizen consultations across the city, increase strategic advocacy for the set of priorities identified as most important to Angelenos, and enable more meaningful and more positive policy and budget decisions...


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Neighborhood Council Budget Policy


At its meeting on Monday August 18th the Commission adopted the latest, and hopefully, last version of the new Posting Policy. The latest version of the Posting Policy supersedes all of the others that have been adopted over the last several years. Since it is in place we thought it would be a good idea to create a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) in order to be certain that everyone understands...


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LA's streets are full of new bus benches, 5831 to be exact, and 10% are available to Neighborhood Councils that would like to advertise for free. Neighborhood Councils are responsible for the artwork and printing and the free bus benches are offered based on availability, not on specific location requests. If your Neighborhood Council wants to advertise on the bus benches in your community, here are the steps. 1) Decide, as a Neighborhood Council...


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Neighborhood Councils can place banners on City of LA light poles in a process that is quite simple but can have dramatic results. All it takes is one phone call and a few simple decisions: (1) What information and artwork will go on the banners? They can all be the same or there can be a variety of banners that are placed along the boulevard. They can be general information (Lincoln Heights NC) or specific to an event (Atwater Village NC). (2) What...


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Park Mesa Heights Community Council Unity Fair

Sat, Aug 23
Time: 10 am - 3 pm

Van Ness Park
5720 2nd Avenue
Los Angeles 90043
Alliance of River Commuities (ARC) Meeting


Thurs, Aug 28

Time: 7 pm - 9 pm


Glassell Park Senior and Community Center

3750 Verdugo Road

Los Angeles 90065


SORO LGBTQ Committee Meeting

Thurs, Aug 28
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm

Wiesenthal Center
1399 S. Roxbury Drive
Los Angeles 90035
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Board of Neighborhood Commisioners Regular Meeting

Tue, Sep 2
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm

Beachy Elementary School Auditorium
9757 Beachy Avenue
Arleta 91331

Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting

Wed, Sep 3
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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



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