September 5, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. We are getting into our 3rd month of the new Neighborhood Council funding program, and thank you for sharing all the good and not so good aspects. We really do appreciate your feedback and are making adjustments as we continue along. I am also appreciative of the hard work Neighborhood Councils did to put together their budget packages. We are going through them now and will be highlighting some great examples in our newsletter next week. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions about any of our work, please know that you can always email me at , so that we can resolve any matter collaboratively.


I have some bittersweet staffing news to share. Joe Hari, our Policy Director, is leaving the City to become a middle school teacher with LAUSD. Joe has done amazing work these past two years with us, assisting the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and Neighborhood Councils in the South, East and Central Los Angeles. Joe will be missed, and we wish him the best in his new job guiding our future leaders. One of our other staff, Tom Harvey, who assisted funding and field work, was injured in a bicycle accident this week. We are happy that he is back home though and are wishing him a speedy and complete recovery.


We had the first of two groups of international visitors from Afghanistan visit this week. Our NEAs, Tom Soong, Amber Meshack and Taneda Larios, along with Deputy City Attorney Alois and Carmen Hawkins fielded questions from these religious and community leaders. While Afghanistan has local community councils as well, I think what came across to our visitors and our staff was how fortunate we are to have our Neighborhood Council system when consequences for not joining their councils or for violating their rules and procedures were death and removing limbs. A group of Afghanistan's government officials will be visiting us next in a few weeks so I expect some more thought provoking conversations to come out of that meeting.




The Congress of Neighborhoods is fast approaching on Saturday, September 20th. This year's theme is "Keys to Success," and there are great classes for you to take all for free. Mayor Garcetti will be the opening session keynote speaker, and you will have the opportunity to network with Neighborhood Council leaders from around the City. Please register if you haven't already done so. A huge thanks to Chair Cindy Cleghorn and her Congress Planning Committee members for putting so much work into your Congress!!


The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) will have Controller Ron Galperin and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck as guest speakers so I hope to see you there tomorrow. Have a great weekend!






Grayce Liu,

General Manager

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Mayor's Message

I just left Martin Luther King, Jr. Park where an Angeleno named Joseph Galloway spoke passionately about his struggles to make ends meet despite working full-time as a delivery driver -- a job he took after being forced to leave college to support his family after the death of his father. Stories like his are the reasons why today I'm proposing to raise the minimum wage in LA. Will you join us? Click...


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Los Angeles, CA - The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) is presenting its Five Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness program, an easy-to-use guide for creating a neighborhood-wide disaster preparedness plan along with a series of upcoming community preparedness workshops to be held throughout the City. To introduce residents to the program, which is designed to help them better...


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HOLLYWOOD ( - Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck honored dozens of police officers Thursday for their "exceptional stories of bravery and heroism", according to officials. A number of city officials and Hollywood producers were also on hand for the "Above & Beyond" Medal of Valor and Purple Heart awards ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland...


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Los Angeles officials honored former Mayor James Hahn Thursday by naming the City Hall East after him. Hahn's political career ended a decade ago when he hired police Chief Bill Bratton and fought secession efforts by Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. But Hahn is the only person to have served as Los Angeles' controller, city attorney and mayor. The Controller's Office and City Attorney's Office...


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Community Activist? Free Eight-Week Course Starts Saturday, Oct. 4 This course, fully funded by the Charles Koch Foundation and designed by Cal State Northridge economist Shirley Svorny, will run for eight Saturdays from Oct. 4 to Nov. 22 from 8:30 - 11:30 am on the CSUN campus. Brunch is included. The objective is to expose individuals with an interest in public policy - including community activists...


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Some city officials are now backing a proposal to transform a downtown Los Angeles street into the equivalent of a giant Slip'N Slide for one day later this month. The support from City Councilman Jose Huizar comes after weeks of meetings with representatives from Slide the City, the company that hopes to hold the event. The meetings resulted in changes to the proposal, which Huizar's office believes...


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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT members receive 17 1/2 hours (one day a week for seven weeks) of initial training. CERT is provided free of charge within the city of Los Angeles to anyone 18 or over...


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As more bicyclists take to the streets, the number of frustrated motorists unaccustomed to sharing the road also is growing, prompting a new term for the conflict - bikelash. Now the state has enacted a new law that goes into effect Sept. 16 that seeks to codify the common sense and courtesy drivers should display that mandates a 3-foot buffer between cyclists and vehicles. Motorists soon will be...


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In the event of a large earthquake or disaster, rescuers may not be in a position to provide immediate help to all individuals. It is important for neighborhoods to establish a plan for self-sufficiency in case such an event ever occurs. Residents should prepare to be self-sufficient for a period of seven days. In collaboration with Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Mitchell Englander, this month's Emergency...


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Time: 10 am - 1 pm


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Thurs, Sep 11
Time: 6:30 pm - 9 pm

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Sat, Sep 13
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Hollenbeck Police Station Community Room
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Mon, Sep 15
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