September 12, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. This has been a pretty great (and busy!) week starting last Saturday with Controller Ron Galperin and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck taking the time to visit with Neighborhood Councils at the LANCC. That day was also filled with the Congress Planning Committee, the NC-LADWP MOU Committee and the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates meetings. After watching the Budget Advocates plan for their regional Budget Day on October 11th, I swung by North Hills West Neighborhood Council's excellent Community BBQ, which brought out nearly 500 stakeholders.


On Monday, our Deputy City Attorneys Darren Martinez and Alois Phillips, held a roundtable with North Valley board Presidents and legal liaisons to discuss effective meeting operation techniques. They'll be doing a tour around the City in the upcoming year. The reviews from our Neighborhood Council leaders were excellent so please be sure to attend if you get the chance. We're also working with the City Attorneys to finalize an events checklist for Neighborhood Council events by the end of the month so keep an eye out for that.


Darren also accompanied me to the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils meeting last night where City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell spoke on his priorities in the City, including homelessness, planning/land use issues and animal rights. Darren clarified some questions that have come up when multiple Neighborhood Councils are meeting and provided a very helpful handout on the subject. I was really excited to see the VANC give a great training by Linda Gravani from Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council on how to submit Community Impact Statements, which is an exclusive tool for Neighborhood Councils to weigh in on Council Files before City Council. This was followed up by Glenn Bailey from Northridge East Neighborhood Council on the top 3 Council Files to weigh in on now: CF 13-1493 (street vending), CF 14-0163-S3 (sidewalk repair), CF 11-1018 (NC grievances). Under VANC founder and Chair, Jill Banks Barad, the VANC is also hosting the only Board of Supervisors debate between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver on October 9th as well as doing a VANC Planning Forum on December 11th. Amazing!


If you want to know Jill's leadership secrets, please register for the Congress of Neighborhoods, which is Saturday, September 20th, since she is teaching a class on leadership skills that day. If you haven't already looked, there are many super workshops to assist you in your Neighborhood Council's success. I'm really looking forward to seeing all of our Neighborhood Council leaders learning and sharing that day.


Speaking of Neighborhood Council successes, I found out today at a meeting to advance women's leadership roles, which was organized by First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland and Mayor Garcetti's Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, that our Neighborhood Councils have the highest number of elected women officials! I thought that was pretty neat that we are modeling women leadership roles. I was very grateful to Mayor Garcetti, Amy and Ana for making this a priority for the City as well.


PlanCheckNC is cancelled tomorrow so have a relaxing weekend!





Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor's Message

Patriot Day LAMayor - To those who lost loved ones 13 years ago, this day is one of personal sorrow. And all of us felt a blow as those thousands were slain. But we are also reminded of the enduring strength of our nation. On September 11, the world was able to see Americans come together, and it witnessed the heroism of our first responders and service members -- who protect and serve on our streets...


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The City Controller's office is proud to announce the launch of the City's first Civic Innovation Lab. This lab, in collaboration with HubLA and Learn Do Share, will bring together designers, developers, activists, and City government to design creative solutions to civic problems. This is not just another meetup or hackathon - this is the beginning of developing new ways citizens can productively...


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After the successful launch of the Neighborhood Prosecutors program initiated by City Attorney Mike Feuer earlier this year, which brought together deputy city attorneys and neighborhood leaders to identify and tackle local public safety priorities, the neighborhood-centered justice initiatives continue with the new Neighborhood Justice Program, scheduled to be formally inaugurated next month. According...


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Michael Shull was confirmed as the General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks by LA's City Council this week.

Mr. Shull has served as the Assistant General Manager of the Department since 2005 and has overseen the work of over 800 employees in over 425 parks and recreation facilities throughout the City of Los Angeles...


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Neighborhood Council leaders from throughout the city have partnered with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA) in bringing the 2014 LA Congress of Neighborhoods to City Hall on Saturday, September 20, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is free, and it includes breakfast and lunch, workshops, networking, and more. Register Now Los Angeles has 95 certified neighborhood councils...


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City Controller Ron Galperin is on the road, visiting Neighborhood Councils and Alliances throughout the city to talk about his vision for transparent and effective governance. This past week he spoke at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition where he discussed the three areas of focus in his office: modernization, management, and metrics. The City Controller is scheduled to speak at these...


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Because of tremendous needs following a catastrophic event, first responders may not be immediately available to assist communities. Residents and communities may have to rely on themselves and their neighbors for several days. Having a Neighborhood Disaster Plan will greatly assist communities to respond to and recover from such an occurrence. The City of Los Angeles has made it simple for you to...


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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Los Feliz homeowner (for now), and Silverlake Conservatory of Music cofounder Flea appeared at a meeting of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council last week. Flea was speaking on behalf of the Silverlake Conservatory, which wants to build a new permanent home on a site at Santa Monica and Sunset in Sunset Junction that's currently slated for a big mixed-use housing project...


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NHS invites you to join us for our upcoming Neighborhood Sustainability Symposium on 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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