September 19, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners took their first step in addressing the harassment and bullying issues in the Neighborhood Council system by approving their Neighborhood Council Board Member Code of Conduct Policy at their Monday meeting this week. This new policy will require all board members to sign a Code of Conduct in order to serve on their Neighborhood Councils. On our side, we are finalizing how we will be implementing and tracking this policy and will be releasing instructions in early October to all board members.


At the same time as the Commission meeting, our field staff were discussing Neighborhood Councils with the second delegation of government officials from Afghanistan. They were particularly interested in how we were able to get people from all different religious and ethnic backgrounds to work together as that is one of the major issues they have. They acknowledged that our system would simply not work in their current situation, but maybe one day in the future. Again, our staff were left with a greater appreciation of just how lucky we are with our Neighborhood Council system.


On Wednesday night, I had a bittersweet moment when I stopped by Pacoima Neighborhood Council's meeting on my way to visit with Canoga Park Neighborhood Council. The PNC board was holding my and our department's feet to the fire due to their perception that we had not supported the board in their meeting operations. During my public comment on the matter, I let them know that on the one hand, I was so very proud that they are doing exactly the job of Neighborhood Councils to hold City elected and departments accountable while on the other, I was sad that it was our staff and me they were having issues with. In the end, I'm glad to say that we will be working together to figure out what happened and to hopefully make our services better not only for PNC, but for all the Neighborhood Councils. Afterwards, I was happy to stop by CPNC at their invitation to thank the board members for their service and for fitting a board orientation training in their meeting with one of our great NEAs, Amber Meshack.


Heads up to Save the Date for some upcoming Funding Trainings and Feedback Townhalls in October. We'll be holding feedback sessions on the checking accounts along with a trainings on the new system. We'd love to get your input on your experiences so far and recommendations for efficiency and accountability changes. The dates are: Oct 1st (South LA), Oct. 2nd (Harbor), Oct. 6th (2 sessions in North Valley and West), Oct. 8th (East and North East LA), Oct. 14th (South Valley) and Oct. 15th (Central). The sessions are from 6-9 pm and more info to come next week.


I'm spending the day today at a General Managers retreat with Mayor Garcetti and his team. We'll be working on identifying shared priorities and finding opportunities to collaborate between the City departments. Just know that I'll be pitching Neighborhood Councils wherever I can. After we finish up at the retreat, I'll be helping to set up for the Congress of Neighborhoods in the evening. A lot of wonderful work went into planning this event by your Neighborhood Council leaders in the Congress Planning Committee, chaired by the awesome, Cindy Cleghorn, so I'm expecting to see you there for a day of learning and connecting. If you haven't already registered, please do so now.


I'll see you at the Congress of Neighborhoods tomorrow!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and city make it easier to install a solar energy system Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday that the Department of Building and Safety has developed a streamlined procedure to issue permits for residential solar systems, including making permits available online and having building inspectors verify the systems. "My back-to-basics agenda for Los Angeles is about...


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Last week, City Attorney Mike Feuer unveiled a comprehensive City Attorney Neighborhood School Safety Program that applies a vast array of resources to keep kids safe. The groundbreaking program (a pilot project focusing on four neighborhoods throughout the city) tackles a wide range of issues, including assuring safe passages to school, combating truancy, protecting the neighborhood environment...


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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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On October 11, 2014 the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates will be hosting their regional Budget Day from 8:30am - noon. The locations for each region are as follows: Regions 1, 2, 3 and 4: Van Nuys City Hall 14410 Sylvan St. (at Van Nuys Blvd.), Van Nuys, CA 91401 Regions 5 and 6: Hollywood City Hall 6501 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles CA 90028 Regions 7 and 8: Glassell Park Community Center 3650 Verdugo...


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Have you registered for this Saturday's 2014 Congress of Neighborhoods? The 2014 LA Congress of Neighborhoods is coming 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 The Congress of Neighborhoods is designed by council leaders so that there is something for everybody, from...


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So you're now a Neighborhood Council board member and suddenly you have a flood of emails coming in from your board, your committees, EmpowerLA and beyond. What do you do with all this information? How do you keep track of it? Attend the TUX Team's "Amplify Your Klout" workshop at this Saturday's Congress of Neighborhoods to find out! This workshop will give you resources and tools to better...


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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved what began as "the good neighbor ordinance," allowing officials to give out the equivalent of traffic tickets for nuisance infractions such as barking dogs, gas-powered leaf blowers and other quality-of-life issues. The Administrative Code Enforcement program, originally proposed five years ago by former City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and former...


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What: 7th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair When: Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Where: Fire Station 87, 10124 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills (between Devonshire St. and Lassen St.), in the REAR of the station Why: Disaster and emergency preparedness information, demonstrations, exhibitors, activities for kids, free food (while supplies last) Cost: It's all free Would you like...


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On Wednesday, October 8 schools across the city and the nation will partner with parents and community leaders to encourage walking to school and remind students and adults alike of the simple joys of walking and bicycling. For many local schools and communities, Walk to School events can lead to Walk to School days or other walking activities all year long. It also builds important support for creating...


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We never think a disaster will strike our neighborhood - or at least we hope it won't! However, it is not a question of if one will happen, but when. Find out what you can do to help make your neighborhood better able to meet disasters head on and bounce back afterwards. Join us for a workshop that will give you the resources and tips that you need to create a Neighborhood Disaster Plan for your...


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Did you know.. Angelenos spend collectively 490 million hours in traffic Traffic congestion costs nearly $10 billion each year 38% of Greenhouse Gas emissions in California are due to transportation Biking and walking 24 minutes a day on average has been found to reduce heart disease and diabetes by 14% while decreasing greenhouse gases by 14% Decreasing exposure to heavy traffic and long commutes...


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As of Tuesday September 16, California drivers must now give a 3-foot buffer zone to cyclists sharing the road with them when passing. California is the 24th state to pass such a law. This effort to increase cyclist safety aims to decrease the number of car-cyclist accidents and fatalities and raise driver awareness of bicycles on the road. More than 150 cyclists were killed in car collisions in California...


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On Friday, September 19, the annual celebration of Park(ing) Day LA hits the streets as Park-itects throughout the city step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform metered curbside parking into urban parks, just for the day. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The...


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Thur, Sep 25

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Sat, Oct 4
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Hollywood Constituent Center
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