October 17, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. Thanks very much to Neighborhood Council leaders around the City giving us feedback on the new checking account and events review system. It's been very helpful, and I really appreciate everyone's suggestions on how to make not only your work easier, but ours as well. If you haven't had a chance to weigh in, you can do so online until October 31st.


We are also in the process of streamlining our EmpowerLA.org website as well so folks can find the information they need. As a first step, we've revamped the Funding portion of our website and have implemented a suggestion from several board members - the creation of a Forms page with a tab on the front page and this newsletter so you can find all of the most updated forms for the Department. We're working on new Bylaws and Community Impact Statement templates now so they will also be going on the Forms page when they are complete at the end of this month.


I had a great time last Saturday getting around to the East, Central and Valley regional Budget Day sessions with Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate Taneda Larios attended the South's meeting. I was impressed at the thoughtful discussion in each of the areas about the City budget and the potential solutions proposed. A huge thanks to our Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates for taking on the planning and execution of the sessions and to the Mayor's Office for working with them to provide the City's budget and survey information for discussion. In between the Budget Day meetings, I was able to moderate a great advocacy panel at the Neighborhood Housing Services Symposium where not only did we have Reseda Neighborhood Council President Kevin Taylor on the panel, but Neighborhood Council members from Park Mesa Heights, Sun Valley Area and Eagle Rock in the audience, too.


On Wednesday, I stopped by the City Councils Rules, Elections & Intergovernmental Relations Committee's town hall on election reform at the Van Nuys City Hall. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council and the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils co-sponsored the event. I was pleased that City Council President Herb Wesson invited VNNC Executive Officers, Howard Benjamin and Jeanette Hopp, to sit around the horseshoe with Councilmember Jose Huizar and him as they listened to the presentation and public comment. After that, I walked next door to the Braude where our great funding staff, Kathleen Quinn and Mario Hernandez, were conducting a Funding Training and Town Hall while Armando Ruiz, Betty Wong Oyama and Jessica Pua were doing the same in our downtown office.


I think it's pretty neat that nearly every day of the month, there is something involving Neighborhood Councils going on in LA. This weekend, for instance, the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, Congress Planning Committee, Neighborhood Council-LADWP MOU Committee and LANCC are meeting tomorrow. On Sunday, Del Rey Neighborhood Council will be celebrating Del Rey Day, while Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council will be participating in the Sherman Oaks Street Fair.


If I don't see you this weekend, have a great one!




Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor's Message

Amidst a record drought, Mayor Eric Garcetti today issued an executive directive to dramatically reduce the use of fresh water and the purchase of costly imported water. "Our relationship with water must evolve. We cannot afford the water policies of the past," said Mayor Garcetti. "We must conserve, recycle and rethink how we use our water to save money and make sure that we have enough water to...


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Election Day is coming up! How are you encouraging your friends and neighbors to vote? Hundreds of amazing artists have come together to produce awesome art to inspire you to #GoVote. Share them with your friends & family to encourage them to vote on November 4th! GoVote.org is a creative, non-partisan campaign that uses art to drive energy and momentum for this year's election and beyond. Beautiful...


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Councilman Mike Bonin and the Department of Public Works invite you to a meeting of the Board of Public Works on October 27, 2014. Agenda topics will include: * Overview of Street Services FY14-15 Budget * Sepulveda Boulevard sidewalks - 84th Place to 80th Street (Westchester Streetscape Improvements) * Parking Lots at 1300 Electric Ave and 1600 Irving Tabor Ct * Santa Monica Bay LFD Upgrades...


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This year the 3-1-1 Call Center is planning to close for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. This represents a change in operation for the 3-1-1 Call Center, which had in the past been open 365 days a year. The Call center staff has communicated with departmental call center management and the Mayor's Office in advance of this communication to ensure a smooth transition. The closures will occur...


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On Sunday, October 19, 2014, the non-profit L.A. Commons (www.lacommons.org) will host its 4th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods, and its first based on a mayoral theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Program. Angelenos will explore the main arteries of neighborhoods around the city, developed and not so, and meet the people in the center of activity there. "Los Angeles...


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Artist Jane Gang Donates Acrylic Triptych to Cheremoya Elementary

Fine artist Jane Gang has generously donated three large acrylic paintings to Cheremoya Elementary School. Ms. Gang has been exhibiting and sharing her unique vision in many parts of the world for 30 years. Renowned for her "Essentialism" style, Ms. Gang is predominantly a figurative painter. A British born artist, she currently lives and works in Los Angeles where her son attends Cheremoya Elementary....


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Celebrate the Day of the Dead and honor the lives of those who have passed on a special Día de los Muertos themed art tour on Sunday, Nov. 2. The free, one-night-only tour will explore artworks along the Metro Gold Line through the lens of renowned Dia de los Muertos specialist, artist Consuelo Flores. Take the whole family and tour various stations to see artwork along the Gold Line. Finish the...


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Nextdoor.com officials made a big announcement last week that opened up their social network to use by government agencies. Unlike most social platforms, Nextdoor hosts closed neighborhood networks just for the people living in those communities. In this insightful video, Kristy Dalton of GovGirl and NextDoor co-founder Sarah Leary chat about the practical ways cities can use Nextdoor for Public Agencies....


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With today's drought and tomorrow's changing climate, the challenges can feel too big for any one person to make a difference. But there's so much each of us can do to create a climate-resilient LA. TreePeople is holding 3 FREE Community Sustainability Workshops on Saturday, October 18. Come learn sustainable techniques that save money, time and water. Get the tools you need to grow a greener...


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Confused about the issues in the upcoming election? Join The League of Women Voters on Saturday, October 18 for a pros & cons session on the propositions you will find on the ballot on November 4 and get the information you need to be an informed voter. Cut through campaign hype about the November ballot measures and learn the facts! The League of Women Voters will give non-partisan descriptions...


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Building on the success of the Pro Bono Week Celebration in 2013, LA Law Library is celebrating National Pro Bono Week again this year October 20-25, 2014. The National Pro Bono Celebration showcases the great difference that pro bono services make, and highlights the growing need for free and low cost legal aid for those facing civil legal problems that affect basic living conditions such as housing...


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The Homeboy Industries "Every Angeleno Counts" 5k Run/Walk is an opportunity for us to walk, run, and stand with thousands of former gang members whose lives are being completely transformed. Every Angeleno can help dispel the myth that some lives matter less than others. Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014 Time: 6:00-7:30 a.m. - On-site registration & packet pick-up 8:00 a.m. - Race starts Location...


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Join the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and their partners in celebrating Food Day Los Angeles on the morning of Tuesday, October 21, 2014. As the leaves turn and the days shorten, the LA Food Policy Council is gearing up for an exciting third annual Food Day celebration in Los Angeles City Hall! This year, we celebrate the theme of "collective impact," and acknowledge the great work and collective...


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Starting this weekend at the 9th annual Taste of Soul Festival, Metro and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will launch the Eat, Shop and Play Crenshaw campaign to support businesses impacted by the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX rail line. Approximately 40 businesses, ranging from hair salons to restaurants to furniture stores, will be showing their goods at booths during the Taste...


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Tue, Oct 21


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Wed, Oct 22
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