October 24, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well. Last weekend was packed so full of Neighborhood Council events, I could only swing by a few myself. On Saturday, we had a great Congress debrief with the Congress Planning Committee on what worked and what can work even better next year. The planning for next year's Congress is already starting so look for an announcement coming soon about how you can participate in organizing your Congress. Afterwards, I was able to pop by the LANCC to talk about funding, websites and online voting for the 2016 Neighborhood Council elections. Congress Planning Committee Chair Cindy Cleghorn and I also thanked and presented certificates to the committee members.




I heard from our Commissioners Eli Lipmen and Lydia Grant as well NEA Tom Soong that Sunday's Del Rey Day and the Mar Vista Fall Festival were super with thousands of people enjoying the festivities. Congratulations to Palms Neighborhood Council Secretary Len Nguyen, who was honored at the Mar Vista Fall Festival by Councilmember Mike Bonin for his work with the community!


On Monday, the Board of Public Works President Kevin James stopped by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners meeting to let us know that he and his board will be taking their next meeting to the community. They will be meeting on Monday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m., in the Mar Vista Recreation Center Auditorium, 11430 Woodbine Street , Los Angeles.


We wrapped up our Funding Trainings and Townhalls on Wednesday in South LA. I am very appreciative of not only our funding team for conducting these trainings, but also of the Neighborhood Council leaders who came to learn and comment on the new funding program. You still have an opportunity to provide comments online until Friday, October 31st. Please help us with making final adjustments to the funding program for this fiscal year. Thank you!!


I received a letter this week from City Council President Herb Wesson on legislative proposals for Sacramento and Washington. If your Neighborhood Council has ideas to change specific legislation on the state and federal level to allow the City to work more effectively and efficiently, please let us know by November 26th to be included in our department's response.


I bumped into Council President Wesson yesterday at the LA Hilton doing Neighborhood Council outreach at the invitation of Mid City Neighborhood Council's Marguerite Davis. MINC President Michael Sonntag and I provided information to regional church leaders along about City community service providers along with LAPD Wilshire Station, whose great new app includes the Neighborhood Council contacts in their area, and the City Attorney's Neighborhood Prosecutors Program. Michael filled me in on the awesome work MINC is doing in their community, including their partnership with United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council and Council President Wesson's office to clean up Washington Blvd. tomorrow.


As always, thanks for all that you do to Empower LA! Have a relaxing weekend!






Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Mayor's Message

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the nomination of Wendy Macy as the next General Manager of City of Los Angeles Personnel Department. Macy currently serves as Director of Human Resources for the County of Sonoma, a position she has held since 2011, and was previously Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District. In Sonoma County, Macy managed a full-service human resources...


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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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Join Mayor Eric Garcetti and Mayor's Volunteer Corps Members to plant trees, remove graffiti, and fulfill other community enrichment activities to help beautify Cesar Chavez Avenue on Saturday, October 25. City Plants will be giving away free shade and fruit trees to members of the community who participate. Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014 Time: 8:30am Location: Metro Parking Lot 2530 E Cesar E Chavez...


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Halloween has long been a walking holiday; enjoy the entire day without a car and swap four wheels for two to visit the Harbor area's annual waterfront event! On Saturday, October 25, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), along with Mujeres Unidas and other community partners, will...


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Join de LaB on Friday, November 7 as we bring together designers and city leaders working to transform Los Angeles. The day's focus will be on urgent issues that Los Angeles faces in the areas of water, transportation, density, and community and how designers, architects, and artists are making a difference in their neighborhoods. Held at the historic Los Angeles River Center and Gardens in Cypress....


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Come experience the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the 9th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region's history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions-from...


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Videos can be an exciting and useful tool in engaging your stakeholders, but it is important to use them wisely. The more strategic your use of videos, the more effective they will be. Are you starting a new program or campaign in your neighborhood? Doing outreach for upcoming elections? Think carefully about your message and whether a video is an effective medium for getting that message across...


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Metro is hosting a unique pitch-style event exploring technology in public transportation. Join industry experts as they discuss how creative technology could help improve the Metro customer experience. Metro and the Digital Future encourages industry leaders to bring innovative solutions to the city's public transportation issues and the public to participate and share their opinions on these ideas...


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The LA-32 Neighborhood Council's Elections and Voter Engagement Committee will host the only Northeast-area candidate forum during a Joint Special Meeting of LA-32 Neighborhood Council's Elections and Voter Engagement Committee and General Board. Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Rose Hills Recreation Center 4530 Mercury Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032 [map] The LA-32...


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¡Altars, food trucks, face-painting, amazing bands, and a bar en el centro de Los Ángeles! On November 1, 2014, Grand Park will host a Dia de los Muertos concert event, hosted by Mario Hernandez and featuring music by Palenke Soultribe, La Chamba, Very Be Careful, and DJ Paw, and dance by Xocoyote (Aztec), Nueva Antequera (Oaxacan), and Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company. The event will also...


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Next Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the City of Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Commissioners will hold its meeting in West Los Angeles. On behalf of Commission President David Zaft, Commission Vice President Alana Yañez and Commissioners Jennifer Brent, Roger Wolfson and Larry Gross, we would like to extend an invitation to attend the meeting. Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Time: 7:00pm Location...


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The recent cases of the Ebola Virus Disease in the United States have undoubtedly caused concern, and the Emergency Management Department is addressing these concerns through education and the dissemination of fact-based information. To date, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Los Angeles County. The Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) outbreak in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra...


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