October 31, 2014
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General Manager's Update 


I hope this newsletter finds you well and that you are having a Happy Halloween! I'm thrilled to share that we received a certification application from South LA for the 96th Neighborhood Council in the City - Zapata King Neighborhood Council. I really want to thank their forming committee, and our NEAs Taneda Larios and Lisette Covarrubias for supporting their many year journey to get to this point. We'll be reviewing the application and then sending it to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for a decision.


I spoke with some of the Zapata King forming members on Tuesday when, at the invite of Chair Darlene Atkins, I stopped by South LA to meet with some of the new board members of Voices of 90037 Neighborhood Council to talk Neighborhood Council shop. As always, it was a pleasure to meet our passionate board members and discuss how they can best use their energies to help their community.



We've been busy this week reviewing all the recommendations from Neighborhood Council leaders on how to improve the new checking account system. You can still weigh in online as we have extended the survey through the weekend. Speaking of surveys, you still have an opportunity to weigh in on the Bureau of Street Service's sidewalk survey. The deadline is today, but please keep submitting over the weekend, and we will get the information to BSS.


Just a reminder that next week, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners moved their regular meeting on Tuesday to Thursday, Nov. 6th, so that you'll have the opportunity to get out and vote on November 4th.


If I don't see you at the LANNC meeting tomorrow, have a great weekend!





Grayce Liu,

General Manager

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment 


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Will you join me in fighting the drought? The history of Los Angeles is a history of water. From our city's founding on the banks of the LA River to the engineering miracle of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, our relationship with water has been inseparable from our growth and success as a city. With our city now facing a historic drought, the time has come to take action. I recently issued an Executive...


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By now, most organizations have started to use Facebook as an outreach tool to engage with their stakeholders, branch out to stakeholders' networks, and connect with other similar organizations. It can also help you organize events, convey important news and information, and collect input and ideas from stakeholders. Here are some tips for making the most of your Facebook page. Invest in good design....


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The holidays are coming early this year as L.A.'s newest museum for hands-on learning and fun opens to the public on November 13, 2014. Discovery Cube Los Angeles features 71,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, science programs and entertainment! Located in the San Fernando Valley at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, the Discovery Cube will feature an incredible array of exciting exhibits based....


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In collaboration with the New Urbanism Film Festival, Mid City West is hosting a community bike ride to highlight our proposal to create two Bicycle Friendly Streets through the community. You don't have to ride a bike to join the fun and conversation! Non-riders can join in before or after the ride, or at one of the intersection discussions. The ride will meet at Alfred Coffee Melrose Place at 10:00am...


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Water is our most precious resource. With the drought now in its third year, we must be creative about the ways in which we conserve water. Mayor Garcetti is encouraging the city to take action to make sure we have enough water to keep going and to reduce the use of costly imported water. It's both an environmental and economic necessity. How are you and your neighbors conserving water? At #DroughtHack...


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Over 73% of California's eligible voters are registered to vote, including more than 4.8 million L.A. County residents. Yet across the state in the June Primary Election, just 18 percent of the voter population decided for all Californians. Make your voice count! Remember to #GoVote on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls are open between 7:00am and 8:00pm. In addition to the candidates for elected...


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BSS Teams Up With Optimus Prime! This month, BSS received a permit request for an oversized load going to the DWP Scattergood Plant in Vista Del Mar. That load turned out to be none other than Optimus Prime, the leader of the Transformers! BSS investigators and CHP permitted the load and worked together to escort Optimus from Calabasas to his destination at Playa Del Rey in the overnight hours. With...


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The LA Food Policy Council is excited to partner with the Community and Regional Food Systems Project, UC Cooperative Extension-LA County, and LA Alliance for a New Economy's Don't Waste LA campaign to host a special Network Meeting focused on food waste, composting and the Good Food economy. The evening meeting will feature special guest Will Allen. Allen is a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant"...


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Due to excavation work activities and the decking of Crenshaw Boulevard in support of the construction of the Exposition underground station, a portion of Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Blvd and Rodeo Place will be fully closed 24 hours a day over multiple consecutive days this November and December. Dates of Closure: November 7 (9:00pm) - November 24 (6:00am) and December 1 (6:00am) - December...


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From October 26 to December 7, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be offering free flu shots on a first come, first serve basis. Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone six months of age and older, including healthy adults. There are documented benefits from flu vaccination, including reductions in flu illnesses, related doctors' visits and missed work or school. Vaccination...


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Don't forget that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 2, at 2:00am. The time change is a valuable opportunity for LADWP customers to review energy and water routines at home and in the workplace, and to seek out ways to conserve. When you "fall back" one hour on your clocks, don't forget to make the same adjustment on your sprinklers, lighting, and programmable thermostats for...


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The California Highway Patrol provides these tips for both drivers and pedestrians to help you stay safe this Halloween weekend. As always, be alert and aware while driving and walking, and protect yourself and others! Safety Tips for Motorists Driving is a complex task, requiring a motorist's full attention. Drive cautiously, anything that diverts your eyes or attention from the roadway...


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Neighborhood Council - LADWP Memorandum of Understanding Oversight Committee Meeting


Sat, Nov 1

Time: 8:45 am - 10 am


Hollywood Constituent Center

6501 Fountain Ave

Los Angeles 90028 



Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition Meeting

Sat, Nov 1
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Hollywood Constituent Center
6501 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles 90028

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Regular Meeting

Tue, Nov 4


Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council Meeting

Wed, Nov 5
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kaiser Permanente Way
Harbor City - Community Outreach Portables
25965 Normandie Ave.
Harbor City 90710


Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Special Meeting

Thu, Nov 6
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm

Joseph Le Conte Middle School
1316 N. Bronson Ave.
Los Angeles 90028


PlanCheckNC Meeting

Sat, Nov 8
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Hollenbeck Police Station
Community Room
2111 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles 90033



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