I hope our newsletter finds you well. 


I'm very pleased to welcome the Zapata-King Neighborhood Council to our City family. The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners unanimously voted to certify the 96th Neighborhood Council in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Councilmember Curren Price came to speak on behalf of the forming committee, and many supporters filled the room. It was a 7 year journey for organizers to recertify a Neighborhood Council in this area. Many thanks to the forming committee and to our Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate Taneda Larios for making it happen!


Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a second collaboration this week with The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State L.A. to present the Civic University (CU). Along with the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, we're thrilled to be partnering to have this 4 week class comprised of Neighborhood Council board members in the spring. More information below, and the exact details on how to submit nominations will be coming soon.


We had another international delegation from the State Department visit with us to learn about Neighborhood Councils this week. It was a diverse group of folks from Zimbabwe to Taiwan. A big thanks to Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate Melvin Canas for organizing the visit. Next week, we have a delegation from Hungary joining us to learn about grassroots engagement.


I was very sad to learn that Daily News journalist, Rick Orlov, passed this week. Rick was a good friend to Neighborhood Councils, and he often checked in with us on potential stories about what Neighborhood Councils are doing for their communities. We will definitely miss him!!


If I don't see you at the LANCC and our co-sponsored 2016 Neighborhood Council Elections Townhall at the LA City College tomorrow, have a wonderful weekend!




Grayce Liu,
General Manager
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (aka) EmpowerLA 



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 Mayor Garcetti Announces Big Win On Transportation Funding
LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti today

 announced that President Obama's proposed federal budget includes $330 million in critical funding to extend the Purple Line subway underneath Wilshire Blvd. from Western Avenue to Avenue of the Stars and to complete the Downtown Regional Connector, which brings together multiple...


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Earthquake and Tsunami Readiness

In collaboration with Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Mitchell Englander, this month's Emergency Management Department (EMD) bulletin will discuss the City of Los Angeles tsunami danger resulting from earthquakes.

A tsunami is a series of waves that is usually caused by a very large earthquake. The first wave may not be the largest and the timing between...


Mayor Garcetti announced today a second collaboration with The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State L.A. to present the Civic University (CU). The CU emphasizes civic and community engagement and gives Angelenos the tools they need to understand city government and to influence policy at City Hall....

The Empower LA Technology and User Experience Team (TUX) has been hard at work putting together a sleek new design for our website, We are proud to unveil a new site that is cleaner, more user-friendly, and more accessible so that NC board members, stakeholders, and community members can find the information they need...

Need Web Services? Check the List of Approved Vendors

The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners met this week to discuss the approval of ten vendors that Neighborhood Councils may utilize for web design, maintenance, and training services.As you are aware, Neighborhood Councils cannot enter into contracts for any services on their own. The Department received...

Losing a Strong Voice in Local Politics: The Passing of Veteran Daily News Reporter Rick Orlov

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rick Orlov, a veteran reporter with the Los Angeles Daily News, on Monday. Orlov was a stalwart presence in the City Hall news corps, always covering local politics and delving into the details of local issues....

This Valentine's Day, show your love with a living gift. On February 14th, the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council will be giving away free fruit and shade trees, as well as planting and care instructions for each type of tree. SONC will provide refreshments and music, a kids' activity booth, and fun and education for the whole...


The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering is pleased to announce an Informational Open House for the 2015 Floodplain Management Plan (FMP) Update. The purpose of the FMP update is to complete the required steps to receive classification under the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS). The target audience for this meeting...

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