I hope our newsletter finds you well.


We're starting to get the first names of the Neighborhood Council leaders attending Mayor Garcetti and the Pat Brown Institute's first Neighborhood Council Civic University. It's very exciting because this is going to be a wonderful class. Please make sure your selected members register asap here because they will receive more information from the Pat Brown Institute to complete their registration.


It was such a pleasure last night to attend the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils' 12th Anniversary Mixer last night. City Attorney Mike Feuer, Controller Ron Galperin, Councilmembers Mitch Englander and Paul Koretz, Board of Public Works President Kevin James were some of the City officials who stopped by to mingle with Neighborhood Council folk. The VANC Executive Board surprised VANC founder, Jill Banks Barad, with the VANC's first Jill Banks Barad Award for Sustained Excellence in Leadership. When I first started with the Department 7 years ago, Jill was, and still is, one of my mentors on amazing leadership so I am thrilled she was recognized for her exceptional skills as a long time leader in the community. The VANC then went on with their wonderful "Best of" awards, recognizing Valley Neighborhood Councils doing awesome work the past year (more info below). Congratulations to Jill and to the VANC Executive Board for a wonderful event!!


The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners will be reviewing the proposed online voting contract at their March 16th City Hall meeting at 1 pm. If you haven't had the chance to hear my online voting presentation at the LANCC or on Wednesday's webinar, please join me at our next 2016 Neighborhood Council Election Town Hall in the Valley on Saturday. You can also check out our updated report to the Commission and our updated Online Voting FAQ. The Commission meeting is available live via Council Phone (213-621-CITY). Because Everyone Counts will be doing a presentation, we will be live streaming the meeting here. If you can't make the meeting, but would like to provide comments to the Commission, please email them to


Don't forget to tune in on Sunday at 6 pm to the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate's last broadcast on KRLA 870 with Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, CAO Miguel Santana and Inspector General Fernando Campos. Also, please save the date for the next Budget Day with Mayor Garcetti on March 28th. More info to come!


If I don't see you at the Election Town Hall tomorrow, keep cool this weekend!





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



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Mayor's Message

Mayor Garcetti Announces Phillip Washington As New Metro CEO


"Phil Washington is the ideal person to manage our $36 billion transportation infrastructure program to ease congestion, cut smog, and boost our economy for decades to come," Mayor Garcetti said. "Phil Washington's track record of maximizing project efficiency, securing much-needed funding, and increasing customer service will well-serve Metro riders and taxpayers." 


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 VANC Best of Awards 2015

The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils celebrated their 12th Anniversary last night at the CBS lot with their famous mixer. Nearly all of the 34 Neighborhood Councils in the Valley were in attendance to mix and mingle with one another and with City electeds and department heads. City Attorney Mike Feuer, Controller Ron Galperin, Councilmember...

Green space is growing in Hollywood with the recent addition of two new pocket parks. In addition to the Gordon Street Park, the new Carlton Way Park scheduled to open this summer. The quarter-acre park is situated near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and the 101 Freeway, on Carlton Way between...
Controller's Electronic W2 Program Saves Thousands of Dollars, Brings City into 'Modern Era'

Controller Ron Galperin's push to modernize City practices by implementing new technologies has resulted in another success: nearly 14,000 city employees opted to receive their W2 tax forms electronically. This is the first year they have had the option...

Water Wise Expo at Mar Vista Farmers' Market March 29

Always at the forefront of sustainability efforts in Los Angeles, Mar Vista will host a Water Wise Expo on Sunday, March 29, during the Mar Vista Farmers' Market from 9am to 2pm. Learn simple ways to save water and money in your home...

TUX Boot Camp: Boost Your Technology & User Experience Skills

Want to learn more about using tech tools to increase civic engagement and grow your network of supporters? Are you looking to increase your web presence and online interaction with your stakeholders?...

Employment and Labor Law Community Forum

Have you recently been fired, quit, or feel that you are in danger of losing your job? Know your rights! Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and the First African Methodist Episcopal Church invite you to a free...

Don't Drive to Bike! How to Reach Valley CicLAvia via Transit

 The San Fernando Valley's CicLAvia event is coming up in less than two weeks. Are you ready? To avoid parking headaches and truly live the spirit of the event, try using transit to reach the CicLAvia route. Here are some options:

Metro Red Line: Those traveling to the northern hub of the CicLAvia route should take the...

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