I hope our newsletter finds you well.


Congratulations to Neighborhood Councils for hitting their goal of filing 200 Community Impact Statements (CIS) this fiscal year!  Neighborhood Councils are at 207 this week, and there's still a month to go yet.  So if your Neighborhood Councils haven't filed a CIS yet, there's still time.  Check out the list of Neighborhood Councils who've filed CIS.


Here's a great opportunity for all Neighborhood Councils to be providing feedback on - CF: 14-0420 - CAO Miguel Santana's New Policy for Repair and Management of Sidewalks Adjacent to Private PropertyCity Council will be holding a Special Joint Meeting of the Budget & Finance/Public Works Committees on Monday, June 1st, at 3:30 pm in City Council Chamber to hear a presentation on the CAO report.  Please check it out in person or via live stream and have your Neighborhood Council weigh in via CIS.


We were very sad to hear that our friend, Deputy Mayor of Budget and Innovation Rick Cole, is leaving the City.  He will be the new City Manager for Santa Monica so it's definitely our loss and Santa Monica's gain. Rick has been so very supportive of both the Neighborhood Councils and our department, and it's been such a pleasure to work with him and his awesome team.  We wish him the very best in his new position and hope he comes to visit often!


A reminder that next week's Board of Neighborhood Commissioners' meeting has been moved from June 2nd to June 4th in the Cypress Park area.  The information is on our EmpowerLA calendar


CicLAvia moves outside LA to Pasadena this weekend, but I'll still be there to support.  If I don't see you on the road, have a relaxing weekend! 




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



Empower Yourself, Empower Your Community, EmpowerLA


Team Updates
Armando Ruiz
Leyla Campos
Stephen Box
Jeffrey Brill

Mayor's Message

Mayor Garcetti today announced the Los Angeles has been ranked #1 by the US City Open Data Census for its open data. The Census, administered by Code for America, the Sunlight Foundation, and the Open Knowledge Foundation-- leaders in open data and transparency--ranks cities' data on the availability, quality, and accessibility of its open data. Just one year...

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LADOT Transit Service Analysis
The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) began its transit service program over 30 years ago. LADOT Transit now operates the second largest bus fleet in Los Angeles County (next to Metro) and serves approximately 26 million passenger trips annually. LADOT Transit operates five DASH routes in Downtown...

Make Music LA Shows How the Arts Impact Communities

The arts revitalize neighborhoods and promote economic prosperity, and Downtown Los Angeles is a perfect example. For many years, for most people Downtown LA was a scary place. Then artists began to move into abandoned buildings, old factories, and loft spaces.  Later, galleries moved in, and the Downtown LA art scene was born...

Voices Neighborhood Council Community Fair and Open Seats
Join the Voices Neighborhood Council on June 6th for this free community event and enjoy fun activities for all ages, games, music, and giveaways!

The fair will feature face painting, games, food, music, and more...

Save The Drop 101

Join Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Mayor's Volunteer Corps, the Board of Public Works, and the Department of Water and Power-for workshops and hands on activities on practical and fun ways to save water....

Special Joint Budget & Finance / Public Works Meeting Monday - Sidewalks
In August 2014, the City Council instructed the City Administrative Officer, with assistance from various other City departments, to report back with recommendations for a comprehensive sidewalk repair strategy that addresses pending litigation through consideration of such items as, but not limited to: a cost sharing program for residential sidewalk repairs, point-of-sale, point-of-permit, assessment districts...
Call for Nominations: EmpowerLA Awards

It's time to nominate your favorite Neighborhood Council for the EmpowerLA Awards!

Each year, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners celebrates the achievements of Neighborhood Councils by presenting EmpowerLA Awards to those certified Neighborhood Councils that best achieve their mission to engage their local stakeholders with government and make their government more accountable...


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Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
200 North Spring Street, Suite 2005
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel - (213) 978-1551
Fax - (213) 978-1751