I hope our newsletter finds you well.


It has been a busy week as our staff has worked extra hard to close out the fiscal year. The Funding Team, led by Armando Ruiz, was busy ensuring that the transfers of the remaining funding allocations to Neighborhood Councils went through. The Field Team, led by Leyla Campos, has been busy processing the Bylaws Amendment Applications and the 2016 Administrative and Election Stipulation Worksheets to lock the bylaws by July 1st. Leyla's team has also uploaded over 3,200 agendas since the start of the fiscal year! The Outreach and Elections Team, led by Stephen Box, was prepping and sending out the new monthly Neighborhood Council profiles. Unfortunately, our Administrative Manager, Jeff Brill is out on sick leave until July so we wish him a swift recovery and will be splitting up his work to make sure all the contracts and leases are completed. Many thanks to our great staff for their support of the Neighborhood Councils!


The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners met last night and continued getting stakeholder feedback on the Code of Conduct policy, website recommendations and Council President Herb Wesson's motion. If you'd like to provide your comment to the Commissioners, their next meeting is June 15th in City Hall, or you can email


I was happy to attend Engage LA: Drought Los Angeles at the Getty House today  where Mayor Eric Garcetti facilitated a conversation on the City's Save the Drop campaign and on water conservation. Many Neighborhood Council leaders were here where they were acknowledged as a big outreach component of the campaign by LA's Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Peterson. Much appreciation to the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance their outreach work to all the Neighborhood Councils on the campaign!


The LANCC is meeting tomorrow, and Voices Neighborhood Council will be hosting their community fair. Sunday is Chatsworth Neighborhood Council's  Ride the Colt bike/walk and Westside Neighborhood Council's Pick PICO events.


If I don't see you this weekend, have a wonderful one!





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

SAN PEDRO - Mayor Garcetti today announced that Cargomatic, a Los Angeles-based, privately-owned technology company that matches trucking capacity with shipments, is testing its mobile app to speed up the flow of containerized cargo at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA), the number #1 port in America. This is an important tool in increasing supply chain efficiency at the POLA...

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Hack for LA Focuses Civic Hacking on Water Conservation Efforts

As we enter our fourth year of historic drought, it's time we get creative about how we save water.


In celebration of the National Day for Civic Hacking, join Mayor Garcetti and Hack for LA this Saturday for a day of conservation-themed hacking...

City Council President Wesson Holds Neighborhood Council Town Hall
On May 16 in South Los Angeles, Council President Herb Wesson joined the South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils to host the second Neighborhood Council Town Hall this year....
Join Your South Robertson Neighbors for SORO Fest 2015!

The 18th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2014 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway), and free street parking is also available...


LADOT Wants to Hear from DASH, Cityride, Commuter Express Users
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...

Small Business Workshop: How to Create a Profitable Marketing Strategy
One of the keys to a profitable marketing strategy is having a long term vision of what you want your business to become and building a plan to meet that vision.

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development is hosting a workshop that will be an interactive experience in building a strategy for the long term profitability...

City Council Celebrates Los Angeles River Day

Hundreds of advocates for our urban waterway joined the City Council on Wednesday to celebrate the inaugural Los Angeles River Day, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell announced Wednesday. The event was part of a special presentation to raise awareness about progress and improvement projects on the LA River...

ECCANDC Emergency Preparedness Fair
The Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Development Council invites you to join us Saturday June 6, 2015 from 10am-2pm at Jackie Tatum Harvard Park for our Emergency Preparedness Fair. Come and get a jump start on preparing for a disaster. There will be free food, games for the children, and free emergency starter kits...

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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Fax - (213) 978-1751