I hope our newsletter finds you well.


While I've been working my way from under a stack of Neighborhood Council contracts, leases, bylaws and City Council reports this week, I've had some great moments of inspiration as well from our City family.  I met with Amanda Dalos, the new Director of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Innovation Team, earlier this week.  As part of the Mayor Garcetti's Office of Budget, Innovation & Excellence, Amanda is here as part of a 3 year commitment in Los Angeles from Bloomberg Philanthropies to drive innovation in cities. She and her team are working off an amazing City Hall Innovation Team Playbook that I think is very helpful for both our department and for Neighborhood Councils to deliver innovative services to Angelenos.  Amanda and her i-team will definitely be looping Neighborhood Councils into their work so I'm looking forward to that partnership.


I also chatted with Interim General Manager of ITA, Ted Ross, about some exciting potential collaborations between ITA for Neighborhood Councils, but more on that coming soon.  Thanks to Ted, the City IT managers and I had the treat of hearing Jeanne Holm, the Chief Knowledge Architect for NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, speak at the IT Policy Committee yesterday.   Voted one of the 2015 Top 50 Women in Tech, Jeanne is a well known Open Data Evangelist for the federal government, Fellow at the United Nations Academy of Astronautics and a distinguished UCLA professor.  Aside from those impressive credentials, she was super nice and a self-professed gamer.Jeanne talked about how open data at all levels of government allows the public to participate in such imaginative ways resulting in the creation of stronger communities.  She spoke about one example during a disaster evacuation where data on property owners with disabilities was overlaid on the evacuation zone so emergency crews could target those homes where more assistance may be needed in order to leave.  It definitely made me look at data usage in a new light and appreciate our own portal.  So participate at the next civic hackathon where you can partner with government staff, community members and coders to develop the next neighborhood app!


Thanks to Council for Council members, Jay Handal, Terrence Gomes and Ivan Spiegel, we'll be offering final funding request forms review from 2 pm to 9 pm in South Los Angeles and the Valley today before our June 22nd deadline.  So if you have a question on your requests, please take advantage of this opportunity so you can make any changes before the final deadline.  For locations, check out our EmpowerLA Events Calendar.


Speaking of the Valley, check out Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council's Movie Madness this Saturday.  Keep cool and have a wonderful weekend!







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



Empower Yourself, Empower Your Community, EmpowerLA


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Leyla Campos
Stephen Box
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Mayor's Message
Budget Day 2015 Is Almost Here!

Budget Day will be held Saturday, June 27th in City Council Chambers at Los Angeles City Hall.


In anticipation of the event, the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates have a few reminders...

Make Music Day - This Sunday!

Preparations for Make Music LA are underway in Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Eagle Rock, South LA, Downtown, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Universal City! 


Sunday, June 21st is also Father's Day...

LAFD Unveils New Week in Review Feature

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), already a great source for news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more, is proud to unveil the LAFD Week in Review.

Each Friday, LAFD will deliver an interactive look back at the week that was...

Sidewalk Vending Community Meeting Update

Update: Change of location for the meeting of June 25, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council, Economic Development Committee has requested the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst to solicit community input with regards to sidewalk vending. As indicated below, the Chief Legislative Analyst...

Challenge:LA Encourages Civic Innovations

Last fall, over 600 Angelenos gathered to create design challenges for the Civic Innovation Lab. Now, in partnership with the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Mayor's summer-long #techLA initiative, the Civic Innovation Lab is proud to announce...

Glassell Park & Neighborhood Watch Town Hall

On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 Glassell Park will join over 37. 8 million neighbors across 16, 124 communities in celebration of National Night Out, America's Night Out Against Crime.

In partnership with the Office of Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and Councilmember Josť Huizar, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department...

Co-Existing with Urban Wildlife

Please join us for a brief presentation about keeping your human and pet family members safe.

There will be an opportunity for community members to speak and share your ideas, concerns and suggestions. Your comments will be recorded and used to determine...


LADOT New Bicycle Corral Installed

Today LADOT Bike Program installed a new bicycle corral at the Peddlers Creamery, 458 S Main St in Downtown Los Angeles. This is also one of the newest Bicycle Friendly Business Districts. BTW, the creamery makes ice-cream in small batches by peddling a stationary bicycle hooked up to a churning...

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 and responsive...

Empower Yourself. Empower Your Community. Empower LA.

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