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How-To: Google Voice

By | July 13th, 2016|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Tech Talk, Tool Box|

Connect with your stakeholders by disconnecting from your land-lines and cell phones. All it takes is a virtual phone and an email account. Google Voice is a telephone solution that offers Neighborhood Councils many features, liberating councils from the need to maintain a land-line, a message machine, or a cell phone that must be carried [...]

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How-To: Start Your Elections Process

By | October 29th, 2015|Blog, How-To|

The Elections Team is here to help you when you need it. So to help guide your budget and key event/outreach planning, check out this quick "cheat sheet" to use as a basis for your planning. Questions? Email lisa@empowerla.org or jay@empowerla.org Click here for your Election Timeline per Region. Click here for your Neighborhood Council [...]

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Community Impact Statements: A How-To Guide

By | December 6th, 2013|Blog, City Hall|

"….opportunity to provide input before decisions are made." – L.A. City Charter Sec. 907 Community Impact Statements are official statements or positions adopted by a Neighborhood Council on issues pending before the City’s decision makers. The Community Impact Statement process was created specifically for Neighborhood Councils so they can publically express their support, opposition, or [...]

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Neighborhood Council Monthly Expenditure Report (MER) Online Submission

By | September 1st, 2016|

Neighborhood Council Monthly Expenditure Report (MER) Online Submission: As City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils, Neighborhood Council Monthly Expenditure Reports are required for all expenditures of public funds. The MER Form is an accounting tool to disclose the previous month’s expenditures. The MER Form has been updated to better assist Neighborhood Councils track and report [...]

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GM’s Message 08.19.16

By | August 19th, 2016|Blog, GM Message|

I hope our newsletter finds you well.  Many thanks to Congress of Neighborhoods Committee Chair, Cindy Cleghorn, for her guest message last week while I was out.  The Congress of Neighborhoods is an amazing gathering of Neighborhood Councils citywide on Saturday, September 24th.  You'll have the opportunity to attend workshops, meet City officials and network [...]

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COMMITTEES: WHAT THEY DO & HOW TO CREATE GREAT ONES

By | June 30th, 2016|uncategorised|

Committee How-Tos Read our in-depth article on how to find & recruit great Committee Members Our “Passing The Baton” article series focuses on how to transfer Committee knowledge and materials when a new Board is seated, such as this article for Outreach Chairs. Search EmpowerLA.org for keywords "Passing The Baton" to find all articles in the series, and [...]

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Community Impact Statements: What They Are; How To File Them; & Why You Should Write One

By | June 30th, 2016|uncategorised|

Neighborhood Councils were created to advise the City on how City policy impacts local communities. Community Impact Statements, or CIS, are one of the most important ways in which a Neighborhood Council can advise City departments and officials on matters under consideration by the City’s decision makers. A CIS is an official statement or position [...]

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Journey

By | June 27th, 2016|

LA’s Neighborhood Councils are grassroots-level advisory bodies that exist to connect Angelenos to City Hall. The system was established in 1999 by the City Charter, in order to improve government responsiveness to local concerns. Currently, there are approximately 1800 elected Board Members serving on 96 Neighborhood Councils that each represent an average of 40,000 people. [...]

Seating A New Board: What Happens & How To Prepare

By | June 22nd, 2016|Blog|

"Seating" is the process by which a new Neighborhood Council Board officially succeeds the previous Board and assumes its responsibilities. When does the seating of a new Board take place? At the first regular meeting of a new Neighborhood Council board, which must occur within 30 days after that Council's Election has been certified. (An [...]

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How To Run Facebook Ads

By | May 25th, 2016|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Outreach Chairs, Tool Box|

  Facebook ads can boost your posts, promote your page, send people to your website, raise attendance at your events, and more. If your Neighborhood Council has a Facebook page, running advertisements during elections is a great outreach strategy. If your Neighborhood Council does not have a Facebook Page, learn how to make one here. [...]

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