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How-To: Google Voice

By | 2016-07-13T17:20:09+00:00 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 | 2017-01-09T12:31:40+00:00 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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Civic Youth Continues with Outreach Workshop

By | 2018-07-27T13:38:47+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Blog, Civic Youth, Youth Engagement|

(story by Jasmine Elbarbary, EmpowerLA's Civic Youth program leader)   Our Civic Youth Leadership Academy continued this past Monday with a focus on Outreach, specifically in the context of the upcoming 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections. Special thanks to Department staff Tom Soong, Obiamaka Ude, Octaviano Rios and Ann-Marie Holman. Tom opened the workshop with a brief history [...]

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City Council Introduces Proposed Neighborhood Council Reforms

By | 2018-05-25T17:17:18+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Blog, City Hall, Commission, uncategorised|

Councilmember David Ryu, Chair of the City Council's Health, Education and Neighborhood Councils Committee submitted proposed reforms for the Neighborhood Council system in City Council today based on feedback he received in a survey he sent out to Neighborhood Council board members. The proposals include: Amending City Charter to change the name of the Department [...]

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2018 EmpowerLA Outreach Gathering

By | 2018-05-04T15:13:13+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Blog, Los Angeles, Outreach|

Thank you to the 80 amazing Neighborhood Council members who joined us Monday night at the Deaton Auditorium in Downtown LA for the first-ever Citywide Outreach Gathering! Before the formal presentations began, EmpowerLA's Tom Soong kicked off the gathering by using his 19 years of Neighborhood Council experience to announce (over the PA system, a [...]

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Podcast: Neighborhood Councils and Activism with Jamie Tijerina

By | 2018-03-27T10:27:34+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Blog, Podcast|

Our guest today is Jamie Tijerina, Director At-Large from the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, where she chairs the Culture and Equality Committee and serves as the Digital Communications Liaison. Jamie is part of a new breed of board members who recognize the platform Neighborhood Councils provide for young activists -- a label she’s been [...]

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SEO Basics Part 5 – Photo Naming + ADA Compliance

By | 2017-12-15T13:17:27+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Chairs, Outreach Tip Of The Week, SEO Basics, Tech Talk, Tool Box|

Good photo titles can greatly improve your Neighborhood Council’s online presence and at the same time, make your outreach more ADA accessible. Learn how to create effective, attention-getting image titles, and where to apply them. This is Part 5 in a series on how SEO (search engine optimization) can increase your Council’s online presence and [...]

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Outreach Tip: SEO Basics Part 3 – Dos & Don’ts of Writing With Keywords

By | 2017-12-01T13:57:57+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week, SEO Basics, Tech Talk|

Courtesy and relevance are vital to creating content that search engines favor. This week’s SEO how-to focuses on using keywords effectively to ensure that your webpages, blogs, and social media posts are connecting with stakeholders looking for what your Neighborhood Council has to offer. If you haven’t read the first two articles in our series [...]

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Outreach Tip: SEO Basics for Neighborhood Councils Part 2

By | 2017-10-25T15:53:35+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Blog, Emergency Preparedness, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Chairs, Outreach Tip Of The Week, Tech Talk, Tool Box|

This is the second article in an ongoing Outreach Tip series on SEO and Neighborhood Councils. Successful search engine optimization is driven by keywords and phrases that are correctly chosen and applied. This week, we talk about how to choose the right keywords to help your stakeholders find you online. If you haven’t yet read [...]

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How to Use #Hashtags in Neighborhood Council Outreach

By | 2017-09-13T16:56:35+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Blog, Outreach|

#Hashtags are a social media indexing tool that help people interested in what you have to share find your posts. Read on to learn what hashtags work best for Neighborhood Council outreach, and how to use them on social media without being annoying or sounding unnatural.   How hashtags work Hashtags batch online conversations so [...]

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