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Podcast: Office of Finance with Claire Bartels

Our guest in this episode is Claire Bartels, Director of the Office of Finance. Bartels is a veteran of City Hall who has spent over three decades working for various City departments and elected officials. In our conversation, Claire talks about the financial state of our City, what the Office of Finance is doing to [...]

By | 2018-07-13T17:25:35+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Blog, Podcast|Comments Off on Podcast: Office of Finance with Claire Bartels

Podcast: Special Edition – EmpowerLA Awards (Part 1)

In this special episode of the podcast, we interviewed a dozen people to discuss a number of topics ranging from innovation in neighborhood councils, homelessness, and youth engagement. The interviews were recorded on-the-spot at the EmpowerLA Awards in the City Hall Rotunda. We hope you enjoy what this diverse group of guests had to say. A [...]

By | 2018-05-25T17:16:41+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Blog, Podcast|Comments Off on Podcast: Special Edition – EmpowerLA Awards (Part 1)

Movie Night Partnership between Three Neighborhood Councils

Written and submitted by  Brenda Rees from Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council. Teamwork among neighborhood councils was the key for a successful event at Ramona Hall in Highland Park on Friday, April 20. More than 225 people gathered together for free refreshments, arts and crafts making and a free screening of the popular movie COCO. Folks came [...]

By | 2018-04-27T15:03:56+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Blog, NCs Making a Difference|Comments Off on Movie Night Partnership between Three Neighborhood Councils

Metro NextGen Bus Study

Metro is reimagining its bus system for the next generation. The NextGen Bus Study will redesign a new bus system that is more relevant and attractive to the residents of LA County. Metro believes this will improve service to current customers, attract new customers and win back past customers. Take the NextGen Bus Study survey [...]

By | 2018-04-27T10:31:33+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Metro NextGen Bus Study

Podcast: Neighborhood Councils and Activism with Jamie Tijerina

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-27T10:27:34+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Blog, Podcast|Comments Off on Podcast: Neighborhood Councils and Activism with Jamie Tijerina

Podcast: Scott Epstein on Transportation and Housing Policy

Our guest today is Scott Epstein, Chair of the Mid City West Community Council. Scott is a leader in the neighborhood council system with a passion for transportation and housing policy. In our conversation, Scott talks about the importance of these issues, how you can use the neighborhood councils to tackle them, and maybe even [...]

By | 2018-02-20T12:02:18+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Blog, Podcast|Comments Off on Podcast: Scott Epstein on Transportation and Housing Policy

EmpowerLA Podcast: Interview with Councilmember David Ryu

Our guest for this episode is David Ryu, the City Councilman for the 4th District of Los Angeles and Chair of the Health, Education, and Neighborhood Councils Committee. In our interview, Councilman Ryu speaks candidly about some of the challenges of working in and with government. Overall, he is bullish about the future of neighborhood councils, [...]

By | 2018-01-08T13:12:42+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Blog, Podcast|Comments Off on EmpowerLA Podcast: Interview with Councilmember David Ryu

EmpowerLA Podcast: Interview with Lisette Covarrubias

Our guest for this episode of the EmpowerLA Podcast is Lisette Covarrubias, Neighborhood Liaison for the Department of City Planning. After working for almost a decade with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, Lisette is back working with the people of Los Angeles as a friendly neighborhood face at the Planning Department. As someone who was born, [...]

By | 2018-01-04T11:37:05+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Blog, Podcast|Comments Off on EmpowerLA Podcast: Interview with Lisette Covarrubias