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Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Wins Planning Award

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Planning Association held their annual awards gala and announced the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) the winner in the Neighborhood Planning category for DLANC's incredible Vision Downtown.       Here is an except from the speech of City Planner Bryan Eck, [...]

By | 2017-06-30T13:23:52+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Blog, NCs Making a Difference|Comments Off on Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Wins Planning Award

EmpowerLA Podcast: Interview with Tom Soong; EmpowerLA NEA

Our guest for the first episode of the EmpowerLA Podcast is Tom Soong, a Project Coordinator in Leadership Development and Field Representative for Neighborhood Councils in Northeast Los Angeles. Tom is one of the longest tenured staff members at the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and in our conversation he offers a wealth of insights about [...]

By | 2018-01-09T17:15:51+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Blog, Podcast|Comments Off on EmpowerLA Podcast: Interview with Tom Soong; EmpowerLA NEA

Mayor’s Message

If you missed Mayor Eric Garcetti's 2017 State of the City address, you can watch the full video here or read the text below: 2017 STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS Council President Wesson, Esteemed Members of the City Council … Fellow elected officials ... members of the clergy … local leaders ... members of the consular corps [...]

By | 2017-04-21T15:40:34+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Blog, City Hall|Comments Off on Mayor’s Message

GM’s Message 04.14.17

I had a great time with my dog, Groot, at the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council's Dog Walk on Saturday. They had nearly 1500 attend from all over Los Angeles and gathered several hundred signatures to support a future dog park in Glassell Park.  When we finished with the walk, we headed over to the awesome Hermon Dog [...]

By | 2017-04-14T13:37:28+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Blog, GM Message|Comments Off on GM’s Message 04.14.17

Mayor’s Message

Mayor Garcetti spoke to Jeff Morales, the Executive Director of the CA High-Speed Rail Authority, regarding its potential impacts to communities in the City of Los Angeles -- both through construction activities and permanent physical structures required for safe and efficient operation of the project.  The Mayor thanks Mr. Morales for his commitment to minimize impacts and optimize [...]

By | 2017-04-14T13:31:34+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Mayor’s Message


The City of Los Angeles has launched an unprecedented sidewalk repair program, SAFE SIDEWALKS LA, which will invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to make sidewalks accessible to everyone. These repairs will improve neighborhood safety and boost the quality of life. Through the Safe Sidewalks LA program, if you have a sidewalk that needs to [...]

By | 2017-04-14T13:26:44+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Blog, City Hall|Comments Off on SAFE SIDEWALKS LA

GM’s Message 04.07.17

I hope our newsletter finds you well. Our Neighborhood Councils are having some awesome events for their community. I was happy to stop by the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council's Pathways to Employment day last Saturday for high school youth. They offered classes on different work careers, resume workshops and the ability to connect with [...]

By | 2017-04-07T13:17:50+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Blog, GM Message|Comments Off on GM’s Message 04.07.17

Recycletter 1st Quarter 2017

Learn about what "plastic" recyclables should go into the blue bin , plastic numbers and what they mean, and finally how to fight hunger by donating leftovers in this 1st Quarter edition of Recycletter from City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division.

By | 2017-04-07T12:31:10+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Recycletter 1st Quarter 2017

GM’s Message 3.03.17

I hope our newsletter finds you well.  Happy Open Data Day!  I was happy to celebrate with Controller Ron Galperin, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, ITA General Manager Ted Ross and Innovation and Performance Commissioner Catherine Geanuracos in City Council chambers today as they presented on Open Data Day and the amazing efforts the City of Los [...]

By | 2017-03-03T14:36:43+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Blog, GM Message|Comments Off on GM’s Message 3.03.17

GM’s Message 1.6.17

I hope our newsletter finds you well. Happy 2017 from EmpowerLA! We've hit the ground running in the new year with a great celebration on Tuesday night with the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for Glassell Park Neighborhood Council's (the rock star of Community Impact Statements with 19 filed so far this fiscal year!) 15th Anniversary. [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:30:58+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Blog, GM Message|Comments Off on GM’s Message 1.6.17