Free Data Training Workshop in Boyle Heights: Learn to Find & Use City Database Info About Your Neighborhood

Wednesday May 30th in Boyle Heights - join us for a free workshop on using open data to spark community change! Learn how to obtain and use information from City databases about the people, assets, and businesses in your neighborhood to help your Neighborhood Council get grants and plan outreach campaigns. Please bring your own laptop or tablet [...]

By | 2018-05-16T15:58:36+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Tech Talk, Tool Box|Comments Off on Free Data Training Workshop in Boyle Heights: Learn to Find & Use City Database Info About Your Neighborhood

City Planning 101: April Workshops Recap + Video Tutorials Link

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Planning 101 Workshops last month! Over 500 people came to one of the 7 workshops held around the City, to learn how LA's project planning process works, and to ask questions about projects proposed locally. Many Neighborhood Council members attended, as well as residents, students, and representatives from [...]

By | 2018-05-11T16:46:40+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Blog, City Departments, How-To|Comments Off on City Planning 101: April Workshops Recap + Video Tutorials Link

Free Open Data Community Training in English/Spanish on Wed 3/21

Join EmpowerLA, the LA Mayor's Office, and USC's Sol Price Center for Social Innovation for free training on using Open Data to spark meaningful change in your community!    A limited number of computers are available for your use, or you may bring your own laptop. RSVP to reserve your space now at http://tiny.cc/DataTraining   Date: [...]

By | 2018-03-14T12:13:47+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Blog, How-To, Tech Talk, Tool Box|Comments Off on Free Open Data Community Training in English/Spanish on Wed 3/21

Open Data Day LA 2018 – Learn To Access & Use Data on City Projects, Budget & More

“Open data” is information that is available to everyone free of charge. On Friday, March 2nd, EmpowerLA teams up with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Data Team and the USC Price Center for Social Innovation to present Open Data Day LA - a hands-on training on how to access data made available by the City of LA, [...]

By | 2018-02-21T09:41:41+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Blog, How-To, Tool Box|Comments Off on Open Data Day LA 2018 – Learn To Access & Use Data on City Projects, Budget & More

SEO Basics Part 5 – Photo Naming + ADA Compliance

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 [...]

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|Comments Off on SEO Basics Part 5 – Photo Naming + ADA Compliance

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-01T13:57:57+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week, SEO Basics, Tech Talk|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: SEO Basics Part 3 – Dos & Don’ts of Writing With Keywords

How to Create a Great Mural of Los Angeles

This month, we’re excited to share with our Neighborhood Councils, how to create a public mural through the City’s Citywide Mural Program. Visit the Department of Cultural Affairs website http://culturela.org/murals for the mural registration application and for a robust Frequently Asked Question section that can answer many of the questions for your Neighborhood Council. For [...]

By | 2017-11-09T14:53:42+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Blog, How-To, Los Angeles|Comments Off on How to Create a Great Mural of Los Angeles

Outreach Tip: SEO Basics for Neighborhood Councils Part 2

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 [...]

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|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: SEO Basics for Neighborhood Councils Part 2

Outreach Tip: SEO Basics for Neighborhood Councils (Part 1)

SEO, or search engine optimization, is the art of being findable online. While SEO is an entire industry and field of expertise, there are a few simple things you can do to make your Neighborhood Council easier to find by those who are looking online for your Council or for the kind of community services [...]

By | 2017-10-19T13:09:28+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week, Tech Talk, Tool Box|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: SEO Basics for Neighborhood Councils (Part 1)

Outreach Tip: The Etiquette of Newsjacking

Newsjacking, or reposting breaking news, can be a great way to provide valuable, timely information to stakeholders, when done correctly. Done incorrectly, though, newsjacking can look lazy or even be outright plagiarism. Learn how to newsjack effectively, and ethically. Newsjacking is different from a simple repost, such as hitting the Share button on Facebook, or [...]

By | 2017-10-06T14:28:59+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: The Etiquette of Newsjacking