I hope this newsletter finds you well. I’ve been busy this week helping staff wrap up end of fiscal year matters and signing off on paperwork to open each of the Neighborhood Council checking accounts. We now have over half of the accounts open and will finish opening the remaining ones next week. With the City fiscal systems shutting down on Monday, June 23rd, we’ll only be able to fund a handful of checking accounts this fiscal year to test the end of year close outs, but we aim to have all of the accounts funded the first week of July for the new fiscal year. Please make sure your new Treasurers and Second Signatories sign the Union Bank paperwork as soon as possible so we can get them access to the accounts.
We’re still paying out the remaining demand warrants, and I have to give a shout out to the rest of the funding team that have been working on this: Man-Qin He, Kathleen Quinn and Tom Harvey. They, in conjunction with the purchase card team I acknowledged last week, are bending over backwards to get everything paid in time. Many thanks to them for the long hours they are putting in to meet the City deadline.
I was happy to stop by the South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils last night to talk about the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners draft harassment/bullying policy, funding and elections. There was a lot of interest in seeing how online voting will work for Neighborhood Councils in 2016. We are getting ready to release our Request for Proposals to find a company to perform this service, and we will be convening a working group with Neighborhood Councils later this year to discuss possible implementation strategies. Speaking of elections, the Municipal Elections Reform Commission has released their final report and are seeking feedback from Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders so please weigh in (more info below).
With our successful TUX (Technology and User eXperience) workshop last night in the Valley, we’re all getting on the technology bandwagon in terms of engaging our stakeholders. As you may know, the City is looking at providing a high speed gigabit network for all residences, businesses, non-profits and government facilities along with a WiFi component, too, through the LA Community Broadband Network initiative. They need Neighborhood Councils and stakeholder feedback on what you’d like to see and the time for feedback is closing on June 30th. So if you haven’t already given your feedback on their Request for Information (Click Here), you can send it to LACBN@lacity.org.
I’ll be teaching at the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council’s retreat tomorrow and then will go on vacation until July 15th. You will be in the very capable hands of my managers with Funding Program Director, Armando Ruiz, as Acting General Manager. I have also asked some special Neighborhood Council leaders to step in and write for the GM Message spot while I am gone.
As always, thanks for all the great work that you do to Empower LA! Have a relaxing weekend!
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment aka EmpowerLA