News From Field of Operations 6.12.15

Greetings! We hope our weekly newsletter finds you well.

The Department’s Field Division worked with the Board of Neighborhood Commissioner at their 5/18/15 and subsequently their 6/4/15 meeting and pushed forward 11 Bylaw Adjustment Applications with Board Structure Changes. Staff hope to finalize presenting the rest of the board structure changes at the upcoming Commission meetings in June. Thank you for your diligence in getting these important documents over to us for processing. Also, much appreciation to our Board of Neighborhood Commissioners whose members are very flexible and understanding about the need for additional meetings this month in order to process all needed items for NCs. Please thank your Commissioners when the opportunity presents itself.

Stipulation Sheets…
Thank you to all those NCs that met our June 1, 2015 deadline for stipulation worksheets. As you know from previous Department communication, if you did not agendize and vote on your stipulation worksheet, you will automatically go to default on the identified items on the stipulation worksheet. We are happy to report that we received 75 completed Stipulation Worksheets, wherein 31 NCs are opting for online voting!

Please note that field staff continue to partner with our volunteer program, Councils for Councils – C4C. Our volunteers have more recently been asked to help with some of the follow up in regards to some of your funding requests that might be missing information and/or that might have been deemed incomplete for a variety of reasons. Please provide the courtesy of your attention and time since our C4C volunteers are aiming to help you complete these funding requests so that the Department may process and pay them by the end of the fiscal year using this fiscal year’s funding.

Work Plan…
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we try to meet our key administrative deadlines and address competing priorities for the months of May and June of this year. As I shared with you some time ago, the field staff are not able to attend your meetings as regularly as we would like at this time. Again, we need concentrated time to focus on updating bylaws and our work with you on your stipulation worksheets. If you need assistance, please contact the Department’s Help Line at (213) 978-1551 or e-mail us at NCSupport@lacity.org We hope to have most of this work completed by the end of June, at which time we may resume our meeting attendance and other key activities that we perform in order to assist and support your daily work and overall operations of your Neighborhood Council.

Agendas & CIS…
Thank you for sending your agendas to NCSupport@lacity.org We apologize if you have experienced any delays in the posting of your agendas. Please note that our servers are still down and this has impacted our process to upload to the Early Notification System. As of the beginning of the fiscal year, July 2014 to present, we have received 3400 agendas which have been posted to the Early Notification System (ENS). Please continue to send them in and don’t forget that we need them in pdf format. You will be surprised as to the amount of extra time required from staff when agendas come in using a format that is not pdf. Please help us be more efficient by sending your agendas in pdf format. With regards to Community Impact Statements (CIS) since start of the fiscal year, we are up again at 241! Kudos to those NCs making use of this great and unique tool! Congratulations on your CIS participation, we see it increasing every week and are thrilled that you are being proactive about weighing in on issues concerning your community.

Lastly, the field team says goodbye to our very dear colleague and friend, Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate, Ms. Taneda Larios. Taneda has accepted a position with the Office of the City Clerk and will be working as an Management Analyst II helping to support and advance the Business Improvement District (BID) program. We are extremely proud and happy for Taneda and wish her much success in her City career. Taneda’s contributions to the Department are invaluable and she will be sorely missed.

Taneda Farewell

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach us at NCSupport@lacity.org or by calling the Department’s Help Line at (213) 978-1551.


Leyla A. Campos
Director of Field Operations
Empower Yourself. Empower Your Community. EmpowerLA

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