by Mike Fong, Director of Policy & Government Relations, Dept of Neighborhood Empowerment

The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment made presentations and provided updates on a few agenda items at the City Council’s Health, Education, Neighborhoods, Parks, Arts, and River Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Raquel Beltrán, Mayor Garcetti’s nominee for General Manager of Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, introduced herself to the Council committee.  The Council committee voted 3-0 to move her nomination to the full City Council.  The next step in her nomination process is confirmation of her appointment by the full City Council in early September (date to be announced in this newsletter).

Thank you to NC Elections staff from both DONE (Tom Soong, Arin Abedian, Ann-Marie Holman) and City Clerk (Christopher Garcia and Sofia Anguiano) for presenting verbal summaries of their efforts for the 2019 NC Elections. The Committee requested a written report on Elections as well, and we’ll share that with you here on our blog when it’s available. Thank you so much to the Neighborhood Council board members and community leaders for your leadership and efforts also in reaching out to stakeholders for the Neighborhood Council elections!

Grayce Liu, Interim General Manager, also shared a status update on the ongoing NC Reforms discussion. You can read that report by clicking the button below; to follow the progress of the NC Reforms motions, visit or subscribe to the City Council’s file on the matter at .