I hope our newsletter finds you well. IMG_3585.JPGWe started this week on a high note on Monday when our Field team assisted Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Office of Immigrant Affairs to support the launch of “Tu Voto Es Cosa Seria” at El Pueblo.We’re looking forward to partnering on this civic engagement campaign to increase voter education and awareness in Los Angeles. More information below.

FullSizeRender (1)On Tuesday night, we welcomed nearly 150 folks to our EmpowerLA Leadership Academy Workshop “Beyond Neighborhood Councils – How to Run for Higher Office, Get Appointed to a City Commission or Find a Job with the City” at the Central Library. Speakers City Controller Ron Galperin, Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto, LADWP Commission Jill Banks Barad and Commissioner Joy Atkinson from our own Board of Neighborhood Commissioners shared their amazing experiences. Many thanks to the great speakers and our Director of Policy and Government Relations, Mike Fong, for pulling the workshop together as well as to the Office of the City Clerk and Personnel Department for also presenting at the workshop. If you weren’t able to attend, we’ve recorded the workshop and will be uploading it to our website soon.

Registration for the Congress of Neighborhoods has now opened! HUGE thanks to Congress of Neighborhoods Planning Committee, especially Chair Cindy Cleghorn, for their awesome work putting together this annual one day event on Saturday, September 24th. To make sure that you get the workshops you want, take a few moments to register now.

After 7 weeks of hard work, we unveiled our Civic Engagement Google Innovation Lab presentation yesterday at the Central Library. One of the projects proposed was to make MyLA 311 into a gaming app that awards civic engagement badges. The amazing CyberTech Wonder Twins, America and Penelope Lopez from Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council show you the proposed app here. I so appreciate the Innovation and Performance Commission, Google, ITA General Manager Ted Ross and his Assistant General Manager Jeanne Holm for providing us this wonderful opportunity to develop new ideas and to my killer team so spent so many hours working on the project. Thank you!

Don’t forget Mayor Garcetti’s Neighborhood Council Civic Youth and the Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance are tomorrow. Have a super weekend!