I hope our newsletter finds you well. Thanks to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development and the Mayor’s Fund, Los Angeles now has a new brand: LA Original.


Launched this week, LA Original is a pilot program developed to celebrate LA as the creative capital of the world. It focuses on showcasing promoting local businesses with a line of LA branded products and proceeds go toward supporting creative entrepreneur programs. It’s pretty awesome so check it out.
On Tuesday, City Council approved the Health, Education and Neighborhood Councils Committee recommendations for Council File 15-1022-S2 to Tuesday, October 3, 2017. We will begin accepting applications for Neighborhood Council bylaws amendments and subdivision in the upcoming weeks so keep an eye on the newsletter for dates. On Tuesday evening, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners presented 15 year anniversary certificates for Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council, Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, Valley Village Neighborhood Council, North Hollywood Northeast Neighborhood Council, Encino Neighborhood Council, Reseda Neighborhood Council, Studio City Neighborhood Council and Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council.
Congratulations to them for reaching such a huge milestone!
Congratulations are also in order for our Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations, Lorenzo Briceno, who graduated from the prestigious Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy yesterday.


This 4 month program on collaborative leadership is life changing, and I’m so appreciative towards LAFD and our staff who invest the time for such an important program. BIG thanks to Lorenzo for taking this on in addition to his work, and to our  staff who supported Lorenzo so he could participate!
Speaking of great programs, the amazing Neighborhood Council Civic University 2.0 is back in January!  We’re so pleased to be partnering with the Mayor’s Office and Cal State LA’s Pat Brown Institute again to offer this wonderful course in advocacy to our Neighborhood Council board members. Space is limited so please make sure you register as soon as possible. For more details, see the article below.
We have a new Neighborhood Council podcast this week featuring the wonderful Cindy Cleghorn. You may know her from her most recent work as Chair of the Congress of Neighborhoods Planning Committee, but she also heads up the Neighborhood Council alliance on LA planning and land use issues, PlanCheckNC, as well as being involved in the Executive Committee for the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils and the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council. Many thanks to Cindy for sharing her wealth of knowledge with us and to our staffers Brett Shears and Arin Abedian for putting together the podcast!
Make sure to stop by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition tomorrow at the SoCal Gas Company in Chatsworth. City Attorney Mike Feuer and Councilmember David Ryu will be there. After that, stop by the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair, which is supported by 21 of the 34 Valley Neighborhood Councils! It’s a super event on an important topic for LA. HUGE thanks to Bill Hopkins, Chair of the Valley Disaster Preparedness Team, and his crew for all their work! I hope to see you there.
Don’t forget that our offices are closed on Monday, October 9th, in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day.
Have a great weekend!