Participate in one of LADWP’s 2016 Integrated Resources Plan workshops to help chart the course for the City’s power supply over the next 20 years.

Your input can help LADWP transform Los Angeles into a healthier, cleaner, more sustainable City.

Please RSVP for one of the following workshops or live webcast.

Workshop and Live Webcast:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LADWP Headquarters, A-level Auditorium
11 North Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
RSVP for the live webcast at

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wilmington Senior Citizen Center
1371 Eubank Avenue, Wilmington, CA 90744

Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall Cultural Room
13520 Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima CA 91331
(Public parking available in structure on Oneida Street)

Learn more:


The City Council is in the beginning stages of an open and public conversation about how best to regulate all aspects of the marijuana, or cannabis, industry within the City of Los Angeles. It also marks another important opportunity for the Neighborhood Councils to be fully engaged in the City’s legislative process and truly have a seat at the table. As Chair of the REIRN Committee that will oversee this process and also oversees Neighborhood Councils, once again this is your time to shine and show the City and its residents the importance and value you bring to City government. These are your communities … your neighborhoods, and together we will have a robust conversation about the regulatory issues concerning the cannabis industry and a healthy debate prior to recommending anything to the full City Council.

At least three regional meetings are planned throughout the City, partnering with the Neighborhood Council Alliances, the Neighborhood Councils in each region, and cannabis industry groups to host and participate as full partners in this conversation.

Please see below for the new updated schedule

Wed. Nov. 2nd @ 6pm – Nate Holden Performing Arts Center – 4718 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Tues. Nov. 29th @ 6pm – Los Angeles City Hall, John Ferraro Council Chambers – 200 N. Spring Street, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wed. Dec. 7th @ 6pm – Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chambers – 14410 Sylvan Street, 2nd Floor Van Nuys, CA 91401 (in lieu of cancelled Mon. Oct. 24th meeting)


Trump or Clinton? Legal marijuana? No more death penalty? Property tax increases? Homeless aid? There’s a lot at stake this election.

County election officials reminded residents Thursday that Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election.

There is a variety of ways people can register in time for the Nov. 8 election.

New voters can register online at Registration forms are available at libraries, post offices and most government offices, and can be mailed in. The forms can also be dropped off at the registrar-recorder’s office at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk, on the third floor.

Residents can also use the website to check their registration status.

In addition to the presidential race and the senate race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, there are a myriad of statewide measures tackling everything from the legalization of recreational marijuana to the abolishment of the death penalty.

A littler closer to home, here are the local measures facing Los Angeles voters:

  • Measure HHH would authorize the city to issue up to $1.2 billion in bonds to buy, build or remodel facilities to provide housing and services for the homeless. The bonds would be paid for with an increase in property taxes. Expenditures would be monitored by a citizens oversight committee and an administrative oversight committee, and a financial audit would be conducted annually. (Requires two-thirds of the vote for approval.)
  • Measure JJJ would require certain residential projects of 10 or more units seeking General Plan amendments or zoning changes to provide affordable housing and meet training, local hiring and wage requirements, limit the city’s ability to deny amendments for projects that meet those requirements, require the city to ensure that Community Plan changes do not reduce the capacity for affordable housing units, and create a new affordable housing incentive program for developments near major transit stops.
  • Measure RRR would amend the City Charter to expand the Department of Water and Power board from five to seven members, add qualification requirements, stipends and removal protection, double the minimum budget for the Office of Public Accountability, allow the council and mayor to reappoint the OPA executive director for an additional term, require the DWP to provide a four-year strategic plan for council and mayoral approval, establish a DWP analyst office, expand the board’s contracting authority, and require monthly billing by 2020.
  • Measure SSS would enroll all new airport peace officers in Tier 6 of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions Plan, allow current airport peace officers to enroll at their own expense, and allow new airport police chiefs to enroll in the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System.

Our parks are important to our communities. This questionnaire is a great opportunity to let the City of Los Angeles know your thoughts about our parks. What is working? What needs improvement? What’s missing? What would you love to see more of in your community park?

Your feedback is valuable. It will be part of a series of LA PARKS Report Cards that the Office of the City Controller is developing of our community parks in collaboration with KH Consulting Group (KH) and its team members from RAND Corporation and the Office of the Designed Landscape. KH will treat your individual responses confidentially, but will use your concerns to hone recommendations to make our parks even better!

Here is the link to the questionnaire (English and Spanish):

We encourage you to share the link with others – friends, family members, neighbors, park users, constituents… anyone who cares about our parks and their future.

The deadline is October 31st for responding. We want to hear from you!


book-cover-775-px-widthThe nonprofit Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA), in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles, invites Neighborhood Councils and city residents to learn about Cool Blocks LA, a free, five-month pilot program that helps neighborhoods become planet-friendly, disaster-resilient, and community-rich.

The NCSA seeks three Cool Block Leaders within each Council District to build Cool Block teams in their neighborhoods.

Please join us for a Cool Block Cafe on Sunday, October 23 in Hollywood, to learn all about the program and what’s involved in being a Cool Block Leader.

Click here for more information, and RSVP now for a Cool Block Café to learn more, hear from current leaders, and meet other prospective leaders. And please spread the word!


by Jennifer Markewych, President, LA-32 Neighborhood Council

Last night was my proudest moment as an elected official to date. It was a moment that made all the bureaucracy, headaches, and frustration worthwhile. At 3:30 pm, less than 3 hours before my board meeting, I received a phone call from our city liaison, “Jen, I’ve got some news for you.” (Rarely is this a good thing.) “We have a group of women here from Saudi Arabia studying the council system and they want to see a woman in charge. Jen, they want to come see you tonight…” So, with less than 2 hours prep, I rewrote my President’s message, practiced a bit of Arabic (and found significantly more conservative attire) and was off. There are simply no words to express how honored and humbled I am to have met these ladies last night. They turned out to be some of THE FIRST WOMEN ELECTED IN SAUDI ARABIA LAST YEAR. I was truly privileged to meet these women who are making history and working towards equality and democracy in their country. As someone who is first generation born here on my father’s side, with both sides of my family coming to this country after fighting or fleeing communism, fascism, and Nazism, it is deeply embedded in my DNA to cherish liberty and democracy. For all it’s flaws and messiness, we need to remember that we still serve as an example of freedom to the world. To be able to build bridges of friendship with these democratic pioneers is awe-inspiring. I can’t wait to see their accomplishments… And, of course, go visit them as well.


This month, the City Council voted to support a plan to simplify the process to allow for new neighborhood councils in smaller communities that are part of existing NCs. The old de-certification process was an unfair and overbearing process to people who serve as volunteers. The new ordinance allows for up to five new sub-division neighborhood council additions every two years while incorporating safeguards to protect the integrity and long-standing goals of our neighborhood councils.


This year’s Congress of Neighborhoods for the Neighborhood Councils (NCs) was up in attendance by the hundreds and consistent in quality as previous years. The program was well planned out and consisted of workshops from gaining knowledge of City departments’ protocols to improving pertinent management skills required of NC board members for successful interactions in increasing City engagement. There were 39 workshops coordinated with presenters, some with moderators and panelists that included City officials.

The LAPD Cadets served as hospitality hosts, adding charm and formality to the NC Congress. Their elegance was all around the rotunda of the 3rd floor at City Hall, providing directions to arriving visitors. “In that direction,” said one as she pointed with her white gloves.

In the opening session, City Council President Herb Wesson, Chair of the L.A. City Neighborhood Councils Committee, opened with brief Continue reading


Sat, October 8th, 10am – 1pm

Confused about what’s being built in your community (and what isn’t)?  Learn how City Planning works!

Free Planning & Land Use 101 crash course with special guests:

Kevin Ocubillo | Transportation & Planning Deputy
Office of Councilmember José Huizar, City Council District 14 | City of Los Angeles

Craig Weber | Principal City Planner
Department of City Planning | City of Los Angeles

Haydee Urita-Lopez | City Planner
Community Planning Bureau | Boyle Heights Plan | City of Los Angeles

Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 10am – 1pm
3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065