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1. LA’s Great Disempowerer Strikes Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council
(LOS ANGELES)
... its “fix-it-man of action” Stephen Box to quell the situation. This not only stunned the board but enraged the constituents who attended the meeting as it appeared that DONE was protecting Sutton, who ...
Created on 29 May 2017
2. Rumors of Wilmington NC Death are Greatly Exaggerated
(LOS ANGELES)
... has not been able to conduct meetings for much of 2016.  EmpowerLA Director of Outreach and Communications, Stephen Box, put the rumors to rest. He said that EmpowerLA was, in fact, working to get the ...
Created on 08 August 2016
3. What’s Left to Save in Hollywood?
(ARCHIVE)
... represents the worst of times, and Council Distict 4 which represents the best of times.  Stephen Box, 2010 candidate for CD 4 councilmember has termed the dividing line between the two Hollywood’s ...
Created on 15 December 2014
4. Extraordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
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... motivated.  Jay Handal, Co-Chair, said “Budget Day was a huge success in great part due to the EmpowerLA team, especially General Manager Grayce Liu, Joe Hari, Sevak, Stephen Box, Thomas Soong and all ...
Created on 18 August 2014
5. NC Change: Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary!
(ARCHIVE)
... EmpowerLA Outreach and Communications Director, Stephen Box and Grayce Liu had given a resounding speech on the importance of the up coming NC elections. They will be held throughout the City, March, April ...
Created on 06 January 2014
6. All I Want for Christmas …
(ARCHIVE)
... will be settled amicably and soon.  There has been great communication and super ideas emanating from Director of Communications and Outreach, Stephen Box and his staff. His enthusiasm for what he does ...
Created on 19 December 2013
7. NCs … The Pulse Of LA
(ARCHIVE)
... here.   (Stephen Box is editor of the EmpowermentLA Report where this article was first posted. EmpowermentLA.org)  -cw      ...
Created on 09 December 2013
8. An Open Letter to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC)
(ARCHIVE)
... to the end of the fiscal year?  And, you might get more attendance if you hold meetings when people are more likely to come - and if you invite them.  Talk to Stephen Box, Director of Outreach and ...
Created on 21 November 2013
9. Important: Neighborhood Councils Need to Weigh In … Officially!
(ARCHIVE)
... to make your voices heard through the official CIS process created just for Neighborhood Councils.   (Stephen Box is editor of the EmpowermentLA Report where this article was first posted. EmpowermentLA.org)  ...
Created on 11 November 2013
10. Neighborhood Councils Creating Buzz for Urban Bee Keeping
(ARCHIVE)
... Park (5/16/13) 15. Bel Air-Beverly Crest (7/24/13) 16. Van Nuys (8/14/13)   (Stephen Box is the director of Outreach and Communication at EmpowerLA.) -cw       CityWatch Vol 11 Issue ...
Created on 14 October 2013
11. Spare Us the Drama, Mayor Garcetti--Take the DWP Deal Now
(ARCHIVE)
... as many people as employees who work for the DWP. But the figure does include "1700+ [Neighborhood Council] Board Members," according to Empower LA spokesman Stephen Box.  I haven't read Humphrevill ...
Created on 15 August 2013
12. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell Returns to His Neighborhood Council Roots
(ARCHIVE)
... it can be reevaluated.   (Pickel LANCC appearance video here)    (Pickel PowerPoint presentation here.)   (Credits: Videos courtesy Stephen Box and EmpowerLA) -cw       CityWatch ...
Created on 08 July 2013
13. LA’s Newly Elected Hit the Road, Start the Conversation
(ARCHIVE)
... the EmpowerLA most recent report, edited by Stephen Box. See the complete report at EmpowerLA.org)   -cw       CityWatch Vol 11 Issue 51 Pub: June 25, 2013  ...
Created on 24 June 2013
14. Mayor Nominates Grayce Liu as Permanent Head of Neighborhood Councils
(ARCHIVE)
... BongHwan Kim, who took a job in San Diego last summer.    The announcement was made by Stephen Box, DONE's acting senior project coordinator, to thunderous applause at Thursday's Valley Alliance of Neighborho ...
Created on 17 December 2012
15. ‘You In the Blue Shirt’ – How Watching a Neighborhood Council Meeting Changed My Life
(ARCHIVE)
... affairs, with many more candidates and voters.   In this year’s election, I had the pleasure of working closely with the new generation of staff at EmpowerLA — people like Alisa Smith, Stephen Box, ...
Created on 06 December 2012
16. Beyond the Ballot Box: Neighborhood Council 2012 Election Wrap-Up
(ARCHIVE)
... on the 2012 Electoral journey and am grateful for all that they do.   ● Let EmpowerLA know what you thought of the NC elections here.        (Stephen Box is Elections Coordinator and Acting Senior ...
Created on 03 December 2012
17. 2012 Neighborhood Council Elections Produce More Candidates, More Voters
(ARCHIVE)
BONC REPORT - So, there we were on election night (remember I said we had a meeting on November 6th) listening to Grayce Liu give her report on DONE and the elections, giving out a 10 year anniversary ...
Created on 15 November 2012
18. Instant Runoff Voting Comes to Los Angeles!
(ARCHIVE)
... this weekend. Visit EmpowerLA.org for more information on Neighborhood Council elections or the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. (Stephen Box is a CityWatch contributor and overseeing the 2012 ...
Created on 22 October 2012
19. The Ultimate Sweetheart Deal
(ARCHIVE)
... .  More on why in a minute. If it was hard to understand before this latest disclosure how, in Stephen Box’s words, “an imaginary stadium for an imaginary team” could compel so much of a city's energy ...
Created on 20 September 2012
20. Neighborhood Council Elections: Beyond the Ballot Box
(ARCHIVE)
... and its own hours, all on the same day. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] You can also find him on Twitter ...
Created on 09 August 2012
21. My First Nurse-In and the Right to Breastfeed in Public Places
(ARCHIVE)
... r me, I was thrilled to participate in civil disobedience that revolved around a dining table, one that was loaded with such a delicious Italian meal. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes f ...
Created on 23 July 2012
22. Rumors of the Brown Act’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated
(ARCHIVE)
...  and shall publicly disclose any action taken.” (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] You can also find hi ...
Created on 16 July 2012
23. LAPD Chalks Its Rubber Bullet Behavior Up to Vandalism
(ARCHIVE)
... wrote: “Thanks for tainting the justice system.” We really do deserve better! (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] ...
Created on 16 July 2012
24. +GM Kim Exits DONE for Civic Engagement Position in San Diego: “Invaluable Lessons Learned”
(ARCHIVE)
... many years in the Department while continually adapting to the constant changes, and to Stephen Box (Enci and Sydney) for answering the call to build a new kind of grassroots election.      I will be w ...
Created on 16 July 2012
25. What NCs Learn from City Council: Some Good, Some Bad, Some Illegal
(ARCHIVE)
... the cavalier behavior of the non-quorum councils, and it would motivate tardy members to show up on time. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at:  ...
Created on 12 July 2012
26. Want Better Press? Be Better Press
(ARCHIVE)
... work, it is imperative that they become great press instead of simply standing by and wondering why they get left out. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached ...
Created on 09 July 2012
27. Tweeting, Texting, Liking and Other Weapons of Mass Distraction
(ARCHIVE)
...  in government and make government more responsive to local needs.” (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] Yo ...
Created on 05 July 2012
28. LA Municipal Election Field Flooded with Neighborhood Council Veterans
(ARCHIVE)
... for shaping the dialogue and bringing the neighborhoods to City Hall. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] You ...
Created on 02 July 2012
29. Neighborhood Councils: Death by Meeting!
(ARCHIVE)
... that encourages participation. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] You can also find him on Twitter and on Facebook.) ...
Created on 28 June 2012
30. Experts Split on Whether the Brown Act will Kill LA’s Neighborhood Councils
(ARCHIVE)
...  and Commissions to demonstrate an inspired approach to conducting the people’s business in an open and transparent manner. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reache ...
Created on 25 June 2012
31. Will the Brown Act Kill LA’s Neighborhood Councils?
(ARCHIVE)
... ing up with City Hall, they need a Sunshine Ordinance that keeps City Hall open and transparent without strangling the public in obstacles that can’t be overcome. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advoc ...
Created on 21 June 2012
32. Yes, the Neighborhood Councils Can Keep Up
(ARCHIVE)
EMPOWERMENT WATCH - I anxiously await each edition of CityWatch mainly to read the timely and on-point commentaries by Stephen Box.   After each one I want to write a column that amplifies his efforts ...
Created on 18 June 2012
33. Are Neighborhood Councils Ready for Facebook?
(ARCHIVE)
... rounded on their commitment to open and transparent governance, then they are ready for Facebook. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] ...
Created on 18 June 2012
34. Can LA’s Neighborhood Councils Keep Up?
(ARCHIVE)
... to partner with Neighborhood Councils in communication, organization, and respect. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] ...
Created on 14 June 2012
35. Los Angeles: Are Neighborhood Council Elections Worth the Price?
(ARCHIVE)
... in the City Charter, is priceless. As a result, Neighborhood Council elections matter and they are worth the price. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: ...
Created on 11 June 2012
36. Neighborhood Councils: Do They Matter?
(ARCHIVE)
... 1050). Agenda details here.   (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] You can also find him on Twitter and on Facebook.) ...
Created on 07 June 2012
37. Los Angeles: The People Must Come First
(ARCHIVE)
... c mandate and that is to make sure that every man and woman feels a part of the City of Los Angeles. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] ...
Created on 04 June 2012
38. City Hall’s Welcome Mat Says It All
(ARCHIVE)
... like honored guests. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. ...
Created on 31 May 2012
39. LA’s City Council Needs a Maître d’
(ARCHIVE)
... maitre d' and a commitment to serve the people on time and efficiently. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] ...
Created on 28 May 2012
40. City Hall: Everybody's Talking, Nobody's Listening
(ARCHIVE)
... nicate with the public with the same degree of respect that the carpoolers, the stair masters, and the bingo junket riders get. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can ...
Created on 24 May 2012
41. LA’s City Hall: Too Many Departments, Not Enough Light Bulbs
(ARCHIVE)
... to change so few light bulbs. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. ...
Created on 21 May 2012
42. Why Does Illegal Dumping Take Place in Hollywood? Because it Works!
(ARCHIVE)
... illegal dumping takes place in Hollywood because it works! (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] e-mail address is ...
Created on 17 May 2012
43. Will Poll Tax Cast a Pall Over NC Elections?
(ARCHIVE)
... cost of ballot boxes, poll managers, and participatory democracy. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] e-mail address ...
Created on 14 May 2012
44. Let My People Vote!
(ARCHIVE)
... majority vote.  On the day of the election, the Neighborhood Council can set the time in which they would like to hold their election. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He ...
Created on 10 May 2012
45. LA is Full of Local Heroes
(ARCHIVE)
... having on their communities. Here are some of LA’s Local Heroes. You may have some local LA heroes of your own. Let me know. My contact info is below. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes ...
Created on 10 May 2012
46. Is this “The Year of the Neighborhood" for LA?
(ARCHIVE)
... members of LA’s Neighborhood Councils declare this “The Year of the Neighborhood!” by supporting the candidates who have risen from the EmpowerLA community and answered the call? (Stephen Box is a grassroots ...
Created on 07 May 2012
47. LADOT: Celebrating the Culture of Arrogance
(ARCHIVE)
... Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] You can also find him on Twitter and on Facebook.) –cw Tags: Stephen Box, Rethinking LA, Transportation, ...
Created on 03 May 2012
48. The Brown Act hits the Fan!
(ARCHIVE)
... for cure” go to the offending party and legal representation while charges of a Brown Act violation go to the District Attorney. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can ...
Created on 30 April 2012
49. City Hall Needs a Culture Shock: Time for the Newbies
(ARCHIVE)
... it’s a time-tested method for shaking things up, for ending the malaise, and for embracing a future of innovation that will move Los Angeles forward. (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes ...
Created on 26 April 2012
50. Bike Share King: LA’s Antonio 4,000 … Chicago’s Rahm 3,000
(ARCHIVE)
... Cabinet member, one who would be responsible for transportation at a national level? (Stephen Box is a grassroots advocate and writes for CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected] ...
Created on 23 April 2012