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It looks like neighborhood councils are back in style with two new hires for General Manager and Assistant General Manager at the city's Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE). Their first "whirlwind" week on the job has come on the heels of two new neighborhood councils: Panorama City and Rampart (making a total of 89 councils in LA).

In their first letters to the public and neighborhood council members, General Manager Carol Baker Tharp shares her goals and philosophy. "I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with BongHwan Kim [Asst. General Manager] in this endeavor. He's someone whose work as a community leader I've admired for many years, and we are finding that we share a philosophy of open government and community action while bringing distinct skills and experiences to the DONE team."

The past 9 months of neighborhood councils has been exactly the opposite -- secretive and bureaucratic. At the core of that problem, or at least how the public viewed it, was Lisa Sarno, interim general manager for DONE. She now heads up Million Trees LA.

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Full statements by Tharp and Kim after the jump.

Additional Reading:
- These appointments are DONE [LA Observed]
- Carol Tharp takes on the wild west [Bill Boyarsky at LAO]
- Mayor Names Baker Tharp and Kim to Head DONE [City Watch]