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Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Position Filled

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Amid speculation about the staffing changes at the city's Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), here comes the news: Mayor Villaraigosa has appointed BongHwan Kim as the General Manager of DONE. According to the press release, Kim will be the first Korean American general manager in the City’s history (according to the City Administrative Officer) and will be responsible for improving the workings of the City’s system of neighborhood councils." DONE is a department within the city of Los Angeles that offers recommendations to neighborhood councils; there are 88 certified neighborhood councils in Los Angeles. Kim has served as Interim General Manager of DONE since November 2007 and as Acting General Manager and Assistant General Manager of DONE since March 2007. The City Council still needs to approve his appointment. [Curbed InBox]