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Head of LA's neighborhood councils resigns (updated)

BongHwan Kim

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BongHwan Kim's last day as general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will be on Aug. 4.

The general manager of the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment announced his resignation today for a job at a nonprofit in San Diego.

BongHwan Kim was also a candidate for the Los Angeles City Council’s Thirteenth District. His last day with the city will be on Aug. 4. Kim is leaving to become the vice president/executive director for Civic Engagement for the San Diego Foundation.  

“The more I talked with the folks down there, the more interesting it became,” Kim said in an interview with KPCC. “It was really a wrestling match because I was really looking forward to this city council campaign that was going to highlight the importance of public participation.”

In his new role, Kim will be working to educate residents on how to interact with the public sector. 

“I’m going to be agnostic on the issues, but we’re going to be evangelical about the process,” he said.