for making the 2013 Congress a success
It was a great day at City Hall.
Great Congress Photo Links:
Opening Session with Mayor Garcetti
Thank you Martha Benedict
Thank you Krystee Clark
PURPOSE OF NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS:
“To promote more citizen participation in government
and make government more responsive to local needs”
~ Los Angeles City Charter, Article IX
Neighborhood Council leaders from throughout the city have partnered with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA) in bringing the 2013 LA Congress of Neighborhoods to City Hall on Saturday, September 28, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Los Angeles has 95 certified neighborhood councils and the Congress of Neighborhoods is designed by council leaders so that there is something for everybody, from curious stakeholders to new board members to seasoned veterans of the civic engagement process to city hall insiders.
The event is free, it includes breakfast and lunch, workshops, networking and more.
Dear Neighborhood Council Leaders,
A little over 10 years ago I moved my business to Tujunga. Little did I know that I would soon become involved in starting up the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council and serve as one of the first board members, a City Commissioner, chair of PlanCheckNC and the NC Congress. I guess its true what they say about busy people! I enjoy learning and getting others to learn more about how the City of Los Angeles works. How we can Bridge the Gap and work together to make our communities better places to live work and play. As a business owner, its important to build relationships. The Congress of Neighborhoods is “the” place on one day, once a year for us to do just that.
The Congress Planning Committee is looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 28 at City Hall. “Bridging the Gap – Bringing Government Closer to the People” is the theme for this year’s NCCongress. The NCCongress is “the” place to meet those who make a difference in the City of Los Angeles. We have a new Mayor, City Attorney, City Controller and City Councilmembers to step up to and say hello, get to know and “Bridge the Gap”.
What is unique about the NC Congress is our ability to take “action”. In 2011 NC leaders brought back “elections” that had gone dormant pushing leaders to remain in office beyond their expectations. In 2012 NC leaders came together to support the appointment of Grayce Liu as General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment/EmpowerLA.
We have an exciting line up of workshops and speakers. There is something for everyone. EmpowerLA training classes in finance as well as classes to kick off the next NC elections season. We also have workshops with DWP and Sanitation updates, SB1818, Lobby Like a Pro – Insiders Secrets and much, much more. NC Volunteers are working on every little detail to make this Congress a great experience in your journey as a neighborhood council leader.
I am looking forward to seeing you on September 28. Don’t miss this event! Thank you to the neighborhood councils who have made the Congress possible and to outstanding, dedicated volunteers and EmpowerLA staff.
See you on Saturday, September 28, 2013
Cindy Cleghorn, Chair
Congress Planning Committee