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
WHAT IS THE NC SYSTEM?
About the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council system
LA’s Neighborhood Councils are grassroots-level advisory bodies that exist to connect Angelenos to City Hall. The system was established in 1999 by the City Charter, in order to improve government responsiveness to local concerns. Currently, there are approximately 1800 elected Board Members serving on 99 Neighborhood Councils that each represents an average of 40,000 people.
About the Los Angeles Congress of Neighborhoods
The Los Angeles Congress of Neighborhoods brings together leaders from the city’s 99 Neighborhood Councils for a day of networking and education. Held yearly at LA City Hall, the event aims to help Neighborhood Council leaders obtain the tools and establish the relationships they need to build a successful future for their communities.
Congress of Neighborhoods Planning Committee
The Congress of Neighborhoods is designed by neighborhood council leaders with “how to” sessions that cover both basic information and more advanced topics of interest. There is sure to be something for all 99 certified Neighborhood Councils.
This is an opportunity to join an energized team of key Neighborhood Council leaders from across the city working together with positive energy, respect, and commitment.
Planning Committee meetings will be held monthly to plan Congress details, including:
Theme, workshops, and speakers
Outreach: getting 100% participation by the Neighborhood Councils
Dignitaries: Mayor, City officials, City departments, and others
Congress Day Program
Web presence and social media
News media and public relations
Volunteer recruitment and management
Fundraising and budget
Surveys before and after the Congress