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 2015 LA Congress of Neighborhoods to City Hall on Saturday, September 26, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Los Angeles has 96 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.

Hello Neighborhood Councils,



Don’t miss your chance to establish alliances with fellow NC members; learn NC essentials; and network with city officials at the annual Congress of Neighborhood Councils, happening

Saturday September 26th at City Hall. Register now to attend this free annual event bringing members of Los Angeles’ 96 Neighborhood Councils together to share their skills and ideas.

Breakfast, lunch and free parking are all included with your registration. The Congress runs from

7:45 am – 4:30 pm, but you’re welcome to attend as your schedule permits.


One of the greatest resources available at the Congress is the exhibit tables lining the halls, where staff from every major city department will be on hand all day to share their expertise and answer your questions.


Choose from over 40 workshops curated by experienced neighborhood councilmembers who know firsthand what your NC needs to succeed. You’ll leave with all the handouts and
other resources you need to put your new-found skills to use right away. Subjects include:

  • Political proficiency: learn how to lobby; run a meeting; establish a credible reputation;
    or follow proper parliamentary procedure
  • Basics for an efficient & effective NC including election outreach; giving or getting funding; creating successful committees; negotiating with developers; and writing community impact statements
  • Updates & overviews on vital topics such as affordable housing, public works; code enforcement; and public safety
  • Increasing engagement with practical classes on social media; PR writing; fostering community partnerships; and building media relationships.

We’ll share the full list of workshops; detailed course descriptions and the day’s schedule on our Workshops page as the event draws near.

REGISTER NOW at http://tiny.cc/NCCongress2015

The NC Congress is open to all neighborhood council members as well as to interested
members of the public, but you must register by SEPTEMBER 15th in order to attend!

Cindy Cleghorn, Chair
2015 Congress Panning Committee