To promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs.

— Los Angeles City Charter, Article IX


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, 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

  • Exhibitors

  • Outreach: getting 100% participation by the Neighborhood Councils

  • Dignitaries: Mayor, City officials, City departments, and others

  • Congress Day Program

  • Logistics

  • Registration

  • Web presence and social media

  • News media and public relations

  • Volunteer recruitment and management

  • Fundraising and budget

  • Catering

  • Surveys before and after the Congress


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