THE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS OF LOS ANGELES:
15 YEARS OF EMPOWERING ANGELENOS
This exhibit has been created in celebration of the hard work the Neighborhood Council board members
have done over the last 15 years.
Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Forum at Hollywood American Legion Hall
Eight Neighborhood Councils banded together to host a Mayoral Town Hall at Hollywood's American Legion Hall, with 14 candidates for LA Mayor. Host Neighborhood Councils included Hollywood Hills West, Hollywood United, Hollywood Studio District, Central Hollywood, East Hollywood, Los Feliz, Studio City, and Greater Toluca Lake. (Photo submitted by Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council.)
South LA Alliance of Neighborhood Councils and Empowerment Congress Southwest
Empowerment Congress Southwest (2015 EmpowerLA Award winner) partnered with South LA Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (SLAANC) to increase stakeholder awareness of and access to the City Council election in District 8.
South Robertson Neighborhood Council
South Robertson won a 2016 EmpowerLA Award for their Homelessness Town Hall, hosted by the Museum of Tolerance and moderated by Anna Scott-Aron of KCRW. The event was presented in partnership with PATH - Making it Home, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, LAPD Headquarters, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, Union Rescue Mission, City Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Paul Koretz, and State Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council
Empowerment Congress West holds frequent forums and town halls in a variety of formats. Shown here are photos of their homelessness town hall event, as well as a picture of a sticky note poll, which is a great informal way to gather feedback from your community.
Arroyo Seco and Glassell Park Neighborhood Councils
Arroyo Seco and Glassell Park Neighborhood Councils co-hosted a candidate forum for City Council District 1 with the Glassell Park Improvement Association. (Photo by Martha Benedict.)
Downtown Los Angeles and Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Councils
Arroyo Seco and Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils co-hosted a City Council District 14 forum with UCLA at the historic Los Angeles Theater on Broadway. (Photo by Martha Benedict.)
Civic engagement is a major directive of Neighborhood Councils. Holding town halls and forums to involve stakeholders in local elections or educate them on current issues is one important way Neighborhood Councils bridge the gap between the communities they serve and City Hall.
Since its establishment in 1999, the Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has grown into the nation’s largest and most innovative initiative in civic engagement and citizen-based government through the “EmpowerLA” movement. With a network of 97 Neighborhood Councils, Los Angeles promotes public participation in government and works to improve government responsiveness to local concerns. Visit EmpowerLA.org to learn more about how the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment supports Neighborhood Councils and Angelenos citywide.