Neighborhood Councils are city-certified local groups made up of people who live, work, own property or have some other connection to a neighborhood. Neighborhood Council Board Members are elected or selected to their positions by the neighborhoods themselves.
Neighborhood Council Board size various across the City from 7 to over 30 individuals depending on what the neighborhood believes will meet its needs. They hold regular meetings – at least one every three months. Many Councils hold meetings more often and have working committees as well.
Neighborhood Councils receive public funds of $45,000 each year to support their activities. This may include creating events and programs that respond to the unique needs of their community or advocating on behalf of the issues they care about such as crime, roads and streets, the creation of safe spaces for children, gangs, and economic development. To learn more about Neighborhood Council success stories, click here.
Representatives from Neighborhood Councils:
- Meet with the Mayor to discuss priorities in the annual development of the City budget, prior to its submittal and approval by City Council.
- Receive advance notice of issues and projects that are important to them and their neighborhoods so they can understand, discuss them, and voice the opinions of the neighborhood to the City before final decisions are made.
Neighborhood Councils represent neighborhoods with a minimum population of 20,000 people. The average population represented by a Neighborhood Council is 38,000 people.
There are currently 90 Neighborhood Councils across Los Angeles with more in development. Councils must establish bylaws and go through the certification process with the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment before they can operate.
Contact Your Neighborhood Council
The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment maintains a list of current Board members for each Neighborhood Council in our Neighborhood Council Database. Our database contains valuable information about each Neighborhood Council and its governing board members. It includes the names of and contact information for each of its board members, mailing address, meeting time and location, website address, boundaries, City Council districts and planning areas. Once seated, Board members update their information directly. If you are having difficulties reaching a Neighborhood Council, contact us for assistance.