Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Program Committee meets July 2 at 12 noon after LANCC meeting

Following is a recap of last Saturday (June 25) committee meeting. IMPORTANT: If you are on the Program committee (or want to be involved in the workshops plan to attend this Saturday's committee meeting. The full committee plans to meet the following Saturday, July 9).

The Congress will begin at 7:45 a.m - 4:00 p.m. on Sat. Sept. 24. All day event. Parking will be provided (advance registration). Roll Call of NCs will take place early at 8:45 -- important for all attending to be on time and participate in Roll Call.

NC's have contributed over $8,000 toward funding Congress expenses. [THANK YOU NC's!] Our goal is $10,000. DONE has committed $10,000 for a total of $20,000 for the NC Congress 2011. Several advance expenses have been paid, including audio, tables, chairs for use at City Hall.

A Save the Date card will be finalized this week.

A website link for RSVPs will be finalized this week.

The Program Committee is meeting this coming Saturday, July 2 at 12 noon to discuss program topics and ideas for speakers. Letters will then go out and workshops finalized. Parameters for the workshops have been set. The program committee will also meet on Saturday, July 9 after PlanCheck. The committee will be meeting more often now that we are less than 90 days away from the Congress.

We need help with the following:
Youth Volunteers on the day of the Congress. This is to direct attendees to the various rooms on the day of the Congress. If your NC has a group to recommend, please submit details so we can discuss and finalize at an upcoming committee meeting. More than one group may be involved.
City Hall logistics -- this includes security, layout, signage, volunteer coordination, staff, etc.
Committee greeters on the day of the Congress
Printed Program and Content including collection of content, writing, photos, etc.
Promoting the Congress
Best Practices -- what is your NC doing
...and more

Questions? Email or call 818-429-6699

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Congress Planning Meeting - June 25 at 10 a.m.

Planning Meeting is this Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. (we are 3 months away from the Congress!). We will be meeting at the DONE 4th floor conference room.

You need to arrange parking in Lot 7 -- in ADVANCE with DONE staff.

In order to reserve parking we will need (person's name, car make, model, color, and license plate number). Please send to Thomas Soong by Thursday night. E-mail info to

Lot 7 is located on Judge Aliso Street between Temple St. and 1st St. next to the East West Players Theater.

Agenda will include the following:

1. Recap on funding
2. Marketing the Congress - Save the Date cards & promotion
3. Speakers/Workshops - Have you taken the survey yet ? If not, here's the link:
4. Logistics, Volunteers, Parking

This is a great time to get involved if you aren't already.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 24, 2011 at City Hall
Theme: Increasing Public Participation in Government
Who: All NC Leaders -- Stakeholders welcome too!

“To promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs” – Los Angeles City Charter Section 900

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Take the Survey!

The City Charter says that Neighborhood Councils shall hold a Congress.

The date is set for Saturday, September 24, 2011 at City Hall.

The theme: "Increasing Public Participation in Government"

This year's Congress is by and for neighborhood councils.

You have an opportunity to participate in a survey of what workshops and break out sessions the Congress should include.

Here is the link:

Notices about this survey were sent out by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) and I have announced them at our meetings. If you have not yet completed the survey, please take the time to do so now. It will only take a few minutes.

Neighborhood Council leaders from across the City are participating in planning the Congress and they will be reviewing the survey results at the next planning meeting.

Be sure to save the date, Sept. 24, 2011 -- ALL DAY (7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.) for the 2011 Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress!

Thank you,

Cindy Cleghorn,
Chair, Congress 2011 Planning Group
Sunland-Tujunga NC

Next Congress Planning Meeting 6-25-11

Next planning meeting will be Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. at the DONE office 334-B E. 2nd Street, LA. More details and parking arrangements to follow.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Congress Planning Meeting - Notes

Meeting held June 11 at Historic Downtown Outreach Center. Thank you to the many neighborhood councils who have voted to support Congress expenses. We will post a list later. To pay for costs in this fiscal year, please contact Thomas Soong or Melvin Canas at DONE. There are costs we can pre-pay such as tables and chairs, audio, printing, office supplies, etc. Due to the time limit on using the P-card, its important to make the purchases by Monay, June 13.

Location for the Congress has been confirmed.
Channel 35 is calendared
Paul Krekorian to host
Paul Krekorian to initiate motion by City Council establishing Sept. 24 as NC Congress Day

The committee reviewed survey results received so far. Overall, areas of interest include:

NC 101
Safety & Emergency
New City Policies and Initiatives

Jay Handel will review food requirements and get costs by Monday.

Next planning meeting will be Saturday, June 25 at the DONE office 334-B E. 2nd Street, LA. More details to follow.

Thank you to Russell Brown at DLANC for hosting our meeting today.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Congress Planning Meeting - June 11, 2011

Historic Downtown Outreach Center
114 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

1:15 p.m.