What Are Neighborhood Councils?

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 Councils were established by the Los Angeles City Charter in June of 1999 and the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils. They were created to give neighborhoods a voice in policy making and influence over the way government does business. To date, over 96 neighborhood councils have been certified.

The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s is the City Department providing operational support to and facilitate the sharing of resources among Certified Neighborhood Councils, including but not limited to, meeting and office space, office equipment and mail and communications in order to communicate among constituents, Certified Neighborhood Councils, City Departments and governing officials.

Neighborhood Councils receive public funds of $37,000 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.

If you live, work, own property or participate in any significant way in the Mid City West area, you are automatically a stakeholder member.  The MCW Board of Directors is the governing body for this Council. It consists of 35 seats, including 5 Renters Representatives, 3 Homeowners Representatives, 6 Business Representatives, 6 Nonprofit Representatives, 8 Members at Large, and 7 Zone Representatives.

MCW is committed to, and its bylaws require, transparency and openness. Any stakeholder can run for the Board of Directors. All board and standing committee meetings are posted and open to the public. The Board must reflect the community, and no single group, organization or individual will be permitted to control your Council.

Our Vision

Our vision is for Mid City West Community Council to become recognized as the center for local community discussion and action in influencing local government in our lives.

Our Mission Statement

The Mission of the Mid City West Community Council is:

  • to foster a sense of community and establish a forum for all stakeholders to express their ideas and opinions about their neighborhood
  • to promote stakeholder participation in City government and decision making so that it is more responsive to our local needs and requests, and
  • to create opportunities to build partnerships with government in advocating and affecting solutions