On January 23, 1992, Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas launched a campaign to improve quality of life for residents of Los Angeles by the establishment of the Empowerment Congress and the creation of Neighborhood Development Councils (NDC), which are vehicles for people to shape the policies and decisions which affect their lives.
The MISSION of ECSEANDC is to engage residents in efforts to create safer and healthier environments; to educate constituents to make more informed decisions regarding the condition of their neighborhoods; and to empower Stakeholders to effect positive change in their communities.
The PURPOSE of ECSEANDC is to work with elected officials to improve the quality of life in communities within the Neighborhood Council boundaries. The Governing Body and Stakeholders shall identify community concerns and work with City officials to identify resources to address issues and develop solutions.
ECSEANDC membership is open to all Stakeholders. Stakeholders are those who live, work or own real property in the neighborhood and also those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder, defined as a person who affirms a substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries and who may be in a community organization such as, but not limited to, educational, non-profit and/or religious organizations.