Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl says he is moving forward with a campaign pledge to establish an Empowerment Congress to bring together neighborhood leaders.

The CD11 (Council District 11) Empowerment Congress is to be a representative body whose purposes are to:

n serve as a collection of think tanks for policy development on key issues facing the district and city;

n serve as the “people’s lobby” on key issues; and

n serve as a forum for leadership networking between the district’s neighborhoods and residents with different interests and backgrounds.

The Empowerment Congress, to be appointed by Rosendahl, will have two components — a general assembly and committees or task forces — according to Rosendahl.

The general assembly is to include as many as 300 representatives from Neighborhood Councils, chambers of commerce, community organizations, environmental groups, and other groups.

Committees and task forces will focus on specific issues or policy areas, the councilman says.

Each committee or task force will have at least one liaison from Rosendahl’s staff.

“One of my key campaign promises was to form an Empowerment Congress to bring together the genius, the energy, and the commitment of our neighborhood leaders,” Rosendahl said. “The CD11 Empowerment Congress will be a representative body composed of the best and brightest of CD 11.”

Applications to join the Empowerment Congress can be downloaded from http://www.la city.org/council/cd11/CD11.EC .application.pdf

Application forms can also be picked up at Rosendahl’s office at 200 N. Spring St., Room 415, in downtown Los Angeles.

Applications can also be made to Rosendahl’s staff, (213) 473-7011.

Applications should be returned to Rosendahl’s office by Monday, April 24th.