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LA City Council members head to DC for conferences



L.A. City Hall will be quiet this week with more than half the city council in Washington, D.C. for an annual conference.
L.A. City Hall will be quiet this week with more than half the city council in Washington, D.C. for an annual conference.
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The Los Angeles City Council is on recess this week so several members can travel to Washington D.C. for the annual National League of Cities' Congressional Conference.

The event is a chance for local leaders to meet with federal lawmakers and White House staff. Included on the list of attendees are councilmen Bob Blumenfield, Tom LaBonge, Felipe Fuentes, Curren Price, Mitch O'Farrell, Mitch Englander, Paul Krekorian and Joe Buscaino. Controller Ron Galperin will also attend. 

Councilwoman Nury Martinez will be in Washington for the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce's Access D.C. trip; Krekorian will also attend the American Public Transportation Association conference.

The city pays registration fees for the council members, who typically pay for their travel with discretionary city funds or with money they've collected through fundraising,

The National League of Cities conference will include workshops on job creation, municipal finance, public safety and education. The L.A. City Council will be back in session on March 18.