Neighborhood Council Elections Held This Saturday

By EGP Staff Report

Eight of nine neighborhood councils in the East and Northeast area of Los Angeles will hold elections this Saturday, Oct. 13. Residents are encouraged to go to their designated polling place and vote for representatives to the neighborhood council in their community.

The Los Angles neighborhood council system aims to increase civil participation and make the city more responsive in delivering city services and making budget priorities. Each neighborhood council includes members representing the various stakeholders — residents and local entities such as businesses and nonprofit groups — with a stake in the area represented by the neighborhood council.

Lea esta nota EN ESPAÑOL: Este Sábado Son las Elecciones de los Consejos Vecinales de L.A.

The Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council is the only Northeast L.A. area group not holding a scheduled election. Not enough candidates filed to run for a seat, according to Stephen Box, elections coordinator for Empower LA, formerly known as DONE.

Seven candidates filed for nine available seats, but 10 candidates are needed for a contest, Box said. The neighborhood council will instead hold a town hall meeting where they will accept applications for the council. The town hall will take place at the first regularly scheduled meeting following the election; the GCPNC meets the third Tuesday of the month, which next lands on Oct. 16, Box said.

This is the first election for the revamped Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council that reduced the number of its members required for a quorum and rewrote its bylaws last year during efforts to avoid being dissolved. The BHNC will be hosting a free lunch for Boyle Heights’ residents that show their “I voted Sticker” after voting. The lunch at Ross Valencia Park is being provided by Chavez Pollo and Burgers.

The BHNC is holding a candidates forum today, Oct. 11, at 6pm at the Puente Learning Center, located at 501 S. Boyle Ave. Thirty-three candidates are vying for seats in the BHNC election.

The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council also recently overcame exhaustive efforts, a process imposed by Empower LA, the city agency that oversees the neighborhood council system. Members were required to participate in a variety of workshops aimed at addressing the council’s dysfunction. The group’s bylaws were also updated.

Earlier this year, the Hermon community sought to become independent of the ASNC, an effort that seems to have been abandoned since the same Hermon community leaders who sought certification for the tiny community are now running to represent Hermon on the ASNC board.

There are 95 Neighborhood Councils in the city of Los Angeles. Each council has its own set of bylaws and rules, and requirements for voting; only some of the councils require documentation proving someone is a stakeholder in the community before they can vote.

The Historic Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, LA-31 and Boyle Heights neighborhood councils require some proof, like a library card, school identification card, cell phone bill, business card, or pay stub to show an individual is eligible to vote. For a list of documents, visit the Empower LA website.

The Arroyo Seco and Glassell Park neighborhood councils require only self-affirmation, Box said.

Voters in the neighborhood council do not have to be citizens, or registered to vote, he said.

For a list of polling places and information on candidates, visit http://empowerla.org/nela/ or call (818) 293-8683.


Where to vote:

Arroyo Seco NC: 10am to 4pm at Ramona Hall Community Center Lobby, 4580 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, Ca 90065.
Boyle Heights NC: 10am to 4pm at the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, 2200 E. 1st Street, LA, 90033.
Eagle Rock NC: 10am to 4pm at the Eagle Rock City Hall, downstairs community room, 2035 Colorado Blvd, LA, 90041.
Glassell Park NC: 10am to 4pm at the Glassell Park Senior Citizen Center, 3750 N. Verdugo Rd., LA 90065.
Historic Highland Park NC: 10am to 4pm at the Highland Park Recreation Center, 6150 Piedmont Ave., LA 90042.
LA-32 NC: 9am to 3pm at the El Sereno Senior Citizen Center, 4818 Klamath Pl, LA 90032.
Lincoln Heights NC: 10am to 4pm at the Lincoln Heights Senior Citizen Center, 2323 Workman Street, LA 90031.

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