!!Saturday JUNE 18 Elections Neighborhood Council!!


Neighborhood council elections for UNNC, MINC and WANC in Council District 10 (along with other NCs in the South Los Angeles region) are slated for June 18.

WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL

- United Neighborhoods NC (“UNNC”) includes Harvard Heights, Angelus Vista, Western Heights, Kinney Heights, Arlington Heights, West Adams Avenues and Jefferson Park)   http://unnc.org/

- Mid City NC (“MINC)” includes Lafayette Square, Victoria Park, and Wellington Square, among many pocket neighborhoods, and runs south of Venice Boulevard to the 10 Freeway all the way to La Cienega)  https://mincla.org/

- West Adams NC (WANC) takes in the neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, to Rodeo Road, and west of Crenshaw, also to La Cienega  https://sites.google.com/site/westadamsnc/home

Olympic Park and Pico NCs have already voted. 

VOTING LOCATIONS

Check with these individual neighborhood councils, but many NCs throughout the city have been providing food to voters on election day.

MINC:  Allows online voting (online voter registration ends June 13), and in person at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Midtown Shopping Center (old Broadway Federal parking lot), 4725 Venice Blvd. Nine candidates are running for four “at large” seats, and four more people are running for three organization slots.  https://mincla.org/

UNNC: Voting is in-person only, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1819 S. Western (Council District 10 Field Office – enter from Manhattan Place just north of Washington). Seven candidates are running for six at-large positions, while four people are vying for one seat in Jefferson Park. www.UNNC.org

WANC: Voting in person, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Vineyard Recreation Center, 2942 Vineyard Ave. There are eight candidates for two at large positions, while three people are running for a single “homeowner” slot.   https://sites.google.com/site/westadamsnc/home

Disabled voters may request curbside voting through the Elections Hotline. Voter registration forms (if you want to save time on voting day) are online at empowerla.org. Any other questions? Call the City’s Elections Hotline 818-293-8683 (818-293-VOTE).

WHY VOTE?

Neighborhood councils are an official bridge between city government and local neighbors, and your neighborhood council representatives speak on your behalf on a wide variety of local issues, ranging from a proposed cell phone tower or alcohol sales on your corner, or a pothole in your street, to such citywide issues as the sign ordinance, the citywide ReCode L.A. effort to change the zoning code, tree plantings and parklets, oil drilling, Small Lot subdivisions, public safety, historic preservation, and especially land use. (NC) board members go to numerous meetings in City Hall -- so you don't always have to.

HOW TO VOTE

This year, for the first time, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is experimenting with online voting.

For MINC, this system of voting has already begun. Voters have to register online at www.empowerla.org and after that may simply vote any time up until June 18.

Voters may vote in person at City-run polling places on June 18. (see end of article for locations)

Voters will find an array of candidates, representing business interests, youth, community organizations and their own specific residential neighborhoods. 

WHO CAN VOTE

Neighborhood council participants are called “stakeholders,” and automatically include people who live, work, do business, and/or own real property within a specific neighborhood council’s geographic boundaries. For everyone else (those who attend school, worship or are otherwise connected to a community), there is a category called “Community Interest Stakeholder.”

This title is  somewhat new. After some controversy in the 2012 elections when so-called “Starbucks Stakeholders” (people with receipts for a cup of joe) voted in the Echo Park NC elections, the Los Angeles City Council changed the citywide definition of a stakeholder to make sure that only people with a true relationship to a community may vote at elections or serve on a neighborhood council board. The City’s code now reads: “Neighborhood council membership shall be open to… 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.”

Each neighborhood council has, within this definition, by-laws that specifically define “Community Stakeholders.” Although UNNC relies on “self-affirmation,” MINC requires documentation for voting, so be prepared to offer some proof if asked. Do remember to bring your organization’s membership card, newsletter with address label, volunteer nametag/badge, or some other means to demonstrate your participation with any community-based organization that is a stakeholder organization to one of these neighborhood councils.





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