| Stampede at the Ballot Box!
Northwest Valley Elections draw big crowds!
Six of the nine Neighborhood Councils in the Northwest Valley held their Board elections on Saturday the 8th, drawing crowds that were more than double in size compared to 2010.
North Hills West had 29 candidates vying for 12 open seats and engaged the community with two forums and a well stocked candidates corral, resulting in 483 voters.
North Hills East greeted 237 voters in a race that saw 19 candidates running for 9 open seats in a great location with lots of pedestrian traffic and an outreach booth that promoted the activities and accomplishments of the Council.
Northridge East had five contested seats resulting in a voter turnout that was 130% larger than 2010 while Northridge West had six contested seats that drew a crowd of voters 146% bigger than in 201.
Granada Hills South saw 35 candidates on 13 ballots and a 10% increase in voters while Porter Ranch had 1 ballot and 10 candidates, resulting in a 65% increase in voters over 2010.
To look at the Final Official Canvass of Votes, click the maps to the right.
Overview of Board Seatings
The Canvass of Votes was certified on September 13, 2012 and the results became official, which means the first order of business for each of the Neighborhood Councils at their next regularly scheduled meeting is the seating of the newly elected Board.
Excerpted From Neighborhood Council 2012 Election Manual (Revised August 17, 2012):
XXII. Seating of Newly Elected Board Members
A. The seating of a newly-elected Neighborhood Council Board will take place when:
1. The Department has issued certified election results for the Neighborhood Council; and,
2. All official election challenges for the Neighborhood Council have been resolved.
B. The Board must be seated as a single unit. No partial and/or interim seating is allowed. Where a single challenge to a single seat has not been resolved, the rest of the Board cannot be seated.
C. The elected Board shall be seated at the next regularly scheduled Neighborhood Council meeting within 30 calendar days of the criteria in Section A being met. The outgoing Board shall preside over the meeting where the first order of business shall be to officially seat the newly-elected Board. All powers shall immediately be transferred over to the newly-elected Board.
D. Where a regularly scheduled meeting is not scheduled within 30 calendar days of the certification of the election results and the resolution of all official election challenges, the outgoing Board or the Department will call a special meeting within 15 calendar days of the aforementioned criteria being met in accordance with the Brown Act to seat the Board. The outgoing Board or the Department shall preside over the meeting where the first order of business shall be to officially seat the newly-elected Board. All powers shall immediately be transferred over to the newly-elected Board.
E. Until such time as the Department has issued certified election results and all official election challenges have been resolved for the Neighborhood Council, the incumbent Board members will continue in their duly elected/appointed positions.
The schedule of Board Seatings is listed to the far right.
"Let's Get Together!"
EmpowerLA is conducting a New Boardmember Development Series that begins on September 15th in the North Valley, continues on September 29th in the Central Area, returns to the Valley on October 6, and continues throughout the city.
The board orientation will focus on the NC legal framework, the NC Funding Program and will provide an overview of a Boardmember's responsibilities as well as tools for becoming an effective NC Boardmember.
To confirm your attendance to the board development series, please register by clicking here. A continental breakfast will be provided by the Department and lunch is provided by the host Neighborhood Council. by the Pacoima Neighborhood Council.
Congress of Neighborhoods
Neighborhood Council leaders from throughout the city have partnered with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA) in bringing the 2012 LA Congress of Neighborhoods to City Hall on Saturday, September 22, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Los Angeles has 95 certified neighborhood councils and the Congress of Neighborhoods is designed by council leaders so that there is something for everybody, from curious stakeholders to new board members to seasoned veterans of the civic engagement process to city hall insiders.
The event is free, it includes breakfast and lunch, and registration only takes a moment.
REGISTER HERE TODAY
Board Seating Dates:
Wednesday, Sept 19:
Northridge East NC
Northridge Academy High School - Auditorium
9601 Zelzah Ave, 91325
Thursday, Sept 20:
North Hills West NC
New Horizon Center
15725 Parthenia St
North Hills, 91343
Monday, October 1:
North Hills East NC
Penny Lane Centers
15305 Rayen St.
North Hills, 91343
Tuesday, October 2:
Porter Ranch NC
Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi St.
Porter Ranch, 91326
Tuesday, October 9:
Northridge West NC
Beckford Ave Elementary School
19130 Tulsa St.
Thursday, Oct 11:
Granada Hills South NC
11128 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, 91344
New Board Member Development Series
Pacoima City Hall
13520 Van Nuys Blvd.
Barlow Respiratory Hospital
2000 Stadium Way
Marvin Braude Bldg.
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys 91401
South & West Area
CD10 Field Office
1609 Western Ave
or call (213) 978-1551
How to Reach Us
Van Nuys City Hall
14410 Sylvan St. 4th Fl
Van Nuys, CA 91401