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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.

Next Steps: 

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!"

Board Orientations

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.



Stephen Box
Elections Coordinator 

Porter Ranch NC map

Northridge West NC map

Northridge South NC map

North Hills West NC map

North Hills East NC map

Northridge East NC map

Granada Hills South NC map

Granada Hills North NC map

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.
Northridge, 91326


Thursday, Oct 11: 
Granada Hills South NC

Granada Pavilion
11128 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, 91344


New Board Member Development Series

Saturdays from 
Sept 15
North Valley

Pacoima City Hall
13520 Van Nuys Blvd.
Pacoima, 91331


Sept 29
Central Area

Barlow Respiratory Hospital
2000 Stadium Way
LA, 90026


Oct 6
South Valley

Marvin Braude Bldg.
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys 91401


Oct 20
East Area

Location TBD


Nov 3
South & West Area

CD10 Field Office
1609 Western Ave
LA, 90018


Dec 1
Central Area

Location TBD
or call (213) 978-1551

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Van Nuys City Hall  

14410 Sylvan St. 4th Fl 

Van Nuys, CA 91401  


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