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The Downtown News revealed the special election winners in a news brief. Andrew Ruiz won the Fashion District resident seat, and Seth Polen, a property owner, won the Alameda East business seat. Congratulations to the new board members.

There will be two special elections on Thursday, August 28 to fill the two unfilled board seats.

The first meeting will be for the Alameda East Business director position, and will be held starting at 11:30am at Farmer Boys Restaurant (726 S. Alameda St). The candidates will speak and voting will happen at noon.

The second will be for the Fashion Director Resident seat, and will be held starting at 6:30pm at the Santee Village Food Court (718 S. Los Angeles St). The candidates will speak and voting will happen at 8:00pm.

Read the Downtown News article on the elections…. (The DLANC website information is incomplete.)

The Downtown News covered the problems with Ant’s election as the Fashion District resident director, and both Ant and the City Clerk’s office are pointing the finger at the other.

Ant, who said he wanted to serve on the board to give a voice to the local Latino community and “to get the buses to stop idling near my building,” admits that he does not live in the Fashion District. He said that he submitted the false address at the urging of Isaias Cantu, the city’s senior project coordinator for neighborhood council elections.

“He told me, ‘Get a different address and say you live there. You only have to live there a night,'” said Ant. “I actually believed it was okay, which was my fault. I feel so terrible about the whole thing.”

Cantu, however, maintains that Ant took it upon himself to claim stakeholder status in the Fashion District after being told he did not qualify to run as a South Park resident.

Read the whole article….

Ginny-Marie Case, still the current VP of outreach for the DLANC board because of the ongoing challenge to the election (which the City Clerk should rule on by Tuesday), passes on a letter from DONE about the election and the overdue budget:

As you well know by now, the Downtown Los Angeles NC received an NC Election Challenge to the election held on June 12, 2008, conducted by the Office of the City Clerk. Per the DLANC Election Procedures, the City Clerks Office will issue the Final Election Report on Tuesday July 15, 2008.

In accordance with the DLANC Election Procedures, Article XVIII, Seating of Newly Elected Board Members, Section A., states that the following:

“Newly elected governing board members will not be seated pending the final results of a recount or resolution of all election challenges. The incumbent board members will continue in their duly elected/appointed positions until the election challenges are resolved.”

Lastly, please be advised that the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) have not received DLANC 2008-09 Budget that was originally due on June 13, 2008. We understand due to the June NC Elections, DLANC did not have the opportunity to finalize and submit the budget. At this time it is strongly suggested that the current board have a Regular or Special Board Meeting to approve the budget, and include a clause stating, “subject to revision by newly elected 2008-09 Board Members.

Whatever the Neighborhood Council wishes to move forward with, please be sure to follow process you have used in the past, such as posting the agenda at regular locations, website, etc., all of course in compliance with the Brown Act.

I’ve attached a copy of DLANC’s Election Procedures. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have.

So keep your eyes open for a special Board meeting, with the old board members.

The Los Angeles Garment & Citizen ran an editorial from editor and publisher Jerry Sullivan taking issue with how DLANC’s board is structured, and how the 2pm starting time for the election may have disenfranchised downtown’s Latino/American working population.

It is clear to the Garment & Citizen that the the operating procedures of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) have served to disenfranchise Latino/Americans.

Read the whole article….

Outgoing Vice President of Communication and Outreach Ginny-Marie Case passes on the news that ANT, the former “Last Comic Standing” contestant who was announced as the winner of the Fashion District Resident seat, has withdrawn because he doesn’t actually live within the Fashion District boundaries. He reportedly lives in the Eastern Columbia building, which is in Historic Downtown.

I’ve also heard rumors that Robert Lockhart is contesting General Jeff’s election as Central City East Resident. Update: Here is Robert’s challenge to the election of General Jeff, Wendell Blassingame, and Antoinette Falice.

The final election results are now available. The only difference from the preliminary results is that Mamta Patel was elected as City West Resident director, and Shannon Parker was elected as a Social Services Provider director instead of Mai L. Lee.

Mary Wentz and Scott Bytof remain deadlocked in the race for South Park Resident director, and that position will be settled by a coin flip.

No votes were received for any candidates for the Alameda East Business director position. I believe this means the position will have to be filled by a town hall meeting of the appropriate stakeholders.

Preliminary election results are available from the City Clerk’s web site. If the results hold up, and possibly depending on a couple of coin tosses, here is your new DLANC Board of Directors (returning board members are marked with a *):

  • Arts, Cultural and Educational Interests: Shane Guffogg*, Anna Danielle Duran
  • Arts, Cultural and Educational Interests, Professional Artist: Brady Westwater*
  • At-Large: Alex Cha
  • Business
    • Alameda East: unknown (no votes were counted in this race yet)
    • Area-wide: Hal Bastian*
    • Central City East/Toy District: James Doizaki*
    • City West: David Hurtado
    • Downtown Center: Jon Toktas
    • Fashion District: Brandon Coburn
    • Historic Downtown: Michael Delijani*
    • South Park: Michael Pfeiffer
  • Resident:
    • Alameda East: Michael Francesconi
    • Area-wide: Russell Brown*
    • Area-wide Artist: Dawna Nolan
    • Area-wide Homeless: Henry Proctor
    • Bunker Hill: Russell Chan
    • Central City East: General Jeff
    • City West: Jerard Wright or Mamta Patel* (tie, will be settled by coin toss if it holds up)
    • Civic Center: Stanley B. Michaels*
    • Fashion District: ANT
    • Historic Downtown: Patricia (Patti) Berman
    • South Park: Scott Bytof or Mary Wentz (another tie to be settled by coin toss)
  • Social Service Provider: Antoinette Falice, Mai L. Lee, Wendell Blassingame
  • Workforce, Private Sector: Ashley Zarella
  • Workforce, Public Sector: Gunnar Hand

Congratulations to the winners! I hope you have the wisdom to select a good set of officers. (My advice: pick new ones. Russell and Brady would be better off as board members and maybe committee chairs.)

I have mixed feelings about pointing to this, but a fairly heated discussion about the upcoming election, and Russell and Patti’s candidacies specifically, broke out over on blogdowntown.

There will be a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30pm at the Palace Theatre (630 S. Broadway). This will be your chance to ask candidates what they plan to do, if elected.

I am not sure if I will have time to get all the candidate statements on this site before the election on Thursday, June 12 because of my own commitments.

All of the candidate statements are on the City Clerk’s website.

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(Unofficial) DLANC News is about all the happenings of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, including upcoming meetings and events, and occasional round-ups of DLANC committee and board meetings.