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The City Clerk has updated the election “website” (still all PDF-based, ugh) and the list of DLANC candidates is a file of its own now. I’ve updated the list of candidates and will be posting the new candidate statements over the next several days.

Here is the current list of candidates, broken down by seat. Names for each seat are listed in the order in which they were certified by the City Clerk.

Candidates with a * by their name are write-in candidates.

  • Arts, Cultural and Educational Interests: Edgar Varela, Shane Guffogg, Anna Danielle Duran, Erglae “Jovie” Gomez, Victor Rodriguez*
  • Arts, Cultural and Educational Interests, Professional Artist: Brady Westwater, Peter Gurnz, Erik Dixon*, Adam Grant*
  • At-Large: Lewis L. Wong, Don Garza, Alex Cha, Akiliah Manuel Mills, Ashley Stracke, Whitney H. Smith
  • Business
  • Resident:
    • Alameda East: Michael Francesconi
    • Area-wide: Jessica Jordan, Jerry Blackwell, Russell Brown, Johnathan Glover
    • Area-wide Artist: Dawna Nolan, Daveed Kapoor, Erik Dixon*
    • Area-wide Homeless: Henry Proctor
    • Bunker Hill: Kenneth Chiu, Danielle Reed
    • Central City East: Robert D. Lockhart, General Jeff, Jessyka Quintero-Mora, Yvette “Velvet” Victorian
    • City West: Jerard Wright, Mamta Patel
    • Civic Center: Stanley B. Michaels, Brandon Martin, Daniel Swartz
    • Fashion District: Peter Gurnz*
    • Historic Downtown: Kris Sandheinrich, Jon Van Schaik, Patricia (Patti) Berman, Dwight Johnson
    • South Park: Scott Bytof, Marc Tuori, Jesse Rhines, ANT, Mary Wentz, Maria Fadli*
  • Social Service Provider: Antoinette Falice, Shannon Parker, Victor Moller, Elizabeth Kelly, Mai L. Lee, Wendell Blassingame*
  • Workforce, Public Sector: Gunnar Hand, Sylvia Delgado
  • Workforce, Private Sector: Ashley Zarella

I’ll be posting each of the candidates statements in the next couple of weeks and linking to them from here. If you are a candidate who did not submit a statement (or if you did, but want to embellish upon it), feel free to pass one along to me for posting. I’ll also add qualified write-in candidates if any of those appear.

After considering a run for the board, I’ve decided not to run. At the end of the day, I don’t have a lot of faith that there will be the necessary changes to the board membership and especially leadership to make DLANC something I want to commit spending my time on. I believe there are other ways I can be more effective in contributing to the downtown community.

I’ll keep this site going, and would be glad to continue helping out with the DLANC website (and I won’t charge $12,000), but my involvement will only be as a stakeholder and maybe as a bit of a watchdog, not a board member.

As of the most recent published version of the list of qualified candidates, the following seats currently have no candidates:

  • Resident: Fashion District, Area-wide Resident Artist, Area-wide Homeless
  • Business: Alameda East, City West, Fashion District, Historic Downtown, South Park (so much for all those mixers)
  • Social Services Provider: there are only two candidates for three seats
  • Arts, Cultural, and Educational Interests: there are no candidates for the three seats

Once the candidate registrations have closed, I’ll run the candidate statements here, as well as any statements from candidates who didn’t submit one using the official (but optional) form.

The City Clerk’s Candidate Packet for Region 1 (which includes DLANC) is a not-very-helpful PDF file with links that doesn’t work without Adobe Reader. (So if you’re using Preview or Safari’s PDF support on Mac OS X, no links for you!)

Here’s the DLANC-relevant links:

Remember, the election is on June 12, 2008. The candidate filing deadline is May 13.

The voter and candidate information packet for the upcoming DLANC elections is now available. The packet includes the form to register for vote-by-mail, and to request the candidate packet. Some important dates to keep in mind:

  • Candidate Filing deadline: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 5:00pm
  • Vote-by-Mail Application deadline: Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 5:00pm
  • Write-in Candidate Filing Deadline: Monday, June 9, 2008 at 5:00pm
  • Deadline for returning Vote-by-Mail ballots: Monday, June 8, 2008 at 5:00pm

In-person voting will take place at the Los Angeles Theatre (615 S. Broadway) from 2:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, June 12, 2008.

Download the DLANC Voter/Candidate Information Packet….

This text comes from Ginny-Marie Case, the DLANC board member representing Historic Downtown residents, and the Vice President of Outreach & Communications.

The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) elections will take place June 12, 2008. The 28-member board represents seven (7) geographic areas in the downtown area; including Residents; Business Interests; Arts, Cultural, and Educational interests; Social Services Providers; Workforce, and an At-Large seat.

This year’s election will be administered for the first time by the City Clerk’s office, which encourages the Neighborhood Council to focus on generating turnout on Election Day. The Clerk’s office will be distributing a mailer to help register voters and to help candidates secure the application materials.

Two informational meetings will be hosted by the Clerk’s office to provide additional background on the campaign and election’s process. The community is invited to attend these meetings.

April 17, 2008
5-7 p.m.
Los Angeles Central Public Library

April 24, 2008
5-7 p.m.
Los Angeles Central Public Library

Identical information will be presented at each meeting. Attendance is not required in order to be a voter or candidate.

Those who consider themselves “stakeholders” in downtown are encouraged to consider a board candidacy. DLANC holds monthly board meetings, and board members also participate in committees that deal with a wide-range of community-specific issues.

The Rules, Bylaws & Elections board committee will meet on Monday, March 31 at 6:30pm in the community room at 1100 Wilshire. Special items on the agenda include:

  • Bylaws change: Proposed adoption of modified Robert’s Rules of Order and Standing rules to replace strict interpretation of RRO. Proposed rules as approved by Planning committee.
  • Proposed bylaws change: Board member alternates shall be appointed by Executive Committee and not elected with board member at time of general election.
  • Appointment of election program and budget for City-sponsored DLANC Election on Thursday June 12th, 2008.

Read the full agenda…

Did I just write Rules and Elections? Yes, I did. This long-dormant committee will be having a meeting on Friday, February 29 at 6pm at 1100 Wilshire. Special items on the agenda include:

  • Set up election committee to work with city on election. Proposed motion is that the chair can accept nominations and appoint volunteers to work on the election committee.
  • Motion for committee to only address by-laws changes that need to be settled prior to the June election or to correct bylaws that contradict current DONE practices; the reasoning is that any major revision of the by-laws might better be done by the new board that will have to live with them.
  • Motion for a 28th seat to be created to meet DONE’s requirement that every NC have a seat open to any person who claims any kind of stakeholdership in the subject neighborhood. Proposed by-law change is to add a 28th seat to the board and to add it to the arts/social service/employee category. This seat shall be open to anyone who claims any kind of stakeholdership within the boundaries of DLANC and shall be elected by the votes of all the declared stakeholders of Downtown Los Angeles.
  • Motion to revise Roberts Rules of Order per DONE suggestion.
  • Correcting bylaws change on Board’s approval of removing stakeholder group status as a consideration to electing officers to serve on the executive committee.

Read the full agenda.

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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.