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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Candidates in favor of marijuana dispensaries fail to win over Eagle Rock voters

Photo by Tom Prete/Flickr

Voters in today’s Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council election rejected many of the candidates–including the head of a cannabis club–who had supported marijuana dispensaries, according to preliminary results.  In the race for council president, Nelson Grande II,  who favors the use of medical marijuana and keeping marijuana stores open, trailed dispensary opponent and chamber of commerce president Michael Nogueira  by more than 20 votes, according the early tally.  Meanwhile, Tim Ryder,  head of Cannabis Clubs United With the Community,  ended the election with 40 fewer votes than rival Jose Posada in the contest for Public Safety Director.

More than 800 persons cast ballots in the Eagle Rock election, one of a half dozen neighborhood council races held today. Unofficial results show that Monica Alcaraz was elected president of the Highland Park  council while Nanci Rosas was chosen to lead the Lincoln Heights council (Click on the link below for all preliminary elections results).

The Eagle Rock election was overshadowed by the medical marijuana issue in a neighborhood that has seen a proliferation of pot stores. Some community leaders had expressed concern that the marijuana dispensaries and their supporters would enlist the help of customers to vote for neighborhood council candidates in favor of keeping the stores open.

Late last week, Eagle Rock Patch reported that Grande, who along with Ryder was running on the Progress & Collaboration slate,  had asked and received support from a union official trying to organize marijuana store workers.  Most of  the eight candidates on that slate, however, failed to win a majority of votes based on the preliminary canvass of votes.

The election results are still subject to final certification by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, the city agency that oversees neighborhood councils.

Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
(Hermon, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills & Mt Washington)

Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council

Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council

Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council

Glassell Park Neighborhood Council

Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council

L.A.-32 Neighborhood Council
(El Sereno)

Related Link:

  • Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Elections: Preliminary Results. Patch

6 comments

  1. Did the stoners forget to show up?

    • Not at all. One of their main guys got more than 300 votes and almost won the Public Safety office that he was running for. Another one ran a close race as well.

  2. No, they showed up, wooed by promises of $40 worth of free pot from certain dispensaries. It was kind of sad, really.

  3. Turnout is certainly a lot higher in ER than elsewhere – look at the difference in ballot cast.

    I had no idea there was an election this weekend. I bet I would have if I lived in ER.

  4. LA-32 is actually El Sereno NC, not Eagle Rock. I hope this is one of the first things the new council changes. NC’s are suppose to empower a community, not disrespect and disempower it by using a number instead of using the actual name. Heck, even dogs are given a name.

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