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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Neighborhood council elections are one day away

Residents and stakeholders of several Eastside neighborhoods will be able to cast their ballots on Saturday, April 12 during this year’s neighborhood council elections. Well over 100 candidates are running to serve on the councils, which make recommendations on neighborhood issues and fund small, local projects.

Polling places will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for elections in the following neighborhood councils:

Atwater Village Neighborhood Council
Candidate & Election Info

Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Council
Candidate & Election Info

Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council
Candidate and Election Info

Los Feliz Neighborhood Council
Candidate & Election Info

Rampart Village Neighborhood Council
Candidate & Election Info

Silver Lake Neighborhood Council
Candidate & Election Info

Another round of neighborhood council elections is scheduled for April 26. Click here for details.



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6 comments

  1. Noticed Jose Sigala withdrew from GEPENC race……..GOOD!!!!!!!!!

  2. & the winner is Yours, Not Ours !

    • Yes, and your summation perfectly encapsulates the true mindset of many of the members of YNO – “the winner is YNO”, not “the winners are the residents of Silver Lake”. Now the posturing can be put aside.

      The majority (not all) of the members of YNO underlying agenda seems to be the viable future of Airbnb and turning the reservoir into a water park. Although, they had to be pressed to admit they are pro water park and initially denied the fact at the Hear the Candidates forum the other night of which I attended. If you are for it, why did you deny it? Why didn’t you take that opportunity to pitch it rather than skirt the issue and only admit to it when your hands were forced? You should be proud of it, eager to discuss it, not covert.

      Why not let us know that many of you rent your places out and tell us how great that is? And how great it for your neighbors? And how great it will be for renters who could eventually be pushed out of their apartments/houses to free them up for short term rentals which would be exponentially more profitable for landlord/owners? Silver Lake is already being eaten alive by carpet bagger developers.

      Hope Taylor – Arnold is now my region’s representative and she couldn’t answer the question (to her credit she admitted she had no answer & didn’t attempt to bulls*** us) “what issues do you think are facing Silver Lake at this time”. She hadn’t given a thought to the community and what issues are important to Silver Lake?! What I did learn about Hope is that she thinks Silver Lake needs more night life & short term rentals, she is a bar owner in Korea town and owns two homes in Silver Lake. It was also my impression that she does not play well with others which will undoubtably prove to be a real problem.

      Conversely, Matthew Desario was honest and upfront about his goals and vision for Silver Lake. He was reasonable, personable and seemingly has big ideas for improving community involvement through technology. He was transparent and it was refreshing, I imagine he will be a great asset to the council and community. No, I do not know him personally.

      It is unfortunate some members of YNO ran for their self interests alone under the guise of community concern, but that is politics!

      • I agree with you Debbie, the winners need to be the residents of Silver Lake. And honestly, one third of the people who voted don’t feel that they are winners. My challenge, and the the challenge of every board representative, is to table the “hoo-rah, us vs them, adversarial rhetoric” and figure out some good decisions.

        As a stakeholder, I’m not convinced that Swim Silver Lake is the best end-game. I have some serious questions and concerns about the plan. I’m probably more in the Silver Lake Conservancy camp, with the idea that I personally am intrigued by removing some of the fencing, adding a walkway between the two reservoirs, keeping the reservoir full, possibly stocking it with fish or some self-sustaining ecosystem that would self-clean the barium (or whatever chemical it became contaminated with). I’m less keen on the view that the reservoir should be preserved exactly as is, and this is mainly because while I was concerned about the meadow turning into party-central, or overnight sleeping area, I have been pleased that’s it’s been a nice addition.

        But I think that the neighbors within 100 yards should have their opinion weighted more than those who live 500 yards away, and those that are within 500 yards should be weighted more than those even more distant from the actual activity change that is proposed. I’m also fine with hearing ideas (even the ones on the fake flyer that really gave me a visceral reaction; concessions & tours) that I don’t agree with and leveraging technology and outreach to find out what our residents actually want, not just want I assume they want.

        Election rhetoric aside, I want to make the greatest number of people happiest–and that doesn’t mean the greatest number of voters happiest, or the greatest number of people who agree with me happiest. Anne Marie Johnson got 30% more votes than she did in the last election, and many of those were people who probably never came out to vote before but did so because they felt strong about the danger of Short Term Rentals. I think we can all agree that was a big issue. I didn’t get every single vote in my region. None of the other winners did either. We have to compromise and find a middle ground that makes as many people comfortable as possible.

        There are people who are pro-STRs that might want free reign–“my property, my decision.” There are people like ‘Doublesaw’ (who posts on here regularly) who believe that if you violate an ordinance–people should call the city inspector and you’ve got what’s coming to you. Both are completely valid positions. I disagree with both of them because the philosophies don’t resonate with me. I don’t think STR hosts live in a vacuum and their impact needs to be regulated and limited, and legalized. But I also don’t agree with Doublesaw that if my neighbor replaces a deck, a roof, a 3 foot retaining wall, or adds sprinklers that I should report them anonymously to the city. And the reason I believe this is not that I believe Doublesaw is being unfair to his ethically lacking neighbors (his words). I’ve seen that the anonymous complaints are not actually anonymous. I’ve learned that you’ve no obligation to allow City Inspectors to inspect and that the burden of proof for them to get the warrant to force you to is so high that it never happens in residential areas. They are only successful because an owner or renter gives them access or if they can see a violation from the street. But here’s what does happen every time. The inspector goes back to city hall. The reported neighbor feels hurt or attacked. The reporting neighbor feels apprehensive that they will be discovered, or frustrated that nothing came of it. And now you have to people working to defeat or expose the other, as opposed to trying to work through things.

  3. God bless Mr. Desarion , we love you and we support you.

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