HERMON — The 3,500 residents of this tiny neighborhood will be allowed to exit the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and form their own, according to the unofficial preliminary results of today’s election.
The measure to leave and establish a Hermon Neighborhood Council garnered 360 votes in favor and 186 against, according to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees the city’s neighborhood councils. The official results of this election will be available once any provisional ballots and challenges are resolved, said Ann-Marie Holman with the department.
Since 2002, Hermon has been one of several neighborhoods — including Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills and Mount Washington — that form the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council. It’s one of the scores of councils across the city that serve as advisory bodies on topics ranging from development to community cleanups.
The arrangement has left many Hermon community leaders dissatisfied. “Hermon has too often witnessed its demands vetoed by the rest of the neighborhood council,” community activist Joseph Riser told EGP News last year.
Riser and other Hermon community leaders worked for several years to get the city to change the rules to make it easier for residents to break away from existing councils and form their own.
Today’s vote was open to the residents and stakeholders of the entire Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council – not just Hermon. This past week, voters Downtown rejected the establishment of a separate Skid Row neighborhood council.
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