Bulletin Board: Highland Park neighborhood council seeks candidates for vacant seats

Submitted by Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council

Candidacies are open to all Stakeholders. A Stakeholder, as explained in the By Laws, is an individual who declares a stake in the neighborhood, lives, works, owns property in the neighborhood, and affirms the factual basis for that stake. HHPNC seeks is to fill two recently vacated board seats. Ideal candidates are those that have the drive and desire to represent the neighborhood to City Hall and to make the community a better place. The positions are At-Large Director seats on the board.

The Board shall consist of nineteen (19) Stakeholders. Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. The Board is elected by community Stakeholders or appointed by the Board. These are none-paid volunteer positions.

The selection process will take place as follows:

  • Open application period begins Friday, July 19th, 2013.
  • All interested applicants must complete the online application at http://tinyurl.com/HHPNC-At-Large or at highlandparknc.com
  • Closing date for applications will be July 31st, 2013.
  • All applicants are expected to be in attendance at the board meeting on Thursday, August 1st, 2013, where members of the board will vote to fill the vacant seats.
  • Applicants may be asked to answer general questions from board members and must be present in order to be included on the ballot.
  • Newly selected board members will be officially seated at the following board meeting on August 15th, 2013 so that a DONE approved Independent Elections Administrator (IEA) can verify their stakeholder status in Highland Park.

The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, by majority vote, may decide to NOT fill any or all of the vacant seats on the selection date.

The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council was established in 2002. The current board consists of 19 members. All Neighborhood Council Boards are volunteers who live, work, own property, or otherwise express an interest, a “stake,” in the neighborhood. They are elected by the neighborhood and work with their neighbors to improve and beautify their part of the City, as well as create a bridge to elected officials. The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) oversees the Neighborhood Councils. Each Council is given a budget by the City to pay for the expenses of the NC, and to offer small support grants to community, LAUSD schools and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Neighborhood Councils may not raise funds.

One comment

  1. The bandstand can be opened if HHPNC can use its good office to obtain exemption from the Park Service General Manager for use of the vending shack and the band stand once a month or twice.

    The two at large vacancies in the board of the HHPNC will have more people interested in filling if the board
    advertise or clarify that at large directors are for filling up any gap in project creation that the community wishes to aprticipate with the at large directors. “At large” does not mean “nothing to do except to sit and listen in the meetings.'” At-large means flexible and free to innovate and free to be creative. You might get the best performance for such directors if the board gives the at large a chancwe to serve not a chance to leave the famility and kids behind to sit in board meetings.

    I was former secretary of HHPNC 10 years ago and I know the difficulty to be “accepted” as equal in speech and conduct——LW

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