I tossed my hat in the ring today! I’m running for re-election!
I acquired a passion for local government and politics as an undergrad at Azusa Pacific University. Government and politics is less like mathematics and more like…family. A big, loud, opinionated family, full of unpredictable personality. Studio City is a San Fernando Valley community of about 37,000 residents and is tucked up against the Hollywood Hills. It’s a mush pot of old, young, rich, poor, business people, do-gooders, home-owners, renters, politicians, entertainers, parents, and, of course, CBS Studio Center.
In March 2015, I was appointed to the SCNC board of directors by President John T. Walker. Each person on the board represents a specific group of stakeholders: residential renters, homeowners, business owners, and property owners. I was appointed to the residential renter seat, but in order to keep my board position, I need residential renters to re-elect me.
EmpowerLA, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, is the City of Los Angeles’s group responsible for managing the Neighborhood Councils. Here’s how they define the Neighborhood Councils:
Neighborhood Councils are city-certified local groups made up of people who live, work, own property or have some other connection to a neighborhood. Neighborhood Council Board Members are elected or selected to their positions by the neighborhoods themselves. Neighborhood Council Board size various across the City from 7 to over 30 individuals depending on what the neighborhood believes will meet its needs. They hold regular, monthly meetings. Neighborhood Councils receive public funds of $42,000 each year to support their activities. This may include creating events and programs that respond to the unique needs of their community or advocating on behalf of the issues they care about such as crime, roads and streets, the creation of safe spaces for children, gangs, and economic development.
As Studio City Neighborhood Council board members, we meet with the Mayor of Los Angeles to discuss city budgets, community issues, building and beautification projects…all representing the voice our Studio City stakeholders.
Studio City Neighborhood Council board members are elected by the stakeholders of Studio City. If you’re a stakeholder interested in voting in our April 7, 2016 elections, click the image below to learn more.