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Neighborhood Council Elections 2021

Calling all Highland Park stakeholders! We are excited to announce that the Neighborhood Council elections are coming up in 2021 for the 2021-2023 term. The voting day for the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council is Tuesday, April 13. Here, you can find all you need to know about how to vote for or how to run as a candidate in our neighborhood. If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to duncan.gregory@highlandparknc.com

Important Dates:

December 12, 2020 Candidate Filing Period Begins
January 26, 2021 Candidate Filing Period Ends

January 29, 2021 Documentation Deadline for Candidates
February 7, 2021 Candidate Withdrawal Deadline
February 12, 2021 Vote-By-Mail Application Period Begins
March 15, 2021 Ballot Mailing Period Begins

April 6, 2021 Vote-By-Mail Application Period Ends

April 13, 2021 Election Day!

 

What are Neighborhood Councils?

Neighborhood Councils are the closest form of government to the people. LA’s 99 Neighborhood Councils together form the grassroots level of the Los Angeles City government. They are advisory bodies, who advocate for their communities with City Hall on important issues like development, homelessness, sustainability, and emergency preparedness. 

Neighborhood Council board members are City officials who are elected by the members of their local communities, but they donate their time as volunteers. There are currently 99 Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles, each serving about 40,000 people. All in all, Neighborhood Councils are a grassroots way to increase civic engagement, and to make the government more responsive to local needs. 

Committees serve as the vehicle to really “do the work” for the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council  – our current committees are Budget & Finance, Executive, Land Use, Outreach, Rules, Public Safety, and Sustainability.  You can read more on our About Us Page.

 

What Does it mean to be on the Neighborhood Council?

Each Council is unique. Though every Neighborhood Council is held to the local, state, and federal standards that other City officials and agencies must observe, each Council has its own board structure, with seats representing the particular type of stakeholders which that Council serves.

Here’s a quick rundown of the commitment you can expect: 

Term: 2 years

Meetings: 1 mandatory monthly board meeting, suggested 1-3 committee meetings every 4-8 weeks, attendance at various liaison and alliance meetings should you choose to participate

Weekly Commitment: 5-15 hours (depending on number of committees joined)

This video is a great jumping off point for anyone who wants to learn more about what Neighborhood Councils are and how they operate!  

Who can run?

Another unique feature of LA’s Neighborhood Council system is its broad, inclusive definition of stakeholdership. 

Unlike other government officials, who are elected by residential stakeholders of the area they serve, Neighborhood Councils are open to participation by anyone who is part of the fabric of daily life in a community. This includes those who live, work, or own property or a business there.

Also included are “community interest stakeholders,” who have some type of ongoing, substantial involvement within a Council’s boundaries, such as students of a local school, or the congregation of a local church. Board members – and candidates, and voters – need not be US citizens or legal US residents to qualify. Participation is also open to the formerly incarcerated.

For a more detailed definition of STAKEHOLDER, follow this link to our bylaws and direct your attention to Article IV.

Watch or listen to a recent candidate info session here. You’ll be able to toggle between the Chat transcript and an audio transcript at the top right of the screen.  Part 1 introduces Neighborhood Councils and explains who can run or vote in NC elections; Part 2 takes you step-by-step through City Clerk’s online candidate application process; and Part 3 covers low-cost / no-cost tips for running a successful campaign.

What if I feel like I’m underqualified?

As a stakeholder in Highland Park, your opinion matters. Current and past board members come from all walks of life, the only thing they all share in common is a passion for their community. If you are on the fence about running, feel free to reach out to duncan.gregory@highlandparknc.com and he can connect you to a board member to talk about their experiences on the board. Additionally, you can always attend a monthly board meeting or committee meeting to get a better idea of how we operate.  You are welcome here!

How can I sign up to run?  

On December 12, Historic Highland Park stakeholders can apply to be a candidate through a portal on the city website. Follow this Official Candidate Filing link to start filling out your application. The process for getting on the ballot is fairly simple, but let us know if you have any questions!

How do I vote in these elections?

Voting this upcoming term will be by mail. Voters can apply to receive a ballot by completing a Vote-By-Mail application through the City Clerk’s 2021 Neighborhood Council Elections Vote-By-Mail Portal, completing and submitting a paper application, or sending an email or photo of application. Historic Highland Park requires documentation to verify stakeholder status, so documentation would need to be received with application. Please Note: The Vote-By-Mail portal will not be open until Friday, February 12, 2021. After the application is received, the Clerk’s office will verify stakeholder eligibility and mail the appropriate ballot. Paper applications can be received at any time once made available. All applications are due to the Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The designated drop off locations for completed ballots in Highland Park are still being confirmed. For more information, you can check out some Vote-By-Mail FAQs here.

What are the available positions?

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The HHPNC Board Members are composed of both At-Large Board Members, and Board Members focused on a specific community topic. This is a change from the current Board structure which has executive officers and general Directors-At Large. Board Members should be people that are passionate about and demonstrate an existing involvement in their communities. If you are elected as a Board Member, you will have the autonomy to join committees for community topics that you are passionate about – simply put, the focus and intensity of the role depends on the stakeholder who occupies it. 

PLEASE NOTE: All Directors will have the opportunity to run for an officer position (President, 1st VP, 2nd VP, Secretary, and Treasurer) at the first official board meeting following the election. The officers serve 1 year terms and are able to run for reelection annually.

At-Large Stakeholder Board Members (10)
Stakeholders who are 18 years or older and live, work, own real property, or declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder.

Public Safety Director Members (2)
Stakeholders who are 18 years or older and live, work, own real property, or declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder.

Business Stakeholder Board Members (2)
Stakeholders who are 18 years or older and live, work, own real property, or declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder.

Senior Stakeholder Board Member (2)
Stakeholders fifty-five (55) years old or older and live, work, own real property, or declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder.

Youth Seat (1)
Open to Stakeholders between the ages of fourteen (14) and seventeen (17) on the day of the election or selection. See Admin. Code § 22.814(c). If less than eighteen (18) years of age, the Youth Board Seat member shall be precluded from voting on financial matters, such as neighborhood council expenditures, financial reports, annual budgets, contracts, and recommendations to enter into contracts.

Arts Director Board Member (1)
Stakeholders who are 18 years or older and live, work, own real property, or declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder.

Sustainability Director Board Member (1)
Stakeholders who are 18 years or older and live, work, own real property, or declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder.

Housing Director Board Member (1)
Stakeholders who are 18 years or older and live, work, own real property, or declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder.

Homelessness Director Board Member (1)
Stakeholders who are 18 years or older and live, work, own real property, or declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUR ELECTION FLYERS

 

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