Friday, March 11, 2011
Ever thought about where a lot of the real decisions are made in Los Angeles?
If you answered the local neighborhood council, you are correct. With 81 NCs cerified by the City of Los Angeles Dept of Neigborhood Empowerment, virtually every community has its local governing board that reports community issues to LA City Councilmembers while disbursing funds for worthwhile local community projects.
Here in the Arroyo Seco area of Los Angeles, there are several NCs, including the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, and the Cypress Park Neighborhood Council.
Today, though, I want to focus on the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council which serves the communities of Hermon, Monterey Hills, Mount Washington, Sycamore Grove, and Montecito Heights. (Disclaimer: I serve as secretary on this board.) ASNC has a long history of community outreach (our amazing CERT and animal rescue programs), advocacy (strong resolve to end the bulky item fee for condo owners), and local grant making (Audubon @ Debs Park nature activities, Mount Washington trail repair, sponsorship of Lummis Day Festival and Hermon Christmas Tree Lighting).
Despite a dedicated board, ASNC still needs a few good men (or women) to fill current vacancies, including:
Sycamore Grove Regional Representative
Montecito Heights Regional Representative
Faith-Based At Large Representative
The minimum qualification is to be an ASNC stakeholder, defined as "individuals who live, work, own property, or are parents or guardians of students attending school within ASNC boundaries, or who declare a stake in any one of its five communities and affirm the factual basis. . . ."
The ASNC board plans to fill these positions from the qualified candidates who come forward by the next scheduled monthly meeting, Monday, March 21 at Ramona Hall, 4580 North Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Isn't it time for you to be more active in local Arroyo Seco decision-making?
To apply, fill out and mail a candidate's form and provide a 100-word statement of interest to ASNC, PO Box 42254 Los Angeles, CA 90042.
For the form to apply to be the Sycamore Grove representative go here:http://www.asnc.us/ASNCCandidateForm2011SycamoreGrv.pdf
For the form to apply to be the Montecito Heights representative go here:http://www.asnc.us/ASNCCandidateForm2011MontecitoHts.pdf
For the form to apply to be the Faith-Based Organizations representative go here:http://www.asnc.us/ASNCCandidateForm2011Faith.pdf
For more details on all these openings, please contact ASNC Vice President Martha Benedict firstname.lastname@example.org.