Update from the LVNA Board......
- January 2005.....
The Board held elections last week and here are the new officers:
Charlie Hutchinson- President
Vince Cox- Vice-President
Winnie Mosa- Treasurer
Judy Horning- Secretary
Congratulations to all!
Also, be on the look out for criminals in our neighborhood using
the "lost pet" scam to get into your back yard. The Suspects act as
a pair with one knocking on your door asking to look in your back
yard for a lost pet. Meanwhile, the other suspect attempts to enter
house while resident is looking in back yard with other suspect.
Please be aware that this type of activity has been reported in the
Windsor Square area.
There is a meeting worth trying to attend. We're one of the few areas
of the city still without a neighborhood council, which weakens our
position in dealing with city government, particularly on planning
and zoning issues (the councils were specifically envisioned as
having power in these areas). Meeting is on this Thursday January 20,
2005, at John Burroughs Middle School in the Multipurpose Room from
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm to begin planning for the GWNC election. Details
In July, 2004, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC) invited
us to explain why we had not held elections in the eight months since
we had become certified. All sides attended a BONC meeting on August
3, 2004 and explained their actions/inaction regarding failure of the
Interim Board to attain a quorum at a meeting to elect a committee to
begin planning our official neighborhood council elections. After
hearing from all sides, BONC asked the Department of Neighborhood
Empowerment (DONE) to try and mediate differences and get elections
started and report back at its September 28th meeting.
On September 14, DONE held an open community meeting to take the
pulse of the neighborhood. 105 people attended and participated in a
discussion of what had transpired over the years, GWNCs
certification, the current status of GWNC and what GWNC should do
next. At the end of the meeting, survey forms were passed out and
collected to measure the opinion of attendees as a representative of
our neighborhood council. An overwhelming 72% of the 105 survey
forms returned asked that the City arrange for an independent third
party to help GWNC organize and hold the initial election of its
board of directors. Subsequently, DONE staff reported these results
to BONC. The Commissioners reacted favorably to the Community
Meeting and the survey.
At the September 28th meeting BONC unanimously voted to have DONE
staff prepare draft policy recommendations for BONC to consider,
regarding the procedure of how DONE will intervene as a third party
when the interim board of any neighborhood council cannot make up a
quorum in order to carry out its mandate to hold elections. DONE
staff presented its draft recommendations at the October 19th BONC
meeting. BONC approved the policy DONE had created. Since then,
over the holidays, DONE has been working on how to approach the
election process in our case. They now appear ready to go, as
described in their invitation, below.
GWNC already has City approved Bylaws. GWNC also has an agreed upon
set of election procedures. DONE staff and the City Attorney,
working with various neighborhood council representatives over the
last year, have developed Election procedures and guidelines. DONE
has decided to hold a series of open community meetings, this month
and next, beginning with a meeting at John Burroughs Middle School,
on Thursday evening, January 20, 2005 to begin working on our
election procedures, tweaking them if necessary and helping us move
forward toward the open election of our first Board of Directors. We
now need all of our neighbors to set aside differences and
participate to make sure our elections are a success.
Again, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) is holding
another Community Meeting (described below) one week from this
Thursday, on January 20, 2005, at John Burroughs Middle School in the
Multipurpose Room from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm to begin planning for the
GWNC election. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND! TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS!
Once again, the City, through DONE, needs to hear your voice as they
try to help our neighborhood move to the next step forward toward
full and fair elections in our neighborhood council, Greater Wilshire
Neighborhood Council. This is a very important meeting for as many
stakeholders as possible to attend.
If you have any questions, please email Deanna or Mark Lewis. The
official email invitation to GWNC stakeholders is below along with
their contact information. Or feel free to contact me if you prefer
and I will try to obtain an answer for you. READ THE MESSAGE BELOW!
IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TRANSLATION PROVIDED YOU MUST
CONTACT DONE AT (866) LA HELPS OR (323) 789-2810, NO LATER THAN
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005.
Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council