Elections

About EPNC

Echo Park Neighborhood Council

The Echo Park Neighborhood Council is a publicly funded and elected group of individuals who live, work, own property, or otherwise have a connection to Echo Park. We address issues and engage in initiatives affecting the neighborhood as a whole, as well as in each of its five districts.

The EPNC connects residents on a local level with their city government and aims to address issues of safety, development, and quality of life with those who live and work around us.

 

When were Neighborhood Councils formed?

In June 1999, the voters of Los Angeles approved a new City Charter which created the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE). Its purpose is to promote more citizen participation in government and to make government more responsive to local needs through a citywide network of neighborhood councils. Each council is responsible for representing the diverse interests of its stakeholders.

The Echo Park Neighborhood Council was certified by the City on April 16, 2002.

 

Election Information

Election Date

On April 6th, 2019 Echo Park stakeholders will go to the polls to elect twenty one (21)

Members of the Echo Park Neighborhood Council Governing Board. Any interested parties should read and refer to the Echo Park Neighborhood Council’s Bylaws, Standing Rules, and Resolutions as appropriate.

 

Election Procedure

In 2017, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, with the approval of the City Clerk, moved Neighborhood Council elections from even to odd numbered years. The result of this action was the automatic extension of currently elected EPNC Governing Board Members terms. The next General Election for the EPNC Governing Board is schedule for April 6th, 2019, from 10 am to 3pm. The election will be held at the Los Angeles Public Library, Edendale Branch, at 2011 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

 

Board Election Process selects Board Members via a secret vote of the EPNC’s various stakeholders, and is administered by the City Clerk’s office and similar to a General Municipal Election. The EPNC’s election will be conducted pursuant to any and all City ordinances, policies and procedures pertaining to Neighborhood Council elections.

 

Board Composition

The board is composed of number of Stakeholders comprising the Board of Governors (“Board”) shall be twenty-one (21), two from each of the six districts and nine At-large seats. The Board seats are:

  1. District 1 Representative – Two (2) seats
  2. District 2 Representative – Two (2) seats
  3. District 3 Representative – Two (2) seats
  4. District 4 Representative – Two (2) seats
  5. District 5 Representative – Two (2) seats
  6. District 6 Representative – Two (2) seats
  7. At-large Representative – Nine (9) seats

 

District Maps

Click here to view the district map/check which district you are located in.

 

Voter Eligibility

Neighborhood Council membership is open to all Stakeholders and any any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the elections is eligible to vote.

“Stakeholders” shall be defined as those who live, work or own real property in the neighborhood and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a At Large stakeholder, defined as a person who affirms a substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries and who may be in a community organization such as, but not limited to, educational, non-profit and/or religious organizations.

A At Large stakeholder shall include those affirm a substantial and ongoing participation within the EPNC boundaries which may include whole or partial ownership of a business, attending school, or being the immediate family member/parent/guardian of a minor attending school, as well as volunteering at a community based organization or non-profit, or regularly participating in a religious organization.

 

Method of Verifying Stakeholder Status

Stakeholders shall verify their status by documentation pursuant to the guidelines established by the governing City body.

Voters may verify their Stakeholder status through written self-affirmation. Stakeholders that use self-affirmation may not vote for District Representatives and may only vote for At Large Candidates. Stakeholder status may also be established by means of declaring a stake (or interest) in the neighborhood (as defined in Article IV) and providing the documents to support that declaration pursuant to the guidelines established by the appropriate City officials. Voters may claim a stake in only one District within the EPNC boundaries. If multiple valid claims are present, the Voter must decide which district they will cast their vote in. Eligible District Voters may vote for all at large seats and representatives from the District in which they have a stake.

Restrictions on Candidates Running for Multiple Seats

A candidate shall declare their candidacy for no more than one (1) position on the Board during a single election cycle.

 

Contact Us

Get involved volunteer and/or become a candidate or committee member to be engaged in your neighborhood. Any questions regarding the elections policies and procedures contained here shall be directed to the Echo Park Neighborhood Council’s Outreach and Elections Committee, via email – elections@echoparknc.com

NOTE: The timeline, policies and procedures contained herein are subject to revision. All revisions shall be posted on www.echoparknc.com/elections within 24 hours.

 

Become a Candidate

Candidate Signup

Candidate are encouraged to sign up with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) during the sign up period between December 22nd, 2018 and January 22nd, 2018.   Candidates are required to complete the ELA-Neighborhood-Council-Candidate-Filing-Form and submit by mail or email to DONE.

Candidate Toolbox 2018 is provided by DONE outlining candidate activities before the elections.

 

Candidate Eligibility

Neighborhood Council membership is open to all Stakeholders and any any Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the elections is eligible to vote. “Stakeholders” shall be defined as those who live, work or own real property in the neighborhood and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a At Large stakeholder, defined as a person who affirms a substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries and who may be in a community organization such as, but not limited to, educational, non-profit and/or religious organizations.

A At Large stakeholder shall include those affirm a substantial and ongoing participation within the EPNC boundaries which may include whole or partial ownership of a business, attending school, or being the immediate family member/parent/guardian of a minor attending school, as well as volunteering at a community based organization or non-profit, or regularly participating in a religious organization.

 

Method of Verifying Stakeholder Status

Stakeholders shall verify their status by documentation pursuant to the guidelines established by the governing City body.

Voters may verify their Stakeholder status through written self-affirmation. Stakeholders that use self-affirmation may not vote for District Representatives and may only vote for At Large Candidates. Stakeholder status may also be established by means of declaring a stake (or interest) in the neighborhood (as defined in Article IV) and providing the documents to support that declaration pursuant to the guidelines established by the appropriate City officials. Voters may claim a stake in only one District within the EPNC boundaries. If multiple valid claims are present, the Voter must decide which district they will cast their vote in. Eligible District Voters may vote for all at large seats and representatives from the District in which they have a stake.

 

Board Composition

The board is composed of number of Stakeholders comprising the Board of Governors (“Board”) shall be twenty-one (21), two from each of the six districts and nine At-large seats. The Board seats are:

  1. District 1 Representative – Two (2) seats
  2. District 2 Representative – Two (2) seats
  3. District 3 Representative – Two (2) seats
  4. District 4 Representative – Two (2) seats
  5. District 5 Representative – Two (2) seats
  6. District 6 Representative – Two (2) seats
  7. At-large Representative – Nine (9) seats

 

District Maps

Click here to view the district map/check which district you are located in.

 

Restrictions on Candidates Running for Multiple Seats

A candidate shall declare their candidacy for no more than one (1) position on the Board during a single election cycle.

 

Terms and Term limit for elected board

No single Stakeholder group shall hold a majority of Board seats unless extenuating circumstances exist and are approved by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (“the Department”).

District Representatives and At Large representatives will each serve four (4) year terms. For the election following the adoption of these bylaws (2018 or 2019), the five At Large candidates that receive the most votes will be elected to four year terms (At Large #1-5). The remaining four At Large representatives will be elected to two year terms (At Large #6-9). Further, each candidate that runs for District Representative that receives the most votes in his/her district will be elected to a four year term. The candidate who receives the second most votes in that district will be elected to a two year term (each district has two representatives). This is to ensure a staggered election cycle; representative terms will all be four years in subsequent elections. If a board member vacates a term, their replacement will serve the remainder of the term vacated. There are no term limits.

 

Contact Us

Get involved volunteer and/or become a candidate or committee member to be engaged in your neighborhood. Any questions regarding the elections policies and procedures contained here shall be directed to the Echo Park Neighborhood Council’s

 

Defention of Terms

EPNC – The Echo Park Neighborhood Council.

Board Slates – A group of candidates that agree to campaign together,

typically on shared materials and with a shared message. All members of a

slate must agree to be on the slate in writing.

Candidate– A person running for an elected Board seat.

Candidate Seat Designation– The seat a candidate identifies that he or she is

running for.

Candidate Filing – The formal process by which a stakeholder files to seek an

open seat on the EPNC.

Candidate Forum – An informational forum hosted by the Election

Committee where certified candidates will have an opportunity to address

neighborhood stakeholders.

Candidate Information Session/Info Session – An informational

presentation/Q & A for candidates, presented by the Election Committee.

Canvass– The process of collecting votes and providing the tally of results.

Department/ DONE– Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Election Time – The hours of operation of the polls on Election Day.

Election Committee – The EPNC’s Outreach and Elections Committee

Election Timeline – Timeline that lists key election dates and deadlines for

the EPNC election.

Open Seat– A position on a Neighborhood Council that is open for election

this term.

“Qualifying Documents for Echo Park Neighborhood Council 2019 Election”

– This document illustrates the many types of acceptable documentation for

candidates and voters. Available at www.echoparknc.com/elections.

Stakeholder -“Stakeholders” shall be defined as those who live, work or own real property in the neighborhood and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a At Large stakeholder, defined as a person who affirms a substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries and who may be in a community organization such as, but not limited to, educational, non-profit and/or religious organizations.

At Large stakeholder shall include those affirm a substantial and ongoing participation within the EPNC boundaries which may include whole or partial ownership of a business, attending school, or being the immediate family member/parent/guardian of a minor attending school, as well as volunteering at a community based organization or non-profit, or regularly participating in a religious organization.

Tally – The process of counting votes.

Voter Registration Form – A form given to all voters which must be

completed before a ballot is issued.