Blog: Huizar, Hear My ASNC Cries

Request for one-on-one meeting with Councilman Huizar gets stalled.

It is comforting to know that Councilman Huizar is now taking an active role in the debacle of the Eagle Rock elections. I hope that his concern will also embrace a hard look at the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council elections and what happened in Monterey Hills.

On Monday, Oct 15, right after the ASNC elections were over, I contacted Councilman Huizar’s El Sereno office to schedule a one-on-one meeting with him. I spoke to Julio Esperias who wanted to know why I was requesting the meeting. I began the mantra “I have a concern about the ASNC and specifically about the just held ASNC elections with reference to Monterey Hills.” I subsequently spoke to Esperias on Tuesday, October 16 and he said he would need to talk to his Supervisor, Zenay Loera and would get back to me.

On Friday, October 19 I called Esperias once again and repeated my request for the one-on-one-meeting with Councilman Huizar taking up the mantra “I have a concern about the ASNC and specifically about the just held ASNC elections with reference to Monterey Hills.” Esperias said to me “you would probably not get a meeting with Councilman Huizar”.

I contacted Zenay Loera the following Monday, October 22 and repeated the mantra “I have a concern about the ASNC and specifically about the just held ASNC elections with reference to Monterey Hills."

I also expressed a newly developed concern which came up in the phone conversation I had with Esperias on Friday, October 19 when he stated "I have done my research on you and if it is about Judy Knapton or Factual-Based Status ... " As I had neither indicated nor expressed the subject matter of Judy Knapton or Factual-Based Status, I wondered why Esperias was bringing this up.

I have yet to hear back from Councilman Huizar’s office about my request for a one-on-one meeting.

I only want to express a concern, is that too much to ask?

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Ewan Whatarmy October 25, 2012 at 06:12 AM
It is, indeed a lot to ask for. Have you tried contacting the ERNC? Apparently they have Huizar's # on speed dial. You can also try and open up a few dispensaries in your neoghborhood and maybe then you'll get his attention. He doesn't take kindly to competition, rumor has it he's bought out by La Eme.
Mark Legassie October 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Dont feel bad. I've given up trying to reach Huizar -- if you're not a staunch supporter or could in any way tarnish his image, his staff wont talk to you. Instead I've obtained legal counsel and am going directly to the City attorney with the Knapton factual basis voter fraud issue started by Sekuler, Benedict & Knapton -- who are supposedly leaders and role models. To urge outsiders to falsely claim eligibility in Monterey Hills so they can vote for someone the residents dont want is one of the worst things I've ever seen someone do in this democratic society -- even worse than being falsely accused of something you didn't do. And to think because of those 3 desperate souls we now have a revenge-seeking, self-serving immoral person (who lies about most everything) as one of the Monterey Hills reps. And I wonder why so many kids around here grow up to be criminals...
carol van beek October 26, 2012 at 12:22 AM
That's sad. I don't know anything about the issues of the ASNC versus Monterey Hills, but that's a sad state of affairs when you give up on getting the ear of your council member and get legal counsel instead. Hope you can get past his staff.
nonoise October 27, 2012 at 03:55 PM
You need to contact the "Department of Neighborhood Empowerment" or DONE,
David Lyttle October 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Contact DONE……Stepehen Box ? Susan, Been there DONE that……………. I have had 3 personal phone calls with Stephen Box regarding ASNC election issues both before and after the elections. There have been also multiple emails sent to DONE (some prior to the ASNC elections and some after) expressing a variety of concerns. I guess DONE has learned their lessons well from Councilman Huizar: “If you ignore your constituents long enough they will give up and fade away” Any other suggestions on whom I should contact?
nonoise October 27, 2012 at 04:23 PM
It is not Huizar's job to change the neighborhood bylaws and the defination of "stakeholder". That is the neighborhood council's job. But Huizar could help get the bylaws changed for all NC's.
David Lyttle October 27, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Susan, For your own education have a read on the Eagle Rock PATCH http://eaglerock.patch.com/articles/huizar-calls-for-review-of-stakeholders-in-neighborhood-council-elections#comments
nonoise October 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
You have to file a written complaint with DONE. Phone calls do nothing. Even the written complaint does not do much either, but it is better because then there is a written record. And, it something is in the bylaws, usually it is legal. The city attorney's office advises neighborhood councils on what is legal and what is not. Only the neighborhood council can change the bylaws. So, ask a boardmember to put that on the next agenda. The board has the authority to change the bylaws. I asked if my "festival stakeholder" status was legal when I voted. The people at the voting place said yes. And, I knew that was correct. Have the new neighborhood council board change the bylaws and the defination of stakeholder. It would stop drive by stakeholders and "festival stakeholders" like me. And, yes, I think I should be stopped from voting. Have the board change the bylaws!!
David Lyttle October 27, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Judy Knapton and Martha Benedict who are the creators of the Festival-Based stakeholder definition are the ASNC board. Both of them seem to be MIA ……………… Judy, Martha are you out there ? Do you have anything to add ?
David Lyttle October 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
How about Darius Adle……………? Darius, you are on the ASNC board and promote the Festival-Based stakeholder. After all you are the “President” of the Monterey Hills Federation whose sole purpose is to bilk tax-payers’ dollars for a Jazz Festival that nobody cares about, (that is except for the "For-Profit" Monterey Hills Federation) http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-asnc-and-monterey-hills-federation-share-a-conflict-of-interest Do you have anything to add?
nonoise October 28, 2012 at 04:15 AM
The festival-based stakeholder has been around since the neighborhood councils started. That has nothing to do with the new board. The old board should have changed the defination long ago. Some NC's have a strict defination of stakeholder. That is the way it should be. Some NC's have a festival stakeholder mentality. It is time to change that. And, sorry but the lady that posted that she wants to vote in her mom's NC just because that is where her kids grandma lives, that is just as bad as a festival stakeholder because neither has a real stake in the community. Ask the new board to put your request on the agenda that they change the bylaws. That is the ONLY way to stop by drive stakeholders and festival stakeholders.
nonoise October 28, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Cypress Park has the same problem with its bylaws. They have "religious drive by stakeholders". They attend church once a year so they are allowed to vote. Religious drive by stakeholders and just as bad as festival or shopping stakeholders. They have no real stake in the community. Stop fake stakeholders. Change the bylaws.
David Lyttle October 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM
My cry continues.............. nonoise: Now that your attention has been drawn to Article 2 of the revised "Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils", http://done.lacity.org/dnn/Portals/0/documents/LEARN/NC_Operations/Governing_Documents/Plan_amd_5-5-2010.pdf you are aware that changing the By-Laws will not solve the problem My cry to ouncilman Huizar continues: “I have a concern about the ASNC and specifically about the just held ASNC elections with reference to Monterey Hills.”
Joseph Pinto November 14, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Hey David, stop complaining, you are just causing trouble for yourself. These are issues you can solve within DONE, there is no need to contact the Council Office for this matter. Councilmember Huizar cannot change NC bylaws, each NC has its own bylaws that DONE and the City Attorney's office approve.
David Lyttle November 14, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I have only stated that I had and still do have a concern, no complaints. You state, “you are causing trouble for yourself “, do you work for the Councilman or are you friends with friends of his ? What kind of trouble would I be causing for myself? Is this some kind of veiled threat ? Should I be watching out for Nazi’s to paint swastikas over the Mezuzah I have hanging on my door?
Joseph Pinto November 19, 2012 at 08:43 PM
causing trouble by people alienating you; you are divisive and cause trouble by crying foul for nothing. you make up stories and accuse people of wrongdoing. you should get checked in the head.
David Lyttle November 19, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Just post a starting time of the meeting, even a moron knows how to do that. The posting of the Monterey Hills Local Issues Committee Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 20, 2012 does not specify a start time. Section 54954.2 (a) of the Bown Act states: "The agenda shall specify the time of the meeting" Let play by the rules................OK moron Heil Hitler !!!


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