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Patch Blog: Stop the ASNC Power Grab!

To prevent a hostile takeover of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, vote on Oct. 13.

Please help prevent a hostile takeover of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council.

Vote on Saturday. Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ramona Hall (4580 N. Figueroa St.) 

Your vote in the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council elections is essential in deflecting a power grab that is being mounted by a clique of candidates whose Hermon-based leadership attempted to dissolve the ASNC earlier this year. 

(Please note that everybody who lives in Northeast L.A.—in Highland Park, Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights, El Sereno or Eagle Rock, as well as in the ASNC’s five core communities—and does any business or takes part in any activities within ASNC boundaries is entitled to vote in the ASNC elections.)

The members of the Hermon clique call themselves the “Back-2-Business” slate. They’re running for offices representing Hermon, Sycamore Grove and Monterey Hills but their core strategy lies in capturing six of the “at-large” seats on the neighborhood council, seats representing such issues and groups as Environment, Recreation/Arts, Community/Non-Profits, and Faith-based organizations.

Last year, the group’s leadership attempted to dissolve the ASNC and form its own Hermon Neighborhood Council. When their efforts failed (the city ruled that Hermon is much to small to have its own council), they schemed to take over the ASNC and take control of the ASNC’s $37,000 annual funding.

Please help preserve the ASNC as a group supporting all the Northeast L.A. neighborhoods within its boundaries. Please take the time to vote this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you’ve ever attended a Monterey Hills Jazz festival—or would like to do so—you may register as a Monterey Hills stakeholder. You may also claim stakeholder status if you've attended a Lummis Day event, have shopped at the Superior Grocers store on Figueroa, use the Southwest Museum gold line station, visited the SW Museum etc. 

Here are the “Preserve ASNC” candidates who will support an equitable distribution of resources in Northeast L.A.:

MONTEREY HILLS: Darius Adle • Judy Knapton

MONTECITO HEIGHTS: Martha Benedict • Roy Payan

MOUNT WASHINGTON: Valerie Harragin • Andrea Jayasekera

"AT LARGE" representative positions:

FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS: Margaret Barto

ENVIRONMENT: Nina Zippay

RECREATION, CULTURE, AND THE ARTS: Ariel Van Zandweghe

COMMUNITY NON-PROFITS: Terry Saltzman

OTHER AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVES: Teresa “Teri” Bonsell • Jack Fong

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Alice M. October 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM
All this drama and unkindness is over a thousand dollars or so in special event funds? Some council people need to get lives. With the city cutting back on essential services every day, furloughing employees, talking about closing parks, I'm suprised they still let these neighborhood groups spend this money, especially as petty and nasty as it seems to make them all over it. Back when this all started, some people even suggested the funds were part of a plot to keep activists fighting with each other over pennies so the City Council could keep them occupied and away from the real issues and the big tax dollars they themselves waste downtown. I wonder?
Punk Attitude October 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Teresa "Teri" Bonsell - isn't she also running on the Highland Park Neighborhood Council. How is that possible???
nonoise October 11, 2012 at 06:54 PM
What kind of power grab? Is Hermon part of Mt. Washington group?
Alice M. October 11, 2012 at 07:50 PM
All this drama and unkindness is over a thousand dollars or so in special event funds? Some council people need to get lives. With the city cutting back on essential services every day, furloughing employees, and talking about closing parks, I'm suprised they still let these neighborhood groups spend this money, especially as petty and nasty as it seems to make them all over it. Back when this all started, some people even suggested the neighborhood funds were part of a plot to keep activists fighting with each other over pennies so the City Council could keep them occupied and away from the real issues and the big tax dollars they themselves waste downtown. I wonder? ...
Alice M. October 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
All this drama and unkindness is over a thousand dollars or so in special event funds? Some council people need to get lives. With the city cutting back on essential services every day, furloughing employees, and talking about closing parks, I'm suprised they still let these neighborhood groups spend this money, especially as petty and nasty as it seems to make them all over it. Back when neighborhood councils started, some people even suggested the neighborhood funds were part of a plot to keep activists fighting with each other over pennies so the City Council could keep them occupied and away from the real issues and the big tax dollars they themselves waste downtown. I wonder?
David Lyttle October 12, 2012 at 04:02 PM
http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/blog_posts/paranoia-strikes-deep-at-asnc
Duff Strong October 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Ha! Looks like sensationalism is alive and well outside of Eagle Rock as well.
Charles Inman October 12, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I am concerned the election Saturday will not be with a secret ballot. The ASNC has never used a secret ballot except the one conducted by the City Clerk. Charles Inman
JosephR October 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM
http://www.facebook.com/#!/b2b4asnc
Charles Inman October 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM
They truly did have a secret ballot for the first time ever.
Charles Inman October 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM
The election was a well run event. When I arrived, J. Riser was handing out slates When I departed his group was on the sidewalk outside the property. Charles Inman/ Mt. Wash. resident over half-century.
The MOG October 14, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Good for you, Martha!
David Lyttle October 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
The election was a well-run event? I would agree provided your definition included the mailing of incorrect VBM ballots or not mailing them at all. My wife received a Montecito Heights ballot and I had to call Empower LA, about not being mailed my VBM ballot. There were several others here in Monterey Hills who received Hermon VBM ballots and several others who never received their VBM ballots. So, I would agree with you provided your definition of a “well-run” event included the fiasco with the VBM ballots here in Monterey hills. David Lyttle/ Monterey Hills resident for more than a decade.
Charles Inman October 14, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I knew there would be trouble with the VBM ballots. DONE used the same request form as to single headed NCs. Done didn't know ASNC was 5 headed. I was referring to Ramona Hall operation only.
Charles Inman October 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
The ballots at Ramona Hall were secret for the first time. Democracy is back at ASNC.
Lakota Woman October 14, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Whose Democracy?, It sure does not include the Native Americans. You took the land that we called as free for everyone and you branded it as you branded your cattle, your fences and everything you own. Then you lied and put us on reservations and branded us, that’s why we have enrollment numbers and you call this Democracy. Again it goes back to all of the politicians. Aho
David Lyttle October 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM
On two occasions I spoke to Steven Box at DONE about this it was news to him. If you knew this would be trouble why would you not say something ?
Charles Inman October 15, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I tried to put it on nelalist but it was too arcane. I put it on Northeast and forwarded it to Fong, the election officer. The request form was not appropriate for a 5 headed NC.
Charles Inman October 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I said democracy is back at ASNC.

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