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Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council Elections

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Elections to the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council are scheduled today, Oct. 13. Voting will take place at the Highland Park Adult Recreation Center. Highland Park residents, business ownes and factual-basis stakeholders (those who shop in the neighborhood) are eligible to vote.


A total of 37 candidates are running for 19 seats in the council. Click here to see the full list of candidates and to read their personal statements.

El Cid October 13, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Come out and VOTE today! Let the voters determine who will serve on the HHPNC. Vote Today!
Jay Ramirez October 13, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I Am Voting for Monica Alcaraz, for HHPNC President. I have known Monica Alcaraz for only a few years, but what I have seen of her is impressive. She is dedicated, caring and genuinely wants to help others succeed. She is the type of person I enjoy working with. Monica has the qualities of a great leader. She has great integrity, is disciplined and very determined. Monica is not afraid to take risks and inspires others to work together. She manages when appropriate, listen when it is needs and is the first to say "How can I help make this happen." Monica is responsible and always delivers on what she promises. Highland Park would be lucky to have Monica serve as President of the Highland Park Neighborhood Council. I can only imagine what positive changes would come from the council with Monica at the helm. I encourage you to join me in voting for Monica Alcaraz and electing her President of the HHPNC.
The MOG October 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Come on out and show your support for our local elections! And Vote For Me, Margarito Martinez for At Large director Seat. i'm a good man, no clique/slate to serve. Just me, a strong independent voice to represent you on the council. Making the board accessable to all! See my videos on Patch's Pics & Clips, & then VOTE TODAY! At The Highland Park Rec. Center. Make today a memorable event!
El Cid October 13, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Recent HHPNC board meetings would contradict the statements above. My statement is not based on hearsay! Collaborating with fellow board members will be an important part of the job! The next HHPNC President must not show bias. It must inspire board members to work together. The President must manage contentious meetings without blowing a fuse, be fair, and genuinely want to help all of HP. Good luck to all the candidates! HP will have an opportunity to determine the outcome! VOTE!!!
The MOG October 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
ALL, PLEASE SEE MY LATEST ELECTION DAY VIDEO GREETINGS! On Patch's Pics & Clips page! Voting Starts Soon! Remember, it's the slate El Cid supports that wanted to nix Hospitality for Voters today. When every other NC will be providing a fun, user friendly access day of festivities, this clique wanted to put a wet blanket on it. These are the people who want to stop providing grants to our Franklin Students, who would rather "teach them to fish" than give them a fish! Vote Accordingly!
Preservation not Gentrification October 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Here is an actual translation of what MOG refers to as "nixing hospitality". Paul Bonsell, a candidate for the council, wanted to take $300 of LA taxpayer money so he could purchase hot dogs and cook hot dogs for voters in front of the polling place. So a candidate wants to use tax money to personally feed voters as they are entering the polls. It appears that some people don't have the common sense to distinguish between what is "outreach" and what is "unethical". There has been no outreach regarding this election beyond some limited circles. I volunteered to canvas and talk to residents about the election. Yesterday, when I canvassed Mt. Angelus, not a single person even knew we had a neighborhood council. That is NOT outreach and inclusion of everyone, now is it? When an entire region of the neighborhood is excluded from receiving information about the council and the election. I am voting for the people who will make sure EVERYONE in Highland Park is included in being informed about the neighborhood council. I am routing for "the action slate," and I hope you all will join me today and cast your vote! "The Action Slate": President: Cathi Miligan 1st VP: Hector Huezo 2nd VP: Rubel Del Portillo Directors at Large: Linda Caban Gloria Castro-Trejo Janet Dodson Trisha Gossett Gretchen Knudsen Ramiro Motta Aaron Salcido Elyse Schwartz Harvey Slater
The MOG October 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Cypress Park offered Gourmet Sandwhiches for the 1st 100 Voters. The Hot Dog idea was only 1 way to spend the 300.00 allocation. If the money isn't spent, where does it go? The so called Action Slate you support would turn down Franklin's Cheerleading Squad! So, where does the money go, El Cid? Yeah, this slate of Yuppied Newbies came, & they saw, & now they want in on the action, alright! Well, Highland Park isn't up for the pickings! Reject the Chris Smith/Cathi Milligan Slate, & Vote for Home Grown Candidates!
Preservation not Gentrification October 13, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Let me also say that I am sure Mr. Bonsell is a good guy and had good intentions. My intention is just to point out the obvious lack of judgement and show an example of how it could be misconstrued. I really just wanted make a clearer report, and make a case for an all inclusive outreach program that goes far beyond making hot dogs at the polls.
The MOG October 13, 2012 at 07:50 PM
What do you suggest the 300.00 allocated go to? Baloons & Banners? A jumper for the kids? We want to create a memorable event our community can enjoy and be proud of! Why would your slate be agasinst that? A fiesta is part of our proud hispanic culture! We're not fuddy duddies! Reject the Chris Smith/ Cathi Milligan Slate of Grinches this Election Season! Vote for Margarito Martinez! At Large Director!
Preservation not Gentrification October 13, 2012 at 07:57 PM
A memorable event, in my opinion, would be putting the money toward reaching out to EVERY citizen of Highland Park and getting a record turn out of thousands of people...no balloons, jumpers, or hot dogs needed. Why should we waste tax payer money just because it is there? This lack of fiscal constraint is not what I want to see on the neighborhood council. If you want to have a party, you are free to do so with your own money. This is an election. If you think balloons and hot dogs are the path to a thriving, clean, safe, and all inclusive community, then vote for MOG. If not, vote for those who you feel will make more serious, fiscally responsible choices with your tax money.
The MOG October 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM
again PNG, where do you imagine this 300.00 will go? Not to the Franklin Cheerleading Team. Not if your Slate has it's way. this is not the National Election. This is a neighborhood election. We're allowed to have fun in the interest of promoting the event, as an event to be celebrated in the American Tradition of Hot Dogs, Music, bands, balloons, streamers, & a generally unforgettable event people will be encouraged to partcipate in again & again. I'm sorry the Chris Smith/Cathi Milligan Slate is so intent on throwing a wet blanket over it. They have other designs for that money. Plans involving their friends & collegues, but not you or me. Vote For Whomever you like, but get out here & vote. The turn out is low, & we will probably not make our goal of 400 votes cast. The Action Group, headed by Cathi Milligan seems to be on it's way to victory, based on informal exit polling. They are doing so with "factual basis" voters. That means family and friends of theirs who don't even live in the district. It would be a shame if a slate of newbies took over our council, with factual basis votes.So, if you want Monica Alcaraz President, you'd best be getting on the phone, do your twitching & twittering, or whatever it is you do, & get people to come out & support your candidate! EVERYONE THERE IS LITTLE MORE THAN AN HOUR TO GO! THE HISTORIC HIGHLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL NEEDS YOU TO COME OUT RIGHT NOW AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CANDIDATE!
The MOG October 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM
The Polls have been closed for just about an hour. I predict we won't even have 300 votes cast. This is a very historic election, I predict The Action Slate, headed by Cathi Milligan will win todays election. I think Paul, Janet, & Terri will retain their seats. I do not think I won a seat. I think Lozano, Mendoza, & Ofelia did. I voted for them. This election was won by "factual basis" votes, by people who don't even live in the district. People from Silver Lake, from Echo Park, & West Hollywood. They are the ones who won this election. Now, Franklin High Students, & Hathaway Sycamores will have to learn "how to fish", when it comes to neighborhood grants. The money, previously allocated, will no doubt be redirected towards Foodie Events & Local Art Projects (Art, not Murals). In a low voter turn out the victory goes to the more motivated team. My voters don't have the twichtin & the twittering, face book, etc. There is $22,000 plus some change, the new board has it's hands on, you best believe they have that money already earmarked. It's not going to go to local needs, or interests. I still believe in a NC more reflective of the community make-up, more poor people; like me, more Blacks, more Asians, more mono-lingual candidates. The solution to that is more out reach, & more voter education. I feel for the minority on the board who will suffer the brunt of a hostile majority. They will have nothing to do, but grunt work. Too bad, but we can live with it. Thank U 4 Voting!
El Gato Blanco October 14, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I'm not sure what is wrong with teaching kids "How to fish" and instilling the values that made this country what is has been for 200 years.....strong due to the fact that we work hard and earn our way. Instead you are advocating teaching them that sticking their hands for a hand out and lifelong generational welfare is the way to go???? That is exactly what has us in a deadly spiral as a nation.
Nimby pimp October 14, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Man of Garbage is advocating the values that made his life such a success. Heaven forbid that area youngsters might be influenced a business person like Cathi, rather than an unemployed, mentally unstable baboso, convicted felon like himself. Time to learn how to fish Garbage man. How about a job for starters?
nonoise October 14, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Personal attacks should not be tolerated. And, that means name calling. We can disagree on how to do things but we do not need to call people names. Everyone here should be proud that all want to help their community. People see things differently. Some see helping out one way better than a different way. But all have the community's best interest at heart. i do not agree with the way the NC's spend money, period. The money should be taken away. The money gets in the way of the purpose of the NC. The purpose is to be a voice from the community to city hall. That has been lost. I hope the new NC boardmembers will start fresh with that purpose in mind.
The MOG October 14, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Come on, El Gato Blanco, there's no need to engage in exaggerations. It is not in any way, shape or form, within the duties of the NC to "instill" values. With all due respect, the neighborhood grants are just that, GRANTS. There aren't any strings attached, per se. Spending the money is as easy as swiping the card, or writing the check, or however the money transfer is being conducted. No one asks for an itemized reciept, or accounting for how the money is spent. It's Grant money. Now, the question before the new board is whether HHPNC should move funds from the regular grants to the emprovement grants. That way the board will focus it's grant spending on projects & causes that tend to benefit more of the community, for a longer period of time. As a hypothitical, A non-profit, that caters to single mothers from the immigrant community. They educate on health, citizenship, etc. They want $1500.00 to hold a Health Fair. We also have a community garden that needs renovations, so they can expand into alley beautification. They want $2000.00 Under the extremely tight budgeting circumstances, my plan would cap the fair money at $1000.00 (personally I would not vote for anything over 850.00 for this purpose), while the Community Garden would be awarded $1500.00 The Grants aren't necessarily suppose to fund the entire cost. The balance would have to come from other fund raising. I hope the new board approves something like this, to deal with the money issue.
The MOG October 14, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Oh nonoise, Nimby pimp seems to exist only to flame me at every turn. I guess I've earned me, a "Troll", as they say(actually this person is blatantly violating Patch's Terms Of Use, but why cry about it?)You make a very good point of the money & it's influence. I was actually against the Neighborhood Council system when it was being formed, & was never really keen on the New City Charter either. I guess something had to be done to keep San Fernando Valley from breaking away. I wish the new board every success, & congradulate The Action Group for their apparent victory.
The MOG October 14, 2012 at 04:30 AM
LOL ;-}'___^__l FAH! Q#!o**%?#@!
nonoise October 14, 2012 at 04:39 AM
I believe in the NC system and it is a great opportunity to help the community. Many NC's work great. But many don't. Those NC's that do not work should be shut down. DONE needs to stop saving them unless they are willing to really make a difference and not just come in with "exhausive efforts" which really do nothing to help make NC's better. DONE (Department of Neighborhood Empowerment) is a paper pusher department. They do not help when you really need them. They do nothing about complaints. And, Mike Fong, who just left (I think that was his name) provided no leadership for the department and did nothing to help NC's succeed. Yes, NC's can and do succeed. But city hall needs to do a lot more to support NC's and the help is not there. Failing NC's should be allowed to fail, just like any other business. They are start over and hopefully comeback or maybe not.
nonoise October 14, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Greater Cypress Park NC spent $10,000 every year, year after year for a 2 Hour Cindo de Mayo Parade. I think that is too much money to spend on a one day event for any reason. That money would be better spent for many other small projects. $10,000 of taxpayers money is no small change. But when I wanted $7,000 for street banners that would last for years with the NC's name on them, the board voted no. So, i came back with a proposal for American Flags that would only cost $2,000 and they still said no. And, one person strange enough said, "What do you want us to do, celebrate the 4th of July every day? WHAT? I think taxpayers money should be spent wisely. I think the money should be taken away, all of it. Give a card that can only be used for food at the meetings and that's it.
The MOG October 14, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Well, of course. I agree completely. Anyway, I am very happy with how the election turned out. I knew I wasn't going to win. As far as my own estimation, based on my own individual campaigning, I figured I could count on 20 votes. I got a little over double that. In times past that would have been enough, especially with vacancies. This time was different. This time the election was driven by "factual basis" voters, not actual residents of Highland Park. Indeed, voters were joking about only having to need a shopping reciept to vote. These guys were from South Pasadena. There were voters from Echo Park, West Hollywood, & Silverlake. Anyone who attended an Art Walk, or a bar on newYork. I am EXTREMELY HAPPY THAT IT APPEARS MONICA ALCARAZ HAS WON FOR PRES. BY AT LEAST 60 VOTES. I am also very happy top vote getter Aaron Salcido (a personal favorite of my mother's & I), & Joan Potter(Absolutely invaluable IMHO) have won their seats. All in all, that's a darn good board. As I say, this was an historic neighborhood election, & represents a shift, somewhat, in the local electorial process. I predict NC Stakeholders will begin to revolt somewhat against the new "factual basis" eligibility. Again, thank god Monica won! Because honestly, Cathi didn't have the right temperment, for whatever reason. I'll stand by that, & feel so strongly about it, that I hope my negative campaign helped her defeat. I wasn't going to win anyway, and did better than I expected . I'm happy with it!!!
nonoise October 14, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Do you have official votes? The NC voting eligible must change for all NC's. Only those that live or work in the area should be eligible to vote. It is not right to have it any other way. Bylaws need to change and/or DONE needs to change the rules.
The MOG October 14, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Congradulations Monica! You won by at least 70 Votes!
The MOG October 14, 2012 at 05:47 AM
EmpowerLA has the results!
El Cid October 14, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Outcome of the HHPNC results are posted on the exterior doors of the Highland Park Recreation Center. Congratulations to the newly elected HHPNC board.
The MOG October 14, 2012 at 06:31 AM
El Cid, do you feel like I do? That the new board is a good one, about split 60-40 towards The Action Group Slate, but balanced out by Monica's victory? Just asking.
The MOG October 15, 2012 at 06:09 AM
nonoise, I'm sad that HHPNC didn't have any festivities voters could have partcipated in. Councilman Huizer had the right idea, about creating events people could enjoy on election day. There is a long proud American Tradition in this regard. In addition, marching bands and parades are also customary. All our local resturants could have donated samples from their menus, for a Taste Of Highland Park & Voter Appreciation Festivities. However 10 k? That's excessive, in anyone's book. The grant money 4 HHPNC is capped @ 1500. No one ever asks for $89.68 to promote & Health Fair via Hand Bills. They want the full 1500, for Rght Of Sponcership of The Health Fair. No one says they need 540.00 for a lap top at a local Head Start. They ask for 1500 to fund a IT Network (whatever that is). Furthermore, no one on the board ever asks an applicant, "Why do you need the entire amount again?" "Excuse me, but don't you think you could get by with 900?" The grants aren't designed to pay the total cost of a project, or event, per se. There is also an expectation that any balance not funded be the responcility of the grant reciepient, through other fund raising. That's not what happens though. Everyone wants the max! & Everyone gets the max! In that case the NC should be a resource for connecting individual grant applicants with potential partners. I can't believe you'd swipe the card for food @ meetings! OMG that's my pet peeve! LOL Bring your own munchies for goodness sakes! I can't stand it!

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