The primary responsibility of the neighborhood council is to operate, as a body, on issues concerning the community of Highland Park. Plainly put, the council represents the interests of the community to our (paid) elected officials.
On October 13, stakeholders will be able to cast their vote for candidates of their choice. As a current At-Large Director with the council, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many of these dynamic individuals on issues pertaining to both board business and issues outside of the council.
I am especially excited to see a group of individuals that are willing sacrifice their time, energy and effort to use the board as a vehicle for positive change in their community.
The candidates have already stepped up by putting themselves up for election.
They have made the choice to transparently and collaboratively work with a group of folks that will, often times, disagree with their own perspectives.
They have made a commitment to educate themselves on the complex issues at hand, to take the time to listen to the opinions of their board colleagues and all stakeholders, and to, most certainly, undergo the scrutiny that comes with working and representing a diverse community like Highland Park.
Acknowledging their efforts, so far, is important because the candidates will face the challenges of dwindling resources and maintaining & bettering community dialogue. They will be able to capitalize on existing tools like the board’s website, which is up here, running and ready to be better utilized; the groundwork that has already been laid to augment security technology for the community and LAPD; and pushing forward with the precedent that has been set for how Metro treats our community.
I am excited to be able to lend myself to this opportunity as a candidate for First Vice President, and I am especially excited to have an enthusiastic and willing group of people to vote for, as a stakeholder, in this community that I care for.
The primary function of the council is to listen to stakeholders and represent them to our elected officials. There will be an opportunity for us to hear your input and for you to learn more about the candidates October 2 at Franklin High School.
It is equally important for Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council members to be accessible to you for your questions and concerns beyond the candidate forum. If there are issues that matter to you and you want tell us, please say so in the comments, or contact a board member directly. I can be reached at Hector.Huezo@HighlandParkNC.com or 562-485-7329. Learn more about HHPNC at www.HighlandParkNC.com
Thank you for reading, thank you for your support and thank you for caring about Highland Park. Happy Voting on Saturday October 13, 2012 from 10am to 4pm at the Highland Park Adult Senior Center.