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Reminder: Meet HHPNC Candidates Tonight

The large field of candidates running for a spot on the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council will meet the community on Tuesday, Oct 2 at Franklin High School.

There is no shortage of candidates seeking seats on the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council in this year's election, as 29 local stakeholders will seek 14 at-large director chairs. 

This year's election will also see races for President and Second Vice-President.

Click here to see a full list of all the candidates.

Those planning to vote can start sorting out who's who on Tuesday, Oct 2 at a HHPNC candidates forum hosted at Benjamin Franklin High School.

In order to run for neighborhood council, candidates must be able to stake a legitimate claim to Highland Park by proving that they either live, work or own property in the neighborhood and those who declare a stake in the neighborhood, and affirm the factual basis for that stake.

Elections will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Highland Park Recreation Center.

Patch Asks: What questions should this year's candidates be required to answer on Tuesday? What are the most pressing issues facing Highland Park?

Update: This article was updated to reflect the broader definitation of neighborhood council stakeholder.

Alice M. September 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Ummm, I'm pretty sure the City changed the old, original "live, work, own property" rule to something much broader a number of years ago. It raised a lot of protests from homeowners, especially, and still does. But its still the law of the land, allows people to run for office if the live and work somewhere else, but are involved in HP in some other ways, like being a part of community or civic groups, attend church there, even shop or use city amenities like parts..
Alice M. September 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Yup, if this is from the most current HHPNC Bylaws, then it says: "Stakeholders shall be defined as those who declare a stake in the neighborhood, live, work, or own property in Highland Park, and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood, and affirm the factual basis for that stake."
Carmela Gomes September 25, 2012 at 06:28 PM
The Highland Park Recreation Center on Piedmont next to the Arroyo Seco Library and the baseball field is the location of the HHPNC elections on Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 10AM to 4PM. Please correct your posts. Thank you, HHPNC Election Committee
David Fonseca (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 07:44 PM
It's been updated, thanks Carmela!
El Cid September 26, 2012 at 05:31 AM
David, you're AWESOME! Thanks for reporting on the happenings around HP!
Sara September 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Los Feliz is doing this cool campaign to help get out the vote. Any chance the HHPNC could do something similar? Or maybe look into it for future elections? http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2012/09/los-feliz-council-wants-to-get-out-the-vote-with-discounts/#more-39020
The MOG September 26, 2012 at 09:14 PM
David, I had a telephone conversation with the Independent Elections Advisor, Terrence Gomes, this morning. He informed me that the recent allegations of possible violations of The Brown Act, and the allegations of unethical conduct regarding a posting soliciting votes by a candidate for the President's Seat, and the critisms of the current President Chris Smith, on the actions of yet another candidate for president, who deleted them, will be the topic of discussion at the Up Coming Forum. I take it that ALL Candidates, as well as board members are informed of these developments. I have Posted A Video Response to this controversary, and my informal meeting with Dep. City Atty. Darren Martinez, who manages the Nieghborhood Council Advice dept., under the Civil Division, this morning. Note that every board member is liable for any unethical decision, made outside formal committee, or general meeting. Not just the individuals who made the decision! Thank You.
David Fonseca (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Thanks for that info, Mog.
The MOG October 02, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Sara, it is a cool campaign, but I doubt HHPNC have funding for something of this kind...btw, anyone who wants to submit a question to any of the candidates, should arrive early...Carmela & Stan are the moderators, & will be reviewing the questions...Looking forward to meeting everyone!
ChickenBoyFan October 02, 2012 at 05:22 PM
@ Sara, The approach to HHPNC elections is slightly "laid back". You are invited to get involved any time you want to. Progressives are welcome.
Sharon Bergh October 02, 2012 at 07:30 PM
What time are the candidates speaking? Where will they be speaking on campus?
Marek October 02, 2012 at 08:18 PM
What time does the event start tonight? I'm not seeing it in the posting.
stuart rapeport October 02, 2012 at 10:15 PM
this is my question when does tonight's event begin?
stuart rapeport October 02, 2012 at 10:16 PM
When does tonight's event begin?
David Fonseca (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Tonight's forum begins at 6 p.m.
The MOG October 04, 2012 at 05:37 AM
It was a very good forum. I found it very positive. I sensed nervousness on the part of the candidates at 1st. The people on my left brought the level up, I thought. That was appreciated. Certain individuals were uptight, I could tell. Most were very serious. I tried to lighten it up by imitating the president- to digress, I was impressed by his sincerety in wanting to do right by the underprivlidged. I believe him now. ( However, we disagree in his premise that giving government subsidies to assist middle class households to meet their obligations, will somehow trickle down to citizens on 2nd & Main, N. Broadway & Daily, 52 & Monte Vista, or unsheltered along the Arroyo. It is as preposterous as Mr. Romney's contention that subsidizing the 1%, will somehow trickle down to the middle class. Where I'm from you don't want to to get trickled down on, by anybody. It might mean that you passed out in the wrong place.) as I was saying, I tried crooning the audience at the forum, but I don't think anyone noticed. I called my name out anyway. I hope someone heard. I've made up my mind on who to vote for...not saying. Except to say I think current directors should retain their seats. I notice certain cliques trying to form...beside the usual Raza People, I noticed a strong metro-sexual contingent. There use to be a colony of them on Mt. Wash. yrs ago, whenever Goldberg was in office. One of the Hags was pissed. Said I misrepresented her org. I did not!
The MOG October 04, 2012 at 06:00 AM
btw, while I'm @ it, wtf would a group of liberated gals ( I'm assuming they've come a long way baby) go by the handle of the hags? Calling themselves The Haggus Society, & then explaining it denotes a group of hags, does not seem like good marketing to me. No one said this org was unworthy of a grant, or that it wasn't doing good things, sponcering underprivlidged kids who would not have any otherwise. That's a great & noble thing. When I was a kid, I learn how to paint @ a Plaza de La Raza sponcered art school on the corner of 54 & Fig. That's when we we're still Chicanos.(Whatever happened to Mexican American? I ask you.) I do appreciate it. However, I would suggest to you that 1500.00 is a bit much. Especially when the Franklin High School Girl's Cheer Leaders couldn't be fully funded. That trumps a group of hags any time, IMHO. Sorry, if I offend, but I'm afraid that's just how it is. Like it, or lump it. I would have supported The Haggus Society to the tune of 500.00-600.00. The balance added to the 1500. already granted to Franklin Girls Trill Team. That was my position, and I stand by it. Also, it has come to my attention, that Bro. Wayne Turner submitted a question that was not asked. Which was, "what are the candidate's going to do about corruption@ theNELADiv?" It is unfortunate that this question was not asked. It sickens me, that a matter of such import was ignored. The best suggestion was made by Erin Salcido,re:Capt.Murray being required to attend meetings.
The MOG October 04, 2012 at 06:29 AM
What I'm concerned about is the busybodies who get a collective tingle up their leg, because good old Capt. Murray is calling them @ their private numbers, discussing neighborhood crime & thanking them for all the do to help out. These lunatics with a kind of George Zimmerman complex, who will go to the Neighborhood Prosecutor, or the dep. city atty., & say, "Oh yes, I know the problem has always been so & so, @ such and such. They've been @ it for god only knows, & so on, etc." Some would call that a "Rata", & not worthy of respect. So, fostering increased communication between the LAPD & stakeholders remains paramount. The important thing is to convey the sentiment, that the community is demanding change now. We've had it. Stick a fork in our collective happy arses, because we're done! We will no longer accept the status quo. Once that message is satisfactorily transmitted, and it won't be easy by any means, then I'm sure we will see the change we desire in the LAPD NE Div. As far as everything else, I ask voters to remember that of all the candidates, I was the only one to specifically call for inclusivity on the board, representative of neighborhood demographics. I was the only one who said I wanted more gays ,& blacks, chinese, old people, everybody. Not to infer others are not sincere in their desire for out reach. I'm just saying, if it's important for you to have a vote,& you want to move forward, then I'm your man. Vote 4 me, Margarito Martinez!
The MOG October 04, 2012 at 06:37 AM
correction Murphy LOL ;-]'
Austin October 04, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The Mog, You're not doing yourself any favors in this forum. Post 1 "There used to be a colony of (metro-sexuals) in Mt. Washington" and "One of the hags was pissed" Post 2 "wtf would a group of liberated gals (I'm assuming they've come a long way, baby)..." "...That trumps a group of hags anytime in my humble opinion. Sorry if I offend, but that's just the way it is. Like it or lump it" All this from the guy who claims to be the only one desiring diversity. Wow.
Culturevator October 04, 2012 at 08:12 PM
@M.O.G Fork yourself. You may be D.O.N.E dude, really?
clvngodess October 05, 2012 at 06:33 PM
MOG would do well to do his homework prior to misrepresenting the group and the project that is in question. No one was pissed off. But you unwilling to LISTEN to me talk to you about the grant and what it entails. And you essentially called me a liar. Not sure how that works as a campaign tactic. For those interested in the details of this project, you can talk to me about it at the opening reception October 13th at Julie Montenegro's State Farm on York. FYI: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: A hag is a wizened old woman, or a kind of fairy or goddess having the appearance of such a woman, often found in folklore and children’s tales such as Hansel and Gretel.Hags are often seen as malevolent, but may also be one of the chosen forms of shapeshifting deities, such as the Morrígan or Badb, who are seen as neither wholly beneficent nor malevolent. The term appears in Middle English, and was a shortening of hægtesse, an Old English term for witch, similarly the Dutch heks and German hexe are also shortenings, of the Middle Dutch haghetisse and Old High German hagzusa respectively. All these words derive from the Proto-Germanic *hagatusjon- which is of unknown origin, however the first element may be related to the word “hedge.”As a stock character in fairy or folk tale, the hag shares characteristics with the crone, and the two words are sometimes used as if interchangeable.
The MOG October 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I have nothing against The Hags! I'm sure they're a fine group. Just not to the tune of 1500.oo for an print ad campaign, which is what you applied for. My amount would have been 500.00-600.00 for The Haggus Society. BTW, I have nothing against crones, but it is doubtful the public at large is appreciative of them.

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