PRESS RELEASE: New ‘Stakeholder’ Requirements in Effect for 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections

Los Angeles – In consultation with key City staff, Councilmember Ryu announced today a major policy modification for the 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections that will provide greater clarity on how someone qualifies as a Community Interest Stakeholder.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 21, 2018

 

Contact:

Estevan Montemayor

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New ‘Stakeholder’ Requirements in Effect for 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections

Los Angeles – In consultation with key City staff, Councilmember Ryu announced today a major policy modification for the 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections that will provide greater clarity on how someone qualifies as a Community Interest Stakeholder.

“When I set out to reform our Neighborhood Council System, I wanted to create a system that was more effective, more equitable, and more responsive to the Los Angeles neighborhoods it serves,” Councilmember Ryu said. “But I also wanted these sorely needed reforms to take effect as soon as possible.”

On December 11, 2018, the Health, Education and Neighborhood Councils Committee approved a series of Councilmember Ryu’s reforms to the Neighborhood Council System, including a key reform regarding the definition of ‘Community Interest Stakeholder.’ The proposed definition will tighten the stakeholder qualifications to include only those with a provable vested interest in the community. 

In 2019, the City Clerk, which is administering all future neighborhood council elections, will not accept receipts as an acceptable form of documentation to establish Community Interest Stakeholder eligibility. This eliminates the two receipt standard for determining eligibility, sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Starbucks Stakeholder.” Instead, if a person claims a stakeholder status on the basis of their participation in a non-profit, local business, or other community organization within a neighborhood council’s boundaries, the City Clerk will only accept a letter from said organization that meets the standards set by the City Clerk. 

For a sample of this letter, please refer to the 2019 Neighborhood Council (NC) Elections Documentation Guide in the 2019 NC Election Handbook, which is posted on the City Clerk’s website at clerk.lacity.org/elections.

This new policy provision provides assurance that a stakeholder who affirms substantial and ongoing participation within the neighborhood council’s boundaries meet similar qualification standards as those who live, work, or own property in the neighborhood.

The 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections will be held in March through June, with election days varying for each neighborhood council depending on the region in which they are located. Dates for each neighborhood council election can be found here. More information on neighborhood councils can be found at EmpowerLA.org.

“I want to thank the City Clerk and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment for working with me to make this administrative change possible,” Councilmember Ryu added. “But most of all - I want to thank the Neighborhood Councils and their board members for their ideas, their input, and their tireless service to the people and communities of Los Angeles.”

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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