Friday, May 2, 2008

Run for Northwest Neighborhood Council Board

The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council is electing board members on June 12 and now’s the time to step forward and get on the ballot.

The council is an official City of LA governing body that serves as the neighborhood’s voice on local issues. It debates and takes positions on development, land use, traffic, the environment and other quality-of-life issues.

The council is running this newspaper ad to invite and encourage candidates.

The Northwest council covers the areas along Western Avenue from Averill Park to Palos Verdes Drive North, and along North Gaffey Street down to Summerland Avenue.

If you live, work or own property within the Northwest boundaries, you are a member of the council, technically called a “stakeholder.”

You must be a stakeholder in order to run for office.

You can also qualify as a stakeholder if you are a regular and ongoing participant in a Northwest-based institution, such as a business, school, religious organization, non-profit, youth group or other institution.

The deadline to file for election is May 13.

“I can only tell you that the whole process of working on community issues with and for the people of San Pedro is exciting, sometimes exhilarating, occasionally tedious, but always amply rewarding,” wrote Northwest president Dan Dixon in the council’s newsletter.

“You get to be present as processes are started or completed that can really benefit our families and our neighborhoods…,” Dixon wrote. “Many times the issues are resolved and implemented in a lively and timely way that just makes you feel good to have been part of the process.”

For more information, call (310) 732-4522, go to and/or plan to attend the council’s May 12 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Peck Park Recreation Center, 560 N. Western Ave.

Elsewhere, the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council election is in September and the Coastal council goes to the polls in October.

Election information is not yet available for these councils, but monthly meetings afford the opportunity to learn about the councils, ask questions and join committees.

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