COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES – CANDIDATE REGISTRATION – ENDS MARCH 15TH
The Los Feliz area designated: Franklin Hills, along with a few more of the streets lying directly to the West of it (“Franklin Hills adj.”) makes up our District E.
It’s home to the quirky and magnificent Shakespeare Bridge, and a public staircase system that provides vertical walkways connecting Franklin Hill’s narrow, winding streets. Built in the 1920’s, these 14 stairways (“to heaven?”) gave pedestrians an express route to the now-defunct street trolleys below.
The Prospect Studios on Talmadge Street has gone by many names since it opened in 1915, but is most famously known as the ABC Television Center, where some of TV’s greatest hits like ‘Barney Miller’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Let’s Make A Deal’, and the long-running soap opera ‘General Hospital’ were produced.
Brothers Walt and Roy Disney opened their first animation studio in District E and lived on Lyric and St. George Streets, “close to the office;” Mickey Mouse was “born” right here in Los Feliz.
Franklin Hills has varying (and eclectic) architectural styles, including some of the finest examples of Mid-Century Modern homes in Los Angeles. Famed architect, John Lautner, designed the school complex that now houses the Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) school, which is designated a Los Angeles historic-cultural landmark.
Hyperion Avenue (West) is a mixture of residences and small businesses that act as Los Feliz’s eastern border looping around to where Hyperion merges into Fountain Avenue towards Thomas Starr King Middle School.
Aging Streets, Municipal Services – Franklin Hills winding concrete streets are not immune to cracks and potholes, and concrete is expensive to replace when done “right.” There’s an asphalt alternative that many say is “not so right” and shouldn’t be done. Additionally, the vintage street lights that dot the area are older and much more complicated to repair. Working with the city to help prioritize which streets need the most attention is an ongoing effort.
Prospect Studios Operations – Sometimes productions shoot long into the night and sometimes those productions get noisy. Residents and their representatives maintain an ongoing dialog with the studio’s management to ensure the impact of operating an industrial facility within a residential area remains low and the relationship remains amicable.
Street Crime – Whether it’s the pilfering of an unlocked car, the cutting out of a prized catalytic converter, or even pulling the copper wire out of electrical conduits, winding streets create blind areas where cars-both in driveways or parked on streets– can only be seen from a few homes, making them vulnerable. Residents of District E are vigilant about spotting and reporting suspicious activity.
QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN FOR OFFICE
Candidates interested in representing District E must be at least 18 years of age and live or own real property within the district’s boundaries. District Representatives serve four-year terms but are required to lay down their office should they no longer meet the qualifications (e.g., move away) under which they were initially elected.
Optimal candidates will have a good working knowledge of municipal issues affecting their area, plus Los Feliz in general. Additionally, one should possess keen reasoning ability, sharp analytical skills, and practical wisdom in evaluating situations that aren’t “black & white.”
Council Boardmembers put in a lot of work and are expected to chair a committee or drive a major initiative. They need to be quick on the uptake and able to engage in reasoned debate. Most importantly, they are expected to lead. For the “opportunity” to give up their personal time and efforts, they also have to be elected by the people, for the people (and that’s why they can expend tax $).
There is no pay. However, Council Boardmembers spearhead efforts to continually improve the community and tend to derive satisfaction out of accomplishment. It’s no accident Los Feliz is widely considered one of the best neighborhoods in L.A. (and that’s from people who don’t live here!).
If this civic adventure sounds like your kind of thing and you meet the election criteria described above, click on one of the options below…