LOS FELIZ VILLAGE
COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES – CANDIDATE REGISTRATION – ENDS MARCH 15TH
“District C” is where a majority of Los Feliz’s commercial corridors intersect and is almost entirely the area the city designates: “Los Feliz Village.” It’s a mixture of residences and businesses that give our neighborhood the bustling feel of a big city, without being too big. In a word: “village.”
It’s also home to a few churches (including a Sikh Temple or Gurdwara), performing stages, movie theatres, schools and our public library.
Whether they’re just looking to stroll around and browse at eclectic shops, or find that place they’ve heard so much about, Angelinos from all over the city and visitors from all over the world, usually have an image of Los Feliz Village in their minds before they arrive.
It’s where one can hear an author speak at Skylight Books, grab a coffee Fred 62 or House of Pies, brunch at The Alcove, lunch at Yuca’s, have a drink at the Dresden with Marty & Elaine, or get Monday night’s “family dinner” at Little Dom’s.
Vehicle Traffic & Parking – Even with the Metro Red Line nearby, most Angelinos rely on their motor vehicles to get around, finding a parking spot in the Village for both locals and visitors is a challenge. Working to help maintain a harmony between District C residents and merchants is a ongoing effort as our commercial streets become more and more popular destinations.
Business Corridor Development – Hillhurst Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue are all part of the Vermont-Western Station Neighborhood Plan (or ‘SNAP’). SNAP relaxes building codes near Metro stations to where structures can be built higher and with more “density” than in other city areas. How the scale of any new construction development may impact the aesthetic character of Los Feliz is an ongoing concern for many.
Business and Residential Zoning – With the largest combination of both homes and businesses in Los Feliz, District C sees many zoning change and business permitting applications being brought before the Council for review and approval recommendation. The Department of City Planning specifically instructs business owners, builders, developers and license applicants to have the neighborhood council review their plans as part of the overall City approval process.
QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN FOR OFFICE
Candidates interested in representing District C 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!).
IS IT IN YOU?
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…