The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council’s annual election will be taking place next Thursday, April 29th at the Highland Park Recreation Center, 6150 Piedmont Avenue. Janet Dodson, who is running for one of the eight At-Large Director positions, has asked us to spread the word about the election as well as her Nueva Vida slate of candidates. Ms. Dodson describes the group thusly:
This slate includes community veteranos, the as-yet-unjaded, business owners, and residents. We all share the understanding that only by organizing, does any community develop the political power needed to get attention from the City. We are all ready to work hard together to make sure Highland Park is not ignored, especially as we begin to face the coming financial cuts.
We have plans to be sleek and efficient, and we especially want to invite everybody, and groups, and organizations to come to the Neighborhood Council to tell us their plans and needs. We see ourselves as conduits to Huizar and Reyes.
Highland Park has begun to wake up. We have been under-represented for too long.
You can find their voter guide, but to make up your own mind, stop by the candidate forum this Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Franklin High cafeteria. To read candidate statements, determine if you’re eligible to vote, and find out more about the election, check out the election website.
Join your neighbors next Saturday for food, art, music, and dance at Highland Park’s favorite artist colony, Tierra de la Culebra. One late addition to the lineup after the flyer went to press is the brass-heavy noise gypsy band/art performance Killsonic. If my description is as confusing to you as it is to me, better read this article and check out the video below. See you there!
Every nation has the government it deserves – Joseph de Maistre
Maybe we Angelenos deserve to be lorded over by bar exam flunkees who couldn’t govern their way out of a wet paper bag. We vote them into office time and again either because they stamp the right party affiliation next to their name or because their skin is the right color. These fools can’t find budget fat to trim in a city where rookie firefighters average $80,000-$100,000 a year, but they have managed to symbolically ban bad words, build a rail network that ignores the worst traffic congestion in the nation, and criminalize taco trucks. (Actually, I suppose they failed at even that.) The latest example of bureaucratic stupidity is in our neighborhood’s public parking. No, not the quadrupling of parking rates, but instead the closure of lots at midnight. Specifically, the lot on Lincoln between avenues 50 and 51. A new sign now threatens to tow those parked after midnight. This wouldn’t seem to be a problem until you consider the nascent night-life at Johnny’s and The York, where some people like to drink even after their coachman has transformed back into a mouse. I guess we’ll all have to pay for the valet at Marty’s if we want to stay out past our bedtime now…
More proof that you're smarter than your elected representative...