GH South Neighborhood Council Elections: Not Just A Rubber Stamp!

The Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council election is today from 10-4 at Granada Hills Recreation Center, and unlike some in the past, this year's election has, for several positions, more than one candidate to choose from. Which certainly makes things more interesting.

It's also worth mentioning: your vote counts. No, really. It really counts. In an election where voter turnout is something like .000000001%, one or two votes actually can make a difference.

But you may be saying to yourself, "I have no idea whom to pick, since none of these candidates have television commercials on which I can base my voting decisions!"

Well, it's all about elimination.

For example, there are 15 candidates vying for positions on the nine-member board, three of which couldn't be bothered to provide statements on the "Get To Know The Candidates" page on GHSNC's website. That makes things somewhat easier.

Of those candidates that did provide statements on the page, several have typos. Buh-bye.

For instance:
"To my freinds ,family and Nieghbors of Granada Hills..."
"I am very involved with my children’s sports and extra circular actives." 

Circular actives? What is that -- hula hooping?

Several more of the candidate statements are, predictably, heavy on platitudes and light on substance. A sampling:
"My goal is to work to improve the quality of life here."
"I would like to roll up my sleeves and help make this gem of an area really shine." 
"I believe our community is made up of many neighborhoods."
"I am married and have two dogs."

Refreshingly, many candidates do provide some substantive information about themselves and their plans for everyone in this town, and it's worth a look.

In addition to the board seats, there are contests for the Member-At-Large Factual Basis seat (as opposed to the Imaginary Basis seat, occupied by yours truly), Commercial Property Owner Director, Business Director, Homeowners Director, Parks & Cultural Arts Director, and Community Organizations Director -- a contest between heavy-hitters Dave Beauvais and Jerry Askew.

The polls are open from 10am to 4pm at Granada Hills Recreation Center, 16730 Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills.

It's going to be a nice day, and -- admit it -- you've been meaning to get yourself over to Petit Park, that is, when it quits being so damned hot. The forecast for today: not really all that damned hot.

Vote, or risk having the GH represented at L.A. City Council meetings by someone who can't spell.


  1. Thank you for the post. The Council's next meeting will be Thursday evening (6:30 p.m., Sept. 27) at Rawley Hall on the Granada Hills High campus.


    Brad Smith


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