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DLANC Board to Be Installed on September 14

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at 07:00AM
DLANC Meeting Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The DLANC board of directors meets in the lobby of the Los Angeles Theatre in September of 2009.

The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) will seat its new board of directors on September 14, two-and-a-half months after 53 candidates ran for the body’s 28 seats.

It was challenges filed over just one of those seats that had delayed the board from holding an earlier meeting. Gerald Phillips won the third and final Social Service Provider Director seat in the June election, a position that requires proof of employment for eligibility. Phillips has since left his position, and the challenge was filed by five individuals who claimed that meant fourth place finisher Kevin Michael Keyes should be given the seat.

In a letter dated August 19, the City Clerk’s office informed DLANC that Phillips had won the seat as an eligible candidate and that the challenges were dismissed. Phillips has already sent the council a letter of resignation, but that will not take effect until the board is installed.

The position, along with both the residential and business representative seats for the Alameda East area, will be filled at a special election yet to be scheduled. The latter two seats had candidates listed in the election, but neither received the single vote needed to win.

The council’s first order of business will be to elect its executive officers. The positions of President, Vice President for Administration, Vice President for Communication and Outreach, Secretary and Treasurer will be voted on internally by the 25 incoming board members. Of the five officers from the last board, only Vice President for Communication and Outreach Patti Berman will be continuing to serve.

The neighborhood council is one of 90 citywide. The councils advise the city on local issues and are responsible for administering $45,000 in city funds yearly. DLANC's board meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

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