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Vote: DTLA neighborhood council elections are tonight

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 10:20AM
DLANC Meeting Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A previous meeting of the DLANC Board of Directors. Elections for the council members take place today from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) elections take place on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and residents, property owners, employees and anyone else with a stake in DTLA is eligible to vote.

Although primary stakeholders -- meaning anyone who can prove they live, work or own in Downtown -- can vote on every ballot, even people who only "drink and eat Downtown" can vote for the At-Large Director.

Current DLANC president Patti Berman said that the Downtown council has spent a great deal of time establishing credibility with city officials, and that a strong voter turnout is crucial in maintaining these relationships.

“The more people who vote in our election the better we look to City Hall,” said Berman, who's been involved with DLANC for the past seven years.

There are 28 available seats on the Downtown council, each representing a different district of Downtown. These elections take place approximately every two years, and the council president is elected once the Board of Directors is chosen.

Berman said she hopes Downtown voters will fight election fatigue and come to the polls at the DTLA Exchange at the Rosslyn Hotel; she's hoping for at least a 1,000-person turnout.

Berman said the reason neighborhood councils were created is because “one-size-fits-all represntation just doesn’t work," so the DLANC is Downtown's chance to have a unified voice in city discussions.

She cites some of the council's most important accomplishments so far as including the Spring Street Park-- which is currently in its construction phase -- and their initiation of the Downtown Art Walk.

Elections take place at 114 W. 5th Street at the DTLA Exchange in the Rosslyn Hotel building

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