Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Elections: Current Candidates

Thursday is the deadline to qualify as a candidate—14 residents have stepped up so far.

A total of 14 people, including four incumbents, have so far filed their candidature for elections to the scheduled on Oct. 13.

Here are their names and the positions they intend to run for, according to Independent Election Administrator Terrence Gomes of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment:

Nelson Grande II: President

Robert Guevara: President (Currently Education Director and Secretary)

Peter Hilton: President (Currently Director Sub-District 4)

Tim Ryder: Public Safety Director

Elva Erykah Grande: Sub-District 5 Director

Marc Magallanes: Sub-District 7 Director

Mark Haskell Smith: ERNC Board

Matt Harrington: Sub-District Director

Eddie Ramirez: Civic Director

Lisa Karahalios: Education Institutions Director

Andrea Anderson: Faith-Based Groups Director


Michael Nogueira: Vice President and Business Director

Irena Seta: Civic Director

Duy Tran: Sub-District 1 Director

Caroline Roncalli: Youth Director

The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council is in "Region 8" of the network of 95 Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles, which are meant to serve as the local arm of the Los Angeles City Council. Region 8 represents Northeast Los Angeles, which includes Eagle Rock, Historic Highland Park, Arroyo Seco, Glassell Park, Greater Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights, El Sereno, and Boyle Heights.

The deadline to run for the ERNC elections as well as to vote by mail is Thursday, Sept. 13. Anyone at least 16 years of age who lives, works or owns property in Eagle Rock—or who demonstrates a legitimate stake in the neighborhood—can be a candidate in the elections.

Click here to file your candidature online. Or download the candidate filing form from the attached pdf and mail it to: Department of Neighborhood Empowerment – Elections Division, 14410 Sylvan St., 4th Floor, Van Nuys, CA 91401.

You may also e-mail your candidature to elections@empowerla.org or fax it to (818) 582-2849.

Click here to view the Neighborhood Council Elections website for Eagle Rock, which has brief biographical details and election manifestos of some of the candidates. (A complete list of candidates is expected to be featured on the website shortly.)

Click here to view the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council website.

Feel free to contact Independent Election Administrator Terrence Gomes for any assistance with election candidatures or voting at terrence@empowerla.org.


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John September 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I wish Nelson Grande, Tim Ryder and Erykha Grande well in ERNC elections, and thank them for their efforts to represent the entire community.
Michael Larsen September 10, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Ah, yes, the "Green Slate of community garden advocates and pro-medical marijuana activists...forming to end the neo-prohibitionist stance of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council" You can read about their goals and efforts here: http://www.jejprint.com/blvdsentinel/#/18/
Michael Larsen September 10, 2012 at 07:16 PM
We need more candidates! The deadline is Wednesday. Click here to sign up and get involved: http://empowerla.org/ernc/eagle-rock-nc-elections/
Ajay Singh (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Michael—isn't the deadline Thursday, Sept. 13, exactly 30 days before the elections?
Duff Strong September 11, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Sorry Mike. You already got your ass handed to you TWICE by him. Regardless of what you think you're accomplishing, you know he's right about finding solutions. Your attempts to make him look bad have failed miserably. Just give it up and admit he's a better President you'll ever be.
Duff Strong September 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Michael Larsen September 11, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I'm not trying to make anyone look bad Mr. Duff. I just want to make sure everyone knows who's running, what they stand for, and try to encourage more candidates to run so people have a choice. That's Democracy, right!?
Michael Larsen September 11, 2012 at 02:39 AM
You're absolutely right Ajay! Thanks for catching that. Deadline is Thursday - Not Wednesday - Sept 13. Having choices in an election like this is important. If you ever thought you might like to serve the neighborhood on the council, NOW IS THE TIME!
Duff Strong September 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
You're yesterday's news and you can't handle it.
Erykah Grande September 12, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Thanks, Ajay.
EagleRockMom September 13, 2012 at 03:33 AM
@Mr. Larsen What kind of time commitment would be involved if one were to run for a seat? How many meetings, special event attendances, etc?
Michael Larsen September 13, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Here's the latest roster of candidates: Eagle Rock Public Safety Director Ryder, Tim Eagle Rock President Grande II, Nelson Eagle Rock Sub-District Director 5 Smith, Mark Haskell Eagle Rock Sub-District Directors 5 Harrington, Matt Eagle Rock President Guevara, Robert Eagle Rock Sub-District Director 5 Grande, Elva Eagle Rock President Hilton, Peter Eagle Rock Faith-Based Groups Director Anderson, Andrea Eagle Rock Sub-District Directors 7 Magallanes, Marc Eagle Rock Civic Directors Ramirez, Eddie Eagle Rock Education Institutions Director Karahalios, Lisa Eagle Rock Sub-District Director 1 Montgomery, Andrew Eagle Rock Civic Directors Seta, Irena
Michael Larsen September 13, 2012 at 04:55 AM
@EagleRockMom, members must attend the monthly board meetings (usually the 1st Tuesday of the month); be familiar with: Robert's Rules, The Brown Act, The ERNC Bylaws, and take and pass the City Ethics Training; beyond that, the sky's the limit.
Erykah Grande September 13, 2012 at 07:25 AM
What of the current people? Who's staying and who's going? Shouldn't they be running too, to stay, that is?
EagleRockMom September 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM
@Mr. Larsen What are the sub-districts? I am not sure which I live in.
Michael Larsen September 13, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Here's the link to the Sub-Districts: http://eaglerockcouncil.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=36&Itemid=86
Erykah Grande September 14, 2012 at 03:09 AM
See you on the slate, then, EagleRockMom! How exciting! :D
EagleRockMom September 14, 2012 at 05:18 AM
@Erykah How presumptuous.
Erykah Grande September 14, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thank you. :)
Sarah Bucolic September 21, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Robert Guevara for President! He's an experienced lawyer and educator. He is very well versed in the laws and policies and doesn't just focus on one issue. In order to be a good President you need to be able to cover all bases and not just concentrate on one issue alone.
Sarah Bucolic September 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Oh and not to mention Robert Guevara seems to be the only one from the ERNC who has shown up at almost every single community event so far.


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