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AVNC Nomination Committee Held 1st Candidate Information Session

Lack of candidates could cancel AVNC February 24th Board Election

On January 18th, 2007 the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) Nomination Committee held its first candidate information session for the upcoming February 24th Board Election.

In attendance were Nomination Committee members Emma Cotaya and Di Rodriguez along with committee volunteers. Also in attendance was Election Administrator Walt Sweeney.

Only one candidate was present, Karl Schmid a recent transplant from New York City that is running as North Atwater Village Representative. Karl is a North Atwater Village resident and is currently the only candidate to formally submit an application.

It is unclear at this time how many AVNC Board incumbents will seek reelection. Comments made by Walt Sweeney at the candidate session indicate that only 4 incumbents have verbally committed to seek reelection; these incumbents being Jeff Gardner (Business Representative), Ken Osborn (South Atwater Village Representative), Mary Lou Watkins (Central Atwater Village Representative) and Chris Coyle (Central Atwater Village Representative).

Election Administrator Walt Sweeney conducted the information session and lead discussion on various aspects of the AVNC election process. Discussion included possible scenarios if not enough candidates were available for the election.

There are 14 positions up for election and at minimum 9 positions would need to be successfully filled by elected candidates for a new Board to be installed.  Failure to meet the minimal requirement would cause the election to be canceled and the current Board would continue until a new election could be scheduled. (See “Atwater Village Neighborhood Council Bylaws Revised” article)

The AVNC Board Election was originally scheduled for August 12, 2006 then postponed twice as a result of failing to submit Election Procedures to the L.A. Department of Neighborhood Empowerment by due dates. (See “July 2006 AVNC Special Board Meeting Minutes”).

January 25th is the deadline for candidates to submit their applications (See “AVNC Board of Governors Election February 2007” announcement)

For more information about AVNC February 24th Board Election contact:

Walt Sweeney
Election Administrator
5632 Van Nuys Blvd #283
Van Nuys, CA 91401

AVNC Nomination Committee 

Emma Cotaya

Di Rodriguez

Click here to download AVNC Election Procedures (pdf file)