Concerned Stakeholders of Studio City Offer Their Slate

A message from John Walker, the SCNC president.

(Editor's Note: Studio City Patch welcomes all nominees to post their statements, additional information or blogs onto the site as well. For instructions, click here.)


Elections for many people just come and go.  Most feel they *can't make a difference* or *can't find the time* or *simply do not have an interest*.
While I can't speak to all the reasons people don't come out and vote on a larger level, I can speak to the effectiveness of voting on a community level.
We are you're Neighborhood Council.  We were founded under a City Charter established in 1999. We were created to "promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs".

Under that Charter, we act as an "advisory Board on issues of concerns to the neighborhood".  We represent "diverse interests".  That is why we have representation from Business, Employees/Independent Contractors, Service Organizations, Residential Homeowners, Residential Renters and a Youth Board member.  We are all inclusive.  We are an all Volunteer organization.  

We should not be on this Board if our purpose is to make a profit.   Our purpose is to provide the decision-makers information before those decisions are made with what our community wants.  It is also to protect the quality of life that we, as stakeholders of Studio City hold dear to our hearts and why we have chosen to live here.

Currently, I am running on a slate with other engaged Stakeholders,  who want to work for Studio City.  These people are "Concerned Stakeholders of Studio City",  and are willing to work to maintain that level of life, keep businesses and allow for job growth, in order that we can continue to prosper with what we know as *controlled growth*.  There are two other candidates running who are not on this slate, but who, as the current President of this Board,  I know, have worked with,  and have had conversations with about our community and support:  Scott Oulette andJohn Lawler.    

If you enjoy Studio City, please find a moment to VOTE for it.  Please turn out on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ Walter Reed Middle School, between 2:30 - 8:30pm and support our community.


John Walker

President, Studio City Neighborhood Council

Mike Walker September 18, 2012 at 08:52 PM
What a great post. I like it a lot. I hope people go out and vote because its very important in our community.
Lisa Cahan Davis September 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Make a difference. Get involved. That is what the Outreach Committee has been promoting since this past March when the SCNC street banners were installed throughout our community. Being a committed volunteer on two SCNC committees (Outreach and Cultural Affairs), I can assure you there is much more “work” to be done to get the community engaged and the items of interest in front of our City representatives. Now I’m running as an AT-LARGE STAKEHOLDER to have a voice at the Board table. I bring diversity of thought, small and big business background and seasoned leadership. To represent the community, SCNC needs all POVs from stakeholders. I do hope you (the reader) see that NCs can lend value to your personal and professional well being here in Studio City. So, come on! MAKE A DIFFERENCE. GET INVOLVED! See you this Thursday, September 20th from 2:30 – 8:30 pm at Walter Reed Middle School to vote. Info is at www.studiocitync.org. PS – Monthly Board Meeting is tomorrow at 7pm @ CBS Radford Center (see SCNC website for details & agenda).
REMY KESSLER September 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I echo John's post. The Studio City NC is made up of many volunteers, including me, who devote their time to improving our community. But we need the community's help as well-- to vote. As with other elections, this one is important for our voices to be heard. The more people who vote, the more attention our community receives from the officials downtown. Our Neighborhood Council already commands a fair amount of respect from City Hall. To maintain that respect, we need everyone to take a few minutes and come out on election day, September 19. See you there!
Miki Henderson September 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I guess this is the slate that I will vote for, but I would love to see some new blood in there, too...I can't tell now, though who is and isn't. Anyway, did some guy really bring a pot plant into the SNC meeting recently? I don't want to vote for him.
Mike Szymanski September 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Just for clarification Mickey, it was NOT a real marijuana plant, it was a prop. see story: http://patch.com/A-xG6H
REMY KESSLER September 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Correction: Election Day is Thursday, September 20.
Lisa Sarkin September 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Concerned Stakeholders of Studio City (CSSC) was formed several years ago to engage stakeholders from all over Studio City to get involved in the Neighborhood Council System. Since that time, those of us on the Board and on the Committees, have worked to make sure Studio City remains the best place in Los Angeles to live and work. Our little corner is the gateway to the Valley and maintaining our quality of life and a lively business district has been our goal. We have been successful, but there is much more to be done. Our slate is a group of volunteers who are involved and you should be too. Voting is the most important thing you must do on Thursday, September 20. It is easy to park at Walter Reed Middle School, the polls are open from 2:30 to 8:30 pm, so please vote. Let your voice be heard all the way to downtown...Please vote for all the CSSC candidates. Everyone can vote for At-Large and Lisa Davis is an important part of our slate. See you Thursday.
Richard Niederberg September 19, 2012 at 02:56 AM
As has been said above, we are the volunteers who work hard to maintain and improve the Quality of Life in Studio City, and we wish to continue to do so. Please vote for the CSSC Candidates at Reed Middle School, where the parking is free and close to the voting area. Some of us, such as Lisa Sarkin and myself, have lived in Studio City for many decades, so we have heard Stakeholder complaints from our friends and neighbors and have previously explored solutions, such as the original Interim Control Ordinance that led to the Specific Plan many years ago that I worked on, and the Residental Floor Area Ordinance that Lisa Sarkin worked on to become law. We are 'watching your back' when it comes to 'out of scale' projects. But our work on Land Use does not end there. For example, if someone questioned whether the 'Land Use' of the curb lane of one of the Studio City streets should limit parking, and, if so, during what hours, you can rest assured that the Land Use, Government Affairs, and/or Transportation Committees will research the issue and come up with a recomendation for our government officials. It is a seamless web; I encourage all to come to the SCNC meeting Wednesday, before voting Thursday from 2:30-8:30.
David Ogilvy September 19, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Indeed Lisa Sarkin is watching our backs. So long as they have a pizza on them.
Geoffrey Going September 19, 2012 at 06:03 PM
So many residents of Studio City have asked for new blood on the Studio City Neighborhood Council as stated above by one comment. This was also stated by many who attended and listened to each candidate's statements. When 4 candidates in their speeches refer to my ideas in my speech, I guess I said something meaningful and effective. That is what Studio City residents want from a candidate. Vote "Geoffrey Going" for "Residential Renter" on September 20th and get that new blood you have been asking for!!!!
Geoffrey Going September 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Thank you "Engaged Citizen" group and all the other positive response and support I have received during this election process. http://studiocity.patch.com//blog_posts/vote-geoffrey-going-for-studio-city-neighborhood-council-residential-renter-representative#comment_4766011
Gail Steinberg September 19, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I am one of the founders of the concerned stakeholder of Studio City. On the front lines of Out Reach, Land Use and Transportation for our neighborhood. Concerned about the quality of life for us all! I hear the concerns of our community and am a voice in support of that voice. I spend at least one night a week in meeting regarding issues and concerns that are upon Studio City. Please come and support my slate of 'concerned stakeholders' that have and give of their time to make Studio City THE place that everyone wants to live in.
Denise Welvang September 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM
As a long time concerned Studio City resident and stakeholder I wanted to become more involved in my neighborhood and help give others a voice for their concerns. After attending many Committee and Board meetings I had the opportunity to join the Board of the Studio City Neighborhood Council. As a member of the Budget Committee, Land Use Committee and a representative to the Valley Neighborhood Alliance, a coalition of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Councils, I have worked to have our collective voices heard and make the city more aware of our local needs. On Thursday September 20th join your fellow stakeholders and my fellow "concerned stakeholders" and vote.
Dan Nieman September 20, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Miki - To your point, my wife and I are running as well and are not identified on this slate. Please read more here: http://studiocity.patch.com/blog_posts/a-new-generation-of-leadership-for-studio-city
Mike Szymanski September 20, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Dan you should be able to upload your slate onto your story... just click UPLOAD at the bottom.
Richard Niederberg September 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Just a note that of all the Neighborhood Councils having Elections today, Studio City is the only one with polls open for SIX hours; all the rest are open for FOUR hours. Everybody on the CSSC slate wants MORE Stakeholder participation, even in voting.
Lisa Cahan Davis September 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Election details: Vote today 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Walter Reed Middle School http://bit.ly/WalterReedMiddleSchool; Candidate list: http://studiocitync.org/2012/09/studio-city-neighborhood-council-election-information/ EmpowerLA site with Candidate Profile: http://empowerla.org/scnc/studio-city-nc-elections/


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