Studio City Neighborhood Council Contenders May Switch Categories, But This List is Final

No new names will be added to the people running for the council.

That's it, this list of 24 contenders to the Studio City Neighborhood Council won't grow.

The names may switch to different categories before the final ballot is printed out, or some of the names may not be qualified, but no additional names will be added.

That's according to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's Independent Election Administrator Kevin Taylor, who is monitoring and assisting in this region's elections for the community group that serves as advisors to the city departments and elected officials.

"We will have a final list available in a few days, and people may not be eligible in the categories that they thought they qualified for, but there will be no new names added," Taylor said late Thursday.

The Studio City Neighborhood Council's Bylaws Chairman Ron Taylor said that it is possible that some of the nominees can switch to different categories if they are deemed eligible. They must switch the categoris before the ballots are printed.

Each Neighborhood Council divides up their 15 seats and one Youth Seat in various ways: by neighborhood, by special interest, employment or residence. In Studio City, they just so that after the member turns 18 he or she can vote in board decisions.

In Studio City, the board is divided into Residental Homeowners, Renters, people who belong to Service Organizations in Studio City, people Employed by any business in the boundaries and Business Owners in the area. All stakeholders involved in Studio City can vote on Sept. 20 at Walter Reed Middle School in the category of their interest. 

There is also an At-Large seat that every stakeholder can vote for, and that person could represent any category and must be deemed eligible.

"It is possible that every stakeholder will be able to vote in at least two elections, the one they are involved with, and in the At-Large election," Ron Taylor said.

Both Kevin Taylor and Ron Taylor said the list may grow smaller, and that some people may change into more non-competitive categories before the final ballot is solidified.

For example, nine people are vying for three seats in the Homeowner's race, but only one person is vying for the Employees Representative where there is two spots available.

Studio City Patch welcomes all nominees to post their statements or blog their statements. For instructions, click here.

Below is the list and the categories. We have linked the contender's statements if they are available, and we will continue to link them as they are added.

(Names in Bold are present board members)


Service Organization (2 seats available)

Service Organization    

Service Organization    

Residential Homeowners (4 seats available)

Residential Homeowners Seats    Sarah Angel

Residential Homeowners Seats  

Residential Homeowners Seat    Dan Nieman

Residential Homeowners Seats    Matt Pyken

Residential Homeowners Seats    Lisa Sarkin

Residential Homeowners Seats    Gail Steinberg

Residential Homeowners Seats  

Residential Homeowners Seat    Lisa Yacoubian

Residential Homeowners Seats    g

Residential Renters (3 seats available)

Residential Renters Seats    Jane Drucker

Residential Renters Seats    Karen Eisenberg

Residential Representative    Geoffrey Going

Residential Renters Seats    Arthur Hughes

Residential Renters Seats    Lana Shackelford

Residential Renters Seats    Ronald Taylor


Business Representatives (3 seats available)

Business Representatives    John Lawler

Business Representatives    Scott Ouellette

Business Representatives    Rita Villa

At-Large Stakeholder (1 seat available)

At-Large Stakeholder Seat    Lisa Davis

At-Large Stakeholder Seat    Sam Humeid

Youth Board Member (1 seat)

Youth Board Member    Pasha Vafaee

Employee Representative (2 seats)

Employee Representative    Shoshana Raphael

Again, please consider adding your statement to Studio City Patch. Click on START A BLOG above under the photos on the front page or, for detailed video instructions.



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