At first blush, longtime members of the Studio City Neighborhood Council were disappointed over the 292 people who came in to vote for the advisory board on Thursday. That's because at the height of voting in the past, voting exceeded 1,000 people.
But, the reality is that Studio City attracted more voters to the polls than any of its adjacent councils that were voting that day.
Studio City also had more ballots cast and attracted more candidates (24 people, with one-third of them new people) than any other council voting that day.
Other councils have to cancel their elections because of lack of enough candidates, and many councils have more people up on the panel than in the audience during their meetings. That’s never happened at the Studio City’s Neighborhood Council.
Here are a few of the facts:
* Studio City’s Neighborhood Council polling places this year were opend two hours more than any other this year, from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.
* The highest vote-count of a Studio City election was 1,100.
* Nearly all the candidates who won this year have run before in past elections and lost.
* According to SCNC tallies, Lisa Sarkin received more votes than any other single person in a past election. This year, Lisa Cahan Davis won 180 votes for the At-Large seat.
* For the first time, more women will be on the board than men—eight were elected.
* One Business Leader/Independent Contractor will still need to be appointed to the board because not enough people ran for that specific seat.
* The Youth Seat did not receive a vote, so that position needs to be appointed as well.
Neighboring Councils that voted on Sept. 20:
Studio City 292 total voters (767 ballots cast)
Sherman Oaks 63
Van Nuys 59
Mid-Town North Hollywood 156
Greater Toluca Lake 102
Greater Valley Glen 118
Valley Village 178
Other councils nearby or adjacent or similar to Studio City:
Hollywood United 35 total voters
Hollywood Hills West 221
Central Hollywood, 62
Hollywood Studio District 192
Wilshire Center/Koreatown 58
All council districts are divided up to have the approximate similar population.
The most any council election has had in votes was around 1,500, according to Stephen Box of Empower LA.
"But Studio City is definitely one of the most active councils of the 95 in the city," he said.
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