Studio City’s Neighborhood Council Had More Votes, Ballots and Candidates Over Neighbors

Although they were disappointed over the total turnout, it was better than their neighboring council.

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.

For more information about the council, always look in the NEWS tab above, and see:

Studio City Neighborhood Council—Why You Should Care



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Lisa Sarkin September 22, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Thank you Mike for clearing this up. Those of us who witnessed the vote counting were disappointed initially in the tally. Again, Studio City shows that the Neighborhood Council system is an important tool for stakeholders.
Miki Henderson September 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Well this puts it all in perspective don't it? Tolluca Lake, that didn't want to be part of our district? more than 100 less than us?! Hey, and I like this new grouping of stories on the NEWS pull-down, ... http://studiocity.patch.com/topics/studio-city-neighborhood-councilwhy-you-should-care is that going to be forever there now to find out what goes on in the Neighborhood council?
Mike Szymanski September 22, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Yeah, thanks for pointing that out Miki, I'll have all the SCNC stories now grouped together under the NEWS tab at the top of the page on the bar of the front page of Studio City Patch, so if there's a blog, or anything related to the Neighborhood Council, it will be always in that section and more easy to find.
Ursula Holloman September 23, 2012 at 05:22 AM
I voted for the first time in the SCNC election, thanks to Patch.
John Walker September 23, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Thank you so very much for posting a *factual* article about the Studio City Neighborhood Council. I had received so many emails about what was being posted. Yesterday, while attending the Congress of Neighborhood Councils, so many people came up to me and spoke about our elections - and about "what a great this community this must be" and "what a good job by the Outreach committee" and lastly, "how good it must feel to have such support". Well you know what? It does! We have accomplished so very much because of our volunteers and the public support we are all so very thankful for. For us, many voices joined together, can and have had a real effect within City Hall.
Irene Gibson September 23, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Great News! Now with such a turnout, impressive results may be expected from those voters, working hard together to accomplish a realistic and productive Plan of Action....followed by implementation of that Plan! Cheers.


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