RUN for a Seat on the Tarzana Neighborhood Council in 2021
Posted on 01/05/2021
RUN for a Seat on the Tarzana Neighborhood Council (TNC) in 2021. The 2021 Tarzana Neighborhood Council election is coming. YOU SHOULD RUN! We're looking for a few good neighbors who are conscientious, community-minded and eager to represent Tarzana. To become a candidate for one of the 21 open seats on the Tarzana Neighborhood Council. Please note these fast approaching deadline dates:
Candidate Filing Period Begins: January 2, 2021
Candidate Filing Period Ends: February 16, 2021
Election Day: May 4, 2021
WHAT IS A NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL?
Neighborhood Councils are the closest form of government to the people. They are advisory bodies, who advocate for their communities with City Hall on important issues like development, homelessness, and emergency preparedness. Neighborhood Councils are part of the Los Angeles City government, and have annual budgets funded by taxpayer dollars. Neighborhood Council board members are City officials who are elected by the members of their local communities, but they donate their time as volunteers.
- The TNC Board is elected by stakeholders and holds regular monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Special Meetings are sometimes called, in between the regular monthly meetings, when matters of urgency need to be addressed. Any and all meeting times, dates, locations, and agendas are always posted, on the Tarzana Neighborhood Council tarzananc.org website, at least 72 hours in advance and often on social media.
- In addition to the General Board; TNC has Committees which are focused on key issues such as: beautification, budget & finance, homelessness, land use, public safety & traffic, as well as a committee for outreach.
- All Board Meetings and Committee Meetings are currently held via Zoom until further notice.
WHO CAN RUN OR VOTE?
While Neighborhood Council board members are volunteers, they are public officials elected by the members of their community. Most board members serve two-year terms. All 21 seats/positions on the TNC are open.
- Unlike other city, state, or federal elections, voting and being a candidate in Neighborhood Council (NC) elections is open to more than just the residents of a community. Participation is open to those who live, work, or own property or a business within an NC’s boundaries, as well as to “community interest stakeholders,” such as church members, local students (or parents of students), or members of local service organizations. Please check TNC Boundary Map here.
- Candidates need not be US citizens or legal residents to qualify. Participation is also open to the formerly incarcerated. The minimum age to vote is 16; the minimum age to run for a TNC seat is 18.
- READ the Candidate Info. Guide: https://clerk.lacity.org/sites/g/files/wph606/f/NC_Candidate_Information_Guide_ENG.pdf
- Candidate LIVE Info Sessions are available. It will answer questions about the candidate application, give tips for running a successful campaign, connecting with voters and much more. See session dates and RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/empowerla-dept-of-neighborhood-empowerment-11891498859
ELECTION TIMELINE / IMPORTANT DATES - CANDIDATE FILING and VOTE-BY-MAIL
- Candidate Filing Opens: January 2, 2021
- Candidate Filing Closes: February 16, 2021
- Candidate Documentation Deadline Closes: February 19, 2021
- Vote-By-Mail Ballot Request Opens: March 5, 2021
- Vote-By-Mail ballots are postage paid, but must be requested online or by mail
- Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request Closes: April 27, 2021
- Election Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021-- all ballots must be postmarked by this date or dropped off at the drop box by this date (location and times will be announced closer to the date)
- All Ballots Must Be Received By: Friday, May 7, 2021
To see the entire list of important dates to run as a Candidate for the Tarzana Neighborhood Council and request a ballot to Vote-By-Mail or drop-off in the dropbox, please visit: https://clerk.lacity.org/sites/g/files/wph606/f/Region_3_Election_Timeline.pdf
BECOME A CANDIDATE
Candidate Filing Opens: Saturday, January 2, 2021
- Tarzana Neighborhood Council elections candidate filing has opened for Tarzana. The current election will be for all 21 seats. Candidate filing is available now on the L.A. city Clerk’s office website. https://clerk.lacity.org/candidate-filing
- Steps TO FILE (click link): https://clerk.lacity.org/candidate-filing
- Click first item: NC Candidate Filing Portal
- You will need to create an Account
- YOU MUST: Verify your email address before you can begin
When you visit the NC Candidate Filing website at https://clerk.lacity.org/candidate-filing you will find other helpful links including:
- NC Candidates Filing Portal
- Video: What It Means To Be A Candidate
- 2021 NC list of Candidates
- Candidates Guidelines
- NC Election Candidate Information Guide
- 2021 NC Documentation Guide
- NC Candidate Filing Application (paper)
For more information/resources visit:
To submit questions; please visit:
The Office of the City Clerk administers Neighborhood Council elections – which serves as the primary support agency for LA’s Neighborhood Council system – oversees elections outreach and education. Please use the form below to contact them with your questions about Neighborhood Councils or about becoming a candidate.
For questions about filling out your candidate application or ballot request form, how Vote-By-Mail works this season, or Election Day/ballot drop box details, you may contact the City Clerk’s Neighborhood Council Election Section directly, by calling (213) 978-0444 or emailing them at [email protected].
Please also feel free to reach out to the Tarzana Neighborhood Council. We hope you will consider running for one of the 21 open seats on the council, as well as attend our General Board Meetings and get involved on one of our committees. Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].