John Walker, the president of the Studio City Neighborhood Council, is seeking a few people to fill vacancies on the all-volunteer advisory neighborhood council.
Walker said, “Due to recent changes on our board, some seats became available. If you have an interest in applying for the Business Representative Seat, please reply to: email@example.com. If you are not familiar with the Studio City Neighborhood Council, please visit our website: www.studiocitync.org and read about us, who makes up the board, how often we meet and what we do to serve.”
It’s a unique place to go to meetings–right on the CBS Radford Studios lot where “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Seinfeld” and “Will and Grace” were shot. All the community meetings have free food catered usually by local eateries from Ventura Boulevard. Walker will be able to appoint the positions with the approval of the rest of the board, and then the positions will be elected by the stakeholders of the Studio City Community.
The positions are:
Youth Seat: Who is at least fifteen (15) years of age but less than eighteen (18) years of age as of the date of the then-current election.
Renter: Residential renter (including apartments, condominiums, multiplexes and single-family dwellings). We would like to receive more applications.
Business Representative: A person who legally provides goods or services for compensation in Studio City and who maintains a valid City of Los Angeles Tax Registration Certificate (otherwise known as a City of Los Angeles business license) or owns business real property in Studio City.
The Neighborhood Council is an odd and new community group that is unique from any other community group in the country. It’s a grand experiment in community activism, and Studio City (a unique community in its own right) is at the center of it. The idea of the councils came when citizens felt so disenfranchised with city government that the San Fernando Valley considered seceding from the City of Los Angeles and becoming its own city—and it would be a formidable one in its own right.
There isn’t any money involved. There’s no power, money or glamour for being on the Neighborhood Council, and as an outsider and observer since 2010 of the process, I can also attest that for some it’s a thankless job. You become a flashpoint for problems of all your neighbors, and you also get the blame.
Walker has tried to protect his council from some of the backlash, but that is not entirely the right idea (in my opinion). These are elected people and they do have control of about $37,000 in tax money that gets distributed at their will.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer for your community and help preserve the quality of life we have all come to enjoy in Studio City,” he said. “I look forward to hearing from you and remember, we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month on the CBS Center and the public is always invited.”