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LINCOLN HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ALERT:
Thanks to former LHNC member who contacted ZAP (Zuma’s Activist Program) with concerns (hopes actually) that the City is getting ready to pull the plug and decertify the NC.
First of all…did you know that 16 years olds can vote as stakeholders in some NCs, like LHNC? Elections are held at the Abraham Lincoln School, so kids can vote. (Maybe so parents can have their kids vote for them? (Fun for the whole family!)
I am told even a nine year old vote was allowed to vote in the last election! Some stake those 9-16 year olds must have on planning and land use issues?
People in Linclon Heights are receiving calls in Spanish inviting people to come to Thursday’s NC meeting because they were afraid of funding being cut off and decertified.
We felt that outreach wasn’t done in AIDS memorial in Lincoln park, we didn’t feel the park should be used for a memorial. From that day on its been a battle to keep LPNC a part of the area.
The political payback for the possible decertification aaaaaall goes back about four years ago. There was a The Wall/Las Memorias (Aids Memorial) presentation given to the community at LHNC.
Some NC members protested. Sierra Club did too, stating that parks are not supposed to be used for political memorials.
So what was behind the AIDS memorial in a public park?
Senator Gil Cedillo gave about $1 million of Senate funding for completion of the memorial.
The community fought, feeling the park was not the right venue.
Former NC member says, “We didn’t know how big of a fight we were in for.” (Laughing reflectively)
The Wall Memorial people got involved in helping their own supporters get voted onto NC.
Even though many were Highland Park residents -- they were bussed in (carpooled actually) by The Wall/Las Memorias Organization to the NC elections.
The caravan was organized by a former field deputy for Art Snyder, Richard Zaldivar (to bus/carpool them in.) This was the previous election. In the last election, they had the organization had a booth set up right across the street from the high school, close enough to be yelling at people across the street.
It’s been over two years since they had an NC election. Isn’t it time to decertify the NC? WHY HAVEN’T THEY HAD AN ELECTION IN THE PAST TWO YEARS? I MEAN I KNOW WHY…THOSE IN POWER DON’T WANNA LOSE. I MEAN, HOW DID DONE LET IT GO THIS LONG WITHOUT AN ELECTION?
There is a revolving group of cronies that go from one NC to the next - - because there is no way to verify who is voting where? You can qualify as a stakeholder in many different areas.
Your residence, work, school, organizations...just about anything will make you a stakeholder and there is no verification. I can say I am part of the Rotary Club…are they gonna call the Rotary club and verify?
There is a constitutional issue. You should have to be a citizen to vote. There is assumed English proficiency with residence, and age requirement of 18. These are basic constitutional issues. We’ve always said you must be an 18 year old citizen/resident. And what about felons? They can’t vote in elections, and this is a City agency. So the same criterion shoud be followed. Saying it’s a quasi-organization does not cut it when you are going into land planning issues. This has direct impact. If they are going there, then proper criterion should be used.
Before the last election it was assumed that you had to be 18. But last election, even a nine year old was allowed to vote. So, new bylaw says 16 is minimum. But that doesn’t make sense.
ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE 16 YEAR OLDS VOTE ON LAND USE AND PLANNING ISSUES?
Shirley Fierro, of LHNC, is getting paid (under contract for $1500) to put up ribbons on trees on Broadway during major holidays. That’s an Arts Issue...you have to go through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Council for that approval? Did you? And why are you spending NC money to tie ribbons around trees and parades. I thought the money was to inform the community of what the local government was doing…local outreach of information as to what is being done in your area. New sewer project, highway project, park, whatever. That’s what the money is supposed to be for. Not for things that get funding elsewhere This is not supposed to go to non-profit groups. Most of the people who work for DONE probably make more than the annual budget? ($50,000 a year)
And they use the money to do parades, shindigs, ribbon tyings…it’s all political promotion. That’s all it is.
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