A total of 26 candidates have registered to run for 19 open seats on the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, the group announced at its March 23 board meeting.

Most candidates –a total of 17– are running for 14 at-large community seats, while three candidates are vying for one non-resident or “factual basis” community seat. The six remaining candidates are up for the four area representative positions –two each for areas 1 and 2, with uncontested races in regions 3 and 4. Winning candidates will sit on the board for a two-year period beginning in June.

The deadline for submitting applications to run for the neighborhood council was March 22, with elections scheduled for May 21.  A candidates forum will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Boyle Heights City Council (2130 East 1st Street) community room.

At the March 23 board meeting, the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council unanimously approved a resolution in support of Deferred Action for Children Arrivals or DACA. The 2014 executive order by President Obama faces a legal challenge on which the Supreme Court will rule in June.

The neighborhood council also held a presentation from the Coalition to Prevent Alcohol Related Harms in Metro LA (CoPALM), a group that is seeking new zoning restrictions for liquor stores. The group will hold a community forum on the subject on Thursday, April 21, from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at Resurrection Church (3324 Opal Street).

In other items, the board approved a motion to join the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance –which deals with drought response strategies, climate action and related issues– but adjourned a discussion on granting a $3,000 Neighborhood Purposes Grant to Proyecto Jardín.

The neighborhood council’s next board meeting is scheduled for April 27.

Photo above: Members of CoPALM speak before Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council.

Antonio Mejías-Rentas is a Senior Editor at Boyle Heights Beat, where he mentors teenage journalists, manages the organization’s website and covers local issues. A veteran bilingual journalist, he's...

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