Skid Row NC-Formation Committee Legal Fund
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This campaign is solely for a legal fund to secure legal representation for the Skid Row Neighborhood Council-Formation Committee.

This specific fundraising effort is for the Skid Row Neighborhood Council-Formation Committee legal fund ONLY. This campaign is the ONLY ONE officially connected to the SRNC-FC and is the only one authorized and approved by the SRNC-FC Chair. The Chair is “General” Jeff Page. Our need for legal representation is to file a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles. There are highly contentious issues which include - voter rights violations, civil rights violations and more. Also, authorized by the SRNC-FC Chair, is for Katherine McNenny to be the lead administrator of this account.

Taking advantage of a new “Subdivision” policy for neighborhood councils (http://empowerla.org/subdivision/), members of the Skid Row community started organizing in 2014 to break away from the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC). The Skid Row Neighborhood Council-Formation Committee feels that an advisory board (to the City) which could focus exclusively on issues in the neighborhood would best serve local stakeholders, approx. twelve thousand of which are primarily homeless (no income), low-income or extremely low-income residents. Skid Row continues to hold the title of “Homeless Capitol of America”.

On April 6th, there was an election in Downtown that the City's Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) held which allowed local stakeholders to vote YES or NO for the creation of the Skid Row Neighborhood Council or “Subdivision”. There were, what members of the SRNC-FC considered legally questionable acts that DONE took before this election. For example, allowing for online voting just two weeks before the election, when they had previously mentioned this would not be allowed. In fact, there was a moratorium on online voting Citywide at the time. As it turned out, there had been a law firm hired to petition and lobby City Council for online voting just for this one election. Low-income Skid Row residents do not have easy access to computers in the way stakeholders outside of Skid Row do. All Downtown stakeholders were allowed to vote.

The Skid Row Neighborhood Council was defeated by just 60 votes. 826 voted NO, 764 voted YES (2 were provisional and went to YES). The vast majority of in-person votes were YES, most NO votes were online.

After the election, a member of the SRNC-FC was contacted by an anonymous source that shared evidence of DLANC electioneering, which is not allowed per DONE. This evidence was submitted to DONE as three election “challenges” and on May 3rd, a special panel convened by DONE upheld all three challenges. (http://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/los-angeles/13189-attempt-to-crush-skid-row-neighborhood-council-election-thwarted-panel-upholds-all-3-complaints). 

On May 19th DONE officially contacted the SRNC-FC to inform us that they decided to ignore all the panel’s recommendations and uphold the election results, thus denying us our neighborhood council. This, despite DONE’s own guidelines. We intend to fight for our council and are currently seeking help.Thank you in advance for supporting our efforts to improve our community!

For more information about the Skid Row Neighborhood Council-Formation Committee, please visit: https://skidrowneighborhoodcouncil.com/

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