‘Preserve ASNC’ Slate Wins Big; Preliminary Election Results

Capping one of the more contentious local Neighborhood Council elections, a candidate slate formed to preserve the original five Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) communities won handily in voting held Saturday.

An opposition  group led by Joe Riser lost in every category in which they were opposed. Mr. Riser, a Hermon resident who was running unopposed to represent Sycamore Grove, received only 12 votes total, the lowest number of votes for any of  the 24 candidates.

The election puts to a rest, for the moment, attempts by any Hermon-friendly member to dissolve the ASNC by creating a neighborhood council for Hermon. Mr. Riser’s candidacy and unopposed victory, will ironically, marginalize him as a voting presence on the board. Unlike previous boards of the ASNC, Hermon will no longer have much influence in future board decisions.

Though the creation of a new Hermon Council would legally dissolve the ASNC,  and DONE leadership has told Mr. Riser more than once it will “never happen,” former ASNC President Martha Benedict told The Arroyo Seco Journal previously, “I’ve always said they should follow their dreams–outside of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council. They should not have it both ways by staying on the ASNC. Part of the process of creating a Hermon NC is decertifying the ASNC. I oppose that. We know from the City higher-ups that the Hermon NC is a non-starter. However, whatever they want to do is fine. Just keep it out of ASNC.”

For now, that battle is on the sidelines.

Here are the results from Saturday’s elections (These results have not been certified):

Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Election: October 13, 2012

Hermon Representatives (2)
Andrea Moran – 102
Judy Shane – 87

Montecito Heights Representatives (2)
Roy Payan – 45
Martha Benedict – 32

Monterey Hills Representatives (2)
Darius Adle – 67
David Lyttle – 25
Judy Knapton -  74

Mount Washington Representatives (4)
Paul Jacques – 30
Andrew Ptashnik – 30
Valerie Harragin – 55
Andrea Jayasekera – 64

Sycamore Grove Representatives (2)
Sergio Vidal-Echeverria – 27
Joseph Riser – 12

Retail, Wholesale, and Services
Alfred Buhler – 242

Faith-based Organizations
Alexander Bowman – 162
Margaret Barto – 184

Environment
Nina Zippay – 256

Education and Youth
Brittany Wolfson – 202

Recreation, Culture, and the Arts
Zoey Goetsch – 12
Lily Feliciano – 166
Ariel Van Zandweghe – 177

Healthcare and Seniors
Annie Sakamoto – 264

Community Non-profits
Clifford Moseley – 151
Terry Saltzman – 203

At-Large Representative (2)
Teresa “Teri” Bonsell – 160
Tony Torres – 152
Jack Fong – 177
Arthur Jaramillo – 137

Vote by mail: 75
Polling Place: 327
Provisionals: 2

Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council
Election: October 13, 2012
These results have not been certified.

President:
Nelson Grande II – 283
Robert Guevara – 54
Peter Hilton – 63
Michael Nogueira – 309
Patrick Koppula – 43

Treasurer:
Ashley Atkinson – 362
Cecilia Ryder – 279

Civic Director (2):
Eddie Ramirez – 308
Irena Seta – 324
Sande Seto – 296

Business Director (2):
Mark Yutan – 44
Hamilton Yutan – 19
Liam Roth – 256
Anthony Freeny – 248
Elva Grande – 183
Gregory Luke – 284

Education Director:
Jennifer Nutting – 477

Faith-Based Director:
Andrea Anderson – 425

Public Safety Director:
Tim Ryder – 320
Jose Posada -364

Sub-District 1 Director:
Baker Montgomery – 334
Duy Tran – 277

Sub-District 2 Director:
Carolyn Tribe – 545

Sub-District 3 Director:
Oren Bitan – 434

Sub-District 4 Director:
Michelle Frier – 430

Sub-District 5 Director:
Mark Haskell Smith – 320
Matt Harrington – 328

Sub-District 6 Director:
Ethan Weiss – 419
David Kofahl – 117

Sub-District 7 Director:
Mark Magallanes – 144
Michael Blanchard – 412

Sub-District 8 Director:
David Greene – 536

Youth Director
Caroline Roncalli -  437

Vote by mail: 6
Polling Place: 786

Glassell Park Neighborhood Council
Election: October 13, 2012
These results have not been certified.

At-Large Representative
George Smith – 66
Michael Divic – 100

Area 1 Representative
Bradley – 102
Elizabeth Gallardo – 74

Area 2 Representative
Maggie Darett-Quiroz – 91

Area 3 Representative

Area 4 Representative
Maggie Robles – 107

Area 5 Representative
Arlene Santos – 89
Leslie Andrew Ridings – 16
Paul Getto – 33

Area 6 Representative
Andrea Anderson – 22
Greg Maher – 35
Martin Gregori – 79

Area 7 Representative
Gladys Pinto Muños – 118

Business Representatives (3)
Ruby De Vera – 109
Victoria Monteleone – 43
Channa Grace – 69

Institutional Representative,
Faith-Based
Luis Camarillo – 135

Institutional Representative,
Educational
Baltazar Vega – 22

Organizational Representatives (2)
Paul Blanco – 106
Jon Saenz – 13
Michael Martinez – 97
Mark Quiroz – 49

Vote by mail: 24
Polling Place: 171
Provisionals: 6

Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council
The election was not held due to an insufficient number of candidates. All candidates who filed will be seated on the board. Vacancies will be filled at the first meeting of the new board.

9 positions.

Belen Eller

Alexia Teran

Rory Olsen

Enrique Flores

Patricia Heideman

Arturo Meza

Ann Walnum

Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council
Election: October 13, 2012
These results have not been certified.
Note: Alheli Hernandez and Trisha Gossett are tied for the 14th at-large seat and will draw straws for the position. Provisional ballots could still play a role in the outcome of the election.

President
Monica Alcaraz – 181
Cathi Milligan – 117

First Vice President
Hector Huezo – 276

Second Vice President
Ruben Del Portillo – 91
Alex Delgadillo – 157
Natalie Henderson – 36

Secretary
Brandin Engersbach – 151

Treasurer
Joan Potter – 236

At-Large Directors (14)
Ofelia Zuniga – 132
Clyde Tom Williams – 107
Miriam Escobar -125
Pablo Gutierrez – 34
Randy Carrillo – 124
Linda Caban – 100
Raul Macias – 118
Trisha Gossett – 108
Margarito Martinez – 46
Janet Dodson – 106
Elyse Schwartz – 94
Lourdes Reyes – 27
Aaron Salcido – 203
Gloria Castro-Trejo – 114
Zoey Goetsch – 29
Latiffe Amado – 119
Anthony Freeny – 30
Peter Bedard – 84
Gretchen Knudsen – 134
Aracely Lozano – 120
Teresa  “Teri “ Bonsell – 136
Paul Bonsell – 115
Ramiro Motta – 80
Ruben Del Portillo – 93
Harvey Slater – 109
Violeta Mendoza – 141
Alheli Hernandez – 108
Fernando Amaya – 30
Gloria Alvarez – 63

Total votes: 328
Provisionals: 19

Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council
Election: October 13, 2012
These results have not been certified.

President
Victor Azanedo – 18
Nanci Rosas – 62

Secretary
Martha Riley – 76

Youth Representatives
David Lopez – 79

Sub-Area 1 Representative
Richard Silvera – 75

Sub-Area 3 Representative

Sub-Area 5 Representative
Justin Ruedaflores – 64

Sub-Area 7 Representative
Lisa Joffrey – 65

Sub-Area 2 Representative

Sub-Area 4 Representative

Sub-Area 6 Representative
Philip Horvath – 74

Business Representatives-2
Theresa Velasquez – 76
Richard Friedberg – 22

Community Based Organization
Karla Mejia – 10
Karina Andrade – 33
Selena Ortega – 32

Total ballots: 91
Provisionals: 3