2023 Neighborhood Council Elections

The 2023 Neighborhood Council elections took place on June 22, 2023, with a Vote-By-Mail option available prior to and on election day. 20 candidates vied for eight seats on the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC) in areas 2, 4, and 6 (also see: area boundary map on this website). Unofficial results were announced by the Office of the City Clerk on June 28 (official certification: July 6).
Those elected via the 2023 SONC elections for terms of office beginning July 2023 are:

Area 2 Community Interest - Jeffrey Hartsough
Area 2 Residential - Brett Collier
Area 4 Business - Arezou Diarian
Area 4 Community Interest - Brian Patton
Area 4 Residential - Kylee Peña
Area 6 Business - Row Zadeh
Area 6 Community Interest - Tom Materna
Area 6 Residential - Lindsay Imber
Photos of Candidates elected to SONC in 2023
The following section is archived from the 2023 election cycle:
The 2023 Neighborhood Council elections are taking place now through June 22, 2023. The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC) has a slate of 20 candidates who have filed to run for the 9 council seat races across areas 2, 4, and 6 that will be on the ballot. Please refer to the Area boundary map on this website and the area boundary descriptions that appear below to determine if you live in an area of Sherman Oaks that will have open seats on the 2023 ballot. As a stakeholder associated with any of these areas, you are eligible to vote in the 2023 elections. The Office of the City Clerk administers Neighborhood Council elections. 
The 9 seats in contention and Certified Candidates are:
Area 2 Residential - Brett Collier, Tal Margalit
Area 2 Business - None
Area 2 Community Interest - Jeffrey Hartsough
Area 4 Residential - Adam Rapaport, Kylee Peña
Area 4 Business - Arezou Diarian
Area 4 Community Interest - Brian Patton
Area 6 Residential - Lindsay Imber, Jon Rosen, Adam Gold, Shane T. Igoe, David Silverman, Dhruval Joshi, Brian G. Beecher, Adam Pryor, John Siefert
Area 6 Business - Row Zadeh, Marty Yeghishian
Area 6 Community Interest - Tom Materna, Jolie Salter

Area Boundaries For Upcoming 2023 SONC Election Races
SONC Area 2 is located within the 91401 and 91423 zip codes and is bounded by:
  • Burbank Boulevard on the north
  • 101 Freeway on the south
  • Woodman Avenue on the east
  • Van Nuys Boulevard on the west
SONC Area 4 is located within the 91403 and a small portion of the 91423 zip codes and is bounded by:
  • 101 Freeway on the north
  • Ventura Boulevard on the south
  • Hazeltine Avenue on the east
  • 405 Freeway on the west
SONC Area 6 is located within the 91403 and a small portion of the 91423 zip codes and is bounded by:
  • Ventura Boulevard on the north
  • Mulholland Drive on the south
  • Beverly Glen on the east
  • 405 Freeway on the west
In-person Polling Location
The in-person polling location for the 2023 Sherman Oaks NC Election will take place at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center (SOEVAC), 5056 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, in Building C, Back Division on Thursday, June 22, 2023. Voting hours will be 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
What Is A Neighborhood Council?

The purpose of neighborhood councils is to promote public participation in City governance and the decision-making process so that government is more responsive to local needs and requests. Neighborhood Councils will advise the Mayor of LA, City Council and City Departments on the City budget and will give local residents greater say over the decisions that affect our lives.
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council is an official government entity of the City of Los Angeles and the community's gateway to Los Angeles City Council. Board members are elected officials who volunteer to serve their community. The elected Sherman Oaks Board members serve four-year terms of office. The current term period will begin on July 1, 2023 and run to June 30, 2027.
What Are The Candidate Eligiblity Requirements?

Eligible candidates can be residents, business owners, property owners, or community interest advocates who are key participants in local non-profit/service organizations. Candidates need not be US citizens or legal residents to qualify. Participation is also open to the formerly incarcerated. The minimum age to run for a council seat is 18.
Voting Model

The deadline for applying to receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot has passed. Stakeholders will be able to cast their votes at the in-person polling place on June 22, 2023. The minimum voting age is 16. Voters can only cast their ballots for candidates that are running in their respective area of Sherman Oaks. This means that only eligible certified voters associated with Areas 2, 4 and 6 will be voting in the 2023 election for candidates running for open positions in those areas. Participation to vote is open to those who live, work, or own property or a business within a specific area. The certification process to receive a ballot will require voters to attest to qualification via written documentation (California driver's license or ID, property tax statement, paycheck, City of LA issued business license, etc.). Ballots will be available in 13 different languages.
Candidate Statements

The candidate bio's and candidate statements are published on the City Clerk's website. To view candidate information and statements for the 20 certified stakeholders visit the Candidate Statements page. 
Meeting the Candidates
At the June 12th, 2023 Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council monthly Board meeting, a candidate forum was conducted. All the certified candidates and all Sherman Oaks stakeholders were invited to attend the meeting. Those candidates that participated spoke about themselves and answered questions from the currently serving elected SONC Board members. If you missed the in-person meeting, you can watch the recording by clcking here.
Voting Deadline

The voting deadline for SONC elections is Thursday, June 22, 2023, with official results released on July 6, 2023. Newly elected council members will be officially sworn in and seated at the July 10th, 2023 SONC board meeting.
Voting By Mail

Sherman Oaks stakeholders were able to submit an application prior to June 3 to obtain a Vote-By-Mail (VBM) ballot. Since this deadline has now passed, unless you are already in possesion of a Vote-By-Mail ballot, you will need to cast your vote in-person on election day at the polling place.
All applications to obtain a ballot are reviewed to ensure stakeholders meet the NC voter requirements, and once approved, ballots are mailed to the voters. Voted/completed filled-in ballots can be returned by mail using the postage-paid envelope provided or dropped off at the polling place on Election Day. Completed NC ballots must be postmarked by Election Day June 22, 2023 and received by the City Clerk's office no later than July 2, 2023 (10 days after election day).
Proof Of Eligibility Required

Voters are required to show proof of eligibility. This means showing something with your photo, name, birthdate, and address within NC boundaries, to prove you are a stakeholder. If you have a driver's license or ID card showing your local address and birthdate, that will do. However, government ID is not required; you can use any item with your photo and name (like a store or gym
membership card) along with a piece of mail addressed to you and something showing you are of voting age. Learn more at bit.ly/NCdocumentation.
Voting Information/Resources
Ballot Tally
SONC elections ballot tally will take place beginning on Friday June 23rd and will continue (if needed) from Monday June 26th through Thursday June 29th, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, excluding noon to 1:00 PM (lunch break). Ballot tally can be viewed in-person at Piper Technical Center, 555 Ramirez Street, Space 375, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or can be viewed via live-stream on Zoom (Passcode NCE2023). You can also view final election results by visiting the 2023 Neighborhood Council Election Results web page.
Learn more about the 2023 Neighborhood Council Elections at: empowerla.org/elections
For help on voting you can contact the City Clerk's Office:
Phone (213) 978-0444 (M - F / 8am - 5pm),


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