Today was election day for DLANC (Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. Voting for the next term of board members was to begin at 2:00PM today.
I arrived at the Los Angeles Theater, the voting location at 1:45PM, figuring that I would be one of the few who would be there early so I could vote quickly and leave.
I was wrong. There was a long line of voters waiting patiently for the doors to open so they could cast their ballots.
Voters from all sections of Downtown were there: from Chinatown to South Park, from Little Tokyo to Skid Row. Skid Row residents and workers of the community turned out in large numbers to participate in the elections. It was good to see members of the Skid Row community getting involved in the process and having a voice in how their community will be run.
At the top is General Jeff who ran for Resident Director-Central City East.
Below him is Mr Gilbert. Mr Gilbert is the Life Skills Instructor for the STRIVE program that is operating in Skid Row. Many graduates of that program are grateful to Mr Gilbert for helping them identify negative behavior patterns and decision making processes so that they can avoid pitfalls to progressing in life in the future.
It was good to see the downtown community come out in large numbers in the elections.
I hope that the community will continue to become more involved in the development of a community spirit.