Empower LA Clarifies Reason for VNC Candidate Forum Cancellation

Today EmpowerLA sent the VNC Board an official statement on why they recommended cancellation of the May 4th CD-11 Candidate Forum after receiving numerous concerns by the public and board members about the propriety of the forum. Despite some event organizers negating to consider how they may have made a mistake, as well as allegations of “voter suppression” and “censorship” made by local right-wing media and like social media profiles, Empower LA confirmed their reasons for cancellation of the CD 11 Candidate Forum

Some of the reasons cited for the cancellation were:

  • VNC did not seek timely event approval for the use of public and encumbered funds before receiving City Clerk approval
  • Board members who have participated CD11 campaigning did not properly recuse themselves from the entirety of Board motion approval of the event
  • Some Board members names were left out of a Board Action Certification
  • NCs may not use its public resources and funding to host a candidate forum that features a sitting board member (VNC Pres. Jim Murez)
  • Event was rushed and in violation of multiple city policies

Unfortunately some board members and their associated media channels directed blame for the forum cancellation toward a VNC board member who has been vocal about the general lack of procedural integrity and questionable restriction of representational capacities  towards board members by VNC board leadership.

You may read the entirety of the EMPOWER LA letter below (PDF, 3 pages), or using this link:

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment - Venice NC Candidate Forum Response

5th generation Venetian, Indigenous Rights Activist and educator for youth and families in West Los Angeles, and lead coordinator of the Four Corners Spirit Run. Current Board member of the Venice Neighborhood Council (and 2014-2016). Perspectives are my own.

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