Like Patch, local neighborhood councils are close to the ground, often the first to hear of new projects and issues.
They can also strongly influence whether a project moves forward, particularly if it involves land use concerns.
Board sizes range, but are designed to involve stakeholders from a variety of perspectives.
The following six neighborhood councils in the East Region (Region 7) will hold elections on Oct. 6:
Filing opened earlier this month for board candidates.
You can run if you live, work or own property in the neighborhood council boundaries .
Also keep an eye out for council reps out in the community.
According to Jay Handal, who is overseeing the Region 7 elections for DONE, neighborhood councils are being encouraged to do outreach.
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