Skid Row advocates say they hope to pursue “any and all legal action” to help keep their community’s effort to establish a neighborhood council alive. General Jeff Page, speaking for the Skid Row Neighborhood Council formation committee, told KPCC Monday he did not agree with city officials’ decision on Friday to certify last month’s election results, when the Skid Row effort was defeated by less than 100 votes. “It’s a bunch of hogwash,” he said. “Right now we’re in the process of seeking legal representation to stand with us and overcome this travesty.”
The Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment certified the results from the April 6 election late last week, rejecting the formation of a new council for Skid Row. The decision came amid calls for an independent investigation into alleged illegal campaigning efforts by the Downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council.
Shortly after the April election, Skid Row advocates submitted three challenges to the election’s outcome, accusing the Downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council’s board members of knowingly interfering in the election through a “front organization” called Unite DTLA.