LFNC Election 2018: Josh Steichmann, Candidate, District E

1.  How long have you lived in District E?

I have lived in District E for seven years come June.

2.  How many hours a week can you devote to the work of the Neighborhood Council and its subcommittees? 

About five, given my current schedule.

3.  How many Neighborhood Council meetings have you attended in the last six months?

I've gone to three governing board meetings, as well as eight committee meetings. I serve on the Planning, Land Use and Management Committee as well as the Transportation Committee. I believe I have attended every scheduled meeting for the committees I serve on in the last six months.

4.  The Neighborhood Council has a number of areas of interests and concerns.  What areas of interest do you plan to become involved in?

I see Los Feliz overall as a vibrant community that is having to make difficult decisions as it grows, and that means making sure that Los Feliz remains as affordable as possible, as walkable and bikable as possible, and as diverse as possible. For me, that has meant focusing on planning and land use, as well as transportation issues, though obviously these concerns overlap with a number of focus areas for the council.

5.  How familiar are you with the particular issues, projects, and nuances of your particular District?

Through my ongoing engagement with the council, and seven years of living in the district, I believe I am substantially familiar with the issues and concerns of District E, though one of the most rewarding things about serving on the committees has been how much more I have learned about the neighborhood, especially recent history, and if I am elected, I will undoubtedly learn much more.

6.  What issues in your District make you interested in representing it? Why do you think you are qualified to work on these issues?

Affordable housing and transportation have some of the greatest impact on quality of life for residents. I grew up in a multi-family housing cooperative in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was the youngest person to serve on its board — I'm used to the idea of public service in the interests of residents and interacting with municipal offices, and the challenges of balancing growth with affordability. For seven years, I've biked, walked and driven all over the district, and believe that the common frame of pitting drivers against pedestrians and bicyclists is mistaken — good planning and transportation policy benefit all three constituencies. Professionally, I do communications consulting for non-profits, both internal and external, and have helped boards run more effectively and designed community outreach strategies for statewide civil rights organizations.

7.  Once elected, you will be representing a specific District. How do you plan to stay in touch with the residents of your District?

If elected, I would both regularly reach out to district organizations such as the FRHA, as well as regularly write up and recap the meetings that I have, using social media (Facebook, Nextdoor) and a blog to communicate them.

8.  What activities have you been involved in with the community? (Give examples)

Aside from my work on the LFNC committees, I have both taken classes at and volunteered at Barnsdall Park, I have participated in pothole maps and curb-cut walks, I have volunteered at bicycle events and street fairs, and volunteered with the Clinton campaign as well as several other local campaigns.

9.  Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still on Talmadge just south of Prospect.