Three newcomers and four in-cumbents were elected to the Mar Vista Community Council board of directors Tuesday, March 15th.

Voter turnout at the third annual election nearly doubled from the previous year.

Unofficial results after 355 people voted indicated:

The three newcomers elected to the council board are Claudia Border, 255 votes; Renee Marcus, 242 votes; and Matthew Vodnoy, 213 votes.

The four incumbents reelected to the council are Ken Alpern, 280 votes; vice chairman Rob Kadota, 280 votes; chairman Tom Ponton, 275 votes; and vice chairman Bill Scheding, 255 votes.

The last meeting of the current board of directors will be Tues-day, April 12th, and the newly elected board members will be installed Wednesday, April 13th.

The election, held at the Mar Vista Elementary School, 3331 Granville Road, Mar Vista, “went very well,” Ponton said.

“There was not a lot of con-troversy, so to get people excited about it is pretty hard,” he said.

Ponton attributes the much higher turnout this year to a sur-vey that was included on a sepa-rate ballot, questioning neighbors about their feelings on various community issues.

Thirteen questions were asked to “wake people up and get people interested in the vote,” Ponton said. Questions included community development, Los Angeles Airport (LAX) expansion, Los Angeles Unified School District issues and Santa Monica Airport issues.

Voters had the option of an-swering either “yes,” “no” or “no opinion” to each of the questions asked, and Ponton said he was not surprised by most of the re-sponses.

“We’ve had a pretty good pulse on the community all along,” he said.

Survey results which did sur-prise Ponton were from the ques-tion which asked whether the reconfiguration of LAX should be stopped.

The question received 170 “yes” votes and 100 “no” votes.

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