The city bureaucracy and bungling by the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) has resulted in the postponement of the election for the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey.

A frustrated group of board members, many of whom have invested hundreds of hours in planning for the 2006 election scheduled for Monday, April 3rd, and Wednesday, April 5th, sat in disbelief at their Tuesday, March 7th, meeting as Parker Anderson from DONE informed them that due to an error by his department, the election could not proceed.

Though the Neighborhood Council’s Election Committee submitted the appropriate documents to DONE in October last year, DONE employees never processed the paperwork, and the group’s election procedures, while compliant with DONE’s guidelines, were never officially approved.

Anderson cited a city ordinance that went into effect on February 1st, that clearly states that DONE shall not recognize any Neighborhood Council election unless its election procedures are approved 90 days before the proposed election date.