The Antelope Acres Town Council is comprised of five duly elected officers and a recording secretary. Combined, we have spent over 50 years fighting to protect the future and preservation of the charm and serenity of the area's natural and rural character and residents' open-space lifestyle.
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The Town Council consists of five members, or seats. Members serve a term of two years. Every alternating year either two seats, or three seats are open for election. In order for an actual election to be held more candidates must be running for existing available seats than there are seats available. For instance if there are two seats available and two candidates are running for those seats then no election is held and the candidates running for the seats are automatically seated. If three or more run then an election is required.
This year, we had two seats available, but no one ran. When we have empty seats not filled via elecions then we try to fill those seats by appointment.
Heading into 2016, we are looking for application candidates to fill our current two empty seats. Please approach Merrylou Nelson for applications.
Anyone contemplating serving on the Council please be advised that you must have some time to spend as the job is definitely time consuming. For those that have less time but want to help out then consider serving the Community by becoming a staff member of a member of a Committee.
The application time frame is from August Public Meeting to October Public Meeting, which is the deadline for applications to be turned in and also the date the cadidates address the Public Meeting.
Elections, should they be held, will be held in November.
The Election Committee Chair is Merrylou Nelson, Staff Recording Secretary, who may be reached at 661 942-5085 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will supply any candidate with the candidate's form and explain more about responsibilities and so forth.
We have two active committees and two inactive ones. The two active committees are the Renewable Energy/Fugitive Soil Committee and the Community Events Committee. Currently The Land Management Committee does not meet. However, next year we will be meeting with Regional Planning personnel to work on our local Community Standards. Also we have a Farmers Market, Organic Farming Committee that does not currently meet.
While to be a Council Member or staff member requires residency within the boundaries of Antelope Acres to be a Committee member does not. Anyone is eligible to serve on the Committees so long as the Council votes on accepting any individual into a Committee who does not live in our area.
This gives us an opportunity to have more experienced people serve and, since what goes on in the general neighborhood affects us all it allows more people who are affected to be more involved.
For more information on our committees, please follow this link to our committees page.
We're looking for volunteers interested in working with us to better our community. Volunteer opportunities include serving as a member of the town council or on one of many committees. If you're interested in volunteering to help set up a farmers market in Antelope Acres, have experience with 501c3's, want to help with the dust problem, or just have a little time available to get involved in our community, please contact us or apply at one of our public meetings. If you are interested in getting involved with your community, please complete this either this application to serve on the town council, or to serve on a committee, please complete this application and bring it with you to a meeting. Contact us if for more information.
Dr. Irwin Pascal
Ginger Stout, President
Dr. Pascal is a transplanted bit city urbanite who moved into the Antelope Valley over 12 years ago. Leaving behing the hustle and bustle of urban life in Miami, Florida and Los Angeles. He fell in love with wide open spaces and a lifestyle built around nature. With a PhD in Statistics and Research Design, and 25 years experience teaching computer programming and mathematics, he is now teaching mathematics at the Antelope Valley Learning Academy, which is an independent study high school under the Learn 4 Life Charter Schools umbrella.
On the home front, he owns a 10 acre ranch where he raises a variety of animals in a quiet, low pollution environment. His goal as a community activist is to keep Antelope Valley great.
Ginger Stout moved to Antelope Acres in 1979, attracted by the rural desert setting. She raised Quarter Horses, barrel raced and showed hunter/jumpers. She became involved in the formation of the first town council, eventually joining the Antelope Acres Town Council. She taught high school English and has volunteered for many Antelope Valley organizations and County issues.
Merrylou is a long time Antelope Acres resident. She has been a volunteer since 2008, serving the Antelope Acres Town Council as the Recording Secretary and as secretar to the ARTC Executive Board. She works on the Audit, Election, Fugitive Dust, Community Standards, 501©3 Nonprofit Committees and participates in review and comments on Los Angeles County projects such as solar & wind projects, the LA County General Plan, zoning changes and health issues, such as Valley Fever.
Merrylou Nelson, Recording Secretary
Julie moved to the Antelope Valley from Northern California in 2010. She is happily married and has two children. She is self employed, operating long term care and day treatment facilities for people who have developmental disabitlies and a non-profit group that focuses on reducing wind erosion in the Antelope Valley. She enjoys spending time with her family, ceramics and other art mediums, cooking and gardening.