At-Large Representatives



Open At-Large Representative
Senior Representatives




Homeowner Representative
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Open Board Seats 2012 – Northridge West NC




At-Large Representatives Term:4 years 2 Elected There council members shall be elected “at- large”, meaning they fit no specific stakeholder group but must qualify as residing within the confines of the NWNC and must be at least 16 years of age. Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age, who lives, works, or own property in the neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it.

Matthew Vallecilla

My name is Matthew Vallecilla, I am a third generation Northridge resident and UCLA graduate. My grandparents moved to Northidge in the 1960’s, my father and uncles grew up here playing little league and Pop Warner and I attended the same neighborhood schools that my father went to. I am happy to call Northridge my home and would like nothing more than to have the opportunity to play an active part in keeping my community a safe, clean, ideal place for people to live and raise families.

I would be honored to have your vote and if elected, I promise to work hard to promote projects that improve Northridge streets, remove graffiti and overgrown brush while also finding ways to save the council money by eliminating waste and promoting more efficient spending of allocated funds.

Gerry Malais

I am running for re-election to continue the progress we’ve during my term as President of the NC.

Justin Richardson

My wife and I have lived in Northridge for over 25 years, we raised our six children in Northridge; they attended local public schools from elementary school thru high school.

Though we do live in a wonderful community we do face challenges such as traffic flow and crime to mention two.

I realize that the neighborhood council has very limited authority to solve problems, but I also know that by being actively involved I can help make a difference where it counts, here at home.

I look forward to serving our community as one of the Northridge community representatives.

Justin Richardson

Pamela Gentry

I was born and raised in the SF Valley, graduated UCLA, was a City Hall reporter for a local newspaper and subsequently worked for a City Councilman focussing on environmental issues as an administrative assistant. After leaving to produce talk shows at KABC radio, I ultimately devoted myself to a career in conflict resolution with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Throughout, I volunteered on city committees wherever I was, including the economic development commission in Alameda, California, during the closure of the Alameda Naval Air Station, represented Alameda for 15 years of lawsuits and negotiations to a successful conclusion mitigating the noise over Alameda due to the expansion of the Oakland Airport.

My philosophy and vision is proactive leadership thru vision, strategic planning and community input. The best resource is the community the Board represents.

Open At-Large Representative Term: 4 years 1 Elected This council member shall be elected who is not required to reside within the geographic boundaries of the NWNC, but who can profess an interest in The community’s affairs and must be at least 16 years of age. Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age, who lives, works, or own property in the neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it.

Anthony Day

I am running for neighborhood council to represent the interest of everyone who lives in and loves our Northridge community. My wife and I set roots in this beautiful neighborhood and I want to ensure that our community maintains its charm during this time of increased development.I am a financial auditor by trade and will bring professionalism and fiscal experience to the council. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to representing you.

Steven Koch

I Love Northridge. I am raising my family here as well as owning and running a business here. Over the past few years I have felt the quality of live has gone down in our area, with increased crime and far fewer city services. I want to focus attention on improving the quality of life for our families and better managing the budget to provide more for our constituents with the limited resources available.

Peter Lasky

I would like to help out and be a positive influence in the community and make it a better place for all the stakeholders. We have lived in the community for over 20 years and participated in the community by coaching youth sports teams in AYSO and basketball. I owned, operated and sold a business here and feel that my business experience would enable me to make reasonable, responsible, decisions.

Senior Representatives Term: 4 years 2 Elected These council members shall be stakeholders residing within the geographic boundaries of the NWNC and be at least 62 years of age. Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age, who lives, works, or own property in the neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it.

Ken Futernick

Northridge is my home. I have lived at this address for 53 years. I have had the opportunity to watch Northridge grow to the wonderful community that we live in. My desire is to continue to help keep Northridge safe, secure and beautiful. During my present term, I have made an effort to contribute to the education of our young people by helping the schools finance projects that benefit the schools, the classrooms and the children. I believe it is important to do all that we can to help and encourage the youngsters in our community to do well in school to contribute to our community and to enjoy a good life. Our children are our future.

Freddie Rymond

I have lived in Northridge since 1994 and now that I am retired, I have time to help my community. I help on Thursday’s cleaning the streets, I am on the Beautification Committee and it would be an honor to represent my neighborhood by being on the board again.

Sinclair Buckstaff

My wife and I have lived in our present home for 47 years. I am retired from a series of engineering positions, the last of which was 22 years working as an accident reconstrution engineer. (I have two engineering degrees from MIT.) In my last position from which I retired on my 80th birthday I testifed in courtrooms approximately 120 times and in arbitrations about 200 times. I have contributed letters to the newspapers many times. I am now ready for a position which will allow me to express my opinions more directly where they may have more visible results.

Homeowner Representatives Term: 4 years  1 Elected These council members shall own and reside in a home, condominium, townhouse, orapartment within the geographic boundaries of NWNC and must be at least 16 years of age. Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age, who lives, works, or own property in the neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it.

Darrell Griffin

I live, work and go to church in the Northridge West Neighborhood area. I live with my wife and teenage son and we love living in Northridge. We have five other children. Our oldest son was killed in combat in Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. Our oldest daughter is a real estate investor living in Texas, one daughter is married to a County Sheriff in Missouri, one son lives in Northern California and one daughter now attends UC Irvine. I am a CPA and MBA but make my living primarily as a writer of narrative non-fiction. My wife, Kim, is a CPA working in corporate accounting. I feel we get so much from living in Northridge that I want to give back to the community helping preserve our safe and beautiful neighborhood. I am active in my church and my son’s local charter school.

Craig Michayluk

Ivette Zurita Serrano

As a resident of the Northridge area I want to make our city welcoming of new homeowners, students, and businesses. My business background in marketing has allowed me to organized, detailed, and efficient. I am super enthusiastic and devoted to any project I tackle, and will dedicate my time, resources, and knowledge to this position. I’m up for making a sense of community we can all be proud to live, work, and play in.


Topeka Dr. Elementary School
9815 Topeka Drive
Northridge, CA 91324

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