Elections will be conducted Jan. 29 for five seats on the board of the Long Beach Community Services Development Corp. reserved for low-income representatives, the corporation's executive director, Miriam Smith, announced.
The corporation is a federally funded, nonprofit agency that provides services to the poor. Of the other 10 seats on the board, five are appointed by public officials and five are appointed by the private sector.
Candidates for the low-income spots can pick up nomination papers at the corporation office, 320 Pine Ave., through Friday. An optional candidates' meeting is scheduled there at 3 p.m. Friday.
The papers must be returned by Jan. 18 with 10 signatures of low-income residents of the district the candidate lives in.
Candidates for the four-year terms are not required to have incomes below federal poverty guidelines. However, those who sign nominating papers or cast ballots must have low incomes as defined by the U.S. government--for example, $8,220 a year for a household of three and $9,900 for a household for four.
Polling places will be: District 1 (downtown), Stevenson Elementary School, 515 Lime Ave.; District 2 (west side), Garfield Elementary School, 2240 Baltic Ave.; District 3 (central), Whittier Elementary School, 1761 Walnut Ave.; District 4 (east side), Willard Elementary School, 1055 Freeman St., and District 5 (North Long Beach), Clara Barton Elementary School, 1100 E. Del Amo Ave. Polls will be open from 3 to 8 p.m.
To cast a ballot, voters will be required to show proof of low income, such as a food stamp or welfare card, and sign an affidavit that they are age 18 or over. They also must prove they live in the district where they vote.
Information may be obtained by calling the corporation at 437-0681.