Saturday, May 10, 2014

Get Your Venice Neighborhood Council Election Voter Guide Right Here!


Folks, it's that time of year again. Spring has sprung and election season is just around the corner. First up is our very own Venice Neighborhood Council elections, taking place next Sunday, May 18th!

Venice For Change is happy to give you the 411 on when, where and even how to vote! The entire 21-member board is up for reelection this year, so make sure you get to the polls to make your voice heard.


Sunday, May 18, 2014
Polling Hours:
10 am to 6 pm

Westminster Ave. Elementary School
1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, 90291




If you are at least 16 years-old,  and live, work or own property in Venice, you can vote in this election. Just show up with some form of ID (such as a driver's license or utility bill with your name and address on it) that establishes your stakeholdership, and you are good to go.

So now a word about these recommendations.  Recommendations are based on one very important principle - does the candidate believe neighborhood councils should exist to help residents and stakeholders understand issues that affect their communities and that they should act in a way that reflects the values and wishes of the communities they serve, and will that candidate be a good choice to help carry out that mission.

So with that in mind, here are Venice For Change's recommendations:

VNC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (vote for each office)

PRESIDENT: Mike Newhouse
*VICE PRESIDENT: Marc Saltzberg
TREASURER: Hugh Harrison
SECRETARY: Helen Stolter
OUTREACH: Sylvia Aroth
COMMUNICATIONS: Jed Pauker
*LAND USE AND PLANNING COMMITTEE (LUPC) CHAIR: Robin Rudisill

*A special note about the candidates running for Vice President and LUPC Chair.  These two races are of particular importance because of who our preferred candidates are competing with : John Reed for Vice President and Jim Murez for LUPC Chair. 

Regardless of how you may feel about their stands on development issues in the past (and for the record, Murez and Reed have a mixed voting record as far as I'm concerned), if you believe neighborhood councils should exist to help residents and stakeholders understand issues that affect their communities, it is my opinion that neither Murez nor Reed are very good choices to carry out that mission.  It would not be an exaggeration to observe that while serving on the LUPC Board, both demonstrated vocal impatience, even contempt, in dealing with the community, especially if community members weren't in agreement with their views. 
 
Murez's and Reed's attitude had a very real affect on how LUPC operated. More often than not that meant the committee was yet another confusing, frustrating hoop residents had jump through to find out what was happening in their own back yards. It didn't have to be that way, and it doesn't have to be that way now. That's why we've recommended Marc Saltzberg and Robin Rudisill as the more community-oriented choices for
VNC Vice President and LUPC Chair.


 VNC COMMUNITY OFFICERS (vote for only one)
A quick note here: the VNC bylaws allow voters to vote for only one Community Officer, with the top 13 vote-getters elected to office. So even though we're recommending a number of candidates for this office, keep in mind you can only vote for one. So please research your choices carefully before choosing.

Beth Allyn
Mike Bravo
George Francisco 
George Generis
Ira Koslow
Joe Murphy
Abigail Myers
Eduardo Manilla
Ravi Shah
Petra Rudisill
Tommy O Walker
Kelley Willis

VNC COMMUNITY INTEREST OFFICER
 No Recommendation



To learn more about the candidates and read their candidate statements, go to: http://empowerla.org/vnc/venice-nc-2014-elections/






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