Venice Beach Now Has a Dedicated City Employee

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced L.A. as the nation’s official bidder for the 2024 Olympics in Santa Monica Sept. 1.

For the first time, Venice Beach has a single city employee focused solely on providing a excellent and inviting experience for residents and visitors at the beach, Councilmember Mike Bonin announced.

“Venice Beach is simultaneously a residential neighborhood, a thriving commercial district and world-renowned tourist destination,” said Bonin. “Managing a site this eclectic, important and unique requires focus and expert attention and I am very excited that Bob Davis will bring decades of experience to the new role of Venice Beach Superintendent.”

Bonin has been advocating for the City to hire a Superintendent at Venice Beach since he took office in 2013, and he was able to work with the Department of Recreation and Parks to identify the necessary funding in this year’s budget to hire the new superintendent.

Davis has been working with the City Department of Recreation and Parks since 1980, and has worked at facilities across Los Angeles, including many on the Westside. Davis will manage overall beach operations in his new role, including issuing permits for special events and filming and overseeing maintenance of bathrooms, trash cans, landscaping the boardwalk, pier, skatepark and play areas. He will work closely with neighbors, community groups, local businesses and other agencies such as the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Bureau of Sanitation and Los Angeles County Beaches and Harbors to ensure Venice Beach offers fun and engaging experiences for visitors and neighbors.

“I am very much looking forward to my new assignment in working collaboratively with the various stakeholders, tourists and community members who visit, live in and who do business at Venice Beach throughout the year,” said Davis. “Working directly with Councilmember Bonin’s office, various governmental agencies, business organizations, property owners and community groups toward providing an inviting, clean and safe environment for all to enjoy will be one of my primary goals and objectives in my new role. As with any location where large groups of people gather, there will always be challenges to meet all of the needs of the group. In working together, we should be able to substantially meet and exceed those challenges in order to improve the globally popular destination Venice Beach.”

Davis officially started his new job on November 29.

Photo courtesy: Venice Paparazzi