October 28, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Venice Neighbors Vie for Top Seats

6:11am

by Melanie Camp

The 2016 Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Election will see a record number of candidates scramble to take a limited number of seats this year. Seventy one people have stepped into the ring to battle it out for a handful of spots.

All up there are 21 positions on the VNC Board, comprising seven Executive Board members and 14 Community Officers. Board Members serve a two-year term.

Current VNC President Mike Newhouse says that he predicts the record number of candidates will draw a record voter turnout on Election Day, June 5. Newhouse says that the support the VNC gets from the Venice Beach community gives the Council strength in numbers. “The City [of L.A.] takes the VNC seriously because we consistently field the most candidates, and turn out the most voters, citywide,” Newhouse said. “We also have higher meeting turnout than any other neighborhood council in the city.”

EmpowerLA, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment with City of Los Angeles runs the neighborhood council elections, and explained that Neighborhood Councils by definition, are City-certified local groups made up of people who live, work, own property, or have some other connection to the neighborhood. Neighborhood Council Board Members are elected or selected to their positions by the neighborhoods themselves.

The VNC plays an integral part in helping the Venice community bring to light important issues and to have a strong voice at the City level.

Newhouse says that the input the neighborhood council has is “a big benefit because we only have 15 city council members, and they have massive constituencies compared to other major city, city councils. Neighborhood councils help council members keep their pulse on what is important to their districts.”

The VNC has weighed in on many issues with direct impact seen in outcomes at a City level. Newhouse says that the biggest issue where VNC sees its influence felt, is homelessness and dealing with the homeless crisis in Los Angeles.

“Participating in the Venice Neighborhood Council gives you the opportunity to shape the future of Venice,” added Los Angeles City Coun- cilmember Mike Bonin. “By running and serving, you will have an opportunity to work on projects to beautify your neighborhood, tackle homelessness and other pressing issues, and weigh in on develop- ment projects to make sure that Venice looks and grows the way you think is most appropriate. You also meet tons of neighbors, and I assure you that you will never, ever be bored.”

EmpowerLA says Neighborhood Council Board Members, both elected and appointed, are required to do three things in order to vote on issues that come before the council: take Ethics Training, take Funding Training, and sign a Code-of-Conduct Certificate.

Melissa Diner currently serves as a Community Officer on the VNC Board and says the job of a VNC board member is to “serve as customer service representatives to our community fielding complains, concerns, and ideas to the right people both within the VNC and at the various city and county agencies depending on the issues.”

Diner says a board position should be about serving the Venice Community and not be an ego- driven decision. “Most importantly our job as board members is to talk to as many community mem- bers as we can, whether they attend the VNC meeting or not, and come up with ideas that we as community members want to see come to fruition in our community that truly represent the majority of Venetians.

EmpowerLA enables Neighborhood Council elections to be open to everyone who lives, works, or owns real property in the neighborhood, and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder. Jump on the EmpowerLA website to make sure you qualify to vote.

Election Day is Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 10am-6pm at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Avenue Venice.

Stay up to date with all news regarding the upcoming VNC elections with Yo! Venice.

Related Posts

New French Restaurant Opens by Beach in Playa del Rey

October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

Westside Dining Scene October 21, 2021 By Dolores Quintana There’s a new French restaurant open in Playa Del Rey according...

Breaking Barriers Through Sport

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

Ex-Navy Rescue swimmer and triathlete, Jordan Hunter is changing the statistics of African Americans not knowing how to swim and...

Community Volunteer Patrol Program Brings Civilians New Insight Into Law Enforcement

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

The West LA Police Department has a community patrol program bridging the gap between civilians and law enforcement. Video brought...

Pali High Debuts Fall Musical Avenue Q Live on Stage

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Pali high students bring the musical Avenue Q to the stage for a limited time. Video brought to you by...

UCLA awarded $1 Million Dollars Towards Enabling Safer Bike Commutes

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

The Civic Bicycle Commuting team along with partners is one of six competitors for the Civic Innovation Challenge backed by...

Barn Owl Nesting Box Program Comes to The Westside.

October 5, 2021

October 5, 2021

The barn owl nesting box program from Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife is helping these birds create a network of...

Missing Woman Last Seen in Venice Beach

September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

Jessie Jean-Baptiste last seen Saturday By Sam Catanzaro Police are seeking a missing 25-year-old woman last seen in Venice Beach...

Canstruction Fights Hunger Through Art

September 27, 2021

September 27, 2021

International hunger relief fundraiser Canstruction makes an appearance at the Westfield Century City mall and we have the highlights. Video...

The Rich History of Prehemptive CBD Creams

September 27, 2021

September 27, 2021

The following is a question and answer with Paul Herve, founder of Prehemptive CBD creams, based on the formulas of a botanical...

Top-Rated Poster Printing Services in Los Angeles

September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

So you want a piece of promotional artwork that is eye-catching and makes a statement. Maybe you’re a store looking...

Comedian Fuquan Johnson One of 1 of 3 Dead Following Suspected Overdose at Venice Party

September 7, 2021

September 7, 2021

Early Saturday morning incident remains under investigation By Sam Catanzaro Comedian Fuquan Johnson was among one of three people who...

Gambling and Mental Health: Tips For The Casino

August 31, 2021

August 31, 2021

With the advent of online casinos, gambling has become a more popular pastime than ever before. It’s estimated that a...

Final Weekend of Marina Drive-In Movie Summer Series With New Movies Added

August 28, 2021

August 28, 2021

WHERE: Marina del Rey Boat Launch Ramp, 13477 Fiji Way at Parking Lot #2 COST: $20 per vehicle, per movie...

Market Report: What is the Difference Between a Peach and a Nectarine?

August 25, 2021

August 25, 2021

Today at the Santa Monica farmers market Murray Farms answers all of our stone fruit questions in this video brought...

Main Street Traffic Closures Return This Weekend

August 20, 2021

August 20, 2021

Sharing an Open Main Street back for second time this summer August 21 – 22 By Sam Catanzaro  The summer’s...