December 10, 2022 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Yo! Venice Goes “One on One” with Mayoral Hopeful Joe Buscaino!

By Nick Antonicello, Yo! Venice Columnist

Councilman Joe Buscaino sat down with Yo! Venice to discuss the issues important to Venetians. 

The issues they really want to talk about!

A retired police officer and current councilman representing San Pedro, Buscaino launched his candidacy last summer at Venice Beach in lieu of the homeless encampments and rising crime that plagued this coastline neighborhood for months. 

Considered a top-tier candidate in a field of nearly three dozen hopefuls to date, many handicap the race as Buscaino along with City Attorney Mike Feuer, US Representative Karen Bass and Developer Rick Caruso as the frontrunners to succeed outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti who was nominated by President Joe Biden to be the next Ambassador to India. 

Buscaino is the first in a series of interviews with candidates for the office of Mayor of Los Angeles: 

Nick Antonicello: What is your position on loosening COVID-19 restrictions moving forward?

Joe Buscaino: I have continuously throughout the course of this pandemic, called for our public health orders to be aligned with that of the CDC. The state, county, and city restrictions hurt our local economy, especially our small businesses, and were not always aligned with that of the CDC. We need to fully reopen our economy, we have universal access to vaccines and tests, all the tools needed to resume life as usual. 

Nick Antonicello: The State of California has a large operating surplus. Would you lobby for those dollars to combat homelessness and provide the services required to keep the unhoused off the streets of Los Angeles?

Joe Buscaino: Absolutely. I have called on the state to move quickly on a number of initiatives that would address homelessness in Los Angeles. Here are a few:

  • Resolution asking Legislature to Change the Definition of “Gravely Disabled” for 5150 Reforms
  • Letter to Governor Newsom, asking him to apply for a Section 1115 waiver to allow Medicaid to pay for inpatient mental health care. 
  • 2019 Resolution asking Governor Newsom to apply for a Section 1115 waiver
  • 2021 Resolution asking Govenror Newsom to apply for a Section 1115 waiver
  • Resolution supporting HR 2611 which would provide federal funding for inpatient mental health care (Bass is Co-Sponsor)
  • Resolution asking Governor Newsom to declare a state of emergency. 
  • Daily News Op Ed asking Governor Newsom to declare a state of emergency

What is your position regarding LAHSA? Are they an effective unit of government and what reforms would you propose?

We need to divorce the City from LAHSA, effective immediately. Here are a few times I have been on record for this item.

There are currently 14 candidates for council in CD-11, do you plan on making an endorsement in that race?

I am very impressed with one candidate in particular. I think you will see a partnership in the near future. 

Who are you endorsing in the April 5th special Assembly race to succeed Autumn Burke?

Nico Ruderman for State Assembly.

What is your specific plan to reduce crime the moment you assume office?

  • Refund the LAPD $150M
  • Restore the department to staffing levels of 11,000
  • Increase civil hire positions to restore officers back on the street, patrolling and protecting our neighborhoods
  • Increase the Senior Lead Officer program
  • Increase the Community Safety Partnership Program

What “quality of life” proposals will you endorse to make neighborhoods cleaner and safe?

  • Expand our Clean and Green initiatives with organizations like LACC, Homeboy Industries, and homeless service partners; providing jobs to those in need in exchange of clean communities
  • Promote and expand neighborhood watch clubs, community block programs, and others that bring neighbors together

Centennial Park in Venice across from the Library is overrun with tents, new encampments and stationary RV vehicles. Have you been to the site and what will you do to remove the encampment?

Under my Safer Streets LA initiative- encampments will not be allowed at parks, libraries, or other public amenities. These assets are intended for public use and should be kept safe, accessible, and clean for everyone to enjoy. 

Nick Antonicello is a longtime Venetian who covers local politics and government and how it impacts Venice Beach. A member of the Outreach and Oceanfront Committee’s of the Venice Neighborhood Council, he can be reached at (310) 621-3775 or via e-mail at nantoni@mindspring.com

Related Posts

LA City Council Approves Funding for More Protected Bike Lanes for the Westside

December 9, 2022

December 9, 2022

Last minute moves from Councilmember Mike Bonin By Dolores Quintana As a parting gift to Council District 11, Los Angeles...

​​Column: No One Very Pleased as New Rooftop Solar Rules Improve

December 9, 2022

December 9, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist Only rarely does the California Public Utilities Commission, long known as the least responsive agency in...

Christmas Tree Lot Celebrates 75th Year Hosted by Boy Scouts

December 9, 2022

December 9, 2022

Troop 2 hosts its annual christmas tree lot on 19th and Santa Monica raising funds for the troop while teaching...

Coroner’s Report Finds Anne Heche Not Impaired at Time of Fatal Mar Vista Crash

December 9, 2022

December 9, 2022

Report deems actress’s death accidental By Sam Catanzaro A coroner’s report finds that actress Anne Heche was not impaired by...

Op-Ed: Flower Avenue Comprehensive Cleanups

December 8, 2022

December 8, 2022

By Clark Brown, elected member of the Board of the Venice Neighborhood Council and Community Officer The City of Los...

Acai Bowl Spot Coming to Abbot Kinney

December 7, 2022

December 7, 2022

Oakberry moving into former Pudu Pudu space By Dolores Quintana Oakberry, an acai bowl restaurant, is coming to Venice in...

No Venice Restaurants Awarded Michelin Stars

December 7, 2022

December 7, 2022

18 new California restaurants added to the guide By Dolores Quintana The Michelin Restaurant Guide has released its list of...

Local Art Studio Hosts Toy Drive and Winter Camps

December 7, 2022

December 7, 2022

The Paint:Lab in Santa Monica is hosting winter camps and a toy drive. Learn how to get involved in this...

38th Annual Venice High School Jackets of Excellence Awards This Friday

December 6, 2022

December 6, 2022

Friday, December 9 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Venice High School Submitted by the Venice Chamber of Commerce Since...

Venice Sign Lighting Celebrates 11th Anniversary

December 6, 2022

December 6, 2022

Venice celebrates the 11th year of lighting the Venice sign on Windward ave for the holidays!.Video sponsored by School of...

LA City Council Committee Moves Forward on Contentious Scattergood Power Plant Plan

December 6, 2022

December 6, 2022

Plan would shift power to green hydrogen instead of natural gas By Dolores Quintana On December 1, the Los Angeles...

Column: Will New Political Players Offer More Effective Local Government for Los Angeles & Venice?

December 5, 2022

December 5, 2022

Bass, Park could become unlikely allies in fighting homelessness, rising crime and the quality-of-life issues that plague both Angelenos and...

LA City Council Approves $5.1 Million in Transportation Projects for CD-11

December 3, 2022

December 3, 2022

Lawmakers approved funding despite request to delay by Traci Park By Dolores Quintana Councilmember-elect Traci Park sought to delay a...

Developer Plans 74-Unit Apartment Complex on Site of Former Mar Vista Church

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

12124 Pacific Avenue project would include 11 affordable units By Dolores Quintana In Mar Vista, a 74-unit apartment building has...

Los Angeles Home Prices Continue to Decline

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

 Forbes analist shows pullback from buyers in Los Angeles home market By Dolores Quintana After a seller’s market reigned, the...