February 26, 2024 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Venice Shorts: Twice a Charm?

Author, photographer, surfer Brian Averill mounts a second run for President of the Venice Neighborhood Council, seeks a more positive, less divisive VNC

By Nick Antonicello

Two years ago local community advocate Brian Averill mounted a grass roots campaign for the presidency of the Venice Neighborhood Council that resulted in a surprisingly close, second-place finish to veteran Venetian James Murez in a competitive four-way race that saw Murez win with 49.6% of the vote to Averill’s 42%. With a turnout of 1,925 stakeholders, Murez squeaked past Averill, by a vote of 955-810 or a mere 145 votes.

The two other presidential candidates, Ben Decker and Jay Schapira trailed the field.

For Brian Averill, what is success without failure?

And as the old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Averill, a policy wonk of sorts who seeks solutions first, has a reputation with those who know him best as honest, caring and getting things done. Tempered and measured, Averill is a proponent of positive change for the community he believes can occur at the grass roots level of government action, especially when it comes to the issue of homelessness, encampments and crime.

But in this second run for the top job, there will be no “spoilers” in the race as it will be a one-on-one contest with incumbent Vice-President Daffodil Tyminski, who is said to be formulating a ticket of candidates while Averill to date will be running with longtime VNC Community Officer Jim Robb, the popular local who has never lost a race for neighborhood council and currently serves as Chairman of the Oceanfront Committee of the VNC as his running-mate for the position of VP. Tyminski is running with current Communications Officer Vicki Halliday, who works for the website, The Westside Current, formerly known as The Venice Current. Halliday also serves on the VNC’s Homeless Committee.

The current incumbent President James Murez has opted not to seek reelection to a second term and instead will be seeking the position of Community Officer, as Murez has held multiple positions in his past service to the VNC. Murez, the longtime manager of the Friday Venice Farmer’s Market was an unsuccessful candidate for the LA City Council in last year’s June Primary that saw him finish sixth in a field of eight candidates. He immediately endorsed the eventual winner in the November runoff, Traci Park over local Venice attorney Erin Darling.

Park, also a resident of Venice edged out Darling by a 52% to 48% margin with nearly 100,000 votes cast, the largest of any council district in last year’s municipal contests.

Murez has not indicated to date if he is endorsing a successor in this year’s March contest.

A 22-year resident of Venice, Averill is a graduate of New York University (NYU) and the author of “Concrete to Saltwater,” his first book on photography which was published four years ago and is available locally at Small World Books, and nationwide on Shopify as well as internationally on Amazon. A founding member of the  Venice Surfing Association  Averill currently sits on the Outreach and Oceanfront Walk committees of the Venice Neighborhood Council.

In his previous run, Averill spoke of offering “reasoned intelligence” to the operation of this grass roots elected board consisting of 21 members, all serving in a volunteer capacity.

Since his last campaign, Averill played a contributing community role in calling for the cleaning up of the conditions at Oceanfront Walk, as he resides close to the beach here in Venice.

Averill was an early and avid supporter of Councilwoman Traci Park (CD-11), and looks forward to working with her in moving the neighborhood council forward as we come out of pandemic conditions due to COVID-19 should he be successful.

In speaking with Averill, he is more focused on his own campaign this time around and is comfortable in who the voters select to serve with him in the various slots that will be decided come the election.  

To learn more about Averill, visit his website at http://1venice.com/

Nick Antonicello is a longtime Venetian who covers local culture, community advocacy, government & politics and how they impact the neighborhood of Venice Beach. Antonicello is once again covering the 2023 VNC elections and is doing so for the second time. Have a take or tip about Venice? E-mail him at nantoni@mindspring.com

Related Posts

Portraiture Masterclass with Renowned Photographer Coming to Venice Beach

February 20, 2024

February 20, 2024

Participants will explore the boardwalk alongside Alan, honing their creativity and engaging with the local community. Renowned photographer Alan Shapiro...

From Spooky Screenings to Pumpkin Patches, Check Out LA’s Halloween Events

October 25, 2023

October 25, 2023

Halloween Delights and Haunting Days and Nights in Los Angeles By Dolores Quintana Halloween, the true apex of the spooky...

New Program Can Help Protect Southern California Homes in the Event of an Earthquake

May 13, 2023

May 13, 2023

Residents Have Until May 31 To Apply For Seismic Retrofit Grants By Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer for the California...

Venice Shorts: Tree Trimming Underway Thanks to the Vsa!

April 28, 2023

April 28, 2023

VSA Has Taken up the Task of Trimming Italian Stone Pine Trees. By Nick Antonicello Following the recent toppling of...

Venice Stakeholders Association’s Comments on Traci Park’s Broken Bridge Housing Promise

April 24, 2023

April 24, 2023

By Marc Ryavec I have been struggling with how to address the phenomenon that someone I and many others in...

Column: Tired OF Declinists? Some Enduring New California Positives

April 18, 2023

April 18, 2023

By Thomas D. Elias California has taken a beating lately, with (mostly Republican) governors of other states blasting many aspects...

Venice Shorts: The South Venice Blvd Encampment, Is It a Candidate for a City Cleanup?

April 14, 2023

April 14, 2023

One of the last of the large encampments closest to the beach, Venetians are hopeful help is on the way!...

New Fair Work Week Standards Take Effect in Los Angeles for Retail Businesses

April 12, 2023

April 12, 2023

Ordinance in effect as of April 1 The City of Los Angeles has enacted the Fair Work Week Ordinance, aimed...

Green Dog Dental Celebrates ‘Pet-chella’ With Open House and Ribbon Cutting in Venice

April 11, 2023

April 11, 2023

Local vendors and adoption opportunities for furry friends make the event a must-attend for animal lovers Green Dog Dental’s newly...

Residents of L.A. County Can Now Learn Hands-Only CPR at Public Places and Events

April 11, 2023

April 11, 2023

Officials aim to combat heart disease through  hands-only CPR training campaign Los Angeles County residents and workers who attend entertainment...

Venice Library Partners with LA County to Provide Hands-Only CPR Training

April 5, 2023

April 5, 2023

Thursday training will be a brief, easy-to-learn session aimed at equipping participants with life-saving skills The Venice – Abbot Kinney...

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction Moves to New Location to Celebrate 44th Year

April 4, 2023

April 4, 2023

Charles Gaines Honored as Signature Artist at this year’s event to take place April 18 to May 19 Venice Family...

Improving Greenery in LA County Can Boost Life Expectancy, UCLA Study Finds

April 4, 2023

April 4, 2023

Researchers propose blueprint for targeted green strategies that could increase longevity and reduce health disparities among Black and Latino residents...

Venice Shorts: Averill Defeats Tyminski 63%-37% to Become President of Venice Neighborhood Council

April 3, 2023

April 3, 2023

In second bid for top spot, surfer/photographer Brian Averill coasts to an easy win against Venice attorney and outgoing Vice-President...

Column: Install at LAX Tiny Homes From The State Grant

March 31, 2023

March 31, 2023

By Clark Brown On March 16  Governor Newsom announced in Sacramento, his first stop on his State of the State of...