May 24, 2024 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Meet The Incoming President of Venice Neighborhood Council

Starting In July, Averill Will Serve The People Of Venice As President Of The Neighborhood Council As He Tackles Issues Ranging From Homelessness And Development.

By Zach Armstrong

After growing up on the East Coast and graduating from New York University, Brian Averill decided to make the move to California in 2002. He is a photographer by trade. His business does shoots for sportswear, beachwear, surfing and other sporting activities. Starting in July, Averill will serve the people of Venice as president of the Neighborhood Council as he tackles issues ranging from homelessness and development.

This Q and A was edited for clarity.

What is your history with the Venice Neighborhood Council?

I was a board member on the council. In 2019 I was elected. So I have been a board member, and then I ran for president this year and was elected last month.

What would you list as your top priorities of things you hope to accomplish or topics you want to focus on the most?

The previous few councils have not had a good relationship with CD 11. 90% of the motions that we pass are through CD 11. I think it’s incredibly important to nurture a healthy relationships with council member Traci Park, because if we don’t, if we don’t have a good relationship, then we’re not really going to accomplish a lot. 

There’s lots of different points of view here about bigger issues. In the past, the council hasn’t really functioned to bring all those points of view together to some consensus. So that’s definitely a goal of mine, to actually represent all the different perspectives. I think when it comes down to it, 90% of us here agree on the questions. So it’s just a matter of re-emphasizing that to people, and just going about things in a more positive manner than we have in the past.

How do you specifically look to accomplish that in your upcoming role?

It really comes down to listening to people, making sure people feel heard, making sure all these different points of view are presented to us. Then having intelligent, constructive conversations about the issues. Then coming up with some sort of middle ground that makes sense to everybody, even if everyone’s not happy with whatever motions we’re passing, at least they feel heard, and at least they understand the other side of the equation.

How has Venice changed since you’ve been here? And how do you hope that it will look in the future?

In the future, I want it to be more of a real community. Like I said, there’s many different facets and types of people that make up what makes it so great, in my opinion. So just to listen, and to respect all of those different sides of that. We also have an incredibly rich cultural history here. I think that needs to be emphasized a little bit more. And it’s in our favor to preserve that stuff.

What’s getting in the way of accomplishing that?

The issues that are dividing the community. Obviously, our big issues right now are homelessness and crime. And, understandably, those get a lot of attention. And they deserve a lot of attention because they’re very serious. But I think it’s also okay to remember what makes us so incredible. Being a multicultural community that blossomed into this neighborhood that most of us love.

in News
Related Posts

TripAdvisor Ranked This Santa Monica Hotel #1 in America

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The Ranking Honored the Highest Level of Excellence in Travel, Recognizing Those Who Receive a High Volume of Exceptional Review...

(Photo Gallery) Recap of 45th Annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The Art Walk + Auction, Created in 1979 by Local Volunteers and Artists, Aimed to Prevent the Clinic’s Closure, Fostering...

Flavors of Origin Festival Returns to Mar Vista Farmers Market

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

Attendees Can Explore New Foods, Beverages, and Recipes Flavors of Origin, presented by Higher Ground For Humanity, will return for...

Rollover Crash on Sunset Blvd. Leaves 3 Hospitalized

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The Vehicle Was Found Set Against an Apartment Complex By Zach Armstrong A rollover crash in the Pacific Palisades left three...

SMMUSD Seeks Middle School Athletic Coaches

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

Positions Are Available for Flag Football, Girls’ Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Esports, Track and Field, Soccer, Spring Volleyball and Lacrosse...

Husband and Wife Arrested After Reporting Sexual Assault

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

The Tables Were Turned  By Zach Armstrong The tables were turned on a married couple after they demanded officers arrest...

Venice Shorts: Exiled on Main Street

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

RVs & Campers Continue to Toil Along Just a Block From the Beach, When Will This Eyesore Finally Be Corrected?...

Venice Canal Attack Victim’s Condition Takes a Tragic Turn

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

CD 11 City Councilmember Traci Park Releases Statement The devastating news that one of the two women who were brutally...

(Video Recap) MAINopoly Offers a Sample of Main Street’s Best

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

The Annual Event Took Place May 19 @yovenicenews MAINopoly offered a sample of Main Street’s best eateries and bars #california...

(Video) 2024 Take Action Campaign Happening Now

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

More Information at takeactionla.com @yovenicenews Take Action Campaign is happening now throughout LA County #mentalhealth #losangeles #fyp #california #wellbeing #health...

LAFD Rescues Trapped Individuals From Venice Public Bathrooms

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

After Approximately Eight Minutes, One Stall Door Was Successfully Unlatched By Zach Armstrong LAFD Firefighters and LAPD officers were dispatched...

Venice Shorts: Time for a New Firehouse?

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

VNC Community Officer Yolanda Gonzalez Seeks Support for a New Facility By Nick Antonicello Yolanda Gonzalez is a strong proponent...

Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program Opens Second Round of Applications

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Applications Accepted Until June 4, Funding and Support Have Been Increased  The Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program (LARRP) has...

Father-Son Duo RSG Janitorial Services Finds Joy In Serving Customers

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Finding handymen and janitorial services can be a hard pick. RSG Janitorial Services, based in Los Angeles, offers a mix...

City Files Lawsuit Against Motel Owners For Allegedly Allowing Drug Activity

May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

A Court Order Could Close the Motel for One Year and Require Changes to Management By Zach Armstrong A lawsuit has...