I’ve lived in Venice for 20 years. I’m a current board member and also a member of our OFW and Outreach committees. By any measure, we are in crisis mode as a neighborhood. Violent crime is soaring. The number of unhoused people on our streets has risen to well over 2,000. Fear and frustration continue to tear this great community apart and it’s clearly time for a new beginning on the VNC.
We need to write smarter, more strategic motions. We need to treat each other and our stakeholders with far more respect and civility. We need to repair our relationships with almost every department in this city. We need to unify as a council, and set an example for the people we serve. And most importantly, we need to start making actual progress on the very serious issues facing this community.
I’m proud to have great relationships with people from across the entire spectrum of Venice and in almost every city department. I have a well-documented, proven track record in this neighborhood. My proposal to address the current crisis on Oceanfront Walk has garnered national media attention, including the LA Times, and has forced the city and county to refocus their efforts on our beaches and boardwalk. I've battled for RSO protection, renter's rights and Mello Act reform for almost a decade. I've fought for sensible short term rental regulations and helped crack down on illegal units and party houses all over Venice.
Professionally, my book Concrete to Saltwater has been critically acclaimed as "a stunning love letter to Venice"
I care deeply about this community, its culture, and its incredible history. I’d be truly honored to serve as your president and I’d put my heart and soul into uniting this neighborhood and getting through this crisis together as 1 Venice.