There’s this misinformation spread by Kevin Pardue which appeared in Venice Update(below)
The biggest push was the 50% property rights negative campaigning around the MSC draft. The entire area was blanketed with those flyers repeatedly, as well as Frank Murphy’s direct mailing to the entire recode LA list (or whatever) — I am not sure that was legal of the city to release that. As well as the Chamber of commerce getting their members out to vote on same negative campaigning. So A lot of residents who normally would not know about the elections came out to vote FROM THAT FEAR CAMPAIGN. Fear is the best motivator.
The business and employee votes did not factor in to the huge voter increase much, EVEN THOUGH certain people on the new board gave out employee letters (prob to their friends) which would have seen them voted in. The Community Officer votes were swayed by those fake employee letters. Debra Bowen asked the city to keep the letters, and Holly Mosher was speaking with Ben Allen about having the letters kept, BUT THEY WERE NOT. So there was no proof of whether or not they were legit employees. AND MOST OF THEIR community officers got in that way!
By Kevin “Kip” Pardue
The Venice Neighborhood Council is the only way for Venice to communicate with city government in an official capacity. For years, that representation has maintained the myth that Venice doesn’t deserve the city’s attention. We constantly seem to get the short end of the stick – litter, potholes, garbage removal, graffiti, and of course, homelessness and enforcement. The reason that myth is being sold to the city is captured below.
That is a picture of a group of volunteers explaining to homeless people on 3rd Avenue their right to vote. THIS IS NOT ILLEGAL, by the way. This is simply the game that the homeless service providers are playing with Venice. For their votes they offer food and promise a future for this type of life in Venice.
Below is a quote from the 2016 Neighborhood Council Election Manual:
In Neighborhood Councils requiring documentation to verify voters, homeless voters will be exempt from providing such documentation if they affirm that they are homeless and that they meet the voter requirements for the seat(s) for which they are voting.
If you’ve ever wondered why the homeless are NOT being transferred to housing, just look closely at that picture.
If you’ve ever wondered why the city thinks Venice is made up of only homeless people and those willing to tolerate the filth, just look closely at that picture.
Maybe it is scenes like this that give Mike Bonin the idea that all of Venice is comfortable with the growing population of homeless and travelers.
The people in this picture WILL BE VOTING. If you are comfortable with these few dictating your voice to the city, by all means, do not vote. If you’d like things to change in Venice, YOU MUST VOTE.
If you actually want to help Venice residents – both homeless and otherwise, you need to vote. If you want to clean up the streets and actually improve the lives of those stuck on the streets, you need to vote.
Venice has a population of 40k plus people…but the average VNC election sees fewer than 2k. In the past, posts have been won and lost by two votes.
I cannot stress enough just how important this is. Do your own research. Find those that represent you best. But vote.
Email me at VeniceAlliance@gmail.com and I will send you a list of candidates that I support. More research on candidates can be found here: https://cityclerk.lacity.org/nccr/nccand/cand.html?nc=VENICE%20NC
From Frank Murphy
To the entire Venice community,
Everybody in Venice agrees that the important local issues are homelessness, affordability, safety, diversity, the environment, and quality of life. Why don’t things seem to be getting better?
Well, current leadership in the Venice Neighborhood Council has promoted three strategies in response to the above issues: ending the Venice Sign-Off (VSO), changing the allowed buildable area under the label of Mass, Scale, and Character (MSC), and slapping historic status restrictions on as many homes as possible (SurveyLA).
These three proposals are specifically designed to promote scarcity and to frustrate the growth of your home. Well intentioned as these strategies may be, the simple truth is that all three actually promote homelessness, exacerbate public safety, deteriorate the environment, and reduce overall quality of life for all of Venice.
You need to step in and be the adult in the room by voting at the VNC Elections.
Please consider the below candidates.
Allan Jones, Vincent Cassilly, Brooks Kephart, Cayley Lambur, James Murez, John Reed, Joseph Murphy, Matt Shaw. Michelle Meepos, Robert Schwan, Robert Thibodeau, Stephen Livigni, Steven Vulin, Sunny Bak, Sylvia Aroth, Vanessa Schreiber, Vytas Juskys, Will Hawkins, Yolanda Gonzalez.
Rick Selan’s response to Joseph Murphy.
Subject: VNC SLATE To REPRESENT REALTORS & DEVELOPERS Submitted by Joseph D. Murphy The “Defang Factionalism Slate”.
VNC SLATE Representing Realtors & Developers & Special Interests
Submitted by Joseph D. Murphy The “Defang Factionalism Slate”.
To: Joseph D. Murphy, Writer of Rules and Elections By -Laws
cc: Frank Murphy, Major Venice Developer
Re: Realtors and Developers and Special Interests= “Defang Factionalism”
Dear Mr. Murphy,
You have been involved with Ira Koslow and Ivan Spiegel for years writing VNC Bylaws and election rules to assist your brother Frank in the process of gentrification and land development.
The three of you have enforced a “unilateral grievance process” where you and your allies refuse to process and investigate grievances , complaints and Public Record Requests.
You have been supported in this less than fair play by DONE General Manager Grayce Liu and DONE Administrator Stephen Box who are fighting to keep their positions. You, your allies and the developers truly believe you are above the law and can do anything you wan demonstrating “less than ethical behavior”.
You , Mr. Koslow ,and Mr. Spiegel wrote the election rules permitting each voter to only vote for one of the thirteen At-Large positions.
According to the Election Committee of Ivan Spiegel, Dante Cacace, and Elizabeth Wright, Ms. Wright has placed in writing that the reason you establishe the one only vote was to avoid slates.
As we see below, you do not follow the policy as you have sent out your slate all over Venice to benefit you, Mr. Koslow, Mr. Spiegel and the special interests , developers, architects who have attempted to take over Venice.
I am running for President to end these self interests that for years you have used to benefit you and your brother’s quality of life; not thinking about improving the quality of life you are denying to the majority of Venice.
The election policies written by you, Mr. Koslow, and Mr. Spiegel must be eliminated and a fair election policy utilizing new by laws needs to be implemented.
Sadly and painfully I must say that you are “not an honorable man”. This is not personal as I do not know you nor have we ever engaged in a conversation.
This is all about the developers, gentrifiers, architects and those with special interests that you and your allies will go to any length to protect and cover for.
Peace. Forward. Change. In unity for accountability and an end to special interests, Rick Selan-indepependent Candidate for VNC President. “Kids First”
VNC SLATE To REPRESENT REALTORS & DEVELOPERS Submitted by Joseph D. Murphy The “Defang Factionalism Slate”.
Subject: JDM’s Recommended ‘Defang Factionalism’ Slate of VNC Executive Officers
The better-organized factions are likely to be able to elect their preferred VNC Executive Officers.
My selection below reflects my effort to ‘defang factionalism’ with individuals who have the flexibility to accomplish this.
I therefore recommend that you consider casting your 7 VNC Executive Officer votes as follows: