April 5, 2010
Venice Stakeholder Qualifications Challenged By Mark Ryavec
Sofia Torres wrote:
Greetings Venice NC Boardmembers and 2010 Venice Neighborhood Council Candidates,
My name is Sofia Torres and I am the Project Coordinator assigned by the City Clerk’s Office to administer Venice Neighborhood Council’s Election. I have received calls from multiple stakeholders regarding processes for registering stakeholders. Before I divulge in providing you with information you will all need to provide Venice stakeholders, I want to first assure you that we are prepared to handle a high turnout election. I have requested additional staff to process voters along with additional supplies.
In compliance with the Venice NC bylaws, we will be requiring some form of documentation from all voters that will establish their stakeholder status. We have developed two separate ballots. The At-Large Ballot is for stakeholders who declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm a factual basis for it. These stakeholders will have the ability to vote for the Factual Basis Community Officer.
The VNC Ballot will be provided to those stakeholders who provide documentation that can attest to the fact that they live, work or own property within the Venice boundaries. These documents may include, but are not limited to, a Driver’s License, a California Picture ID, a utility bill, property tax bill, a pay stub, a business card providing the voter’s name and address, or a renter’s receipt.
We understand that Venice has a few transitional living centers and shelters in the area. Stakeholders who live at the transitional center or receive services from the shelters and receive their mail at these facilities, and who can establish this through documentation, will be processed as stakeholders who reside/live within Venice.
An example of what we would consider acceptable documentation would be a letter from the transitional living center/shelter stating that they regularly receive services from the particular shelter/facility combined with a secondary form of documentation that confirms their identity like a piece of mail, a Driver’s license or a title for a vehicle. The secondary form of documentation is a requirement that we have for stakeholders who do not have a picture ID. This requirement is included in the List of Acceptable Forms of Documentation available on our website at:
If a stakeholder can only provide us with a receipt of a local store, then they will be considered factual basis stakeholders. If a stakeholder asserts that he/she lives within the Venice boundaries but cannot provide documentation to substantiate their claim, we will then process these voters provisionally and instruct them to submit supporting documentation no later than three (3) business days after the election in order to count their ballot.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
City of Los Angeles
Office of the City Clerk
Neighborhood Council Election Unit
Ph: (213) 978-0444
Fax: (213) 978-0376
VSA Mark Ryavec’s reply:
I am appalled by your plan to allow Stakeholders who “receive services from the shelters and receive their mail at these facilities, and who can establish this through documentation” to be processed as stakeholders who reside/live within Venice in the up-coming election for the Venice Neighborhood Council.
The point of the new “factual basis stakeholder” Community Officer position was to allow those who have some claim to be a stakeholder, but do not reside in a residence, own property or work in Venice, to have a limited voice in the neighborhood council elections by voting for just the factual basis stakeholder community officer, not all the other VNC officers.
There is nothing about receiving services or receiving mail here that establishes a person as a resident of Venice. My brother, who lives in Santa Monica, on occasion has received services from the UCLA Dental Clinic in Venice; this should not give him the same standing as residents of Venice. If he wanted to vote in the VNC election, he should only be allowed to vote for the factual basis stakeholder community officer position.
Your interpretation of the VNC election By-Laws is incorrect and if the City Clerk follows through on this erroneous interpretation you will invite a serious challenge to the election from hundreds of real stakeholders.
I also question your acceptance of a business card as sufficient identification to establish stakeholder status. I could easily get cards printed up using fake addresses to claim stakeholder status in any neighborhood in LA; this would not make me a real stakeholder.
Our organization has sued the City recently and is certainly ready to do so again if necessary to limit the franchise to those who reside in legal residences, work or own property in Venice.
Venice Stakeholders Association
Candidate for VNC Vice President
- The At-Large Ballot is for stakeholders who declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm a factual basis for it. These stakeholders will have the ability to vote for the Factual Basis Community Officer.
- The VNC Ballot will be provided to those stakeholders who provide documentation that can attest to the fact that they live, work or own property within the Venice boundaries. These documents may include, but are not limited to, a Driver’s License, a California Picture ID, a utility bill, property tax bill, a pay stub, a business card providing the voter’s name and address, or a renter’s receipt.We understand that Venice has a few transitional living centers and shelters in the area. Stakeholders who live at the transitional center or receive services from the shelters and receive their mail at these facilities, and who can establish this through documentation, will be processed as stakeholders who reside/live within Venice.
Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) members voted in favor of the Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) resolution that stated the Oxford Triangle Specific Plan (OTSP) was violated without a public hearing in reference to 3221 Carter being allowed pedestrian access at Carter/Berkeley and Thatcher/Princeton. This occurred 16 March at the regular VNC meeting.
The OTSP, which was written to protect the Triangle residents from pedestrian and vehicle ingress/egress, had been upheld seven times with five high rises, one 30-unit condo project, and one commercial development. Planning and the council office felt that the appeals generated during the conditioning process for 3211 Carter provided sufficient “public debate.”
DeDe Audet, Thatcher resident and former president of VNC, initiated the process by stating, “Appeals are not proper debate, proper input. In order to change a specific plan it must have a hearing and public input, public notification. Our specific plan was not given such consideration.”
LUPC agreed and provided the resolution to VNC who voted in agreement. This information will be given to the Los Angeles Planning Director and to the Council Office. The resolution states that without due process for changing a specific plan, the subject conditions allowing violation should be reviewed and considered for revocation.
Volunteer Program Off and Running
Ann Stevenson, head of the Triangle volunteer program, has a list of people who have volunteered and with individual preferences and availability. The list is available when requested. You can request the list for a neighbor. Contact Ann Stevenson at AnnStevenson@verizon.net.
The list has been given to two Triangle residents. One is having a hip replaced this week and may need help; otherwise, this person is more than capable of handling the daily chores.
VNC Elections 11 April; Election Forum 8 April
An election forum will be held 8 April to allow the candidates for Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) to introduce themselves and answer questions. This public forum will be held at Westminster School, 1018 Abbot Kinney, starting at 6:30 pm. The www.venicenc.org/boardelections also has information about each candidate.
Update extends an invitation to candidates for president and vice president to state (briefly) their qualifications and explain their platforms. Update will print.
Right now Linda Lucks and Jim Hubbard are running for president; Carolyn Rios and Mark Ryavec are running for vice president. Hubbard and Ryavec are both write-in candidates.
There are 21 positions and 43 candidates. The election will be held 11 April at Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., from 10 am to 4 pm. All will be asked to register again. For proper identification, other than a California driver’s license with a stakeholder’s qualifying address, go to www.venicenc.org/boardelections for other acceptable identifications.
OPD Still Being Discussed
Venice Stakeholders Association, the City of Los Angeles, and the State Coastal Commission continue discussions regarding the Overnight Parking Districts proposed by the community of Venice. “It is too soon to tell if this will be successful,” according to Mark Ryavec, head of Venice Stakeholders Association, “though we are pleased with the support we are receiving from City Attorney Carmen Trutanich who is on our side.”
Numbers to Remember
1-800-Abandon for vehicles on street. Call info in and say vehicle has been there 72 hours. If you get no response, call Latonya Allen at 310-312-3500, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call Sylvia Vasquez at 310-312-3540, email Sylvia.Vasquez@lacity.org.
Human feces on sidewalk, call 311, and ask for watershed protection. The response supposedly is within 24 hours.
Linda Lucks, vice-president of VNC and ocean walk streets …
A big part of ensuring public safety is to prepare your home, work place and family for any disasters. The basic materials you need are here, prepared by the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Neighborhood Committee.
Please map your own home and block. Forms are available. It is well known that if a disaster strikes, we will be on our own for days or weeks. The local NC’s in the valley were first responders after the Metro Link train crash and recent fires long before the authorities arrived.
Please send this basic information to every Venetian you know and if you want to serve as a block captain or be added to the database, sign up at the Friday Farmer’s Market VNC table or respond for e-blast notices.
To obtain further information or the forms, contact Linda Lucks at Vicepresident@Venicenc.org
Chris Williams of Penmar Area …
It’s Penmar Area, not Penrose Area. We continue to see more and more “grunge” type street people who appear to have been pushed off the beach and ocean front walk coming to the Penmar neighborhood and onto Lincoln Blvd.
Beth Miles of Yale …
Cheri Noda of Berkeley…
Since many break-ins have been happening in the area and patrols have beefed up, I still encourage owners to protect their property and cars with alarms and video coverage so we can catch these bad guys. Home alarms are not as expensive as one thinks and it gives one peace of mind, which we are all entitled too.
reta moser 310-821-7801
At its September 15, 2009 meeting, the Board adopted several Bylaws Amendments.
Changes to Bylaws III, IV, and VI were necessitated to bring the Venice Neighborhood Council into conformance with City of Los Angeles mandates approved by the LA City Council. They must be ratified by VNC stakeholders at an election to be scheduled. If they are not ratified byVNC stakeholders, the City Clerk has established default guidelines that implement the mandated changes which may not be the same as those described here.
The change to Bylaw V proposed by Rules and Elections Committee allows for smoother running of stakeholder initiative elections.
NOTE: This form is not available for registration of factual-basis VNC Stakeholders. Only the LA City Clerk can determine who qualifies as a factual-basis VNC Stakeholder, and that determination can only be made when the LA City Clerk conducts a Board Election. The next VNC Board Election is currently scheduled for Sunday, April 11, 2010.
To become a registered non-factual-basis• VNC Stakeholder:
(i) Complete the above online VNC Registration Application Form; and
(ii) Bring it to any scheduled VNC Election along with credentials proving that you qualify as a VNC Stakeholder as indicated below:
• CA Drivers License (with an address within the VNC area)
• CA Residency Card (with an address within the VNC area)
• School ID Card (for a school within the VNC boundaries) plus proof-of-age (16)
• A business card (In combination with any of the following with a matching Venice address — Business license, business check, or pay stub).
• A recent utility bill (to registrant with an address within the VNC area)
• An imprinted check (including an address within the VNC are)
• Pay stub (from a business with an address within the VNC area)
• School report card (for a school within the VNC area) plus proof of age (16)
• Property tax bill (with an address within the VNC area)
• Church/Religious Institution within the VNC area: Letter (on church letterhead with contact information) from Church/Religious institution attesting to stakeholder volunteer work.
• Nonprofit Organization within the VNC area: Letter (on organization letterhead with contact information) from nonprofit organization attesting to stakeholder volunteer work.
• Senior Group within the VNC area: Letter (on group letterhead with contact information) from senior group attesting to stakeholder volunteer work.
• Venice Beach Boardwalk Public Expression Permit
• Passport (only in combination with another credential item)
Previously registered stakeholders who are listed as such on the records available at an election must establish their identity and sign the record before being allowed to vote. All credentials and forms of identification must be valid at the time of the election.
• A non-factual-basis VNC Stakeholder is identical to the traditional definition of a VNC Stakeholder as that term has been used in all elections before the LA City Council introduced, in a 2009 ordinance, the concept of a factual-basis stakeholder. The nomenclature is required to distinguish between the two types of stakeholders.