Mark Ryavec, a Westside community leader with a long history of civic activism in Los Angeles, has entered the race for the District 11 seat on the Los Angeles City Council.
“I’ve prepared for this job my entire career,” Ryavec said. “I love public service and I look forward to setting a new course at City Hall that focuses on the priorities of residents.”
“The incumbent, who raised 2/3rds of his campaign funds from outside of CD 11, is notoriously in the pocket of developers, city bureaucrats, unions, and homeless advocates,” the candidate said. “With fundraisers set in Dallas, Chicago, Washington, DC, and New York City, we can now add “Traveling Mike” to the list of errant officials that includes Traveling Sam (Yorty) and Traveling Tom (Bradley).
Ryavec, who has served as staff to the City Council, as chief deputy assessor for LA County, and as a coastal advocate for No Oil and American Oceans Campaign, is now president of the Venice Stakeholders Association.
“In light of yet another influence-buying scandal at City Hall I vow to take no campaign funds from outside CD 11 or from those with projects pending before the Council. I also will not accept more than $250 from any contributor.”
“To make clear my personal commitment to help the homeless, I will donate 1/3rd of my after-tax city salary to homeless serving non-profits,” Ryavec promised.
“As I have traveled through the district I have found a lot of resident anger over the incumbent’s support for mega developments in West Los Angeles, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades,” Ryavec said, “as well as his failed approach to the homeless in my own community of Venice.”
An inveterate hiker, Ryavec intends to walk the length and breadth of CD 11 over the next four months to engage residents in a discussion about their priorities for improving City services in their neighborhoods.
Contact information: 424-352-CD11; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.markryavec2017.com