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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Election 2016 Recap with Final, Official Count

The Venice election was exciting to say the least. Venice topped all the ninety-nine neighborhood councils in Los Angeles and topped itself by the number of voters. Registrations hit 2720. The turnout was approximately 70 percent more than Venice’s best year. There were lines steadily from 10 am to 6 pm and people did not seem to object to the wait.

Yet, Venice has a 44,000 plus population, so the outcome was less than a tepid national election at 6.8 percent. Bodes for more voters next election.

Campaigning was big time. Every candidate campaigned. One candidate had a tiara, a hat, a flag, a banner, flyers, a slate, and went door to door. Others were close behind.

In the Oakwood Recreation Center gym 5 June, one could hear “vote for only one on the green sheet.” It became the mantra. Hopefully, the conflict of the at-large and the interest community officer will be cleared and functional by next election.

Voting had to stop for a short time because they ran out of ballots. More ballots had to be printed twice.

There was fraud, people were caught soliciting within the “NO” zone, people were caught removing something from the trash inside the election area, someone said there were people caught voting more than once, a slate was attributed to a former state office holder, there were accusations galore from one side and it all sounded like the forthcoming national election.

There were five challenges to the election and all five were dismissed. The at-large had a couple of close numbers, so the City Clerk decided the at-large candidate category should be manually checked. It was and the outcome was the same for the winners.

The loosing slate claims that big development will take over. ImagineVenice.org claims “Venice Gonna Lose Its Cool.” See article in this Update. The other side doesn’t have much to say. Whether any one side on the board has a majority is not known at this point. Venetians tend to vote independently anyway.

Remember the VNC is advisory. Happy would be the day when the City would ask and truly consider what the VNC had to say, and then according to some, that would not be such a good day.

The following are the winners with the final numbers, including the manual count.


Comments (7)

  1. Rick Feibusch

    LivingisfreeinVeniceCalifornia = TROLL!!! Either stupid, crazy, or my guess, putting us on…

  2. I disagree with you about supply and demand. Investors like to use that as an excuse to build more to make more millions. Right now there is huge demand for low income and homeless housing. We are going to see an economic slow down in terms of development starting as of now. Save Venice Now. http://www.savevenice.me

  3. Nick Antonicello

    As someone who volunteered and worked the entire day handing out voting applications, those who did vote were polite for the most part and more than willing to patiently wait in line. There were no real disturbances and the notion of voter fraud is exaggerated to say the least. Voters who had disabilities were moved to the front of the line and there was a scattering of candidates trying to work the line which was fruitless since it was clear to me people knew who were they voting for before they showed up. Large turnouts produce a more informed and educated voter. I am not a proponent of employees who don’t reside in Venice voting as it sways the election and the electorate in an unfair manner. No restaurant owner should have the ability to cattle dozens of votes. If Venice was it’s own city as I have strongly suggested, only registered voters could vote which would level the playing field. Overall the City of Los Angeles did a good job of staging the election. Having this been my third election, this was the most organized and transparent in my mind having something to compare to from past elections.

  4. The state is already having it’s “final” say and slowing down development will be the end result. Venice has come to the tipping point, and so has development in general. The state of California recognizes that and is taking action at this time to finally slow it’s growth. This coincides with the need for more low income and homeless housing in Los Angeles. This need is also going to be met here in Venice California. Finally the voices of all Venetians were heard loud and clear by the State of California. http://www.savevenice.me

    • James

      Don’t you realize that less development will only increase housing prices? These are the basics of supply and demand. The demand for housing in Venice will not reduce but development will – therefore driving up prices and making Venice even more unaffordable.

      • That is a good thing we are going to see slow growth. This gives the State time to figure out how to level things out economically. This was bound to happen sooner or later. We can’t let investors run a muck forever. There should have been more enforcement on development from the beginning. This would have prevented the housing and homeless crisis.

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