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Can Venice Exit (VEXIT) the City of Los Angeles?

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Left to right are moderator Hollie Stenson and panelists Mayor Fred Gaines of Calibasas; Joe Piasecki, managing editor of the Argonaut; and Marcus Ruiz Evans, President: Yes California Calexit.
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Left to right are panelists Jim Murez, Venice Neighborhood Council board member and local historian; Isaac Simpson, journalist; and Paul Novack, executive officer Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).
 

Can Venice Exit (VEXIT) the City of Los Angeles was the question being addressed by the six-member panel Thursday evening at the Animo High School.

Members of the panel were Paul Novack, executive officer Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO); Mayor Fred Gaines of Calabasas; Marcus Ruiz Evans, President: Yes California Calexit; Isaac Simpson, journalist;Joe Piasecki, managing editor of Argonaut; Jim Murez, Venice Neighborhood Council board member and local historian as shown above.

Moderator Hollie Stenson stated that “Venice is two percent of the Los Angeles tax base and yet has only .6 percent of the population. “So the questions are: Why wouldn’t Venice want to secede? Why would Los Angeles allow Venice to secede?

Novac of LAFTA spent time explaining each step involved in the various processes of exiting, but thru it all, it appeared that it could be a lost effort.  Other cities have tried, costing themselves a lot of money, and failed.

Mark Ryavec, not a member of the panel, provided his remedy of the long, drawn out, costly process of exiting with unhappy results. He proposed that the citizens get the LA City Council to propose state legislation that would allow a city that had been a city to exit the jurisdiction of the city involved. Venice was once its own city but became a part of Los Angeles. San Pedro is the only other City fitting that criteria.  Jim Murez brought up the point that LA would never release San Pedro because of the Port of Los Angeles.

 

So Ryavec changed his strategy Saturday.  See Ryavec proposes just de-annexing Venice.

 

 

Comments (3)

  1. The Dogs of Venice

    I will support anything as long as we can get rid of the bums

  2. Anonymous

    You have some misspellings in the body of the article.

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