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Crime and LUPC Selection Main Focus for VNC Meet

By Angela McGregor

(17 July 2019) Venice Neighborhood Council board meeting Tuesday consisted of a crime report for the area, approving the neighborhood committee members and the selection of eight members for the Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC).

Senior Lead Officer Jennifer Muther gave the statistics for the Venice Beach/Marina and the Venice/Oakwood areas.  She announced a 4 percent year over year increase in violent crimes and a 27 percent increase in property crimes, with a 21 percent increase in part one (major) crimes , in particular aggravated assaults, 50 percent of which involved transients.

Officer Muther also announced that Los Angeles Municipal Code 85.02, which limited vehicle dwelling to certain areas, has been suspended. This will allow motor homes and campers to park overnight anywhere, including in residential areas and near schools “until further notice.”

On the agenda for the July Administrative Committee (AdCom) meeting was a motion to create a Public Safety Committee to “prevent and reduce crime;” however, this did not pass the AdCom meeting and was therefore not on the final Agenda for the July Meeting.

The Board elected members to both the Neighborhood and Land Use and Planning Committees. In the case of the former, all of those who submitted applications were elected (for applicants, see: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VtUrD87CEzaBGTHvcQ-GMrFHb8tZb0l4.

In the case of LUPC, there were 18 applicants for 8 open seats, and the final list of LUPC members is as follows:

Tim Bonefield, a designer and architect who has been serving on LUPC for the past three years.

Barry Cassilly, a licensed real estate agent and general contractor with extensive experience in land use issues in Los Angeles, Chicago and Santa Monica.

Carlos Zubieta, a local architect who has been serving on LUPC since March, 2019.
Matt Royce, an architect who served as the head of LUPC on the prior VNC Board, from 2016-2019.

Daffodil Tyminski, an attorney on land use matters who very narrowly lost the election for current LUPC Chair and served on the 2016-2019 VNC LUPC.

Michael Jensen, a cannabis attorney who was both a member of the ad hoc cannabis committee and LUPC between 2016-2019.

Jerome Williams, former Chief of Staff to City Councilman Bob Farrell and Assistant Chief of Staff to Councilman Nate Holden.

Shepard Stern, a 32 year resident of Venice, composer, music producer and math tutor.

For a complete list of all candidates for LUPC, see: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ViY6h7XG0tNYpvQAWFNz7q7WfZOTN6AX.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 10 pm. The next meeting of the VNC Board will be Tuesday, August 20th at 7pm.

Comment (1)

  1. Nick Antonicello

    Some good people are no longer on the board and that’s not good. 5 of the 9 are new members.

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