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Mark Ryavec Announces Bid for Bill Rosendahl's CD 11

The Venice Stakeholders Association president announced on Monday that he will run for Council District 11 in the March 2013 election, replacing Councilman Rosendahl who will not seek re-election.

Mark Ryavec, Venice resident and president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, is looking to take Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl's seat representing Council District 11, Ryavec announced on Monday.

Rosendahl was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and announced on Oct. 8 that he would not be seeking re-election in March 2013.

Ryavec is a former legislative analyst for the City Council and chief deputy tax assessor for Los Angeles County. Given that background, Ryavec said in a press release, he'll be running on a platform which will return the city's focus to traditional municipal services like street repaving, fixing sidewalks, tree trimming, putting rangers back into parks and keeping libraries open.

Ryavec also said that he'd fight over-development and coastal drilling, invoking the policies of former L.A. Councilman Marvin Braude.

Other CD 11 candidates include Rosendahl's top advisor, Mike Bonin; former science teacher Odysseus Bostick and Frederick Sutton.

What do you think about Mark Ryavec's bid for City Council? Tell us in the comments.    

killerweed October 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Name one group he's been supportive of other than one nameless one out in the Valley he claims he ran once upon a time. Oh yeah, there's VSA - his own "God helps those who help themselves" group - which helps "the homeless folks move on to a life" on the street in neighboring communities where you and he don't have to see or think about them. Too bad for him that most of those communities are in the same council district he's running to represent. Their memories are as long as ours.
Malcolm Tent October 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
When I first met Marc Ryavec in the late 1980's, he was a lobbyist for the developer who owned nearly all of downtown Westchester. He was a lobbyist for BFI which removed 9000 oaks trees and destroyed Sunshine canyon in the north San Fernando Valley. He was later a lobbyist for Werner Scharff, the owner of much of the Venice beachfront, and many of the high-priced beach parking lots. At the same time, Ryavec was leading the push to establish beach area permit parking, which would have channeled a lot of business to Scharff's lots. Just a little background, folks.
Mark Ryavec October 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
The passage of time certainly diffuses clarity and that certainly is the case in Mr. Tent's erroneous reporting of these few points in my career. I did represent Howard Drollinger and several owners of property in the Westchester central business district who were alarmed at the extreme (and illegal) downzoning that Ms. Galanter had imposed on the CBD. The City Planning Commission, led by Dan Garcia, agreed with the property owners and reversed the downzoning for most of the CBD. I will leave it to the residents of Westchester to decide whether the legacy of Mr. Drollinger and his family has been a boon or bane to the quality of life in their burg. I did represent BFI in opposing the move by a City Councilman to prematurely close Sunshine Canyon landfill before its conditional use permit ran out. The landfill was in existence then and no oak trees were removed while I was retained by BFI. Further, I would ask Mr. Tent where all of the City's apartment and commercial trash and debris from beach clean-ups should go if not to a landfill? The sad truth is that LA does a relatively poor job of reducing and recycling trash and that shipping it to remote, desert landfills would greatly increase the trash fees on our already-too-high DWP/utility bills.
Mark Ryavec October 18, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I did indeed represent Werner Scharff on several land-use matters in Venice in the early 90s and am proud of that association. You may have missed that a couple years ago he was posthumously given the "Spirit of Venice" award; it was presented by Councilman Rosendahl to his widow Simone. I know because Simone asked me to be present. My primary work for Werner was the final permitting for the Louvre Art Gallery, the parking structure on N. Venice Boulevard next to James Beach Cafe, obtaining the permit for the outdoor seating at the Terrace Restaurant at Washington and OFW, and transferring the licenses at what is now Danny's (then St. Mark's) from one owner to the next owner. Yes, I did join with many of my neighbors in pressing for preferential parking for residents so that we can leave our homes on crowded weekends to run errands and then find a parking space relatively near our homes upon returning. I would dare say that most residents would still like to have the right to install preferential parking on their blocks, just as Santa Monica and many other beach cities have done. So, Mr. Tent, you are purposefully mischaracterizing both those events and my involvement in them. Since I have no recollection of ever meeting a Malcolm Tent, I am assuming the name is a nom de guerre, so that you can snipe at me during the campaign in anonymity. If you ever find the courage to talk with me in person about that period, let's have lunch. Until then, snipe away.
Malcolm Tent October 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I'm just responding to Peter Nott's post "He is no friend of big time profit making developers." The issue in downtown Westchester was to keep neighborhood friendly zoning or high rise zoning. Mr. Ryavec lobbied to keep high-rise zoning. He did not respond to my point about Werner Scharff. Probably has no good way to greenwash that.
Rick Feibusch October 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
David Ewing wrote: "What a creative use of the word "transition." Ryavec thinks Venice should be run like the "Survivor" series, where each week he gets to "transition" someone else off his island." Interesting concept David.... And who or what process is used to transition transients onto the island.... this goes both ways - I once again ask, How many? How long? How funded? and How administrated? Regardless who wins for Council, this is over..... The problems in Venice that will have to be addressed go far beyond maintaining an endangered species habitat for transients...
Mark Ryavec October 19, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Mr. Tent, I did respond to you comments about Werner Scharff. See above. And as you probably know, the FAA mandates a limit on building height in the Westchester CBD, to very low at Lincoln and rising gradually towards Manchester. So, really "high-rise zoning," a la Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood or Century City was never in the cards. Again, ask Westchester residents if they think the CBD is "overdeveloped." Though I doubt you live in Westchester, so you probably don't know who to ask. Start with Cyndi Hench, the president of the neighborhood council. I recently took a tour of Westchester with Cyndi and she did not mention overdevelopment of the CBD as an issue of concern. You can ask her yourself if you're prepared to give up your anonymity.
Mike Hunt October 19, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Mr. Tent pretty snarky remarks. Please back them up with facts.
concernedneighbor October 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM
How much do they pay themselves to run their non-profit? More homeless people means more funding. Less homeless means less funding. If the homeless problem gets 'solved' what happens to their jobs - yep, their jobs go away as well. Simple logic.
Peter Nott October 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM
to: concernedneighbor I have the same question as you - being how much are these non profits (supposedly using public money to its best advantage for the needy) paying themselves. They built 345 Rose Ave., and even though they got the land for free, each apartment cost about three times what they could have bought existing apartments for. In other words, with the same amount of available funds, they could have purchased and provided three times as many units. Or in other words again they deprived two out of every three needy families a home they could have had if the available funds were spent primarily for the benefit of the needy not wherever else it went. I asked the principle person behind this project how they could spend so much and requested an accounting of where the money went. I was of course refused. I also find it reprehensible that a senior member of VNC is on their payroll and thus influencing VNC policy towards their financier’s requirements as opposed to the resident’s needs whom they are supposed to be representing. Now we know where some of the unaccounted for money goes. Follow the money trail and you see why we have people camping on the sidewalks in front of our homes instead of in proper shelters. I do believe Mark Ryavec’s proposals would be better for the homeless and better for the neighborhood than the current situation which is clearly not working for anybody.
killerweed October 19, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Bogus! Venice Housing's financial info is publicly available and the salaries are not all that great. At the same time it would be disingenuous for any of us to expect nonprofit employees to take a vow of poverty while we rake in as much income as we can grab and sit around pontificating about what the nonprofits should or should not be doing. (Or in the case of some people, misrepresent what they're doing in an effort to slander or libel them.) According to VCHC's website, they've done more rehab projects than they've done new ones. Pointing to one of the few new ones and using it to indict them is deliberately misleading. Again, Mr. Nott does not distinguish himself as an observer of community affairs, and that reflects upon the candidate whose cult he's chosen to join. When I follow the money trail I find a guy who works for commercial real estate interests (Peter Nott) spewing gibberish and half-truths in support of another guy who just admitted on Patch he's made a career of working for commercial real estate interests (Ryavec), both of whom presumably share a goal of making Venice safer for increased real estate profits. What, and whose, unaccounted-for money is fueling this little choo-choo train?
killerweed October 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
As with most things I read from "the divine Mr. R.," I have a hunch there's a lot he's leaving out. Galanter was trying to "illegally" downzone Westchester and Dan Garcia (whoever that is) overturned it? I'd like to see a little more documentation on that, please. I don't know who Mr. Tent is but I bet he can produce some. And since Markie Mark admits in these comments that he's spent a lot of energy over the years attacking other Councilpersons (usually on behalf of big-money interests), I wonder how this "collegial" approach to interpersonal and political relations he seems so proud of will allow him to get a damn thing done in City Hall. Threatening and bullying colleagues doesn't win cooperation there or anywhere (ask the City Attorney, who, according to news coverage, threatened to prosecute City Council members and hasn't gotten any cooperation from them since). I'm sure he'll be trying to explain his in-your-face approach as this mess proceeds. Again, get me some popcorn!
killerweed October 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Demand the same from Ryavec. Do some research and I have a hunch you won't like what you find.
concernedneighbor October 22, 2012 at 08:40 AM
Weed - answer one simple question. What happens to jobs, careers, consulting fees, etc that support the homeless in Venice if our homeless problem is solved?
killerweed October 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Uh, they'll have to find something else to do? Are you saying you're worried that they'll become unemployed and homeless? I'm not. If they're as clever at scamming the system as you, watchdawg, Ryavec and others keep saying, they must be smart people and they'll do just fine if they have to change careers. And I'd rather that they be put out of business because they were successful than by you hating on them based on bogus assumptions. We should be so lucky that this problem would be solved in their lifetimes or ours. I've been in L.A. for a couple of decades and I haven't seen any indication that society, the government, the business community or anybody else (except maybe the social service people) are willing to do much about it. The more the voters have become anti-tax and anti-government, the more homeless and poor people there are, the worse schools have gotten, the more we're paranoid about crime despite the prisons being more numerous and fuller than ever, etc. It's like that old saying - the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Peter Nott October 22, 2012 at 02:14 PM
"doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." Could not have said it better myself - this is why nothing has improved regarding this problem in the 35 years I have been in Venice. You are right - we need to do something different if we want a different result. Let's try it.
catman October 22, 2012 at 03:24 PM
If there really was a social service "mafia" all of you who oppose them would be sleeping with the fishes like the real mafia does back east. Since you're not sounds like just more hyperbole to me.
killerweed October 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Yeah Peter, let's reduce services even more than we already have, turn the community over to propertied and monied interests even more than we already have and be more abusive and disrespectful to the poor than we already are. And, most important for you guys, let's run them out of Venice so they're somebody else's unsolvable problem. I'm sure that combination of doing the same thing yet again will fix everything just fine. You've already shown an alarming inability to get local history straight, let alone learn from it, and despite what you and the others keep saying, social services don't cause or perpetuate homelessness, crime, etc. Increasingly unaffordable housing, lack of jobs, low wages, mental illness, a deteriorated education system - those are some of the causes for the majority of these social problems. Blaming those who are trying to help is a close relative to blaming the victims. Do the "solutions" you guys propose address any of those situations? Hardly. Even when someone does try to address them, you all yell that you don't want it done in Venice. You just want the problems to go somewhere else so you can feel superior and justify raising rents on the rest of us. At least no one can accuse you of not being transparent, or should I say "obvious."
Rick Feibusch October 22, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Hey guys - This has become a pissing contest between posters and is totally off subject - Start another strain if you want to continue on about the homeless and social services..... This one is about a candidate for city council..... and killer, who are you supporting for Council that will further your agenda????????
catman October 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Rick, I know that since Herr Ryavec is now running for City Council people like you are going to try and portray him as a moderate consensus builder who isn't obsessed with making life miserable for Venice's homeless. But the fact is he is obsessed with making life miserable for Venice's homeless. Its his primary reason for running for City Council and those of us who are opposed to his hateful agenda are going to do everything in our power to make sure that the voters here in CD11 know exactly what his real history is and not the sanitized version of it he's going to run on in an attempt to pull the wool over everybody's eyes.
Rick Feibusch October 22, 2012 at 10:34 PM
So Killer and Catman, From now on, every time there is a posting about Mr Ryavec on Patch, someone is going to hijack it and turn the subject to suit your agenda of dissing him because he has been somewhat successful in changing the landscape of urban camping and a lawless free-for-all in Venice???? Not fair to Patch readers or residents who could learn about what else Mark has to say - vindictive retribution for a job well done is quite an endorsement to many Venice residents. Do you feel that either of the other candidates will serve your point of view better?? Mike Bonin will more-than-likely continue much as Bill has, and that has brought you where you are today - Trust me, we are not going back..... Will Mr Bostick fulfill your dream of the counterculture campground by the sea???? I don't think so.... so what this is actually about is beating up on Ryavec and his supporters. How old school Venice! Like thinking that crime and garbage in the streets will keep rents and property values to a minimum... Who are you voting for and why???
Rick Feibusch October 22, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I got this from Ryavec today - three more issues: Promote Accountability When you call 311 to report a pothole or graffiti or tree that needs to be trimmed, you deserve a prompt and efficient response by City officials. I will work to digitize the 311 system so that both your complaint and the City’s follow-up can be entered and tracked online. My office will also keep an ongoing record of resident complaints in CD 11, track the performance of responding departments, and intervene when the job isn’t getting done....... Put More Police on the Street Despite progress in expanding the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles remains the most under-policed major city in the United States. I support the gradual increase in the size of the police force. To fund these additional officers will necessitate creative efficiencies in other city departments and lowering costs through some contracting out.
Rick Feibusch October 22, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Oppose Over-Development I will vigorously oppose any and all proposed developments that are not appropriate in scale to their surrounding residential neighborhoods. The CD 11 Council Office has too often green-lighted projects that cannot be tolerated by their neighbors due to size and traffic, causing residents to have to spend countless hours and energy to oppose these projects. And if the residents had not risen up and said “no,” these projects would have caused even more traffic, gridlock, and neighborhood dissatisfaction. It is the job of the councilperson and his or her staff to stop these projects before they enter the approval process. I intend to recruit both a capable planning deputy—possibly an architect—and a land-use and environmental attorney to proactively engage developers to downsize projects and relieve residents of this burden. Our goal should be pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined, walkable neighborhoods that create a shared sense of community, not projects like the Bundy/Olympic Medical Park, for example, which would have added 20,000 new car trips per day. 'til next time…
catman October 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
None of your business who I'm voting for Rick. Who I'm not voting for is Mark Ryavec or any of his hater puppets that are running for the VNC. And make no mistake , you people are most definitely haters. And people like me are going to make sure that the voters in this district get to know the real Mark Ryavec, not the sanitized version you and people like you are trying to con them with. Fasten your seatbelt Rick. It's going to be a bumpy ride. And at the end of it Mark Ryavec will most definitely not be driving the CD11 truck.
Rick Feibusch October 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Catman, So your goal is to make Patch worthless as a communication tool????? Sounds like a troll to me............. Politics is politics - there are winners and losers.... so..... Why are you wasting everybody's time with smack talk on Mark and not supporting someone who will help your cause..... or is that because there is no one left who wants life in Venice to return to what -things-were in whatever era they got stuck in.......
killerweed October 23, 2012 at 03:11 PM
It's not off subject. We've got a small group of apparently ill-informed people with hidden (or not so hidden) agendas (or in your case, overt pit-bullies) speaking up as Ryavec sycophants, so if they/you can't stand the heat, you know where to go. While you're there, can you fetch me some popcorn? As for your challenge, the answer is a simple "ABR": Anybody but Ryavec. I'll figure out who when the time comes, but I know a phony when I see one, Ed Begley Jr. or no Ed Begley Jr. I've seen where Ted Danson used to work with Ryavec once upon a time too, but I don't see him on Ryavec's team now. And it's odd how Ryavec chased all those other folks who no doubt know him from his "public spirited" work on the environment and development issues over the years straight into the arms of Bonin within a week or two of announcing he was running. Begley will figure it out too, no doubt, and he'll be looking for the nearest detox shower.
killerweed October 23, 2012 at 03:28 PM
He'll keep a record of resident complaints? Wow, what a concept! I've never heard of a council office doing that! Seriously, where does he think that list he accused Mike Bonin of using would have come from? And he'll recruit an architect as planning deputy (someone whose livelihood depends on doing the bidding of developer clients!) to help him "protect" neighborhoods? Maybe that architect is really going to be there to help applicants game the system. Based on what he's already said about his own career, that's something which Ryavec apparently knows a lot about. If any of his old developer and real estate clients would pay him enough to keep representing them, we wouldn't have to put up with this nonsense. But they won't because they've learned their lesson (or else maybe they want him in city hall greasing the skids for their next wave of projects). It'll be something which the rest of us will have to watch closely over the next few months. It's pretty early but the Ryavec brain trust has already sprung a leak!
catman October 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Politics is politics Rick. And Mark Ryavec doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell in getting elected to the City Council. And his puppet Rick Duncan has no chance of getting elected to the VNC either. I've been in Venice a long long time Rick. And the fact is you homeless haters are a minority in this town. A very vocal minority, but still a minority nonetheless.
concernedneighbor October 25, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Catman - you couldn't be more off base. 1. We're not haters. We want to help homeless folks connect with services that will help them transition back into mainstream society. 2. We're not the minority. If you ask someone if they hate homeless the majority will obviously say no. If you ask them whether we should create services that help people transition off of the street or enable homeless to stay on the street indefinitely - The majority would say that we should help them transition off of the street.
Rick Feibusch October 25, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Some more positions from Mark Ryavec: Support for Major Transportation Projects I support the Mayor’s Fast Forward LA plan to use future sales tax receipts to allow the City to leverage bond funding to build major transportation projects in 10 years as opposed 30 years. New high-speed rail projects spur the economy, create jobs, and provide the capacity to increasingly allow our citizens to travel by rail and bus instead of car, while also lessening traffic congestion. While the Westside will benefit from the Expo Line and ultimately from the “Subway to the Sea,” there is little on the drawing board to address the chronic north-south traffic congestion in CD 11. Future transportation spending must provide new north-south rail capacity on the Westside. Encourage Bicycling Cycling improves personal health, reduces traffic and pollution, and saves energy. I myself bike over 50 miles a week and personally know that we have a long way to go make LA more bike-friendly. As a member of the City Council, I will do everything I can to implement the City’s Bike Plan. See more at - http://www.markryavec.com

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