Editor’s note: This is one of several articles in a series of profiles on Venice candidates.
What would you prioritize if you were voted in?
In the broader sense, I would like to try to 'bridge the gap' that exists in Venice as a whole. In other words, I think there needs to be more communication between the different enclaves that exist within the area. There are several semi-imaginary boundaries in Venice of which we are all aware. Why is there not more involvement with certain portions of the community and the Oakwood Recreation Center? How can we open more communication between the eastern and western sides of Lincoln? An enormous amount of money has entered this area in the past fifteen years. Abbot Kinney has exploded. Rose and Lincoln are developing. How can we bridge the gap between the people who benefit from this gentrification and those who feel that - perhaps - their voices are not being heard.
Who are your primary supporters?
I have no idea. I hope everybody. The only thing I can say in regards to this is that I know a lot of people through my day to day interactions in my last six years of living on and around the walk streets. I'm a gregarious guy who loves connecting with people. In the next few weeks leading up to this election, I hope I can meet as many people as possible, understand their concerns, and try to figure out a way in which I can implement change as a locally elected official.
What issue do you feel most strongly about and what’s your position?
The homeless people who live here with us. Now, I know people feel very strongly about this issue and it is my belief that we must embrace the fact that homeless people live in Venice and we, as a community, must do everything we can to help them in their quest for betterment. How can we actively reach out to the homeless in the community to get them the help they need from places like the Venice Family Clinic or the St. Joseph Center.
How can we help those that want to be helped? How can we reach out to people in need of health care (in many cases, undiagnosed mental health care) and get them proper treatment? How can we - with open arms - get these people on their feet? The answer: I have no idea. This is a small governmental board operating at the community level.
How much policy can we really implement that could provide significant change? But this is where ideas begin - on the ground with people who are face to face with the issue. Will there always be homeless people in Venice? Yes. But if we can get the community more involved - get people out there on the boardwalk talking with the homeless, creating a dialogue, finding ways to get people what they need, maybe we can find a solution - maybe we can make a small dent in the problem. The approach on this issue from a place of compassion.
What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
I received a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in Acting from the A.R.T/Moscow Art Theatre School/Harvard University. I lived in New York before I came to Venice in 2006.
Why did you decide to run?
I have been incredibly fortunate in my life and I feel grateful to have landed in a place like Venice. I have always been involved in politics as more of a spectator, and I guess I felt that if I love this community so much, what better way to embrace Venice than by trying to make it a better place to live in for everyone.
Peter Cambor is running for Outreach Officer on the Venice Neighborhood Council. To read more candidate profiles, click here.