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Venice Neighborhood Council Candidate: Austin Rovetti

Patch asked the VNC candidates a few questions to help voters decide in the Oct. 28 election.

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? 

The most important thing elected officials can do is promote an open dialogue with the community they represent. By fostering communication that leads to great ideas and positive change, we can truly make progress on even our toughest issues.

 

Who are your primary supporters? 

I don't have any financial contributors to my campaign. I think campaign finance reform is one of the most important issues facing our nation in the long-term, and am leading by example. Open dialogue with media sources like the Venice-Mar Vista Patch and Venice Paparazzi and word of mouth will be the backbone of my candidacy.

 

What issue do you feel most strongly about and what’s your position?

One specific topic I would like to address during my term is the need for a more robust community athletics department. Venice provides such a multitude of outdoor activities to participate in, from volleyball, to surfing. I see a real opportunity to give back to both the youth and adults of our community in the form of a well organized community athletics department.

Another issue I am passionate about is a farm-based initiative partnered with our school's lunch programs. A goal of mine is to strategically incorporate a healthier diet into our school's meal program while not exceeding budgetary constraints. The goal however doesn't stop there, the real long-term benefit is in a learning based strategy that instructs youth at an early age about healthy eating choices and their benefits.

 

What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?

I just spent a week backpacking through Yosemite National Park and had one of the most amazing trips of my life. I am an advocate of connecting with the outdoors, there is a great sense of serenity when you can step away from everything for a moment. 

 

Why did you decide to run?

This is my first time running for the Venice Neighborhood Council. I decided that I no longer wanted to sit on the sidelines, but rather take an active roll in dealing with the issues of facing our residents.

Austin Rovetti is running for one of 13 open positions as a Community Officer on the Venice Neighborhood Council. To read more candidate profiles, click here.

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G. Harding October 10, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Take some of the campers on a camping trip!! Then you might help our neighborhood!!
burned@thestake October 11, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Thank you Warren G. Harding! Way to speak-out against the "Hoover-villes" "plaguing" Venice. Maybe if you and the rest of the local 'Vigilance' Committee were quicker to pick-up an Axe-handle - we'd put the "Grapes of Wrath" and the rest of this 'Great Depression', behind us. I hear that some of them 'Okies' are 'commonist agitaters', too. Am I right in thinking that Austin isn't one of Ryavec's army of stealth-gentrifiers, then? Sounds like he might be someone good for Venice.
Richard B October 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
What are your views on the Santa Monica Airport? It is a huge concern for many that live under the flight path. The noise and pollution and not to mention safety issues. We want it closed in 2015 when the lease expires. WIl you join the fight?
Linda Lucks October 22, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Good Luck Austin!

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