Venice Neighborhood Council Candidate: Erin Sullivan-Ward

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? 

I'd prioritize working with all Venice stakeholders, those that live and work in Venice and those that like to visit our beaches. I'd work to make the most of our creative community to solve pressing issues like land use, parking, etc. What are other forward thinking cities doing and how can we take the working ideas and bring them to our own community?  

Who are your primary supporters?  

At this point, friends and neighbors in the community. I hope to campaign and win over more supporters!


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

Personally, I get fired up about urban planning issues. Why are there no family friendly parks in Venice? How about a more bike friendly Abbot Kinney? With our amazing creative community, why don't we have a world renowned art/film festival? How do we bridge the gap between the long time Venice residents and the newcomers?   


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

 I lived in Venice in the 80's while finishing college. It was a very different place (Abbot Kinney was a ghost town!) but had some of the same issues.


Why did you decide to run?

Venice has given me a great place to live, I'd like to give back by donating time and energy as a Community Officer.


Erin Sullivan-Ward is running for one of 13 open positions as a Community Officer on the Venice Neighborhood Council.

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burned@thestake October 07, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Well there's a reason to be suspicious about her candidacy. She wants to work with "stakeholders" and is endorsed by Mark Ryavec. I think I smell something fishy.
burned@thestake October 07, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Endorsed by another gentrification-advocate/Venice HATER ... perfect. Aside from her work with Herr Ryavec - what has all her good work consisted of, exactly?
burned@thestake October 07, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Mark looks like he'll be running for City Council next... so you'll have your chance soon enough.
Luvin Venice October 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
An endorsement by Mark Ryavec and his Stockholders Association guarantees no vote from me. We need candidates who will stand up to his bullying tactics and offensive agenda, not be backed by them.
Richard B October 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Hi Erin. 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?


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