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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Rhonda DeVictor October 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Erin when she graciously offered her home to be on the Architectural Tour for Venice Family Clinic's annual Art Walk & Auctions this past year. Her energy and dedication was gratefully overwhelming...and she wasn't even around on the day of the event! She is the type of person you want in your corner, fighting for you and your neighborhood. Erin is a dynamo! Rhonda DeVictor Realtor - Keller Williams Volunteer - VFC Architectural Tours
venice beach rider October 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Oh great just what we need a bunch of real estate agents running for government office... like you guys didnt cause enough damage with your greed and house flipping making housing cost tripple in 5 years during.housing bubble. Venice stakeholders = rich real estate owners... not the people. Id rather vote for mr burns from simpsons
Mark Ryavec October 05, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I'll be voting for Erin. And by the way, she's not a real estate agent; she's a film producer/director. When we were looking to get the City to purchase the Postal Annex, she stepped forward and donated the funds for us to retain an architect to come up with an adaptive re-use plan for the building to become a community art center, small theatre and gallery for up-and-coming Venice artists and to turn much of the rest of the site into a family-friendly park. Unfortunately, the City could not come up with the funds to buy the site and relocate the Annex operations, so instead USPS closed the historic post office. She really made a great contribution. She's be a great addition to the VNC. Mark
John Humberfloob October 07, 2012 at 10:37 AM
I will vote for Erin based on all the good work she has done in the community. At least she is not a crack pot like most of the VNC.
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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