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 have been elected to the Board three times and have served for a total of six years. In this time I have been on the Administrative Committee the whole time and chair of the Rules and Elections Committee for five years. My main goal has been to create a consistent system of dealing with issues so that the Board and stakeholders know how things are going to work. If the base is firm, the discussions and resolutions can work themselves out in a better way. This is still my goal if reelected as it is an ongoing process.
The main thrust of my voting has been to keep the Venice lifestyle free of the constant onslaught of commercialization. I have lived on a Venice walk street for over forty (40) years and feel that all the citizens of Venice have created an attractive environment that has drawn people from all over the world to live and visit. This had also brought commercial interests who try to take advantage of this for monetary gain. I am not willing to give up our lifestyle to this attack.
Who are your primary supporters?
My primary supporters have been the initial constituency that voted me in the first time, walk street residents north of Windward to the Santa Monica border. Over the years however, due to the exposure on the Board, I have picked up many voters from all over Venice and in the last election I received endorsements from stakeholders across perceived political positions.
What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
That I am currently an AP Economics teacher and Dean of Discipline at a Los Angeles public span (6-12 grade) school and that I spent most of my working life in the LA music business.
Ira Koslow is running for At-Large Community Officer on the Venice Neighborhood Council. To read more candidate profiles, click here.