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Venice Neighborhood Council Candidate: Linda Lucks

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?   

My goal as president for the next two year term, is to run productive and effective meetings where concerns brought forward by the community are vetted through active and engaged committees and presented fairly and in a timely manner to the board. The meetings I run offer a safe and welcoming environment, where decisions made by the full VNC board are well thought out and transparent. I give everyone a chance to speak, and although our meetings often go late, I give everyone an opportunity to be heard.

Neighborhood councils were created specifically to engage and empower communities to debate issues important to us, and to transmit those recommendations to the City Council and Mayor with one voice, if possible. The Venice Neighborhood Council has earned respect throughout the City, in part because of the many strong individuals participating in decision making and because our process is inclusive and transparent. I will encourage the new board to invite even more involvement by the community. There are many dynamic and creative people in Venice so there is no bar too high to reach for.  

Tuesday night’s regular board meeting brought out a full house at Westminster School because the issues discussed and speakers were timely and of interest. I am pleased that the VNC is considered enough of a political force that politicians come to us rather than our having to chase after them.

 

Who are your primary supporters? 

I moved to Venice in 1970 from the Valley because I feel at home here. As a person who is socially and politically active, I have developed and maintained many deep, long-standing and trusted relationships over the years, starting with my children’s carpool teams, with my neighbors coming together to fight one thing or another, by working on political campaigns, working with current and former board members, through shared organization membership. For example, as a co-founder of Venice Garden & Home Tour 20 years ago, I have worked with thousands of homeowners, volunteers, supporters and Venice business owners whom I know will come out to vote for me.  

 

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

I feel strongly about protecting our neighborhoods: To me, protection means public safety. The first thing I did as president was to establish a VNC Public Safety Committee. Crime statistics in Venice are at an all time low due to an engaged and watchful community and an effective partnership with LAPD. But there is more work to be done to insure Constitutional policing and maintaining sufficient numbers of police all year round. As president, I established the Visitor Impact Committee in response to a Town Hall meeting where Venetians overwhelmingly expressed unhappiness with the quality of services received which don’t begin to accommodate  serving millions of visitors.

This committee already has prevented a giant Ferris wheel from setting up shop, approved a now delayed Zip Line which we hope will generate maintenance funds and  we continually research ways to keep more Venice generated funds (parking fees, taxes) here in Venice for purposes such as maintaining the Ocean Front Walk Area. “Venice is the Face of Los Angeles” and our face is dirty. I support a strong and active VNC Education Committee which works closely with our local schools. Educated children become productive adults in society.

A lack of sufficient Parking is a huge issue. To protect our neighborhoods I strongly oppose  any new parking taxes or fees  and I will work to influence the City to increase our parking supply by re-striping wide streets, building parking structures  and at the same time encourage walkability and bicycling. I feel strongly that the noise and pollution coming from the Santa Monica Airport must be stopped so I established an important and thriving S.M. Airport Committee.

I am very concerned about protecting Venice’s traditional character of diversity in housing and people, because that diversity is what keeps Venice from becoming Manhattan Beach or Santa Monica. Only Venice is Venice and I am strongly committed to protecting the qualities necessary for Venice to keep its soul and that includes having compassion for people who need it and by seeking real solutions to problems.    

 

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

I love to dance! As a teen I danced on local TV dance shows and as an adult I competed in ballroom dancing. Now I dance the Samba at Electric Lodge and Zumba at Gold’s gym, but invite me out to salsa or swing, and I am in. 

 

Why did you decide to run? 

I love Venice and have enjoyed serving on the board as president for the last two years. It has been on the job training (trial by fire) and I feel that I have just hit my stride as an effective leader and want to continue for another term.  I ask for your vote on Sunday, October 28, at Westminster School Auditorium from 10-4. Don’t forget to bring proof that you live, work or own property in Venice.

Linda Lucks is running for President, a two-year term. To read more candidate profiles, click here.  

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Spirit Of Venice December 04, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Truth is, Rick, that I'm not really following you. I suspect that it is because your thought processes are just not very well developed, but let's give you the benefit of the doubt for a minute and go on the assumption that I just fail to grasp your point. Are you saying anything, or just raging? Can you set aside your emotions for a minute and just say whatever it is you are trying to say? If yes, then I will try to respond coherently. If not, then I will probably reply one more time and then after that just let you have the last word, or last hundred words....because, frankly, it's starting to look to me like that is what this is really about...you getting the last kick in.
concernedneighbor December 04, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Ha - no - we're not friends - you're a couple of steps away from the looney bin. I'm glad you find me despicable - you're a joke. Your problem is you have an absolute inability to see anything beyond your own world - I think it's called narcissism - and oh, look - you have all the traits... -Magical thinking: Narcissists see themselves as perfect, using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking. They also use projection to dump shame onto others. -Arrogance: A narcissist who is feeling deflated may reinflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else. -Shamelessness: Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways. -Envy: A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person's ability by using contempt to minimize the other person. -Entitlement: Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves special. Failure to comply is considered an attack on their superiority. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage. Exploitation: Can take many forms but always involves the exploitation of others without regard for their feelings or interests. Seek help soon...
Spirit Of Venice December 04, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Season's Greetings one and all :-) See the video in my blog about Christmas Carolers on Main Street. I think you will enjoy it. - S.O.V. - Concerned Neighbor, I notice in your arrogant, smug, condescending and unfounded personal smear of me that you completely avoided dealing with the SUBSTANCE of our exchange - to whit : your false, unfounded, denigrating and slanderous misrepresentation of Venice Community Housing Corporation and its Executive Officer Steve Clare's activities, and my reasonable, intelligent, impersonal and factual refutation of all of your lies. - You chose instead to attack my character - known in formal argumentation as an "ad hominem" attack. This resort to personal insult when one has been presented with factual argument for which one has no legitimate answer is universally recognized to be an illegitimate tactic in Empirical Debate. - You DO seem to be quite well versed in the subject of narcism. I assume that this is because you have studied the subject at length in order to defend yourself against this accusation against you by others. From what I can tell about you, you certainly do seem to be the person illustrated in your descriptions of the narcissistic personality. - The shoe does not fit me, so I will not be wearing it. - Since this is the season in which for nearly two thousand years the world has honored Jesus Christ for, among other things, his wisdom, I will respond directly to your accusations with his words : CONT. BELOW
Spirit Of Venice December 04, 2012 at 08:45 PM
CONT - Matthew 7:2 - "...with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged." - JESUS (King James Bible) - The Amplified Bible phrases it this way : "For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned," The Orthodox Jewish Bible puts it this way : "For with what verdict you judge, you will be judged," The English Standard Version : "For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged" And I find the New Life Version to be particularly illuminating : "You will be guilty of the same things you find in others. When you say what is wrong in others, your words will be used to say what is wrong in you" - However you say it, Jesus's meaning was clear : the unfounded critical judgement you pronounce against others is in reality the truth about you. - So, Mister Narcissist, thanks for describing yourself to us. I already knew this about you, but others will undoubtedly benefit from your confession. - Bottom line? We can continue this "Nyaa nyaa nyaa" exchange for ever, but the fact remains that not one word of what you recently posted about Steve Clare is true, and the readers of this forum know this to be the case.
concernedneighbor December 04, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Oh SOV - you're so predictable - I'm not attacking your character - I'm suggesting you seek help. --- The 'financial information' on the VCHC site doesn't say anything about what individuals own the limited partnerships that own interest in each of his projects - nor does it indicate how much he takes home as a salary (and there is no annual report since 2010). I'm not implying that he's doing anything illegal or immoral - on the contrary, I applaud his civil efforts - but I think you're naive if you think he is the second coming and totally selfless. He's running a business - that helps some of the homeless get into housing - which is commendable. His product is providing housing for a limited number of homeless individuals - and he gets paid market rents by the city/county - if there were no homeless folks in Venice how would he collect rents from the city for 10+ properties VCHC? He would be out of business and he would default on the loans on his properties. He and his team would not have jobs. Again - not saying he's bad or evil - but that he has some vested interest in there being homeless people in Venice. If you can't understand that logical leap than you are either naive, dim, or (as my previous post indicated) so blind by your narcissistic personality disorder that you can't admit that you are anything less than 1000% correct.

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