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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Ray Davis October 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Thanks for the condescending non-answer Carolyn to a question that was not directed at you. Touched a nerve, did I? I urge everyone to vote for a candidate that actually lives in the neighborhood. Do you live in Venice, Linda?
killerweed October 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
VV, you can say any dumb crap you want but that doesn't make it true. But like Carolyn Rios says, any homeowner in Venice may be a paper millionaire, but that doesn't mean they bought their million dollar pad recently with their parents giving them money for the down payment so they could feel superior to the rest of us peasants. You're really a CPA? How do you stay in business if this is any indication of the quality of your thinking, legal knowledge and work output? You're in a downward spiral here.
killerweed October 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM
She only works at the homeless shelter in your fevered imagination, Vortex. But she does work in Venice, Sponto, which makes her as eligible for the neighborhood council as you or any of your other hatchet-man buddies who claim to live or work here. By the way, it's interesting that none of you guys stepped up and put your names and reputations on the line to run for VNC. At least Rick Duncan has the guts to do it and not hide behind aliases (like the rest of us - ho-ho!).
killerweed October 28, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Vortex, it's pretty clear you don't even know what Venice Community Housing or Steve Clare actually do!
Spirit Of Venice October 28, 2012 at 01:40 AM
FINAL THOUGHTS - You know what this has all been about? It's been about the forces of gentrification and homogenization muddying the waters about Linda Lucks in an attempt to dissuade people from voting for her - nothing more, and nothing less. - It's dirty politics at its finest. Say anything, slander anybody, do whatever you possibly can to destroy your victim's credibility. - It's also an exercise in delusions. On the part of Linda's vitriolic attackers it is delusions of grandeur, delusions of gender, delusions of power. Most people who are voting Sunday for VNC officers have their minds pretty much made up. - I sincerely hope Linda wins another term. I am convinced she is the best candidate - not only for Venice's old guard, but for all the people who live and/or work in our unique town. I believe she is honest, genuine, dedicated to the public good - and more than that, that she has a good heart and wisdom. - Anyway, it's too late now to influence anybody's vote. We'll see how it all plays out soon enough. - As for the scurrilous, slanderous and untrue attacks on Venice Community Housing and its Executive Director Steve Clare, well, I guess it's to be expected. Those of us who trust God can take comfort in knowing that He always exacts His justice eventually. - Just for the record, VCHC is run by an unpaid volunteer board of directors. Steve answers to them in frequent regular meetings. He can't blow his nose around that place without their permission.
Spirit Of Venice October 28, 2012 at 01:42 AM
CONT-Pt 2 - As for the money - where it comes from and how it is spent - every penny is itemized in annual financial reports. All anyone has to do is go to the VCHC website, click "About Us" and then click "Financial Information". It's all right there. VCHC has nothing to hide, and it isn't hiding anything. - As for the money Steve takes, you probably have to do a little googling, but his annual salary is posted on the net. It used to be 1/3 of the average pay for a similar position in a similar non-profit corporation, because he refused to take any more. I believe that now he is making a salary equal to 1/2 the national average for his job description - because he still refuses to take more. He could force it out of the board, but he doesn't want it. In fact, all the employees are receiving below average pay for their positions - because it's not about the money with any of them, it's about the service they do. - Steve doesn't live in a million dollar house and he doesn't drive a Hummer. Pure lies. He lives in a modest rental unit and drives a modest vehicle. That's just the kind of guy he is. It's not about the money with him - like it is with his vicious and lying attackers. - Anyway, let's all get out and vote for the candidate of our choice tomorrow. And Linda, sorry if I stirred up a hornet's nest...I made the mistake of letting them get under my skin. - Live and learn.
Venice Vortex October 28, 2012 at 01:59 AM
SOV sorry that I called you a retard.
Spirit Of Venice October 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Apology accepted. Heat of the moment and all that. We live in a world of anonymous aggression. You can sit in the safety of your car and be ugly and antisocial to people and not fear any consequence. Same for online discussions. It tends to bring out the darkest side of our natures. Maybe we can all try a little harder to have spirited disagreements without all the ugly personal attacks. I'll try.
Spirit Of Venice October 29, 2012 at 03:55 PM
So, VV, do you "know how the rest of Venice feels" NOW?
Venice Vortex October 29, 2012 at 04:50 PM
SOV have you counted the votes that you have on the new board? Linda only has one vote. Our people are in control. Venice spoke loud and clear that they are tired of the social service industry dictating Venice policy. We will get all of our motions passed. Your people will not. We won.
catman October 29, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Hey Venice Vortex, do your parents know that you're using their computer while you're supposed to be in school ?
Lucas Peter Smith October 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
VV--You highly overestimate the people you voted for. When truly difficult issues come up, very few members on the Board stand up to vote for them. Out of the incumbents elected, only Scot and Ira voted in favor of police enforcing the law on the boardwalk. Likewise when it came to the zipline or placing the Roadmap to Housing program at a public park.
Rick Duncan October 29, 2012 at 06:08 PM
SOV, now that I'm not running and don't particularly have to be civil, I'd like to say this. You're an asshole. Coming here and gloating is not particularly mature. Using our voices, standing up, and having an opinion is not something that makes any of us bad people. We all truly care about our neighborhood. You, in fact, never answered the question I put out to you only dodged it to go on about something totally irrelevant. You've made wild speculations about my character, who I am, and how I live. Never once did you actually reach out to talk to me and try to get a solid idea of who I am. Just blindly following whatever ill informed opinion you've been fed. Good for you. I wish Linda the best in her next term, and as VV said, there are some great people that have been elected and hopefully will be able to break the status quo to improve the degrading conditions here in our neighborhood. I personally plan on being a real pain in the butt to the council over the next two years, with the intention of helping to make things better. Even though I lost, looking at the numbers, I've got at least 400 new friends to stand up for and say "we are not going to live like this anymore." Congrats Linda, we will be seeing each other soon. :)
Spirit Of Venice October 29, 2012 at 06:52 PM
True colors, Rick? You don't really WANT to be civil...you were just being a phony to try to mislead people about what you are really like, but now that that didn't accomplish what you wanted it to, you can relax and be your true disrespectful, profane self? Gee, what a shame that we didn't fall for it and elect you. - Where was your outrage when Mark Ryavec published Linda's personal information and encouraged his lowlife buddies to harass her with vile insults and death threats? You're such a paragon of virtue now. No, standing up and speaking out and having an opinion does not make you a bad person. What makes you a bad person is your willingness to create an elite lifestyle for yourself by persecuting helpless and defensless victims of a monolithic - winner-take-all-and-loser-drop-dead mentality. What makes you a bad person is the fact that you want to live the way you want to live, but you don't respect anybody else's right to live differently. What makes you a bad person is that you are willing to go along with the slander, lies and false accusations against people who are trying to help the less fortunate in our community. - That's what makes you a bad person. - Yes. How degrading. To be forced to see the victims of greed, corruption, lies and persecution right there under your eyes in your own neighborhood. By all means...build a big wall and only let people in who meet your qualifications. Sent everybody else to Pico Rivera.
catman October 29, 2012 at 06:58 PM
This statement ranks right up there with Al Gore's non-concession concession speech of 2000. Thanks for the laugh Rick.
Spirit Of Venice October 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I mean, let's face reality...the beach is prime real estate...only rich people and wealth-aspiring, upwardly-mobile nine-to-fivers have any right to be here...right?
Spirit Of Venice October 29, 2012 at 11:43 PM
In (as somebody else here put it) your fevered imagination, Rick, I suppose that's true. - However, back here in the real world, "Venice" didn't speak at all - only +/- 5% of "Venice" spoke...and it "said" by a margine of almost two-to-one, that it wanted "a non-Venice resident who works at a homeless-shelter" to preside over the discussions and decisions of the Venice Town Council. - Keep on spinning your loss to yourself as a "victory". We'll see just how often the members of the council support you and your cohorts narrow, greedy, self-serving, hateful and utterly materialistic ambitions. - Remember when I told you that all your lying, vitriolic rhetoric about Linda, Steve Clare and VCHC (I believe you said "Steve gets five million a year, lives in a million dollar home and drives a Hummer") wasn't influencing anybody? Looks like I was right, doesn't it? - Venice Vortex...a legend in his own mind.
Spirit Of Venice October 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM
CORRECTION - Sorry, Rick, I meant to say : "In your fevered imagination, Venice Vortex, I suppose that's true." I typed the wrong name. It was a mistake, I assure you, and I apologize for it.
concernedneighbor December 04, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Hey Spirit - who do you think owns all of the properties that Steve Clare purchases for the homeless? I think you'll find he buys them himself, then 'donates' them to his non-profit which then rents them to the city, writes off any losses on he personal taxes, and after the city rents them to the city from him for 25 years he owns them outright. That's the wool being pulled over your eyes amigo...
Spirit Of Venice December 04, 2012 at 01:28 AM
What? Is that "amigo" supposed to create the impression that you are my friend? No thanks. Not interested. - What do you do? Smoke a couple of doobies and sit back and just write down whatever comes into your imagination? I'm not wasting any of my time or energy arguing with you. Think whatever your twisted little defective mind presents you with...I don't care. - For the record, folks, just visit the VCHC website. All financial information, including who buys what, who owns what, and where the money goes is plainly available. Steve owns nothing. He is Executive Officer of a non-profit corporation which runs according to state regulated bylaws under the decision making of an independent and unpaid board of directors. Nobody makes any profit. Employees are salaried and all proceeds above expenses go to the benefit of the low income tenants and recipients of VCHC social services. - Just for the record, CN, I find you and people like you to be despicable. You do nothing and then you slander and slime good people who devote their lives to helping others. - Got it, "amigo"?
Rick Duncan December 04, 2012 at 01:57 AM
I'm a phony? I use my real name, and speak openly about how I feel about the issues affecting myself and my neighbors. Ask anyone that actually has sat down and spoken with me, and you'll find your conceptions of me to be totally FALSE. What we have all seen time and time again from you SOB is the vitriol, slime, and hate fueled speech you decry. I called you an asshole, and as it's my opinion, I'll stand by it wholeheartedly. What I find most interesting, is that you're still here, trolling this forum and don't actually ever show yourself in another local forum. Was that because you were called out one too many times and can't handle the heat? As far as Mark calling out Linda's personal information, well, so what? You know how easy that would be to find anyways? I am sure I could find her phone number and address within 3 minutes by doing a quick search. As far as I'm concerned, I'm all for putting homeless advocates addresses out there in the open (as they already are anyways), if they are allowed to sleep outside of my place, they should certainly be allowed and even welcomed with open arms outside of theirs. It would be the perfect solution! Don't like homeless people outside of your place? Here's the address for people who do! Problem solved and everyone is happy. Oh wait. It's ok for them to sleep anywhere but outside of the supporters' house. Who's the elitist around here again?
John Q-public December 04, 2012 at 02:13 AM
SOV is a retard and that's the fact jack.
Spirit Of Venice December 04, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Yes, Rick, you ARE a phony. "Mr. Nice Guy" until your pretense didn't accomplish what you wanted it to, then - by your OWN ADMISSION - you no longer saw any percentage in "being civil", so you quit pretending to be what you weren't and quit saying things that you didn't really mean but which you thought would deceptively manipulate public opinion in your favor. See, the World calls that "being a phony". - Clearly, from your last couple of posts, Venice dodged a major bullet in not electing someone of your confused and toxic mentality to preside over VNC. If I had any hand in turning the tide against you and in Linda's favor then I am happy about it. - Of course, even though you lost by around two votes to one, you can still come back next time and try again. I'll still be here..."trolling" PATCH. Let's see, I currently have TWO articles on view on page one... one about the dangers of GMOs, and one about young people singing Christmas carols on Main Street. Yep, it really does look like I am an "a**hole" all right. - By the way, the fact that that is the best word you could come up with - TWICE - is reason enough to never elect you to any position of service in OUR community.
Spirit Of Venice December 04, 2012 at 02:23 AM
And THAT, folks, is about the level of personality development of your average Mark Ryavec supporter. Let's make REAL sure we don't make the mistake of electing him to replace Rosendahl in City Council. ANYBODY but Ryavec...right?
Rick Duncan December 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
My point about being "civil," was to have to sit by and keep quiet in face of your borderline slanderous lies, and methods of non-civil discourse. Once the election was over, I had no rules or hinderances in how I address any individuals. As I said, anyone that knows me, knows that I'm generally a pretty nice guy, so your criticisms are beside the point. Yes, asshole is the appropriate term. I find no need to be more creative when the old standards can be just as effective. It's definitely caught your ire. Also, once again you've taken to the methods of avoiding the actual issue and deflected into something else entirely. I may have resorted to name calling (or just sharing the facts...)
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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