Venice Stakeholders Association President Endorses Tina Hess

Hess seeks the Los Angeles City Council District 11 seat in the March 5 primary to replace Bill Rosendahl.

Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, has officially endorsed Tina Hess in her bid for the 11th district city council seat. 

“Mr. Ryavec actively challenged City Hall over their treatment of homeless individuals staying along the Venice boardwalk and has been an outspoken opponent against over-development in Venice’s beach neighborhoods,” Hess said in a statement. “His endorsement recognizes my commitment to being a voice of the residents and further helps unite the community in my grassroots campaign to reform City Hall from the inside out.

Hess has also been endorsed by the Westside Los Angeles Chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus. 

During her 25 year tenure as a Los Angeles city prosecutor, Hess has garnered a reputation for taking on cases that adversely affect women. She is currently prosecuting a case against one of the country’s largest insurance companies for illegally targeting women with breast cancer.

As a city councilwoman, Hess intends to be a voice for women on issues regarding healthcare, domestic violence and funding for public safety, childcare and education.

Mark Ryavec February 10, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Odious, I am struck by the realization that you always are a bit distanced from reality. Bill R. did not "push" the RVs into the Westchester City Hall parking lot, he invited them there. He told me that himself on many occasions. The people living in an assortment of vehicles on that lot there came to be there because he personally let it be know that they would be welcome and he told the LAPD not to enforce LAMC 85.02 on that lot and the one adjacent to his offices in West LA. This was months if not a year or two in advance of the LAPD's enforcement of LAMC 85.02 or the installation of "No Oversize Vehicles" signs in Venice. Your glibness is dangerous because it obscures reality and and misleads the public. Mark
Bert Stone February 10, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I really don't think that Clare, Ewing, SOV and Lucks are interested in the facts Mark. They are stuck in the problem not the solution.
Odysseus Bostick February 10, 2013 at 05:16 AM
@Mark Ryavec, When I say that Bill Rosendahl "pushed" RVs into the Westchester library parking lot (there is no City Hall in Westchester, it's a neighborhood and not a city), it is shorthand for the fact that he invited them to the parking lot there as you described it. This was about 2 years ago. I don't see anything I said as glib. And please stop calling me Odious. You've done it many times and you know it's not my name. Continuing to call me that makes you look really petty, puerile, and bilious. I'm also starting to believe that you're the only person who delights in the Venice homeless problem remaining as it stands. Moreover, your position as the president of the VSA also sounds suspect as the existence of the VSA and their financial support of you is really derived from the exacerbation of the homeless issue in Venice. It occurs to me now that you have a financial incentive to keep the status quo. What are your thoughts on that?
Tori barman February 10, 2013 at 05:44 AM
I think you can rest assured Mark, your never going to get any where with Care, Lucks, Ewing, You would have a better chance with the three stooges, they make more sense.
carolyn rios February 10, 2013 at 07:15 AM
FYI There were only 16 factual basis stakeholder voters in the last election. Everyone else had to show proof of "live work or own property" connections FYI Mark Ryavac did back that ST.J project, and did identify that lot And Ii was with him when JohnMaceri said that Bbut SM OPCC runs a wonderful 6-9 month transitional housing program in SM proper. They have a much healthier financial ability to handle these sorts of issues than LA does
carolyn rios February 10, 2013 at 07:15 AM
FYI There were only 16 factual basis stakeholder voters in the last election. Everyone else had to show proof of "live work or own property" connections FYI Mark Ryavac did back that ST.J project, and did identify that lot And Ii was with him when JohnMaceri said that Bbut SM OPCC runs a wonderful 6-9 month transitional housing program in SM proper. They have a much healthier financial ability to handle these sorts of issues than LA does
Tori barman February 10, 2013 at 01:37 PM
SOV what rock did you craw out from under. Now you listen to me, you gutter-mouth punk. I've dealt with you before, and every time I did, it took me a month to wash off the filth. Next time you want to make the news, step in front of a bus.
Rick Feibusch February 10, 2013 at 03:40 PM
A) This has gone off topic again, but this is what happens when the primary function of Patch is subverted by people who want to use it to discredit anyone who has voiced any opposition to the homeless free-for-all in Venice that has been presented to both the public and residents as the heart of art and the soul of free speech. 2) As for VNC President Lucks - I don't care how many votes she did or did not get - NOT ONCE DURING HER "CAMPAIGN" DID SHE SAY THAT SHE WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF A SOCIAL SERVICE OR THAT HER PRIMARY AGENDA WAS TO FILL THE BEACH AND ALLEYS WITH TRANSIENTS AND TRY TO TURN GOLF COURSE PARKING LOTS INTO NIGHT TIME RV CAMPGROUNDS!!! I wonder how the VNC election would have gone if she had been truthful.... Time for the dictatorial bleeding hearts/social service profiteers to FIND ANOTHER TOWN...
catman February 10, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Rick, You live so close to the Santa Monica border that for all intents and purposes you do live in another town !
Rick Feibusch February 10, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Catman, Funny you should mention that... Years ago, when we were in the thick of it with St. Joseph Center, who, by the way, are MUCH better neighbors than they were in the past (unless you live near the "Day Center" on Flower and Lincoln where the residents get to experience much of the same that we north-of-Rose had to for years). I digress, the Rose Ave. Working Group actually looked into having the area between Hampton and Seventh, Rose north to the SM border annexed into Santa Monica. They were less than interested and told us that they already had enough of what we were concerned about.... So, they cleaned up their act and sent all of the "service resistant" and 2-nuts-to-properly-function over to Venice so we could enjoy their je ne sais quoi...
Tori barman February 11, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Catman you make me want to puke.
Spirit Of Venice February 11, 2013 at 04:52 AM
You know how I know that we're close to "The Last Day"? Rick said "... I digress...".
Spirit Of Venice February 11, 2013 at 04:53 AM
So, go ahead and puke.
Spirit Of Venice February 11, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Maybe the reason Linda never said that her primary agenda was to fill the beach and alleys with transients and try to turn golf course parking lits into night time RV campgrounds was because it was not her primary agenda to fill the beach and alleys with transients and try to turn golf course parking lots into night time RV campgrounds.
Spirit Of Venice February 11, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Tori, don't quit your day job...your standup-comedy still needs a lot of work. You may be a joke, but your jokes aren't.
Spirit Of Venice February 11, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Wow. I tried really hard to come up with a snappy come-back, but I just couldn't think of anything.
Spirit Of Venice February 11, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Mark, I really wonder if it is possible for you to avoid mischaracterizing anything. I seriously doubt it. I think self-serving distortion is just a part of your DNA. Is it possible for you to acknowledge that there is not enough "housing" by about 80% for "credible organizations with a track record of really getting the chronic homeless into housing" to get the chroinc homeless IN to? And that because of that fact, there is just no place for the homeless to go other than the sidewalks and shelters? And that in order for some homeless to get into emergency shelters and off the street overnight where they won't be bothering people like you by sleeping on their sidewalks and in their alleys is to provide storage for their excess baggage? - "PROLIFERATION of 24/7 restrooms"??? You are well aware that there is NOT ONE SINGLE PUBLIC RESTROOM available between sundown and dawn anywhere in Venice. We are calling for SOME toilets to be available JUST SO THE HOMELESS WON"T BE FORCED TO RELIEVE THEMSELVES ON YOUR LAWN, and you have the gall to criticize this as "makiing it easier for the homeless to stay homeless" - as though there were homes for them but they just don't want them. - Oh, you evil, evil man.
Spirit Of Venice February 11, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Johnny. What does "What kind of blog is this a free for all." MEAN? I can't make any sense out of that sentence. - Anyway, I would like to say this : What kind of a blog is this? THE EDITOR should be fired. You have an out of control poster named Johnny Quest attacking anyone and everyone on this thread. He should be banned for inaccurate and improper conduct on this site (although I have to admit, I don't really know what I mean by "inaccurate conduct"). - johnny quest IS NOTHING MORE THAN A CYBER TERRORIST.
Spirit Of Venice February 11, 2013 at 05:21 AM
You know what's really strange about that, Ty? St. Josephs has restroom facilities which are made available to anyone who wants to use them. How odd that this guy leaves St. Joe's and walks TWO FOOTBALL FIELDS south and half a block east to urinate. And again, are you saying that you go a half a block west and two football fields north to hang around St. Joseph's and observe the identity of people who go there? I envy you your free time.
Spirit Of Venice February 11, 2013 at 05:28 AM
Wow, CN. The more I learn about you, the weirder you seem to be. So, everybody on your street told you it was ok with them for you to offer their street as a location for the storage locker? Amazing. - There is absolutely NOTHING unsuitable about where the locker is. It is virtually invisible to the general public, and it is adjacent the police sub-station where the cops can keep an eye on it and the people using it. NOBODY is complaining about the location but you. It is a perfect location. - No, there is nothing "hater" about what you just said, and the really amazing thing to me is that you actually think that by posting one little benign 94 word message you can erase all the hateful things you have said in your other posts. Is there a mandatory "mental-defective" requirement for anybody who supports Mark Ryavec? Apparently so.
Deborah Lashever February 11, 2013 at 06:38 AM
Mark, if you really feel like you are Jesus and can solve all these problems without anyone else, please go ahead. No one is stopping you. If you can provide housing to the thousands on the street and so neutralize the current--immediate--problems of warmth, shelter and food go for it! I would personally kiss your feet. In the meantime, while many are suffering and are not able to access housing what do you want them to do? Hibernate? Go underground? Dissolve? The people in transition are the people I am concerned about. The people that are in serious danger and distress that you constantly harass and try to sue the city into criminalizing. What about all those souls? What will you do for/with them? I'd love to hear your plan, because all I see is advocacy from you for police harassment. Am I wrong? Tell me how. And, by the way, you are absolutely wrong about my experience with the homeless population. That statement just shows your lack of grasp on reality and your propensity to make things up about people. Why would you think you know my background?
Deborah Lashever February 11, 2013 at 06:49 AM
Mark, Please do your research. As we have stated, our program has been modeled after the Costa Mesa program which has had outstanding results in Costa Mesa and San Diego. We are trying to mold even better programs than OPCC has. You are looking at the past. We are looking at the future. If you have any positive solutions rather than suing the city and criminalizing poverty we will gladly listen. You are not providing any alternatives but only roadblocks. We are trying other methods. Stop hampering progress. Thank you.
Walter Black February 11, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Spirit Of Venice what rock did you crawl out under you are nothing more than a stupid godless fool.
David Ewing February 11, 2013 at 07:06 AM
Ty, I believe Peggy Thusing is your SLO, and she's very capable, but that’s not to say you don’t have a legitimate gripe. But the Citywide tactical alert is presumably because there's a crazy cop out there with Special Forces training who's intent on killing other cops. So it's not surprising they're prioritizing that over your crazy guy. I'm just saying today is not a normal day. I agree Craig White was terrific. I remember when there was a crack house on Lake, and many of the neighbors wanted to blame some of the crime that took place in the neighborhood around it on RV dwellers who were parking in Lincoln Place. White told them at a neighborhood meeting that he knew all these people and they weren't involved with the crime. They were just trying to get by. He knew where the crime was coming from. He shut the crack house down. End of story.
David Ewing February 11, 2013 at 07:06 AM
As for the urination and defecation problems, you don't have to convince me they're real. St. Joseph's needs to be responsive, and they need to be accountable. Part of the problem here is that everyone jumps to blame the victim, whether it’s the homeless person with no access to public toilets, or the person whose yard or alley is used as a latrine. But when anyone suggests a installing a restroom for the homeless to use, residents have a vision of their neighborhood becoming a permanent skid row and they shout down the idea. Homeless advocates shout back that residents are nimbys and haters. It's Catch-22 with a vengeance. We're never going to find solutions by shouting each other down and calling each other names. If we could work on solving the problems, rather than simply pushing the homeless into some other neighborhood without addressing any of the problems you mentioned, we would save the City a lot of money, we would not all be at each others’ throats, and we could start focusing on positive change for our community. Intransigence creates stalemate, no matter which side you're on. We have to start looking for ways to build mutual goodwill and trust if we want real quality of life here in Venice, because it depends on how we treat each other.
Walter Black February 11, 2013 at 07:30 AM
SOV you are an SOB. Your never going to reverse gentrification in Venice no matter what. When the homeless are gone you won't have anything to cry about. First Abbot Kinney then Rose and then OFW.
Deborah Lashever February 11, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Mark, A mentor of mine told me that if one person calls you an ass then you can consider that their personal opinion, but if two people-or more- call you an ass then you should probably order a saddle. Mark, order yourself a saddle. Suing the city to support your personal agenda and taking up untold hours of taxpayer dollars in meetings with public officials to further your personal agenda is being an ass. And I am being generous in my description at that. What about those real people that cannot access housing right now? those that are suffering in the cold right this minute? The public nuisance is YOU for not helping with them intermediate solutions, but criminalizing the many people who are desperate and have nowhere to turn at the present moment. It is Winter, it is freezing cold. Jesus Christ! Homelessness is not a scheduled activity. There isn't enough housing for all. We all would like that! There is not enough housing designated for people currently having to live on the street. That is a solid fact. So now what? WHAT ARE YOUR IMMEDIATE SOLUTIONS? If we are wrong for doing supportive services for those who are unable to access immediate housing, then what is your solution? Just let 'em die?
Deborah Lashever February 11, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Tori, who are you?
Deborah Lashever February 11, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Mark, What makes you such an expert with homelessness? You are a business man. Period. Do you have a degree in Psychology? Sociology? Have you ever studied these things? What makes you such an expert? Many of us have education and experience around this issue that there is no way you could have had. Why are you touting yourself as such an expert? Why should our whole community discard our heartfelt and historic values and follow your uneducated, biased, cold hearted lead? There is no reason except the fear of lawsuits. Cease and desist! We are an inclusive, community minded community. Stop trying to make Venice into a gentrified community that we are not! If you succeed it will kill who we are as a community. And you will be largely responsible. You will have killed the Soul of Venice. Is that what you want? Because it will haunt you for all eternity.
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 08:54 AM
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