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Mark Ryavec Announces Bid for Bill Rosendahl's CD 11

The Venice Stakeholders Association president announced on Monday that he will run for Council District 11 in the March 2013 election, replacing Councilman Rosendahl who will not seek re-election.

Mark Ryavec, Venice resident and president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, is looking to take Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl's seat representing Council District 11, Ryavec announced on Monday.

Rosendahl was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and announced on Oct. 8 that he would not be seeking re-election in March 2013.

Ryavec is a former legislative analyst for the City Council and chief deputy tax assessor for Los Angeles County. Given that background, Ryavec said in a press release, he'll be running on a platform which will return the city's focus to traditional municipal services like street repaving, fixing sidewalks, tree trimming, putting rangers back into parks and keeping libraries open.

Ryavec also said that he'd fight over-development and coastal drilling, invoking the policies of former L.A. Councilman Marvin Braude.

Other CD 11 candidates include Rosendahl's top advisor, Mike Bonin; former science teacher Odysseus Bostick and Frederick Sutton.

What do you think about Mark Ryavec's bid for City Council? Tell us in the comments.    

killerweed October 23, 2012 at 03:11 PM
It's not off subject. We've got a small group of apparently ill-informed people with hidden (or not so hidden) agendas (or in your case, overt pit-bullies) speaking up as Ryavec sycophants, so if they/you can't stand the heat, you know where to go. While you're there, can you fetch me some popcorn? As for your challenge, the answer is a simple "ABR": Anybody but Ryavec. I'll figure out who when the time comes, but I know a phony when I see one, Ed Begley Jr. or no Ed Begley Jr. I've seen where Ted Danson used to work with Ryavec once upon a time too, but I don't see him on Ryavec's team now. And it's odd how Ryavec chased all those other folks who no doubt know him from his "public spirited" work on the environment and development issues over the years straight into the arms of Bonin within a week or two of announcing he was running. Begley will figure it out too, no doubt, and he'll be looking for the nearest detox shower.
killerweed October 23, 2012 at 03:28 PM
He'll keep a record of resident complaints? Wow, what a concept! I've never heard of a council office doing that! Seriously, where does he think that list he accused Mike Bonin of using would have come from? And he'll recruit an architect as planning deputy (someone whose livelihood depends on doing the bidding of developer clients!) to help him "protect" neighborhoods? Maybe that architect is really going to be there to help applicants game the system. Based on what he's already said about his own career, that's something which Ryavec apparently knows a lot about. If any of his old developer and real estate clients would pay him enough to keep representing them, we wouldn't have to put up with this nonsense. But they won't because they've learned their lesson (or else maybe they want him in city hall greasing the skids for their next wave of projects). It'll be something which the rest of us will have to watch closely over the next few months. It's pretty early but the Ryavec brain trust has already sprung a leak!
catman October 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Politics is politics Rick. And Mark Ryavec doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell in getting elected to the City Council. And his puppet Rick Duncan has no chance of getting elected to the VNC either. I've been in Venice a long long time Rick. And the fact is you homeless haters are a minority in this town. A very vocal minority, but still a minority nonetheless.
concernedneighbor October 25, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Catman - you couldn't be more off base. 1. We're not haters. We want to help homeless folks connect with services that will help them transition back into mainstream society. 2. We're not the minority. If you ask someone if they hate homeless the majority will obviously say no. If you ask them whether we should create services that help people transition off of the street or enable homeless to stay on the street indefinitely - The majority would say that we should help them transition off of the street.
Rick Feibusch October 25, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Some more positions from Mark Ryavec: Support for Major Transportation Projects I support the Mayor’s Fast Forward LA plan to use future sales tax receipts to allow the City to leverage bond funding to build major transportation projects in 10 years as opposed 30 years. New high-speed rail projects spur the economy, create jobs, and provide the capacity to increasingly allow our citizens to travel by rail and bus instead of car, while also lessening traffic congestion. While the Westside will benefit from the Expo Line and ultimately from the “Subway to the Sea,” there is little on the drawing board to address the chronic north-south traffic congestion in CD 11. Future transportation spending must provide new north-south rail capacity on the Westside. Encourage Bicycling Cycling improves personal health, reduces traffic and pollution, and saves energy. I myself bike over 50 miles a week and personally know that we have a long way to go make LA more bike-friendly. As a member of the City Council, I will do everything I can to implement the City’s Bike Plan. See more at - http://www.markryavec.com

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