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It was a spirited discussion on April 19 at the Venice Neighborhood Council VEXIT meeting regarding the prospect of Venice becoming its own city. View video below of VEXIT meeting.
Fun fact for those who don’t know:
VEXIT panel included:
- Mayor Fred Gaines of Calabasas, the last community to successfully “detach” from Los Angeles
- Longtime Venice resident and VNC member James Murez
- Paul Novak, Executive Officer of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
- Isaac Simpson, journalist
- Hollie Stenson, a member of the Venice Neighborhood Council, actress and activist
Here are some comments from the Facebook post of this video, as well as some quotes that we got from involved parties. Enjoy!
Councilmen Mike Bonin’s Office: No comment
Robin Murez1:44:32 Vexing would enable Venice to keep its revenues for its people, Venice’s DIVERSE people could be served by Vexit. LA trashes Venice. Being it’s own city, Venice could serve the needs of all of us
Traci Park1:47:26 Is independent citihood financially feasible? For example, are there sufficient revenues to fund city employee and their pensions? Will police and fire be local or contracted out? What about other services? Is the homeless crisis the main issue driving this movement? Are all the anti-gentrification folks who support Vexit going to understand and accept that gentrification will be necessary to drive up revenue to support independent cirihood? Will venice be at at large or districted city?
VNC Nick Antonicello: The Town Hall was a content rich discussion moderated by Outreach Chair Hollie Stenson on the topic of detachment and cityhood. We had several government and media experts who offered great insight on the process and path to such a journey. We had about 200 interested Venetians take part in this conversation which brought out many residents as well as stellar coverage by the print and broadcast media,” – Nick Antonicello, Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Venice Cityhood.
Mike Bravo There’s some genuine intentions to secede but it’s is mostly hype. The news is really struggling to find worthwhile stories I guess.
David Strohm In 2002, the California State Legislature had a rule that said ALL of LA had to vote for valley secession. The SFV voted in favor of it, but the rest of LA didn’t, so the measure failed. But that was because the rest of LA wanted the Valley tax dollars– perhaps that wouldn’t be an issue with Venice seceding.
Rick Garvey There is no chance LA votes to release Venice so it’s really a moot point. That said I also think it’s a terrible idea.
VNC Vice President George Francisco: I think the idea of Venice returning to its historical origins as its own municipality is valid, important and it’s not hard to imagine that an independent Venice might well work more effectively to address some of our vexing issues. It would also be a real opportunity to return to our roots as a destination location that valued art, culture and innovation the way Abbot Kinney envisioned.
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