Tisha Bedrosian, a founder of the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council – a predecessor to the Venice Neighborhood Council – who served as the board’s first president, has died. She was 50.

Bedrosian passed away July 19 following a battle with uterine cancer, her sister said. Bedrosian had celebrated her 50th birthday July 13 with her sister and longtime friends.

Mike Bonin, chief of staff for Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl, said Bedrosian left an “indelible mark” on the Venice community as someone who spearheaded the formation of the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council prior to the city approving its plan for a neighborhood council system.

“She engaged new people and new energy in community politics and projects. And she was a citywide voice and force in the implementation of the neighborhood council system,” Bonin said.

Former colleagues of Bedrosian on the grassroots council recalled her efforts to initiate the advisory board and her leadership as the body’s first president.

“Tisha was a very special person who made such a positive difference,” said Darryl DuFay, the head of the former council’s land use and planning committee. “I remember her unrelenting efforts to make Venice a better place for everyone.

“As president of the (Grass Roots Venice council) she strove to build consensus. She knew how important it was to build an atmosphere where everyone could be heard.”

Chris Williams, a former colleague and board member, said, “Tisha was the spark, the energy and the dynamic personality that first envisioned and then created the neighborhood council here in Venice. She was a natural leader… that wanted nothing more than to make Venice a better, safer, and cleaner community for all who visited, lived and worked in Venice.”

Memorial service information was not available as of press time.

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