Mark Redick, a founder of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council, has been appointed to an at-large affirmation seat on the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa.
Redick, who also served as Del Rey’s president and vice president, was nominated to the board by Westchester-Playa council President Cyndi Hench at the council’s Jan. 3 meeting.
The advisory council’s vote was unanimous.
“My family is getting larger and I have to take that into consideration,” said Redick, a hotel executive, explaining why he recently moved to Playa del Rey.
The new board member has two sons, including one, Matthew, who is stationed in Afghanistan with the United States Army and who married late last year before he was deployed.
Redick’s younger son, Daniel, recently returned from attending college in Arizona.
“I’ve always been a big believer in representing where you live,” Redick added.
The former Del Rey president was approached by Hench initially to see if he wanted to serve on one of Westchester-Playa’s committees, but after realizing that a board seat was available, she asked him to apply for the seat.
“My heart is in two places now,” said Redick, who still owns property in Del Rey and served on its board until 2010. He chose not to run for reelection that year after serving two terms as president.
Westchester-Playa board member Denny Schneider is thrilled with Redick’s appointment.
“I feel that this is an outstanding opportunity for us to gain from his expertise, his knowledge and his dedication to the stakeholders,” said Schneider, who has worked with Redick on Los Angeles International Airport issues as well as preserving neighborhood council budgets.
Redick will serve on the council’s budget and finance committee and comes on board at a time when the local council will be voting on a controversial development in Playa del Rey, a proposed McDonald’s restaurant, the northside runway encroachment at LAX as well as the annual battle with the city over neighborhood council budgets.
“I look forward to working with this council,” Redick said. “There are a lot of good people here.
“I didn’t leave Del Rey,” he added. “I just moved next door.”