Appreciation for the Venice community and the importance of handling various Venice community issues were some of the key points emphasized by the three candidates for the Los Angeles City Council District 11 seat at a candidate forum at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice Tuesday, February 8th.

The forum was held one month before the Tuesday, March 8th, election when Flora Gil Krisiloff, Angela Reddock and Bill Rosendahl will compete for the seat currently held by Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, who is termed out from seeking re-election.

The District 11 race is the only Los Angeles City Council race without an incumbent.

At the Venice forum, the candidates continued to emphasize their districtwide goals, but also addressed ideas on how they would serve the Venice community better as a council representative.

Each candidate had different solutions to community problems, but they found common ground in expressing admiration for Venice and its people.

“Venice is known for its ‘eclecticness’ and ‘bohemianness’,” said Rosendahl, a former cable personality.

“I have a very special fondness for Venice,” said Krisiloff, a former City of Los Angeles area planning commissioner. “The beach in Venice is a jewel to the city.”

“Venice is the cultural icon of our city,” said Reddock, an attorney. “My goal is making Venice a better place for us all.”

Wellford Wilms, director of the Educational Leadership Program in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, served as moderator for the forum.

The event was sponsored by UCLA Government and Community Relations, the UCLA School of Public Affairs, and Venice community groups, including the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council, the Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Forum.

Although the Venice community concerns were a main focus of the forum, the candidates were initially asked about their primary concerns for the 11th District, which also includes Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Mar Vista, West Los Angeles, Westchester, the city portions of the Marina del Rey area and Playa del Rey.

“Development needs to be tied with transportation infrastructure,” said Rosendahl, who has a transportation plan with neighborhood and regional strategies.

“My concern is one of access to City Hall,” Reddock said. “The first thing I want to do is make sure the residents have access to my office.”

“The biggest problem in my mind is quality of life,” said Krisiloff, referring to population growth issues.

The three candidates all agreed that a main responsibility for a City Council member is to build consensus with the district communities.

Throughout the forum, the candidates tackled general questions ranging from coastal issues to the role of Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils.

The various concerns for Venice that were raised by the forum audience included, homelessness, traffic on Lincoln Boulevard, the impact of Santa Monica Airport on adjacent neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles and gangs.

The three candidates found overall consensus on homelessness continuing as problem for the Venice community and a need for more mass transit to relieve traffic congestion along Lincoln Boulevard.

But the candidates offered differing views on ways to handle the problems.

Krisiloff and Reddock seemed to be in agreement with their opponent Rosendahl when Rosendahl said the Santa Monica Airport “needs to be shut down” because of its impact on the surrounding community.

Although the 11th District candidates found some agreement in identifying the main concerns for the Venice community, the candidates used the forum opportunity to distinguish themselves on why they should be the next council representative.

“I believe I’m the best candidate because I’m the only one with the combination of business and civic experience,” Reddock said. “I want to bring visionary leadership to City Hall.”

“I’ve been involved in practically every aspect of the community,” Krisiloff said. “My roots are from the community level.”

“I’m running because frankly, we need bold leadership,” Rosendahl said. “I want to be your public servant.”

The three candidates will appear at another local candidate forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 15th, in the Venice High School auditorium, 13000 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista.

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