VIVA VENICE! – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) ended a speech with those words after his walking tour of Venice Sept. 7. Joining the mayor was Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the beachside community.

VIVA VENICE! – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) ended a speech with those words after his walking tour of Venice Sept. 7. Joining the mayor was Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the beachside community.

As a continuation of what his staff calls his plan to make city government more responsible to its citizens, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined dozens of Venice residents on a neighborhood walk through the beachside community Sept. 7.
Garcetti was joined by Councilman Mike Bonin and a team of volunteers, some of whom did campaign style door-to-door visits in an effort to connect residents with city services and information.
“It was the best turnout I’ve ever seen for a neighborhood walk, so it gives me a lot of confidence that the city wants to work together to improve Los Angeles and people are just waiting to volunteer and get out there and get active and involved,” Garcetti said.
“I’ve had a lot of great conversations, including a lot of compliments about how the neighborhoods have improved.
Antoinette Reynolds, a member of the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Neighborhood Committee, accompanied Garcetti and Bonin, who represents Venice, as they walked down Westminster Avenue, knocking on residents’ doors and greeting those who came to talk to them.
“I was delighted that the mayor made Venice one of the first stops on his continuing effort to meet constituents in their own neighborhoods,” said Venice Neighborhood Council President Linda Lucks.
Garcetti said some residents expressed some concerns about “public safety issues” and an increase in housing prices. “With success, for some (Venice) has become a less affordable place,” he noted. “Those are some longer-term issues but there’s some good stuff that we can get working on immediately in the neighborhood.
“But by and large, people seem happy here in Venice. In some neighborhoods that we’ve been to, people have a lot more complaints.”
Representatives from several city agencies, including the fire department, the Department of Transportation and the Bureau of Street Services were present to answer questions.
Garcetti has made several visits to the Westside since winning the mayor’s seat May 22. He held an event in Mar Vista in June, days before he was officially sworn in as mayor.

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