Eight Venice community stakeholders have been appointed to the 11-member Venice Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee.

The eight community stakeholders will join two Venice Neighborhood Council board members and newly elected chair Challis MacPherson on the committee.

The Land Use and Planning Committee makes recommendations to the Neighborhood Council Board of Officers on any land use and planning issues affecting the Venice community.

Twenty-three stakeholders submitted applications to serve on the land use and planning committee, but only eight were appointed by the Venice Neighborhood Council at its meeting Tuesday, November 21st.

The Neighborhood Council also voted to appoint council board members Phil Raider and Sylviane Dungan to the committee.

According to the Venice Neighborhood Council bylaws, no council board members may serve on the Land Use and Planning committee, except for the committee chair.

But the bylaws state that two council board members other than the committee chair may serve as representatives on the current committee, only until the Neighborhood Council election, next year, MacPherson said.

The committee will then be reduced from 11 members to nine, she said.

The stakeholders appointed to the land use and planning committee come from a variety of employment backgrounds, she said.

The eight community stakeholders appointed are:

– Robert Aronson, attorney;

Lainie Herrera, senior environmental planner;

James Murez, manager of the Venice Farmers Market;

Susan Papadakis, former Venice Neighborhood Council member and architect;

Jed Pauker, computer consultant;

Maury Ruano, co-founder of a development company;

Ruthie Seroussi, attorney; and

Arnold Springer, former history professor at Cal State Long Beach.

The two Neighborhood Council board members appointed to the committee — Raider, a licensed contractor, and Dungan, a Realtor — are both former members of the land use and planning committee.

MacPherson praised the selection of the new committee members and said they hope to be “more proactive than reactive” in dealing with land use and planning issues in the community.

The committee is ready to focus on several upcoming issues, including a proposed 31-story tower on Lincoln Boulevard and a recommended commercial construction moratorium for Lincoln Boulevard, she said.

The new Land Use and Planning Committee will have its first meeting Wednesday, December 6th, at Westminster Elementary School.

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