Venice resident Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, has announced his candidacy for the Los Angeles City Council 11th District seat now held by Councilman Bill Rosendahl.
Rosendahl, who is battling cancer, announced that he will not seek a third term and will step down at the end of his current term effective June 30. The councilman intends to return to radio or television broadcasting following his recovery.
Ryavec, formerly a legislative analyst for the City Council and chief deputy tax assessor for Los Angeles County, said he will run in the March 2013 election with hopes of returning the city’s focus to traditional municipal services.
“Most residents just don’t believe we are getting the services that we are paying for,” Ryavec said. “And they’re right.”
“My first priority is to be an advocate for residents and neighborhoods. That means preventing crime, repaving streets, fixing sidewalks, trimming trees, putting rangers back into parks and keeping libraries open.”
Ryavec, whose career has spanned both government service and the private sector, also pledged to protect neighborhoods from overdevelopment, crime and public nuisances.
“All residents are entitled to the quiet enjoyment of their homes,” he said. “Too often the city bureaucracy loses sight of this. My job will be to keep reminding everyone in the city family that the city’s main purpose is to protect and improve the quality of life of residents.”
Ryavec said he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Councilman Marvin Braude, who led the fight against coastal oil
drilling in the Pacific Palisades and authored Proposition O, which banned oil drilling on L.A.’s coast. A founding director of American Oceans Campaign, Ryavec believes coastal protection should be a top priority of the 11th District representative.
Ryavec was born in Santa Monica, attended local schools, UCLA and Occidental College, and has lived in Venice for 23 years.