I grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and attended public schools and Brown University there. My wife, Sandy, and I bought our house in Mar Vista in 1963. Our three children went to the University Elementary School at UCLA, Daniel Webster Middle School and Venice High School. Sandy was a First Grade teacher in the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District for over twenty years.
I became a community activist after retiring from a career of over fifty years as a software engineer and manager in the aerospace industry. My work as a Board Member of the Westdale Homeowners Association led me to assist with the MVCC Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as Vice-Chair to the Chair, Albert Olsen.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl appointed me to chair an Ad-Hoc Committee to engage with the LA Department of Water and Power to address the community’s concerns about the proposed Scattergood-Olympic Power Line. The committee held public meetings to alert and educate the public about the DWP’s plans and to present the opinions of internationally respected experts in various fields about the possible impact of the power line. The ultimate solution was to place the new power line on the same route and adjacent to the existing power line instead of down Inglewood Avenue closer to inhabited residences as originally proposed.
I have served a prior term as an elected At-Large Director on the MVCC board. During this term I served as Second Vice-Chair of the Board and Co-Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
I believe that the Mar Vista Community Council needs to be aggressive in pushing back on the various ways that the downtown City Elites tries to minimize the impact of neighborhood councils in defiance of the spirit of the 1999 City Charter sections creating them. Although they only have an advisory role, Neighborhood Councils should serve to connect the area's stakeholders to the Elected and Appointed Officials of the city. It's supposed to be a two way street!