My name is Benjamin Shahrabani and 18-year resident of Venice Beach. I am a writer by trade, but am running for one of the "At-Large Community Officer" positions because - like many of my fellow candidates - I've never seen Venice in such bad shape. While the reasons for our current plight are complex, objectively most Venetians are concerned with unprecedented "homelessness," crime, environment, and the seeming inability for Venice to sound its own voice over its own destiny. There should be no reason concerns about projects that harm our neighborhoods go unheard or unconsidered. I believe Venice founder Abbot Kinney would look at Venice today and shake his head in shame
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