The MVCC Polls Are Closed, Now What?

First, thank you to everyone who voted! Whether you voted for me or not, is not the point. The point is that you care enough about your community to spend the time, effort, and energy to choose your candidates and then cast your precious votes for them.

And, yes, votes are precious!

We’re four short days away from the 75th anniversary of D-Day; you can learn more about D-Day here, ARMY.MIL FEATURES. On that important day, “more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded” among the 160,000 that landed on the beaches of Normandy. They were there to rid the world of those who opposed freedom—whether freedom in deed, word, or thought—and restore Europe’s representational governments.

Our votes are the very expression of our freedoms and representational government!

Those who know me well, know my passion for President George Washington’s Farewell Address; especially where he “intimated…the danger of parties….” While I would LOVE to quote the entire Farewell Address, I will merely provide a link to the Farewell Address and encourage you to read and study it.

Washington’s warning against parties rings as true today as when it was written two hundred and twenty-three years ago. How could that be? Because he based his concerns on understanding human nature—people act the same today as they have since the beginning of time—heaven, help us; our basic nature hasn’t changed.

Washington writes that parties serve “always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.”

Doesn’t this sound like he was reading our tea leaves?

When I considered running for MVCC, I was told that it was a “very mellow election” and “not many votes are needed, simply have your friends and neighbors vote for you and you’ll be fine.” Additionally, “run for the At-Large Director position since six At-Large Directors are chosen, instead of just one director per zone.” I thought that I was going the hard route by originally entering the Zone 4 Director . However, when Armond decided to run for Zone 4 Director it was an easy move to the At-Large because, honestly, who doesn’t like Armond? Also, At-Large Directors were needed—there were only two or three candidates when I switched, and there are six positions. In fact, just three days before the filing period ended, there were only five candidates. My thought was, we would need to find someone to fill the sixth position. Then, the last day of filing arrived and ten more candidates appeared! Wow, more than twice the number of candidates than spots available!

Still, not concerned about the election because we’re a community and all care about Mar Vista, I went about my business working to help my neighbors solve City issues and educate myself about the process.

Then, it happened. Someone asked me if I was on a “slate.” In my political ignorance, I asked, “What is a slate?” The answer dumbfounded me because what they described was the equivalent of being part of a political party. I thanked them for answering and replied, “No, I am running alone, independent.”

As time passed, I couldn’t believe how my beloved Mar Vista continued to be divided by “slates,” “young versus old,” and a myriad of other inconsequential nouns and adjectives. I was no longer being asked to help a neighbor solve an issue with the City, I was being asked where I stood on a particular issue. Then, there was “slanderous flyers,” “sign-gate,” “burger-gate,” and a resignation. What a mess!

Now, we are a couple of days away from knowing who “won.” Well, my concern has been what we may have lost. That is why I started OurMarVista.org. It is my small effort to bring our community together and work for the benefit of all.

Don’t worry, I won’t be asking for donations. I don’t have a pre-scripted platform. I won’t be data-mining and selling it (I create and host it; all info stays with me). Its design and purpose is to provide a way for you, a Mar Vista stakeholder, the freedom to express your concerns so you can be represented. Think of it as a clearinghouse of ideas for Mar Vista from Mar Vistans. Additionally, it will be a venue from which you may learn what City issues are on the horizon. It is starting small (just a couple of pages). Hopefully, it will grow as time passes and people participate. I want to hear from all Mar Vistans, not just those who are on “one side” of an issue. Also, I would like to know what information you would like to see on the site.

My plan has always been to represent you. How can I do that, if you don’t tell me? Even if I am not on the board, I can speak on your behalf at MVCC meetings as I know many of you would like to attend, but cannot. Additionally, it is a great way to let me know if you need help with an issue. I am always ready to help!

Win or lose, I live in Mar Vista and my husband and I plan on staying here the rest of our lives. There IS a solution to every concern facing Mar Vista and its stakeholders. And, we can solve each and every one IF we work together—I look forward to doing just that with every new and old member on the board whether I am on the board or not.

Best of all, I look forward to spending more time meeting new neighbors and reacquainting myself with those that I haven’t had the time, in recent years, to visit.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope you will share it with your neighbors. Also, if you could take a few moments and fill out the Stakeholder Survey. Don’t worry, you will remain anonymous.

One last thing, please remember those who fought on D-Day this Thursday, June 6, 2019, the 75th anniversary! Also, if you know a veteran, give them a hug from me (and everyone else in the U.S.); we owe them more than we could ever repay!

by Kathryn Wheeler

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