Hello, my name is Art Miner. I’m running for LA City Council District 7.
I’m a resident of Sunland, where I have lived most of my life. My wife Susan and I have two children that are both currently in college. I have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from California State University, Northridge. After 30 + years as a design engineer I retired to open up the Crows Nest Sports Grille; a friendly neighborhood restaurant located in Tujunga. In our second year, we received the 2016 Small Business of the Year award from the United Chambers of Commerce.
Two years ago, I began outlining a revitalization plan for the foothill communities. Having lived in the foothills most of my life I appreciate just how special this place is and how much there is to offer, however, we are experiencing a terrible downturn to both our business community, employment opportunities, and as a result our neighborhoods. I looked at Old Town Pasadena and Long beach as models to follow on how they transformed those cities into the vibrant communities they have become. Two items that stuck out to me were: 1) It’s critical to have a city that acts as a true partner and provides support instead of the ridiculous regulations, delays, and taxes placed on small businesses, and 2) the importance of utilizing the assets that come naturally to the area. We could be a recreational area with our equestrian community as the core activity, however, we need to embrace all the recreation activities we have in order to become the community we want to be.
My planning was temporarily delayed to address an imminent threat to both my family and my neighbors from a huge drug encampment that had been allowed to accumulate in the Big Tujunga Wash. The neighborhood was experiencing a flood of break-ins and physical threats and harassment from those living in the wash. When the city officials refused to respond, I organized a clean-up activity that required the rental of heavy equipment, eleven 40 yard trash bins and the support of LAPD and the neighborhood council. I also worked with the Fish and Wildlife Department, LA DWP Water Protection Division, Santa Monica Conservancy, and the National Forest Foundation. We removed over 70 tons of trash that included human waste and a cache of drugs with syringes and dirty needles. Special acknowledgement to Brian Schneider, who lead the volunteer effort that was critical to our success. We had more than fifty volunteers and raised seven thousand dollars to assist in the cleanup. The property owner paid the remaining cost. All that trash and pollutants would have entered into the DWP water system. The City Councils response was to send the building and safety department out to site the property owner for rubbish after it was cleaned up.
I’m not a politician, however, I have the experience required to bring the elements together and make the hard choices required to make a difference. My experience includes solving very complex problems and negotiating multi-million dollar contracts with the Department of Defense. I have had the privilege of briefing US Generals, Admirals and Cornels in my leadership roles.