A resident of Mar Vista since 1978, Kathryn has lived in all but one Zone. She has been a renter and a home owner. At one point, she was a day away from becoming homeless. She accredits avoiding that fate to her friends and neighbors of the Mar Vista community.
Through the years, she continually observes Mar Vista residents being generous and selfless to a fault. The community also concerns itself with those outside their borders and homes by working tirelessly to make a safer and greener world.
She has owned and operated a limousine business, she has married, had children, and has owned two other smaller businesses (i.e., consulting firm and photography). For over fifteen years, she cared for her mother and grandparents. She has been active in the community with co-hosting block parties, setting up a Neighborhood Watch, serving two terms as President of Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS), and currently, serves on the board of the Mar Vista Neighborhood Association (NA for Zone 4) as well as Outreach Committee Chair and At-Large Director for the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC).
Since the beginning of 2019, Kathryn has attended every MVCC meeting, subcommittee meeting and ad hoc meeting (save those that met at the same time and her daughter's graduation ceremony) to volunteer, learn about the process, develop a working relationship with City representatives, engage the public, and resolve neighbors' issues. She has worked with Council District 11, Departments of City Planning and Transportation to resolve traffic issues raised by neighbors in Mar Vista. To date, each incident has had a satisfactory resolution for her neighbors.
Kathryn considers communication the key element to resolving issues and getting things done. In that spirit, she tirelessly worked to ensure the production and distribution of the 2019 MVCC Election Newsletter as well as the election lawn signs. Additionally, she was instrumental in coordinating the Department of City Planning's "Walking Tour" for Mar Vista and contributed materials into the <a href="https://www.marvista.org/productphotos/MV%20Community%20Plan.pdf" target="blank">"Initial Input Document”</a> as well as formatted the entire “document in a highly professional way” for the MVCC Community Plan Committee's submission to the Department of City Planning. This committee and its initial document forms the foundation for the final document that will affect Mar Vista's zoning codes (i.e., what can and cannot be built here) over the next decade. Kathryn recommends that all stakeholders provide input, assist, and attend these important meetings to ensure that Mar Vista's future zoning codes are compatible with the vision stakeholders have for Mar Vista.
Honored to be elected as an At-Large Director for MVCC, she is diligently working to give back to the community that has helped her and join with stakeholders to preserve the best of Mar Vista while moving Mar Vista in the direction that stakeholders want it to go.
As Outreach Committee Chair, she hopes to provide the openness, accountability, and honesty that define government transparency.
Please, feel free to contact her at Kathryn.Wheeler@MarVista.org. She looks forward to hearing from you.
Here is an excellent book on the history of Mar Vista by S. Ravi Tam: Distant Vistas: Exploring the Historic Neighborhood of Mar Vista