Ralphs Westwood Plans on Meeting Agenda

ImageIn addition to  other business, at its March 18 meeting the Westwood Community Council will hear  a special presentation by a team from Ralphs Grocery Co. on  proposed plans to significantly expand and update  Ralphs Fresh Fare store on Le Conte Avenue in Westwood Village with many new and exciting features.

Scheduled to join us for this presentation will be Tom Acevedo, Vice President – Real Estate, Ralphs Grocery Co.; Kendra Doyel, Vice President – Community Affairs; Greg Peters, Vice President – Real Estate; Timothy Manuel, Store Director – Ralphs Fresh Fare, Westwood Village (#759); and Brett Engstrom, Art Rodriguez & Associates.

Additionally, we are scheduled to hear reports from Katherine Hennigan of Councilmember Koretz’s office, Daniel Tamm of Mayor Garcetti’s office, our LAPD Senior Lead Officer Christopher Ragsdale, and Carmen Healey of UCLA Community & Local Government Relations.
Other items of business include committee reports and a vote on proposed Bylaw amendments which were first presented at our January meeting.  The full agenda and information about the location of the meeting follow:


Westwood Community Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 18, 2014  7:00 p.m.
Belmont Village Westwood  Town Hall community room (ground floor)
10475 Wilshire Boulevard  Westwood  Los Angeles, CA  90024
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1.     Call to Order:  Steve Sann, Chair
2.     Reading of the WCC’s Mission and Purposes:  Adam Swart, Undergraduate Students Association Council
3.     Welcome and Introductions of Board members, guests, and members of the public
4.     Certification of Quorum
5.     Adoption of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting
A.    Tuesday, January 21, 2014
6.     Consideration of the Agenda (Note:  items below may not be heard in the order listed.)
7.     Special Presentation and possible motion on proposed expansion plans for Ralphs Fresh Fare – Westwood Village, 10861 Le Conte Avenue:
A.    Tom Acevedo, Vice President – Real Estate, Ralphs Grocery Co.; Kendra Doyel, Vice President – Community Affairs; Greg Peters, Vice President – Real Estate; Timothy Manuel, Store Director – Ralphs Fresh Fare, Westwood Village (#759); Brett Engstrom, Art Rodriguez & Associates (consultant)
8.     Reports from Government and Public Agency Liaisons
A.    LAPD West Los Angeles Community Police Station:  Christopher Ragsdale, Senior Lead Officer
B.     Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz:  Katherine Hennigan, Economic Development Director
C.    Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti:  Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative/Chief Service Officer
D.    UCLA Community & Local Government Relations:  Carmen Healey, Assistant Director
              i.        Report on UCLA’s change in position supporting proposed bicycle lane on Westwood Boulevard in Westwood Village, between Wellworth Avenue and Le Conte Avenue
9.     Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer’s Report:  Dr. Jerry Brown, Treasurer/CFO
A.    Reminder – 2014 Voluntary Dues:  dues payments for current year may be sent to Dr. Jerry Brown (please make dues check payable to “Westwood Community Council” and note “Dues” in memo)
10.  Announcements and Concerns from Board Members
A.    Upcoming public hearings, meetings, and community events of interest to the Westwood Community (informational only, no discussion)
              i.        Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Board:  Wednesday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. (third Wednesday every month); Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Boulevard
             ii.        Westwood Community Design Review Board:  Canceled – Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m. (generally first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, 10475 Wilshire Boulevard
            iii.        Westwood BID Board of Directors (Westwood Village Improvement Association):  Thursday, March 20, 8:30 a.m. (third Thursday every month); Skylight Gardens, 1139 Glendon Avenue
            iv.        Westside Planning Forum by L.A. City Planning Department on 3 Citywide Planning Initiatives – Plan Re:Code L.A., Mobility Plan 2035, and Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles: Wednesday, April 2, 6-9 p.m., Westwood United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 10497 Wilshire Boulevard
             v.        Westwood Community Design Review Board:  Canceled – Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m. (generally first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, 10475 Wilshire Boulevard
            vi.        Westwood Neighborhood Council:  Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. (generally second Wednesday every month); Westwood Presbyterian Church, Hoffman Hall; 10822 Wilshire Blvd. – WWNC will vote on 2014 Neighborhood Purpose Grant applications, among other items of business
           vii.        Westwood BID Board of Directors (Westwood Village Improvement Association):  Thursday, April 17, 8:30 a.m. (third Thursday every month); Skylight Gardens, 1139 Glendon Avenue
          viii.        Fifth Annual WOMP (Westwood Organized Meaningful Projects):  Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10 a.m., Broxton Avenue in Westwood Village (set-up begins at 8 a.m.)
            ix.        Holmby-Westwood POA Annual Meeting – Tribute to Zev Yaroslavsky:  Wednesday, May 7, 7:15 p.m., Westwood United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 10497 Wilshire Boulevard.
             x.        Westwood Neighborhood Council Elections:  Sunday, May 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Westwood Recreation Center, 1350 South Sepulveda Boulevard
B.     Thank you to departing Board members:  Steve Sann
C.    BID Business Attraction and Retention/Westwood Village Specific Plan Committee:  Steve Sann
D.    Other Announcements or Concerns from Board Members
11.  Reports from Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees/Liaisons
A.    Representation Committee:  Carole Magnuson, Chair
B.     WOMP Planning Committee:  Rick Chancellor and John Heidt, Co-Chairs
              i.        Save the Date:  Fifth Annual WOMP:  Saturday, May 3, 2014
             ii.        Cash and in-kind donations from businesses, civic groups, HOAs, and individual donors are most welcome (please make WOMP donation checks payable to “Westwood Community Council,” note “WOMP” in memo, and remit to Rick Chancellor or John Heidt.  Thank you!)
            iii.        Westwood community volunteers needed as Task Captains and project volunteers
            iv.        50th Anniversary Celebration of Stan’s Corner Donut Shoppe, prior to WOMP kick-off
12.  Old Business
A.    WCC Bylaws:  proposed amendments to WCC Bylaws (proposed amendments were presented at January 2014 meeting, to be voted on at this meeting) – Carole Magnuson, Chair, Representation Committee
13.  New Business – None
14.  General Public Comment (on non-agendized topics of interest to the public, within the subject matter and jurisdiction of the WCC) (10 minutes maximum, 2 minute per speaker)
15.  Next Regular WCC Meeting:  Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7 p.m., Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall community room, 10475 Wilshire Boulevard
16.  Motion to Adjourn
In accordance with its Bylaws, the Westwood Community Council (WCC) shall provide an opportunity in open meetings for the public to address items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter and jurisdiction of the WCC.  Individual testimony within the Public Comment period shall be limited to two (2) minutes per person and up to ten (10 ) minutes per subject.  However, the WCC Chair has the discretion to modify the time allotted on each subject, to each speaker, and the number of speakers per subject.  Items may be called in any order at the discretion of the WCC Chair.  EVERY PERSON WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD DURING THE MEETING MUST COMPLETE A SPEAKER’S CARD AND SUBMIT IT TO THE CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL.  The agenda is posted for public review at the Westwood Branch Public Library, 1246 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90024, and at www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org online.  Belmont Village Westwood provides free covered self-parking in its underground garage, accessed from the driveway at 10475 Wilshire Boulevard, and also is accessible via public transportation by all bus lines serving Wilshire Boulevard.  Belmont Village Westwood, including its Town Hall Community Room, is an ADA accessible facility.