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November 17 2020 WCC Meeting Cancelled

 Westwood Community Council Meeting 

A G E N D A 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 7:00 p.m. 

Zoom Teleconference Meeting* 

For more information about the Westwood Community Council (WCC) please visit: http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org 

AGENDA 

The regularly scheduled 

meeting of Tuesday, November 17, 2020 

has been CANCELED. 

The next regularly scheduled meeting is 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m. 

Zoom Teleconference meeting* 

*

Agenda Set for Meeting with Councilmember Koretz

 

 Westwood Community Council Special Meeting* 

A G E N D A 

Thursday, October 29, 2020 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (U.S. and Canada) 

Zoom Teleconference Meeting** 

Call in: (669) 900-9128 Meeting ID: 748 234 5507 Passcode: Westwood 

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AGENDA

1. Call to Order and Reading of WCC Mission Statement: John Heidt, Westwood Village Improvement Association Board member and Westwood Homeowners Association Board member 

2. Welcome and Introductions of Board members, guests, and members of the public 

3. Certification of Quorum 

4. Consideration of the Agenda (Note: items may not be heard in the order listed below.) 

5. Special Conversation with Fifth District Councilmember Paul Koretz: a discussion and Q&A on a range of issues affecting the Westwood community and the City of Los Angeles. (See pages following this agenda for questions submitted to Councilmember Koretz for him to address.) – Councilmember Paul Koretz 

6. Reports from Government and Public Agency Liaisons (subject to availability) (3-5 minutes per report) 

B. Office of Congressman Ted Lieu: Janet Turner, Senior Field Representative & Constituent Services 

C. Office of Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager: Jamie Kennerk, Field Representative 

D. Office of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl: Zachary Gaidzik, West/Metro L.A. Field Deputy 

E. Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti: Kevin Taylor, West Area Representative 

F. Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz: Jasmine Shamolian, Westwood Field & Policy Deputy 

G. UCLA Government and Community Relations: Carmen Healey Zambrano, Assistant Director 

7. Announcements and Concerns from Board Members 

A. Upcoming public hearings, meetings, and other events of interest (Information only, no action). 

8. Reports from Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees/Liaisons 

9. Old Business 

10. New Business 

A. Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Board of Directors motion (recommended for consideration by each WRAC-member Council, by a vote of the WRAC Board of Directors, which includes voting representatives of each of the 14 Community and Neighborhood Councils on the Westside located in Council Districts 5 and 11) – Steve Sann 

Community Plan Update Process – Requests to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning 

“Motion to support, and to include for official input, to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning in reference to the WRAC-member Community Plan updates, an addition of six (6) months’ time in the community outreach and public input process, due to the delays and impacts arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting restrictions related to public access, meetings, and participation; and further request the following: An appropriate assessment of how the COVID-19 pandemic, and future pandemics, will impact current and future mobility, housing, design, environmental, and public health and safety needs and concerns; Current and future data projections relevant to the task of updating all WRAC member Community Plans; Incorporation of an additional step in the Community Plan update timeline that allows for presentation of the Planning Department Staff Draft Plan and an associated public comment period, or a second and revised concept plan phase; Allocation of time for Planning Staff to review public comments and incorporate changes to reflect input prior to issuing any Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the start of the Environmental Review process. It is improper for the City to issue an NOP and conduct a DEIR for a Draft Plan that the community has had neither the chance to see or review. Thorough public outreach is a must, and should include all stakeholders. The Planning Department has not allocated proper time or resources, and City Council must do so moving forward so that no stakeholders are left uninformed about the Community Plan Update process.” 

11. 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 minutes per speaker) 

12. Next Regular WCC Meeting: Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 p.m., Zoom Teleconference Meeting (Note: this meeting will feature a special presentation and report on Westwood Village and the particular role that historic preservation can play in the economic, physical, and social revitalization of the Village, presented by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Master’s graduate Samuel Siegel.) 

NOTE: Councilmember Koretz has been invited to address some or all of the following issues:

1. Westwood Planning Issues Update: Please update us on where you and the Council Office, as well as the Planning Department, are on various Planning issues, including timetables. This includes your Council Motion to amend the Westwood Village Specific Plan related to food uses and definitions, limitations on number of food uses, and changes in parking requirements. Also, please update us on any other current Planning issues in Westwood, including the recently introduced Council motion on “Local Emergency Temporary Regulations” due to COVID-19. 

2. Westwood Village Specific Plan: The Westwood BID and the North Westwood Neighborhood Council recently passed motions calling for the “indefinite suspension” of the Westwood Village Specific Plan, with the exception of historic preservation. The BID’s founding Chairman publicly stated, “I don’t want to amend the Specific Plan. I want to abolish the Specific Plan. I want to see 22-story high rises all throughout Westwood.” What is your position on the Specific Plan and this request, and how will you protect the scale and character of the Village, maintain a balanced mix of uses for Westwood’s neighbors and the UCLA community, ensure historic preservation, protect signage standards, and maintain the Westwood Design Review Board? 

3. Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Projects: What can be done to rein-in and/or mitigate the impacts from massive TOC projects in Westwood? Westwood is being inundated with these projects. Several Westwood Design Review Board members have expressed frustration over these projects, and the DRB’s limited ability to mitigate the significant negative impacts of these oversized and severely under-parked projects. One project recently reviewed by the DRB (Veteran & Ohio) is proposed to have 18 apartments, 59 bedrooms, and only 16 parking spaces (nine 5-bedroom apartments, one 4-bedroom apartment, and eight units of three bedrooms or less), all with one small kitchen and no other common area. TOC projects also have the potential to completely obliterate the scale and historic character of Westwood Village. Half of the Village falls within Tier 3 (which allows a 22-foot height bonus on top of base allowable height, for two additional stories) and the other half of the Village falls in Tier 4 (which allows a 33-foot height bonus, for three additional stories.). Please share your thoughts with us. 

State Housing Bills – Usurpation of Local Planning and Zoning Control: 

4. State Usurpation of Local Planning and Zoning Control: What will you and the City Council do to fight the repeated efforts by Senator Scott Weiner and other Sacramento politicians to usurp and destroy the ability of cities to exercise local control on planning and zoning? How will you and the Council protect single family homes and “legacy neighborhoods” from this continued onslaught? We fully expect Scott Weiner and his cohorts to reintroduce more of these State power grabs, which are giveaways to real estate speculators and developers of costly “market rate” apartments, and do nothing to increase the supply of affordable housing or create much needed workforce housing, moderately priced housing, and affordable housing. 

Homelessness in Westwood and Citywide: 

5. Court Ordered Relocation of Homeless near Freeways: Please give us an update on the latest news and plans regarding Judge Carter’s order to the City to relocate an estimated 6,700 homeless individuals living within 500 feet of freeways and under freeway overpasses. How will this impact Westwood? Will temporary homeless housing be built in Westwood Park or Cheviot Hills Recreation Center? Where will these homeless individuals be relocated? What if these homeless individuals refuse to go? And how will the City prevent new homeless people from simply reoccupying freeway overpasses, putting the City right back where it started? 

6. Homeless in Westwood Park: Families, parents, and children are very grateful that within the past few weeks Westwood Park has FINALLY been partially reopened. (The Rec Center building is still closed to the public.) However, during the 7 months of COVID, the entire east side of Westwood Park (near Veteran) has been taken over by dozens of homeless individuals camping in large tents and homeless encampments (even though overnight camping in City parks is illegal under the LAMC). This area is filled with a huge amount of trash, junk, mattresses, abandoned furniture, drug needles, human waste, etc. Parents call this area of the park “no man’s land.” It poses a public health hazard to the homeless camping there and to neighbors, families, and children using the park. What is the plan to address this public health threat and to return this part of the park for use by Westwood families, children, seniors, and the general public? After the pandemic ends, what is your long-term vision and plan for Westwood Park? 

7. Homeless in Westwood Village: In the 7 months since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a visible and significant increase in the permanent homeless population in Westwood Village. Police have told us this is due, in part, to the City’s policy of not moving homeless encampments during the pandemic, coupled with a Court-ordered early release of 3,500 incarcerated convicts due to jail overcrowding during the pandemic. What is the City’s plan to address and reduce this very significant and growing permanent homeless population in the Village, and citywide? 

8. More Housing for the Homeless: Please give us the latest update on the City’s and County’s plans to develop more homeless housing including Bridge Housing, permanent supportive housing, Pallet Shelter Villages, Safe Parking, Project Roomkey, and any other interim and long-term housing solutions to address the City’s growing homeless population? 

Public Safety and Security: 

9. “Defund the Police” Demands: The student-controlled North Westwood Neighborhood Council continues to demonstrate it is completely out of step with Westwood’s residential and business communities by adopting motions demanding the City “Defund the Police” and “Defund LAPD in Public Libraries,” demanding the Regents support “No UCPD,” condemning the National Guardsmen who protected Westwood Village from looting and rioting during the civil unrest in May, and other radical proposals that would expose the public to serious crime. What is your position on LAPD funding, promoting police reform and officer accountability as needed and appropriate, and advancing public safety in Westwood and citywide? 

10. Multi-million dollar reduction in LAPD budget: Given the reduction in the LAPD budget approved by the Council, neighbors are wondering, “What is going to be the substitute for fewer police?” Some say, “social workers” and “mental health counselors,” but many folks wonder how that will work in situations where an incident can quickly escalate into violence? 

11. Habibi Café Shooting (Saturday, August 22) Update: Please update us on the current status and investigation of the nearly fatal shooting across from the Habibi Café on Broxton Avenue in the Village, at 3:50 a.m. Saturday, August 22nd. As you know, there was a previous fatal shooting at the Habibi Café early Christmas morning (1:30 a.m.), on December 25, 2005. There also were shots fired in Westwood Village, on Tiverton Avenue a few weeks ago, just a few blocks from Habibi Café, mid-day (12:10 p.m.), on Sunday, October 11. Habibi Café has long been a serious “trouble spot” and crime magnet in the Village for nearly 20 years, with repeated City and LAPD violations and citations. The owner of Habibi Café recently took over the operation of the rival Gypsy Café across the street on Broxton. What is being done to address this chronic crime magnet, and location of multiple fatal or near fatal shootings in the Village? 

Alcohol Delivery to Students and Public Safety in Westwood: 

12. CUB Request for “10-minute guaranteed” alcohol delivery to UCLA students via Bird scooters: As you may have heard, this past Saturday, October 24, at 4:35 a.m., a UCLA student (reportedly a male freshman) tragically fell to his death while climbing on the roof of a four-story apartment at 433 Midvale Avenue in the North Village. This occurred very early on the morning of the Bruin Family Virtual Experience (held in lieu of Bruin Family Weekend, due to COVID-19). It appears that this was an accident, not a suicide. Reportedly, alcohol may have been involved in this student fatality, which has left his parents, family, and friends reeling from this tragedy. Meanwhile, a new student-run delivery service, Duffl, which uses students riding Bird scooters to deliver food, snacks, and other “college essentials” to other students, with “guaranteed delivery in 10 minutes or less,” is now seeking a Conditional Use Beverage (CUB) permit from the City to sell and deliver a full-line of alcoholic beverages (hard liquor, beer, and wine) directly to UCLA students living in the apartments and fraternities in the North Village, to the sororities, to the dorms and the rest of the UCLA campus, and elsewhere in Westwood all “guaranteed in 10 minutes or less.” This raises numerous public health and safety issues, including the issue of students delivering alcohol in a 10-minute rush, on very dangerous scooters, to other students, with no way to guarantee that the alcohol will not end up being consumed by minors. Further, delivering alcohol on public property is illegal, as it encourages public consumption of alcohol. Due to the existing overconcentration of alcohol licenses in Westwood, this additional off-site CUB request will require a mandatory State law “Caldera finding” by you and the City Council to allow for further overconcentration of alcohol in Westwood. The Westwood census tract is supposed to have only 2 off-site alcohol permits, but there are 6 – Ralphs, Target, Rite Aid, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Stop Market. This new off-site request would make 7. Duffl will be asking you and the City Council to make a finding that, “for reasons of public convenience or necessity,” there must be more alcohol sold in Westwood. There are already many delivery services that will deliver alcohol, including Postmates, but they do not use Bird scooters and do not create a danger by guaranteeing delivery “in 10 minutes or less.” Domino’s used to guarantee pizza delivery “in 30 minutes or less,” which led to scores of accidents, injuries, and lawsuits caused by Domino’s staff driving dangerously to meet their 30 minute deadline. This will be even worse with Duffl using students on Bird scooters, which are inherently dangerous, coupled with a “guaranteed delivery of 10 minute or less.” When you supported the highly controversial additional off-site CUB permit for Target, you told us that CUB would be the LAST off-site alcohol permit you would support in the Village. The idea of students ferrying bottles of booze, zipping around on Bird scooters, to deliver liquor to students “in 10 minutes or less” is highly dangerous and irresponsible. Can we count on you to keep your promise, and say “no” to this extremely short sighted, ill advised, and unsafe request for an additional off-site CUB, so as not to further oversaturate Westwood with liquor, just to allow “10-minute guaranteed alcohol delivery” to students via Bird scooters? 

WCC Sets New October 29 date for Rescheduled September Meeting

The Special Meeting announced for Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 7:00 p.m. has been CANCELED and RESCHEDULED.  The new date is Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. This will be a Zoom Teleconference meeting.

Guests will include Councilmember Paul Koretz and UCLA Graduate Student Sam Siegal, reporting on his study of preservation of Westwood Village.

*Public Meetings by Teleconference are permitted per State of California Executive Order N-29-20. 

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 MUST NOTIFY THE CHAIR VERBALLY OR BY USING THE ZOOM NOTIFICATION BUTTON, AT THE TIME THAT PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE CALLED FOR. This agenda is posted for public review at http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org online. 

New Date for September Board Meeting

The regularly scheduled September 15, 2020 meeting of the Westwood Community Council has been RESCHEDULED for:

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

at 7:00 p.m.

via Zoom Teleconference Meeting

 Call in: (669) 900-9128 Meeting ID: 748 234 5507 Password: 455451 

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(Note: To join the Zoom video, you must download the Zoom App prior to the meeting.) 

The recheduled  meeting  accommodates the schedule of our special guest presenter, Samuel Siegel.  

Mr. Siegel, who is a June 2020 Masters of Urban Planning graduate from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (and lifelong Westwood resident), devoted his Luskin “Capstone” graduate research project to an examination of Westwood Village, with a particular focus on the role that historic preservation and historic restoration in the Village can play in its revitalization, as Westwood Village reaches its Centennial in 2029.

In January our Council voted to be the official sponsor (“client”) for Sam’s Capstone research project and he promised to return to our Council to present his final report, findings, and recommendations.

Sam will complete and file his final report later this month, and will  present his findings to our Council on

Wednesday, September 30th, at our Zoom Teleconference meeting.

In addition to Sam’s report, we will also have our regularly scheduled reports from government and agency officials, and conduct other regular business at that time.

Plan to join us!

Best regards,

For the Westwood Community Council…

Steven Sann

New Businesses coming into Westwood Village and Businesses operating or reopened during COVID-19 Pandemic

As a service to the community, WCC has compiled the following list showing the status of Westwood Village businesses as they continue or resume operations following this summer’s extended Covid-19 Pandemic shutdown, or prepare to open new operations in Westwood Village. (This is the most up-to-date information as of August 31, 2020. If you notice any errors or omissions, please email WCC Chair Steven Sann directly at stevesann2001@yahoo.com. Verified corrections will be made in a future update of this list. Please credit Westwood Community Council when sharing, citing, or quoting from this information.)

New Businesses CONFIRMED Coming into Westwood Village:

  1. Alfred Coffee, 1154 Westwood Boulevard (former Peet’s Coffee site; under construction)
  2. Duffl, 950 Gayley Avenue (former Cell Bzz site; under construction)
  3. Dun Huang (noodles), 1081 Gayley Avenue (former El Pollo Loco site; under construction)
  4. Jadore by Mr. Habibi, 940 Broxton Avenue (former Shahi Café/Gypsy Café site; already opened)
  5. Kreation Organic Juicery, 1134 Westwood Boulevard (former Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches site; lease signed, in entitlements)
  6. Krispy Rice, 10975 Weyburn Avenue (former Tomodachi Sushi site; already opened)
  7. Let’s Go 4 Tea, 952 Gayley Avenue (formerly L Kitchen; under construction)
  8. Meet Fresh (Taiwanese Boba and desserts), 10923 Weyburn Avenue (former Jerry’s Deli site; construction completed, opening soon)
  9. Nick the Greek Souvlaki and Gyro House, 10959 Kinross Avenue (former D1 Café site; under construction)
  10. Northern Café Chinese Hot Pot, 1061 Broxton Avenue (former Spireworks site; already opened)
  11. Primo’s Donuts, 10948 Weyburn Avenue (former Stan’s Donuts; lease signed, in entitlements)
  12. Print Center, 10929 Weyburn Avenue (former Jerry’s Deli site; under construction)
  13. Sender One (climbing, fitness, and yoga gym), 10887 Lindbrook Drive (former Festival Theater site; under construction)
  14. Splatterz (paint-your-own-pottery arts and crafts store similar to Color Me Mine), 1036 Broxton Avenue, Suite D (former One Source Facilities Group site and Art One Gallery; lease signed with City, in entitlements)
  15. Sweetgreen, 10922 Kinross Avenue (former Headlines Diner site and additional adjacent spaces on Kinross; in entitlements)
  16. The Watermark at Westwood Village, 947 Tiverton Avenue (14-story former Vintage Westwood Horizons site; construction nearly completed, opening expected October 2020)
  17. 99 Ranch Market, 1360 Westwood Boulevard (former Ross Dress For Less site) (a few blocks south of the Village) (lease signed; in entitlements)

Westwood Village businesses already reopened, or announced they will be reopening:

  1. Aahs! (already reopened)
  2. Ali Hair Salon (already reopened)
  3. Ami Sushi (already reopened with sidewalk patio dining)
  4. Barney’s Beanery (already reopened with LA Alfresco sidewalk and patio dining)
  5. Bollywood Bites (already reopened with LA Alfresco Dining in the Street)
  6. Broxton Brewery & Public House (already reopened July 16 with LA Alfresco Dining in the sidewalk, expanded outdoor seating, and patio dining)
  7. California Pizza Kitchen (has been serving take out and carry out orders throughout the entire pandemic; Note: the Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization; after much back and forth with their Westwood landlord, CPK has recently decided to KEEP their Westwood Village location open, according to the landlord; CPK will be finalizing this decision to remain open in Westwood Village in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on 9/1/2020) 
  8. Campus Shoe Repair (already reopened)
  9. Campus Shop (already reopened)
  10. Capelli Hair Salon (announced on Instagram they are reopening week of 9/1/2020)
  11. Christian Science Reading Room (already reopened for curbside pickup)
  12. Copymat (already reopened)
  13. Corner Bakery Café (already reopened third week in August)
  14. Crazy Falafel (already reopened)
  15. Diddy Riese (already reopened)
  16. Dip ‘n’ Mix (already reopened)
  17. Eyes of Westwood (Dr. Patrick Doyle) (already reopened)
  18. Fellow (announced they are reopening in September with sidewalk dining, following interior remodel, new chef, and newly expanded Gallerie space)
  19. Flax Pen to Paper (already reopened)
  20. Footaction (already reopened)
  21. Freddy & Liana’s Hair Salon (on Weyburn; closed, but then reopened)
  22. Frozenland (already reopened)
  23. Gary’s Custom Tailoring (already reopened) 
  24. Gushi Korean BBQ (already reopened)
  25. Headlines Diner (already reopened with patio dining)
  26. Heather Taylor Home (already reopened, after it appeared they were closing permanently, and landlord put up a “For Lease” sign, which has since been taken down)
  27. The Hideout at the W (already reopened for patio dining)
  28. Hotel Palomar (already reopened) (on Wilshire)
  29. House of Meatballs (already reopened with LA Alfresco Street Dining)
  30. Ichi Tea & Sushi (already reopened)
  31. Jadore by Mr. Habibi (new restaurant replaced Shahi and Gypsy Café; already opened with sidewalk dining and hookah)
  32. Jews For Jesus (already reopened)
  33. Junbi Matcha (already reopened)
  34. Kazu Nori (already reopened with LA Alfresco Dining in the Street)
  35. La Belle Hair and Skin (already reopened)
  36. Le Pain Quotidien (apparently WILL be reopening in Westwood; Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization; it was originally announced that LPQ would be closing ALL 19 of their California locations, but the company has since walked that back, and apparently they WILL be reopening in Westwood, Beverly Hills and several other Southern California locations, according to the Manager of the Westwood store; Note: the Robertson LPQ store apparently is NOT among those stores that will be reopening)
  37. The Little Branch Vintage (already reopened)
  38. London Cleaners (already reopened)
  39. Marine’s Officer Selection Center (already reopened)
  40. Michael K Jewelers (already reopened)
  41. Muriel Chastanet Fine Jewelry (already reopened)
  42. Napa Valley Grille (will be reopening; reportedly they have resolved their outstanding lease issues and will reopen, according to their landlord Douglas Emmett)
  43. Nekter Juice Bar (already reopened)
  44. Noah’s NY Bagels (already reopened)
  45. Northern Café Chinese Hot Pot on Broxton (new restaurant opened during pandemic, already opened)
  46. Papersource (already reopened)
  47. Phoenix Salon Suites (already reopened)
  48. Poké Bar (already reopened)
  49. Oakley’s Barber Shop (already reopened; is cutting hair outdoors per Governor’s orders) 
  50. Onkei Ramen (already reopened)
  51. Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop (already reopened for in store sales)
  52. Salon Platinum Black by Michael Hasse (already reopened)
  53. Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers (already reopened; held their Annual Vault Sale in July, which they extended by popular demand for a total of three weeks, and posted record sales figures!)
  54. Skylight Gardens (already reopened with LA Alfresco sidewalk dining)
  55. Sontre Nail (already reopened; doing nails on sidewalk in accordance with Governor’s orders)
  56. Sports Rush (already reopened)
  57. TLT Food (already reopened)
  58. Tower Cleaners (already reopened)
  59. Upside Down Café (already reopened)
  60. Urban Outfitters – Men (already reopened)
  61. Urban Outfitters – Women (already reopened)
  62. Verizon (already reopened)
  63. Village Eyes Optometry (Dr. Jon Vogel) (already reopened)
  64. Violet Bistro, Shop & Cooking School (already reopened with LA Alfresco sidewalk and patio dining)
  65. W Hotel (already reopened August 14)
  66. Westwood Bodega (already reopened)
  67. Westwood Branch Public Library (already reopened as a hub for curbside pickup)
  68. Westwood Copies (already reopened)
  69. Westwood Flower Garden (already reopened)
  70. Zuma Housing (already reopened)
  71. And more 

Westwood Village “essential” businesses that remained open throughout COVID-19 pandemic (or only closed intermittently due to protests, riots, or government ordered curfews):

  1. 7-Eleven
  2. Amazon @ Westwood
  3. Avis Rent a Car
  4. Baja California Tacos
  5. Bank of America – Westwood Boulevard 
  6. Bank of America – Wilshire & Midvale
  7. Bella Pita
  8. BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
  9. The Boiling Crab
  10. California Pizza Kitchen (stayed open for delivery and carry out throughout the pandemic, and plans to remain open in the Village)
  11. Cava Mezze Grill
  12. Chase Bank – Wilshire & Westwood
  13. Chase 24-Hour ATM Storefront – Westwood Boulevard
  14. Chevron Gas Station
  15. Chick-Fil-A
  16. Chipotle
  17. Citibank – Westwood Boulevard 
  18. Citibank – Wilshire & Westwood
  19. City National Bank – Wilshire & Glendon
  20. City Target
  21. Comerica Bank – Glendon
  22. CVS Pharmacy 
  23. Denny’s Diner
  24. Elysee Café & Bakery 
  25. Enzo’s Pizzeria
  26. Espresso Profeta
  27. The Farmacy
  28. Fatburger 
  29. Fat Sal’s Deli
  30. FedEx Office
  31. First Foundation Bank – Wilshire
  32. First Szechuan Wok
  33. Frida Mexican Cuisine
  34. Gayley @ Lindbrook Apartments
  35. The Glendon Apartments at Westwood Village
  36. Habibi Café
  37. Habibi Lounge & VIP Room
  38. Hangry Moons
  39. Hilgard House Hotel & Suites
  40. Image Wireless/Cell Phone Repair (CPR)
  41. In-N-Out
  42. Italian Express
  43. It’s Boba Time
  44. Jersey Mike’s
  45. Lamonica’s NY Pizza 
  46. Ministry of Coffee
  47. Mon Amour Café & Mon Amour VIP Room (Habibi)
  48. Mr. Rice
  49. Native Foods
  50. Northern Café Dumpling House (Gayley)
  51. Northern Café Chinese Teppanyaki (Weyburn)
  52. Palihotel Westwood Village
  53. Pinches Taco
  54. Plaza La Reina Hotel & Residences
  55. Ralph’s Fresh Fare
  56. Rite Aid Pharmacy
  57. Royal Palace Westwood Hotel
  58. Scrubs Unlimited
  59. Share Tea
  60. Smoke Spot
  61. Starbucks – Westwood Boulevard
  62. Starbucks – Weyburn & Broxton
  63. Stop Market
  64. Subway
  65. Taco Bell
  66. Tacos 1986
  67. Tender Greens
  68. Tocaya Organica
  69. Trader Joe’s Market
  70. UCLA Blood & Platelet Center 
  71. UCLA Tiverton House
  72. Union Bank – Wilshire
  73. The UPS Store
  74. U.S. Bank – Wilshire
  75. U.S.P.S. Post Office – Village Station (Gayley)
  76. The Vape Lounge 
  77. Veggie Grill
  78. Wells Fargo Bank – Le Conte
  79. Wells Fargo Bank – Wilshire
  80. Westwood Center Pharmacy
  81. Westwood Sporting Goods (already reopened)
  82. Westwood Village Ambassadors (Block by Block)
  83. Westwood Wireless
  84. Whole Foods Market 
  85. And more 

Westwood Village businesses currently closed by government order and planning to reopen, pending approval from Governor Newsom, Mayor Garcetti, and L.A. County COVID-19 guidelines:

  1. Regency Fox Westwood Village Theater
  2. Regency Bruin Theater
  3. Landmark Regent Theater
  4. Geffen Playhouse
  5. Hammer Museum
  6. Angeles Academy of Music
  7. UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood Center
  8. UCLA Extension English Language Center
  9. UCLA Extension Samuel Osher Learning Center (Gayley Center)
  10. UCLA Extension Gayley Center and Plato Society
  11. Geffen Academy at UCLA

WCC Board Backs Holmby-Westwood Study on Westwood Village Planning

The WCC Board voted unanimously on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, to support the recommendations of a Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Association Committee on issues related to planning in Westwood Village. The recommendations are contained in documents submitted by the Committee Chair, Jann Williams. One document is a letter to the Los Angeles City Department of Planning outlining the Committee’s position on changes to the Westwood Village Specific Plan proposed by Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA), an organization of commerical property owners and businesses in the Village. The other, submitted to the WVIA and others in the community, reports on a study of how conditions in Westwood Village might be improved to the benefit of Village patrons, businesses and property owners.

WCC Board Meeting Set for July 21, 2020 via Zoom

Dear Westwood Community Council Members, Government Liaisons, and other Westwood Friends:

I hope this email finds you well, and that you and those close to you are still managing to stay safe, sane, and strong during this extended COVID-19 summer.

This is a reminder that our next meeting of the Westwood Community Council will be on Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 p.m..
Like our May meeting, we will conduct our meeting via Zoom Teleconference/Videoconference*. .(Special thanks to John Heidt for once again setting up this Zoom meeting.)  

In addition to our reports from government and public agency representatives we are very honored to be the FIRST group to welcome a special presentation by Jann Williams, who has chaired a special “Committee on the Village.”  Over the past year, Jann and her committee members have conducted a diligent and thorough examination of the Village, looking into such issues as parking, signage, historic preservation, food use definitions and limitations, bus circulation, pedestrian plazas, and more.  Her committee has drafted two letters – one to the Westwood Village Improvment Associaiton (the BID), and one to the Department of City Planning.
Those two letters are attached below, along with our agenda.
Jann will walk us through her committees processes, methodology, findings, and recommendations. A special shout out to two of our WCC members who also served on this important committee:  Jackie Freedman and Philip Gabriel.
You can participate in our meeting via Zoom on your desktop, laptop, iPhone, or other Smartphone using the link below.  (Note: if you have not already done so, you must download the Zoom App using the link below.)  Or you can join the Zoom meeting by telephone using one of the phone numbers below.  Note the Meeting ID and Password below.

Call in: (669) 900-9128  Meeting ID: 748 234 5507  Password: 455451

Join the Zoom Meeting by using this Link:

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One tap mobile

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To join the Zoom meeting by telephone, please use one of the following Dial-in Numbers:

 (669) 900-9128 US (San Jose) ▪ (346) 248-7799 US (Houston) ▪ (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago)(646) 558-8656 US (New York) ▪ (253) 215-8782 US (Tacoma) ▪ (301) 715-8592 US (Maryland)
(Note: To join the Zoom video, you must download the Zoom App prior to the meeting.)

Of course, members of the public are welcome to listen in, and participate in, the Zoom Telephone Conference meeting, in accordance with our Bylaws.

Kindly RSVP by hitting “reply” to this email, to confirm whether we can expect your participation in our first WCC Zoom Teleconference meeting tomorrow.

I look forward to having you join us on our first WCC Zoom Teleconference meeting on Tuesday, July 21st, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Thank you for your continued service to our Westwood community…and please continue to Stay Safe!
With kindest regards,
For the Westwood Community Council….
Steve Sann
STEVEN SANNChairWestwood Community Council907 Westwood Boulevard, # 203 | Los Angeles, CA  90024-2904
t: 213.448.8147 (direct) | e: stevesann2001@yahoo.com

*Public meeting by Teleconference are permitted per State of California Executive Order N-29-20.

WCC Board May Meeting Set for Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Via Zoom

In order for our WCC to hold a meeting this month and take up business, WCC will hold its first Zoom Teleconference/Videoconference Meeting* onTuesday, May 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. .  (Special thanks to John Heidt for setting up this Zoom meeting.)  

The one major item from our March agenda that is rescheduled for this month is a special presentation by Zuriel Espinosa, City Planning Associate from the Los Angeles City Planning Department, on possible amendments to the Westwood Village Specific Plan. These amendments under consideration include food use definitions, numerical limitations on food uses, parking requirements, and location of parking.


In addition to Zuriel, joining us on our Zoom Teleconference meeting will be Christine (Mahfouz) Saponara, Senior City Planner, and Susan Wong, City Planner.  All three planners are very familiar with Westwood Village and our Specific Plan: both Zuriel and Christine previously staffed our Westwood Design Reveiw Board (DRB) for multiple years, and Susan Wong spent several years in Westwood as a UCLA graduate.
You can participate via Zoom on your desktop, laptop, iPhone, or other Smartphone using the link below.  (Note: if you have not already done so, you must download the Zoom App using the link below.)  Or you can join the Zoom meeting by telephone using one of the phone numbers below.  Note the Meeting ID and Password below.

Call in: (669) 900-9128  Meeting ID: 748 234 5507  Password: 455451

Join the Zoom Meeting by using this Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7482345507?pwd=Y2pkYnhxWSszUGtzbHducGdoZExZQT09

(Note: To join the Zoom video, you must download the Zoom App prior to the meeting.)

To join the Zoom meeting by telephone, please use one of the following Dial-in Numbers:

 (669) 900-9128 US (San Jose) ▪ (346) 248-7799 US (Houston) ▪ (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago)

(646) 558-8656 US (New York) ▪ (253) 215-8782 US (Tacoma) ▪ (301) 715-8592 US (Maryland)
We have also invited our various governmental and agency representatives and liaisons to participate and give us their reports and updates.  Of course, members of the public are welcome to listen in, and participate in, the Zoom Telephone Conference meeting, in accordance with our Bylaws.


Kindly RSVP by hitting “reply” to this email, to confirm whether we can expect your participation in our first WCC Zoom Teleconference meeting tomorrow.

I look forward to having you join us on our first WCC Zoom Teleconference meeting on Tuesday, May 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Thank you for your continued service to our Westwood community…and please continue to Stay Safe!
With kindest regards,
For the Westwood Community Council….
Steve Sann
STEVEN SANNChairWestwood Community Council907 Westwood Boulevard, # 203 | Los Angeles, CA  90024-2904
t: 213.448.8147 (direct) | e: stevesann2001@yahoo.com

*Public meeting by Teleconference are permitted per State of California Executive Order N-29-20.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 7:00 p.m. 

Teleconference Meeting* 

Call in: (669) 900-9128 Meeting ID: 748 234 5507 Password: 455451 

Join the Zoom Meeting by using this Link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7482345507?pwd=Y2pkYnhxWSszUGtzbHducGdoZExZQT09

(Note: To join the Zoom video, you must download the Zoom App prior to the meeting.) 

To join the Zoom meeting by telephone, please use one of the following Dial-in Numbers: 

(669) 900-9128 US (San Jose) ▪ (346) 248-7799 US (Houston) ▪ (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago) 

(646) 558-8656 US (New York) ▪ (253) 215-8782 US (Tacoma) ▪ (301) 715-8592 US (Maryland) 

For more information about the Westwood Community Council (WCC) please visit: http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org 

1. Call to Order and Reading of WCC Mission Statement: Steve Sann, Chair 

2. Welcome and Introductions of Board members, guests, and members of the public 

3. Certification of Quorum 

4. Consideration of the Agenda (Note: items may not be heard in the order listed below.) 

5. Reports from Government and Public Agency Liaisons (subject to availability) (3-5 minutes per report) 

A. LAPD West L.A. Community Police Station: Officer Pete Ojeda, Westwood Senior Lead Officer 

B. Office of Congressman Ted Lieu: Janet Turner, Senior Field Representative & Constituent Services 

C. Office of Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager: Jamie Kennerk, Field Representative 

D. Office of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl: Fernando R. Morales, District Director, Metro/West L.A. 

E. Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti: Tanaz Golshan, Senior Area Representative, West Valley & West L.A. 

F. Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz: Jasmine Shamolian, Westwood Field & Policy Deputy 

G. UCLA Government and Community Relations: Carmen Healey, Assistant Director 

6. Special Presentation from the Los Angeles Department of City Planning and possible motion on proposed amendments to the Westwood Village Specific Plan related to food use definitions, numerical limitations on food uses, parking requirements, and location of parking: Zuriel Espinosa, City Planning Associate 

7. Announcements and Concerns from Board Members 

A. Upcoming public hearings, meetings, and other events of interest (Information only, no action). 

8. Reports from Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees/Liaisons 

9. Old Business 

10. New Business 

11. 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) 

12. Next Regular WCC Meeting: Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 p.m., Location TBA (may be Zoom Teleconference Meeting) 

13. Motion to Adjourn 

*Public Meetings by Teleconference are permitted per State of California Executive Order N-29-20. 

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 MUST NOTIFY THE CHAIR VERBALLY OR BY USING THE ZOOM NOTIFICATION BUTTON, AT THE TIME THAT PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE CALLED FOR. This agenda is posted for public review at http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org online. 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:00 p.m. 

Belmont Village Westwood Town Hall community room (ground floor) 

10475 Wilshire Boulevard Westwood Los Angeles, CA 90024 

For more information about the Westwood Community Council (WCC) please visit: http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org 

1. Call to Order: Steve Sann, Chair 

2. Reading of the WCC Mission Statement: John Heidt, Westwood United Methodist Church 

3. Welcome and Introductions of Board members, guests, and members of the public 

4. Certification of Quorum 

5. Consideration of the Agenda (Note: items may not be heard in the order listed below.) 

6. Reports from Government and Public Agency Liaisons (3-5 minutes per report) 

  • A. LAPD West Los Angeles Community Police Station: Christopher Ragsdale, LAPD Senior Lead Officer 
  • B. Office of Congressman Ted Lieu: Janet Turner, Senior Field Representative & Constituent Services 
  • C. Office of Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager, Jamie Kennerk, Field Representative 
  • D. Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti: Ami Fields-Meyer, West Los Angeles Representative 
  • E. Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz: Jasmine Shamolian, Field & Policy Deputy 
  • F. UCLA Government and Community Relations: Carmen Healey, Assistant Director 

7. Special presentation, project update, and possible motion on the proposed State licensing of The Watermark at Westwood Village, 947 Tiverton Avenue (former Vintage Westwood Horizons site) – Allison R. Marty, Managing Director, Watermark Retirement Communities 

8. Announcements and Concerns from Board Members 

  • A. Upcoming public hearings, meetings, and other events of interest (Information only, no action; see calendar of meetings, public hearings, and events of interest at end of this Agenda). 
  • B. 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count in Westwood – Wednesday, January 22, 10:00 p.m. (meet at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Boulevard, free parking on site). 
  • C. Kelly Music Building (aka Alice’s Restaurant/Tanino Ristorante), 1041-1043 Westwood Boulevard – Successfully declared a Historic-Cultural Monument by Los Angeles City Council in December 2019 
  • D. Grand Opening of The Galerie at Fellow, 1073 Glendon Avenue, Saturday, February 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m., art exhibition by artist Rachel Rubinstein and unveiling of new special event space (free to the public) 

9. Reports from Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees/Liaisons 

10. Old Business 

  • A. Report on Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners’ meeting of January 16th re proposed second synthetic Multipurpose/Soccer Field at Westwood Park (aka “Tommy’s Field”) – Sandy Brown 

11. New Business 

  • A. Presentation and discussion on proposed Westwood Village historic preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse framework to achieve community revitalization, and proposal to engage UCLA Urban Planning Masters student and fourth-generation Westwood resident Samuel Siegel to prepare a Capstone Research Project report and presentation to the WCC in May 2020 – Steve Sann and Sam Siegel (Masters Candidate, Urban and Regional Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs) 

12. 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 minutes per speaker) 

13. Next Regular WCC Meeting: Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 p.m., Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall community room, 10475 Wilshire Boulevard 

14. Motion to Adjourn 

EVERY PERSON WISHING TO ADDRESS THE WESTWOOD COMMUNITY COUNCIL (WCC) ON AN AGENDA ITEM MUST COMPLETE A SPEAKER’S REQUEST CARD AND SUBMIT IT TO THE WCC CHAIR PRIOR TO THE WCC’S CONSIDERATION OF THAT ITEM. In accordance with its Bylaws, the WCC shall provide an opportunity in open meetings for members of the public to address the WCC on agenda items at the time the respective item is considered. Individual testimony on agenda items shall be limited to two (2) minutes per person. Public comments on all other non-agendized topics of interest to the public which are within the subject matter and jurisdiction of the WCC shall be made during the General Public Comment period, and 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 for each agenda item and each speaker depending on the number of speaker request cards received and the time available for each agenda item and each non-agendized topic. Items may be called in any order at the discretion of the Chair. The agenda is posted for public review at the Westwood Branch Public Library, 1246 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, and at http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org online. Belmont Village Westwood provides free covered self-parking for motor vehicles and bicycles in its underground garage, which may be 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. 3 

Westwood Calendar of Upcoming Meetings, Public Hearings, Holidays, and Events of Interest: 

2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count in Westwood: Wednesday, January 22, 10:00 p.m., meet at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Boulevard (free parking on site) 

Friends of Westwood Library Pop-Up Book Sale: Saturday, February 1, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Westwood Branch Public Library, 1246 Glendon Avenue (free parking on site) 

Grand Opening of The Galerie at Fellow: Saturday, February 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m., art exhibition by artist Rachel Rubinstein and unveiling of new special event space, public invited, 1073 Glendon Avenue 

Opening Celebration of new Hammer Museum Exhibition: Saturday, February 1, 8:00-11:00 p.m., Paul McCarthy – Head Space Drawings (1963-2019), 10889 Wilshire Boulevard; rsvp: hammer.ucla.edu/winterparty20 

Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard (free parking on site) 

North Westwood Neighborhood Council Board (NWNC): Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.; (first Wednesday every month); UCLA Weyburn Commons, Village View Room (4th floor), 11020 Weyburn Drive 

Westwood Neighborhood Council Board (WWNC): Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. (second Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard (free parking on site) 

President’s Day Holiday: Monday, February 17 

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Board (WRAC): Wednesday, February 19, 8:30 a.m. (third Wednesday every month); West L.A. Municipal Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1645 Corinth Avenue 

Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard (free parking on site) 

Iconic Westwood Village Guided Tour and Bar Crawl: Saturday, February 22, 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m., Co-sponsored by Westwood Village Improvement Association (BID) and Los Angeles Conservancy, featuring five Westwood Village restaurants & bars – Audrey at the Hammer, Broxton Brewery & Public House, Fellow, Rocco’s Tavern, and Skylight Gardens (ticketed event, 21+; $30/per guest includes small bites and one drink per location) 

Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, March 4, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard (free parking on site) 

North Westwood Neighborhood Council Board (NWNC): Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.; (first Wednesday every month); UCLA Weyburn Commons, Village View Room (4th floor), 11020 Weyburn Drive 

Westwood Neighborhood Council Board (WWNC): Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. (second Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard (free parking on site) 

Westwood Community Council Board (WCC): Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m. (third Tuesday every other month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall, 10475 Wilshire Boulevard (free parking on site) 

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Board (WRAC): Wednesday, March 18, 8:30 a.m. (third Wednesday every month); West L.A. Municipal Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1645 Corinth Avenue 

Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard (free parking on site) 

Westwood Village Improvement Association Board (WVIA) (Business Improvement District “BID”): Thursday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. – (third Thursday every other month); Skylight Gardens, 1139 Glendon Avenue