Topa Exec at WCC Board Meeting tonight

WCC is delighted to welcome Jim Brooks, President of Topa Management Company, as our special guest who will be making a special presentation to our Council at tonight’s Board meeting.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. May 16, 2016 in the Community Room of Belmont Village Westwood at 10475 Wilshire Blvd. 90024.
Jim Brooks leads the company that is the largest commercial property owner and landlord in Westwood Village. Jim has been directly responsible for bringing many of the most exciting and high quality new retail and restaurant tenants to Westwood Village.  These include:  Sur La Table, Paper Source, Francesca’s, the recently opened MAC cosmetics, the expanded “his and hers” Urban Outfitters, KazuNori, Sweetfin Poke, Jimmy John’s, the expanded Native Foods, and more.  Other Topa tenants in the Village include:  800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, TLT Food, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Corner Bakery Cafe, Headlines Diner & Press Club, Victoria’s Secret, T-Mobile, Citibank, European Wax Center, The Tanning Boutique, GFA Architects, UCLA Extension, and the Westwood Village Synagogue, among others.
Notably, Jim also championed and personally oversaw the sweeping historic restoration of the 1930 Shepard Mitchell Building, now called the Kinross Cornerstone Building.  This spectacular historic restoration project was honored by the Los Angeles Conservancy with its prestigious 2017 Historic Preservation Award earlier this month.
Jim also serves as Vice Chair of the Westwood Village Improvement Association Board of Directors (WVIA), the Business Improvement District for Westwood Village.  He also chairs its Clean Safe and Beautiful Committee, which oversees the maintenance and improvements to our Westwood Village sidewalks, street trees, twinkle lights, and other physical infrastructure in the Village, as well as the BID’s homeless outreach services.  Additionally Jim serves on the BID’s Executive Committee and its Business Attraction and Retention (BAR) Committee.
In Fall 2013, Jim played a pivotal role in supporting the Hammer Museum’s innovative “Arts ReSTORE L.A.” curated retail pop-up event.  With Jim’s strong support, along with that of the Anderson Family, Topa provided to Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin and her staff all but one of the retail storefronts needed for that highly creative month-long arts initiative.
This will be an opportunity for you to hear directly from Jim about the current plans and future vision for Westwood’s largest retail and restaurant portfolio.

March meeting cancelled

 

The regularly scheduled March 21, 2017 meeting of the Westwood Community Council has been cancelled.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place May 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Belmont Village  Westwood.  Jim Brooks, President of Topa Management Company, will be joining us  for an in-depth discussion on Westwood Village issues.

Topa, as you may know, is the largest commercial landlord in Westwood Village and has been responsible for bringing many of the most exciting and highest quality retail, restaurant, and professional services tenants to the Village. These include: Sur La Table, Paper Source, Urban Outfitters, Francesca’s, the new MAC cosmetics (now under construction), KazuNori, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Sweetfin Poke, TLT Food, Native Foods, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, and more. Other Topa tenants include: Victoria’s Secret, American Apparel, T-Mobile, Citibank, European Wax Center, The Tanning Boutique, Corner Bakery, Headlines Diner & Press Club, Iso Asian Fusion, UCLA Extension, and the Westwood Village Synagogue, among others.

As Topa President, Jim championed and oversaw the sweeping $1.5 million historic restoration of the 1930 Shepard Mitchell Building, now called the Kinross Cornerstone, at the corner of Gayley & Kinross. This beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival structure, originally designed by Master Architect Stiles O. Clements (who also designed the Geffen Playhouse/Masonic Affiliate Clubhouse building on Le Conte, among many other landmark structures throughout Los Angeles), was restored under the guiding hand of Nadel Architects. Topa and Nadel will be honored on May 3rd by the Los Angeles Conservancy with a prestigious Historic Preservation Award for 2017.

Please mark you calendars now and plan to join us.

 

 

Candidates at WCC Meeting Tonight

Candidates running to represent Los Angeles’s 5th Council District are slated to speak at tonight’s meeting of the Westwood Community Council.  Here is the full agenda

       Westwood Community Council Meeting

A G E N D A

Tuesday, January 17, 2017  7:00 p.m.

 

Belmont Village Westwood  Town Hall community room (ground floor)

10475 Wilshire Boulevard  Westwood  Los Angeles, CA  90024

  1. Call to Order: Steve Sann, Chair
  1. Reading of the WCC’s Mission Statement: John Heidt, Chairman of Board of Trustees, Westwood United Methodist Church, and Board Member, Westwood Homeowners Association
  1. Welcome and Introductions of Board members, guests, and members of the public
  1. Certification of Quorum
  1. Consideration of the Agenda (Note: items below may not be heard in the order listed.)
  1. Introduction and Q&A with Fiona Ma, California Board of Equalization Chair (2nd District, 2015-present), California Assemblymember and Speaker Pro Tempore (19th District, 2006-12), San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member (2002-06), and Candidate for California State Treasurer – (suggested time: 15 minutes)
  1. Conversation and Q&A with Jesse Max Creed, Candidate for Los Angeles City Council, Fifth District – discussing Westwood, Westwood Village, CD5, and citywide issues (suggested time: 15-20 minutes)
  1. Conversation and Q&A with Mark Matthew Herd, Candidate for Los Angeles City Council, Fifth District – discussing Westwood, Westwood Village, CD5, and citywide issues (suggested time: 15-20 minutes)
  1. Reports from Government and Public Agency Liaisons (3-5 minutes per report)
    1. LAFD: Assistant Chief Armando Hogan, Assistant Bureau Commander of Operations, West Bureau
    2. Report on investigation into circumstances surrounding lack of any emergency response to Aaron Friedman medical incident on 405 Freeway northbound onramp at Wilshire, on Monday evening, November 28, at approximately 7:20 p.m.
    3. LAPD West Los Angeles Community Police Station: Christopher Ragsdale, LAPD Senior Lead Officer
    4. Office of Congressman Ted Lieu: Janet Turner, Field Representative & Constituent Services
    5. Office of California Senator Ben Allen: David Lorango, Ambassador
    6. Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti: Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative/Chief Service Officer
    7. Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz: Jasmine Shamolian, Westwood Field Deputy
    8. UCLA Government and Community Relations:  Carmen Healey, Assistant Director
  1. Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer’s Report: Dr. Jerry Brown, Treasurer/CFO
    1. Reminder about WCC Voluntary Dues for 2017
  1. Announcements and Concerns from Board Members
    1. Upcoming meetings, public hearings, and other special events of interest (For information only, No action; see Westwood Calendar of Meetings, Public Hearings, and Special Events of Interest, at end of this Agenda.)
    2. Other Announcements or Concerns from Board Members
  1. Reports from Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees/Liaisons
  1. Old Business – None
  1. New Business
  2. 2017 WCC Committee Assignments – distribution and collection of Committee Preference Forms (appointment of Representation Committee, Nominating Committee, other committees) – Steve Sann
  3. Update on Westwood BID Ad-Hoc Committee on Westwood Village Specific Plan – Steve Sann
  4. Update on Eviction Efforts by Watermark Retirement Communities at Vintage Westwood Horizons
  1. 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)
  1. Next Regular WCC Meeting: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall community room, 10475 Wilshire Boulevard
  1. Motion to Adjourn

 

Westwood Calendar of Upcoming Meetings, Public Hearings, and Special Events of Interest 

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Board (WRAC): Wednesday, January 18, 8:30 a.m. (third Wednesday every month); Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Boulevard

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

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

Special Event – 2017 Homeless Count in Westwood: Wednesday, January 25: Check-in & Registration: 9:30 p.m.; Training: 10:00 p.m.; Deployment & Count: 11:00 p.m.; volunteers needed in all 11 of Westwood’s census tracts (drivers, navigators, counters); Westwood Presbyterian Church, Hoffman Hall, 10822 Wilshire Blvd., free parking at church, enter on Ashton Ave.; Sign up in advance to volunteer: www.theycountwillyou.org

West L.A. Chamber of Commerce “First Wednesday Breakfast” with Consul General of Israel, Sam Grundwerg: Wednesday, February 1, 7:00-9:00 a.m.; Olympic Collection, 11301 West Olympic Blvd.

Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard

Westwood Neighborhood Council Board (WWNC): Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. (second Wednesday every month); Westwood Presbyterian Church, Hoffman Hall, 10822 Wilshire Boulevard

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Board (WRAC): Wednesday, February 15, 8:30 a.m. (third Wednesday every month); Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Boulevard

Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard

Westwood Village Improvement Association Board (WVIA) (Business Improvement District): Thursday, February 16, 8:30 a.m. (third Thursday every month); Skylight Gardens, 1139 Glendon Avenue

Special EventLos Angeles City Council Fifth District Debate with candidates Jesse Max Creed, Paul Koretz, and Mark Matthew Herd debating Westwood, Westwood Village, CD 5 and citywide issues, sponsored by Westwood Community Council, Westwood Neighborhood Council & other Westwood groups: Tuesday, February 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m., St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Social Hall, 10750 Ohio Avenue (Selby & Ohio), free parking in church lot (enter on Selby) and on street. (Day after President’s Day Holiday.)

West L.A. Chamber of Commerce “First Wednesday Breakfast”: Wednesday, March 1, 7:00-9:00 a.m.; Olympic Collection, 11301 West Olympic Boulevard

Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles Consolidated Municipal Primary Election: Tuesday, March 7 (including L.A. Mayor, City Attorney, City Controller, Fifth District Councilmember, LAUSD Board of Education, L.A. Community College District Board of Trustees, Measure S – “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative” and other ballot measures.)

Westwood Neighborhood Council Board (WWNC): Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. (second Wednesday every month); Westwood Presbyterian Church, Hoffman Hall, 10822 Wilshire Boulevard

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Board (WRAC): Wednesday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. (third Wednesday every month); Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Boulevard

Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard

Westwood Village Improvement Association Board (WVIA) (Business Improvement District): Thursday, March 16, 8:30 a.m. (third Thursday every month); Skylight Gardens, 1139 Glendon Avenue

 

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 http://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.

WCC Announces 2017 Meeting Schedule

The Westwood Community Council has announced its meeting schedule meeting of 2017

                                                                                  

WESTWOOD COMMUNITY COUNCIL

2017 MEETING SCHEDULE

 

The Westwood Community Council Board (WCC) regularly meets on the THIRD TUESDAY every other month beginning in January of each year, at 7:00 p.m.  The 2017 meeting schedule is:

 

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

 

The Westwood Community Council regularly meets at:

 

Belmont Village Westwood (Senior Living)

Town Hall community room (ground floor)

10475 Wilshire Boulevard (east of Warner Avenue)

Los Angeles, CA 90024

 

Belmont Village Westwood is located next to the Westwood United Methodist Church main sanctuary (east of Warner Avenue).  Free covered self-parking is available at Belmont Village Westwood in its underground garage.  From Wilshire Boulevard access the Belmont Village driveway (10475 Wilshire Boulevard), proceed under the overhang and turn right into the Belmont garage.  Park on levels P2, P3, or P4 and take the elevator in the southwest corner of the garage up to the first floor.  The Town Hall community room is located on the ground floor directly across the elevator, off the main lobby.

 

Belmont Village Westwood also is accessible via public transportation by all bus lines serving Wilshire Boulevard, including Metro Line 20.  It is located one and one-half blocks west of the Beverly Glen stop of the Metro Rapid Bus Line 720.  Belmont Village Westwood, including its Town Hall community room, is an ADA accessible facility.

 

WCC Board meeting agendas are posted for public review at the Westwood Branch Public Library, 1246 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, and at http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org online.

 

The WCC Bylaws also provide that Special Meetings may be called by any two officers or by a majority of all Voting Members, by giving written notice at least 24 hours in advance, to address any urgent business.

 

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 WCC Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on the THIRD TUESDAY of the month, in between WCC Board meetings, whenever there is business to transact. The meeting location for the Executive Committee is Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall community room. The 2017 Executive Committee meeting schedule is:

 

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

 

Scheduled meetings of the WCC Board and/or Executive Committee are subject to change or cancellation.  Visit http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org to confirm meeting dates, times, and locations.

Q&A with Councilmember Koretz

Councilmember Paul Koretz will discuss his vision and plans for Westwood, and issues facing our Westwood community at a meeting of the Westwood Community Council scheduled for 7 p.Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Belmont Village Westwood, 10475 Wilshire Blvd.

The agenda also includes repports from Govoernment and Public Agency Liasions, including the LAPD Senior Lead Officer Chris Ragsdale, Carmen Healey of UCLA, Janet Turner, from Congressman Ted Lieu; David Lorange from California Senator Ben Allen, Daniel Tamm representing Mayor Eric Garcetti.