The Westwood Community Council meeting scheduled for March 17, 2020 has been cancelled. The next WCC meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2020.
Westwood Community Council Members and other Westwood Friends:
This is a reminder that our next WCC meeting will be held on –
Tuesday, November 19th
Belmont Village Westwood
Town Hall community room (first floor)
10475 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Our agenda is attached below.
This is our LAST scheduled meeting of 2019 (and for this decade!), and it promises to be very informative.
UCLA’s activities are our topic and we have two special guests to address our issues.
First we will introduce and have a lively conversation with Jennifer Poulakidas, UCLA’s new Associate Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations. In this key position Jennifer oversees all of UCLA’s governmental relations — at the Federal, State, County, Metro, and City levels. She is also is responsible for directing and overseeing UCLA’s community relations, including with our local Westwood community. (Jennifer follows Keith Parker in this role.)
Jennifer was appointed to this very important position earlier this year, following a nationwide search.
Additionally, we are very happy to welcome back one of UCLA’s most influential campus administrators who has addressed our Westwood Community Council on two previous occasions — UCLA Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck.
Vice Chancellor Beck has wide ranging duties at UCLA including including directly managing an annual operating budget of $900 million, 5,200 employees, and eleven major campus departments (including Financial Services, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Transportation and Events, UCLA Police Department, Facilities Management, Campus Human Resources, Information Technology, Environmental Health & Safety, Central Ticket Office, and more).
Additionally, Michael and his wife are Westwood neighbors who reside in the Westwood Homeowners Association area. He also served as a Board member and Vice President of the Westwood Business Improvement District. Living in Westwood, Michael sees much of what we see on a day to day basis in the Village and greater Westwood.
With so many significant UCLA construction projects underway, other developments in the pipeline that will affect both Westwood and UCLA, as well as significant recent property acquisitions by UCLA (Gayley Center, Oxy Building, 924 Westwood, among them), many WCC members have been asking numerous UCLA-related questions. This will be an opportunity to hear directly from one of UCLA’s highest ranking administrators about what our “neighbor to the north” is doing, and to get your questions answered.
See Agenda here
The next meeting of the WCC Board will take place at 7 p.m., July 16, 2019, in the Community Room of Belmont Village Westwood, 10475 Wilshire Blvd. The meeting will include a presentation on Metro’s proposed Sepulveda Corridor Transit Project by Renée Fortier, Executive Director of UCLA Events & Transportation, and Dave Karwaski, Director of UCLA Mobility Planning & Traffic Systems.
UCLA’s new Administrative Vice Chancellor, Michael J. Beck, and Housing Director Peter Angelis, will be featured speakers at the July 17 meeting of the Westwood Community Council Board of Directors. They are expected to address a wide range of topics including Planning for the Olympic Games, housing needs related to increasing enrollments, and the challenges of operating a campus with a daily population larger than many small cities. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Belmont Village Westwood, 10475 Wilshire Blvd. 90024. Parking is available under the building.
Westwood stakeholders are excited about the announcement by Kroger (Ralphs) that it plans to build the largest Ralphs Fresh Fare in the country (90,000-95,000 sq. ft.) in Westwood by adding 40,000 square feet adjacent to is existing Ralphs market. The new market will include a branch of New Yorks gourmet Murray’s Cheese Shop , a wine tasting room offering weekly tastings of boutique wines and craft beers, a sushi bar with on-site sushi chefs making sushi to order, a stone pizza oven offering fresh made-to-order pizzas, flat screen plasma TVs to watch the games on the weekends,. The new market will double the fresh produce section (with many more organic offerings), add greatly enlarged deli, prepared foods section, fresh bakery, and 24-hour pharmacy.
According to WCC Chair Steve Sann, Ralphs representatives say that this is similar to what they did at the new Ralphs in Downtown L.A., but on a much larger scale. Kroger has extended its lease with TIAA-CREF for an additional 20 years, and plans to invest $9 million in capital construction costs and improvements.
According to Sann, the Westwood Village store currently ranks #1 in total sales among all Ralphs , #1 in pharmacy sales among all Ralphs pharmacies, and is among the Top 5 of all Kroger-owned grocery stores in the U.S.
Sunset & Wilshire Extended Closures
Sunset and Wilshire Ramps Demolished
Beginning August 3, 2013, the northbound off-ramp to Sunset Bl will close for 120 days for the construction of a longer and wider off-ramp. The new off-ramp will feature 60 percent more capacity to store vehicles and segregate traffic from Sunset Bl and the I-405.
The new Sunset Bridge configuration will feature two northbound right-turn lanes to eastbound Sunset and one northbound left-turn lane to westbound Sunset.
On August 22, demolition of the northbound I-405 on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire begins, marking the last demolition of an I-405/Wilshire connecting ramp. The Wilshire ramp demolition, expected to last 90 days, will result in a new on-ramp with 280 percent more vehicle storage capacity, created by the bridge’s increase from 824 to 3,129 feet in length.
- 405 Freeway Sunset Off-Ramp To Close Tonight Through December (smmirror.com)
- 120-Day Closure of Northbound I-405 Sunset Boulevard off-ramp planned beginning late night Friday (thesource.metro.net)
- NB I-405 Off-Ramp To Sunset Blvd. To Close For 120 Days (losangeles.cbslocal.com)