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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:


(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.


A G E N D A 

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: 


(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. 

UCLA on WCC Agenda for Tuesday, Nov 19 Meeting

Westwood Community Council Members and other Westwood Friends:

Happy November!
This is a reminder that our next WCC meeting will be held on –

Tuesday, November 19th
7:00 p.m.
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

Sepulveda Transit Corridor on WCC July Meeting Agenda

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 Vice Chancellor to Speak at July 17 Board Meeting

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.



Ralphs Plans Major Expansion in Westwood

ImageWestwood 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. 


Interstate 110 and State Route 110 (California)

Interstate 110 and State Route 110 (California) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.