Thursday, July 29

North Westwood Neighborhood Council recap – July 14


The North Westwood Neighborhood Council is the official neighborhood council representing Westwood Village and UCLA to the Los Angeles City Council. Council meetings are held each month and open to the public via Zoom. The next meeting will be held virtually Aug. 4.

The July council meeting was originally scheduled for July 7 but was postponed and held July 14.

Comments by public officials:

  • Carmen Zambrano, a UCLA Government and Community Relations spokesperson, said UCLA is hoping to return to fully in-person events in fall 2021, with 82% of classes planned to be held in person. UCLA Housing also anticipates returning to full capacity with 15,000 students on the Hill, Zambrano added. UCLA Housing plans to allow triple-occupancy rooms if all residents are vaccinated and will open the newly constructed Centennial and Olympic Halls, Zambrano also said.

  • Brad Fingard, the west area representative for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, said Garcetti accepted a nomination by President Joe Biden to be the ambassador to India. The confirmation process will likely take several months, during which Garcetti’s office will continue its local initiatives like minimum wage increases, Fingard added.

  • Zac Gaidzik, a spokesperson for LA County District 3 Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, said new bail-reform measures have been passed that will reform the rights of detainees in jail who have not yet been criminally charged. Measure H, which funds homelessness projects, has also been passed, Gaidzik added. LA County has reached its 6th consecutive day of increasing COVID-19 case rates, with more than 1,000 cases per day, Gaidzik also said.

  • Jasmine Shamolian, a spokesperson for LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz, said Koretz’s office is working with the Westwood Recreation Center on a new contract to fund homelessness outreach services. An in-person homelessness outreach event, Westwood Connect Day, is scheduled for Sept. 28 at the WRC, Shamolian added. Construction has begun on a new housing site on Veteran Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard for individuals experiencing homelessness, Shamolian also added.

  • Shetarrah Byfield, a spokesperson for California Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, said Bryan’s office is co-hosting a vaccination drive July 27.

There were no board announcements.

There were no public comments.

Agenda:

  • The board appointed Kyle Schmidt, a third-year economics and political science student, as the undergraduate student member, which is a council seat.

  • The board appointed Nolan Gray, an at-large stakeholder, as secretary, which is an executive officer position.

  • The board appointed Schmidt, an undergraduate student member, as treasurer, which is an executive officer position.

  • The board removed four council members – Rachel Gonzalez, Michael Kohan, Erin Coutts and Kevin Crummy – from the Planning and Land Use Committee because too many council members were previously appointed to the committee.

  • The board tabled a motion to draft a resolution or Community Impact Statement to turn Broxton Avenue, from Weyburn Avenue to Kinross Avenue, into a walking-only plaza.

  • Arianna Bankler-Jukes, a spokesperson for the LA City Council Redistricting Commission, delivered a presentation on potential redistricting in LA City Council District 5. The commission is currently working on potential redistricting in council districts throughout LA, Bankler-Jukes said. Individuals can submit public comments to the commission at a public hearing through an online program called Maptitude or by written testimony, Bankler-Jukes added. The most common public comments by individuals and homeowners associations included requests to keep the current district lines because of reasons such as a positive relationship with their council member or homelessness issues, Bankler-Jukes also said.

  • The board denied a motion to oppose a proposed amendment to the LA Municipal Code section on homelessness. The proposed amendment previously failed on a 2-13 vote at the LA City Council. If approved, the proposed amendment would have criminalized sitting, lying or sleeping on streets, sidewalks or public property.

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Jung is the 2021-2022 assistant News editor for the city and crime beat and was previously the assistant Enterprise editor. He is also a photographer and Copy contributor for the Daily Bruin. Jung is a third-year global studies and geography student.


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