Living in Westwood is not a prerequisite for caring about its success and development.
Alisha Ranadive is proof of that.
Ranadive, a pediatrician at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, currently serves on the North Westwood Neighborhood Council as an organizational stakeholder. She chairs the election committee and believes community engagement is crucial to the success of the council. This is refreshing to hear, considering the less-than-stellar engagement the council has had thus far.
The board endorses Ranadive for worker stakeholder in the upcoming NWWNC election because of the promise she’s already shown, as well as her plans to continue projects that would improve Westwood for residents and workers.
Considering the council is made of mostly Westwood residents, Ranadive also offers the necessary perspective of someone who works in the Village. She expressed a desire to provide a voice for the tens of thousands of people who work in and commute to Westwood. She wants to fight for their concerns, especially regarding transportation and issues like the low number and lacking quality of bike lanes.
She has also demonstrated her ability to identify how the council can improve lives of all those with a stake in the Village, pointing to its necessary work in continuing to approve and fund community grants. She wants to work with the city to improve housing availability to combat homelessness.
Ranadive has the experience, the perspective and the heart to improve Westwood for all its constituents. She more than deserves another term on the council.