Saturday, September 22

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Medina’s defense attorney refutes first-degree murder charge

A defense attorney representing Alberto Medina, who allegedly murdered Andrea “Andy” DelVesco in 2015, said he had killed her. Debra Werbel, the attorney representing Medina, a former Fresno State University student accused of murdering DelVesco, a UCLA student, said while the defense concedes Medina did kill DelVesco, the murder was not premeditated and the charge of murder in the first degree is too severe. Read more...

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Lisa Chapman, Stephen Resnick and Scott Whittle (left to right), members of the Westwood Neighborhood Council, voiced their frustration toward members of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. The council issued a vote of no confidence against the department at its Wednesday meeting for its lack of transparency. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)
Lisa Chapman, Stephen Resnick and Scott Whittle (left to right), members of the Westwood Neighborhood Council, voiced their frustration toward members of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. The council issued a vote of no confidence against the department at its Wednesday meeting for its lack of transparency. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

The Westwood Neighborhood Council voted to include the Los Angeles National Cemetery in its boundaries. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)
The Westwood Neighborhood Council voted to include the Los Angeles National Cemetery in its boundaries. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

Westwood Forward, a coalition of students and business and home owners, recently proposed a new neighborhood council. Persian Square community members said they do not think the proposed council would have much impact on them but it could possibly benefit them. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

Questions arise about Persian Square in the Westwood Neighborhood Council

Several Westwood community members think a proposed neighborhood council should not include Persian Square while others believe the new council would benefit the Persian community. Westwood Forward, a coalition of students, business owners and homeowners created earlier in November, proposed subdividing the Westwood Neighborhood Council to better represent the interests of students and business owners near UCLA. Read more...

Westwood Forward, a coalition of students and business and home owners, recently proposed a new neighborhood council. Persian Square community members said they do not think the proposed council would have much impact on them but it could possibly benefit them. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

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No Offense, But: Westwood and Thanksgiving

“No Offense, But” is back after a brief hiatus! This week, Opinion editor Keshav Tadimeti, assistant Opinion editor Abhishek Shetty, News editor Rupan Bharanidaran, city and crime editor Jacob Preal and News contributor Alana Mouchard talk about the Westwood Forward coalition, which aims to create a new neighborhood council for Westwood Village. Read more...

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ULTA Beauty, a store that sells makeup, skincare and hair products, and has a hair salon in the lower level, opened in Westwood on Friday. (Lindsay Weinberg/Daily Bruin senior staff)
ULTA Beauty, a store that sells makeup, skincare and hair products, and has a hair salon in the lower level, opened in Westwood on Friday. (Lindsay Weinberg/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Members of Westwood Forward, a coalition of students, local homeowners and business owners that wants to create a new neighborhood council, held a town hall meeting Thursday to collect feedback on the new council proposal. (Ari He/Daily Bruin)

Westwood Forward talks proposed new neighborhood council at town hall

Student leaders said at a town hall meeting Thursday they want to create a more representative and democratic council to represent Westwood. Westwood Forward, a student-run coalition that is also comprised of local homeowners and business owners, held a town hall meeting in Ackerman Union to address more than 45 members of the public about plans to subdivide the Westwood Neighborhood Council. Read more...

Members of Westwood Forward, a coalition of students, local homeowners and business owners that wants to create a new neighborhood council, held a town hall meeting Thursday to collect feedback on the new council proposal. (Ari He/Daily Bruin)