Tuesday, August 20

Jessica Dabney, the chair of the Westwood Village Improvement Association, discusses her impact on Westwood over the years. (Courtesy of Jessica Dabney)

Q&A: Westwood association chair discusses past successes, future goals

Jessica Dabney, chair of the Westwood Village Improvement Association’s board of directors, has worked to better the Village since the 1970s, most notably with her involvement in the creation of the association, also known as the BID, in 2011. Read more...

Photo: Jessica Dabney, the chair of the Westwood Village Improvement Association, discusses her impact on Westwood over the years. (Courtesy of Jessica Dabney)

Jessica Dabney, the chair of the Westwood Village Improvement Association, discusses her impact on Westwood over the years. (Courtesy of Jessica Dabney)

Niki Svara, the new operations manager at the Westwood Village Improvement Association, plans to revitalize Westwood. (Courtesy of Nikki Svara)

New community official on a quest to improve Westwood Village

Niki Svara walked the streets of Westwood with a pen and clipboard, noting damaged infrastructure she would later report to city officials. Svara, the new operations manager at the Westwood Village Improvement Association, also known as the BID, said she plans to focus on attracting businesses and visitors, improving property values and helping the Village’s homeless population. Read more...

Photo: Niki Svara, the new operations manager at the Westwood Village Improvement Association, plans to revitalize Westwood. (Courtesy of Nikki Svara)

Niki Svara, the new operations manager at the Westwood Village Improvement Association, plans to revitalize Westwood. (Courtesy of Nikki Svara)

USC is constructing a $650-million University Village that will include five-story residence halls, restaurants, shops and a large recreational plaza. The university announced the plan last year and estimated it will be completed by 2017. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

How the new $650M USC Village stacks up against Westwood Village

Westwood Village has been a historical part of UCLA since its opening in 1929, a community USC’s upcoming university village will attempt to establish in only three years, Westwood officials said. Read more...

Photo: USC is constructing a $650-million University Village that will include five-story residence halls, restaurants, shops and a large recreational plaza. The university announced the plan last year and estimated it will be completed by 2017. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

USC is constructing a $650-million University Village that will include five-story residence halls, restaurants, shops and a large recreational plaza. The university announced the plan last year and estimated it will be completed by 2017. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sandy and Jerry Brown, who have been married for 52 years, have been influencing Westwood's history since they moved here in 1963. (Tehya Faulk/Daily Bruin)

Sandy, Jerry Brown reflect on 44 years of service to Westwood

After more than 50 years of marriage and 44 years as active members of the Westwood community, Sandy and Jerry Brown admit their jobs can be frustrating, but the chance to make a difference makes it worth the struggle. Read more...

Photo: Sandy and Jerry Brown, who have been married for 52 years, have been influencing Westwood's history since they moved here in 1963. (Tehya Faulk/Daily Bruin)

Sandy and Jerry Brown, who have been married for 52 years, have been influencing Westwood's history since they moved here in 1963. (Tehya Faulk/Daily Bruin)

Japanese restaurant Musashiya Udon Noodle, an udon noodle restaurant chain that originated in Japan, opened across the street from Whole Foods Market last week. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin)

Musashiya stirs up home-style noodles in Westwood

The owner of Musashiya Udon Noodle wanted to open his first U.S. location in Westwood Village because his father grew up in an era when the Village was considered the center of all L.A. Read more...

Photo: Japanese restaurant Musashiya Udon Noodle, an udon noodle restaurant chain that originated in Japan, opened across the street from Whole Foods Market last week. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin)

Japanese restaurant Musashiya Udon Noodle, an udon noodle restaurant chain that originated in Japan, opened across the street from Whole Foods Market last week. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin)


Leaders and experts from different countries discussed the social and economic causes of global immigration issues at the Los Angeles Diaspora Forum on Saturday. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin)

Experts, leaders discuss immigration at Global Diaspora Forum

Officials from the UCLA North American Integration and Development Center, or NAID center, announced a website Saturday that allows people to discover which immigrant communities are prevalent in certain areas. Read more...

Photo: Leaders and experts from different countries discussed the social and economic causes of global immigration issues at the Los Angeles Diaspora Forum on Saturday. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin)

Leaders and experts from different countries discussed the social and economic causes of global immigration issues at the Los Angeles Diaspora Forum on Saturday. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin)