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Michael Skiles, an organizer with Westwood Forward, said he thinks the division of Westwood Village into two council districts will open the door to new businesses and an improved nightlife scene. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)

Community members hope new Westwood council will improve businesses, nightlife

Nightlife in Westwood Village may improve due to the passage of a vote to create a new neighborhood council in Westwood. The vote, which passed May 22, subdivided the old Westwood Neighborhood Council boundary into two smaller districts. Read more...

Photo: Michael Skiles, an organizer with Westwood Forward, said he thinks the division of Westwood Village into two council districts will open the door to new businesses and an improved nightlife scene. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)

Michael Skiles, an organizer with Westwood Forward, said he thinks the division of Westwood Village into two council districts will open the door to new businesses and an improved nightlife scene. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)


Luc Alarie, founder and head chef of Soleil Westwood, said he will be closing Soleil and its adjacent poutine bar, P’tit Soleil. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Westwood bistro to close after 18 years, new restaurant to take its place

Two French-Canadian restaurants in Westwood will close Wednesday. Luc Alarie, founder and head chef of Soleil Westwood, announced in a Facebook post May 8 that he will be closing Soleil and its adjacent poutine bar, P’tit Soleil. Read more...

Photo: Luc Alarie, founder and head chef of Soleil Westwood, said he will be closing Soleil and its adjacent poutine bar, P’tit Soleil. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Luc Alarie, founder and head chef of Soleil Westwood, said he will be closing Soleil and its adjacent poutine bar, P’tit Soleil. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

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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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Westwood Forward, a coalition of homeowners, business owners and student leaders, such as Graduate Students Association President Michael Skiles, won the election to subdivide the Westwood Neighborhood Council. (Jacob Preal/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Vote to subdivide WWNC, create new Westwood council receives majority

This post was updated May 23 at 4:19 p.m.  Students and Westwood community members won an election to create a new neighborhood council in Westwood, according to a preliminary vote tally Wednesday. Read more...

Photo: Westwood Forward, a coalition of homeowners, business owners and student leaders, such as Graduate Students Association President Michael Skiles, won the election to subdivide the Westwood Neighborhood Council. (Jacob Preal/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Westwood Forward, a coalition of homeowners, business owners and student leaders, such as Graduate Students Association President Michael Skiles, won the election to subdivide the Westwood Neighborhood Council. (Jacob Preal/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Westwood Subdivided

The Westwood Neighborhood Council is the city’s official advisor on Westwood politics. In November, students and other Westwood community members announced plans to form a new neighborhood council because they felt the current one did not adequately address their issues. Read more...