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Westwood Neighborhood Council recap – Feb. 10

By Guillaume Kosmala

Feb. 11, 2016 12:27 p.m.

The Westwood Neighborhood Council meets monthly to discuss issues pertaining to Westwood Village and the surrounding areas.

Discussion with LA City Council Member Paul Koretz

  • Koretz attended the
    neighborhood council meeting to answer any questions from council
    members or the public.
  • Koretz said he appointed a dedicated street enforcer to Westwood Boulevard.
  • Koretz also said he would continue to fight the bike lane proposed along Westwood Boulevard. The neighborhood council opposes the lane because of safety concerns. Koretz said he will attempt to get the proposed lane moved to another, safer north-south street.
  • Koretz said he expects the Westwood Design Review Board chair to be replaced within the next six months.
  • He also said he expects the city council to address issues such as
    illegal billboard use, sidewalk repairs and short-term rentals within
    the next year.

Comment by public officials

  • Janet Turner, field representative for Rep. Ted Lieu’s office, said the office is working on plans to build another parking lot in Westwood. She added Ann Brown, the new medical director at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, will go to the neighborhood council’s meeting next month.
  • Marco Perez, assistant director of UCLA Community and Local Government Relations, said UCLA released an initial study for the Geffen Academy Tuesday. The public will be able to review the plan until March 10 and UCLA will host a public meeting about it Feb. 25.

Discussion

  • Council member Jacob Finn announced a new student-led initative called “Let’s Get Lit” to improve North Village street lighting throughout 2016.
  • Several council members said they disagreed with the LA city attorney’s decision to not allow the education chair at any neighborhood council introduce motions that concern schools any of their children attend.

Compiled by Guillaume Kosmala, Bruin contributor.

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