Friday, January 24

NWWNC proposes removal of dividers on nontransit benches

A local neighborhood council may call for the removal of nontransit bench dividers in Westwood Village, following a transportation and safety committee vote Jan. 14. The committee, which is a part of the North Westwood Neighborhood Council, recommended the Westwood Village Improvement Association, Westwood’s business improvement district, remove the dividers. Read more...

Photo: Benches with dividers are present throughout Westwood Village and are an example of hostile or defensive design. Some of the benches are city-wide and some are district specific. A potential resolution targeting district-specific nontransit benches could be issued at the Feb. 5 North Westwood Neighborhood Council meeting. (Keaton Larson/Daily Bruin)


Ackerman Union to be site of voter center for 2020 primary, general elections

UCLA’s Bruin Reception Room in Ackerman Union will serve as a voter center for the 2020 primary and general elections. The center will be open for 11 days from Feb. Read more...

Photo: UCLA students will be able to vote in the Bruin Reception Room for both the 2020 primary and general elections. The voter center will be open from Feb. 22 to March 3 for the primary election, and will allow for casting ballots, same-day voter registration and mail-in ballot drop off. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


UC Board of Regents postpones vote on tuition increase following student opposition

The University of California Board of Regents will no longer vote on increasing tuition at its meeting Wednesday. The Board of Regents was set to vote on a tuition increase at its January meeting in response to California Gov. Read more...

Photo: The University of California Board of Regents was initially planning to vote on a tuition increase at its January meeting. However, the vote has been postponed to a later date following student opposition to the lack of advanced notice about the possible tuition hike. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)


Weeklong event aims to promote body positivity while taking on diet culture

Buddy Al-Aydi, a second-year English student, threw his backpack to the side of the Bruin Walk stage and ran up to grab a metal baseball bat. Read more...

Photo: Students smashed bathroom scales with baseball bats as part of the Body Image Task Force’s “I Love My Body Week.” The scale-smashing event was co-hosted by Southern Smash, a group that travels to college campuses across California to foster self-worth by inviting students to smash scales. (Lauren Man/Daily Bruin)


Commission approves synthetic turf field at Westwood Park after months of debate

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks commissioners unanimously approved a plan Thursday for a new synthetic turf field in Westwood Park. Tommy’s Field, named after Tommy Mark, a local youth soccer player who died in 2018, will replace the open grass area in the park without removing any adjacent tennis courts. Read more...

Photo: The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks commission voted to approve a plan for a synthetic turf field at Westwood Park on Thursday. The move ended a long-running community debate about how and in what way such a field should be built. (Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Los Angeles Women’s March draws thousands together in support of women’s rights

For the fourth time, thousands of Angelenos marched through Downtown on Saturday to show their support for women’s rights. In addition to the usual signs, ranging from jokes to swears to female empowerment slogans, the favored promotional materials of many marchers touted their 2020 Democratic presidential picks. Read more...

Photo: Signs with jokes, swears, female empowerment slogans and more floated above the heads of about 30,000 people who attended the fourth annual Women’s March in Downtown Los Angeles. (Christine Kao/Daily Bruin)


LA Metro evaluated 4 concepts for transit link between San Fernando Valley, Westside

The Los Angeles Metro approved five teams to compete for a bid to develop a transit project connecting the San Fernando Valley with the Westside. Metro introduced the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project in 2018 and expects to complete the first phase of the project between 2033 and 2035. Read more...

Photo: The Sepulveda Transit Corridor, a high-capacity transit project, will connect the San Fernando Valley to the Westside and Los Angeles International Airport. LA Metro is currently considering working with five companies who will bid for the chance to build the project. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)