Westwood South of

Santa Monica Blvd.

Homeowners Association


Community Events

The events page is not being updated while the website is being redone.  Current community events are being issued in the WSSM email blasts that are sent out every two weeks or as needed with news, action alerts, crime updates, traffic detours, etc. 

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If you do not receive the WSSM email blasts and would like to do so, please send an email message to : 

WSSM@WSSMHOA.com SUBJECT:  EMAIL BLAST. Include your name, address and email address. 

Our email blast list is not shared with any others and is used only for WSSM email messages to our constituents.



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Jan-Feb. 2017 CAlendar Updates:

5th District Candidate Forum – Tues., Feb. 21st – St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church,10750 Ohio Ave. (at Selby), LA 90024. Doors open 6:15 pm, Forum 7-9 pm

 

You are invited to attend the Forum featuring the three candidates on the March 7th ballot:  Jesse Max Creed, Mark Matthew Herd, and Paul Koretz.  The Forum moderator will be Mike Newhouse, West LA Area Planning Commissioner and Western Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Immediate Past Chair. 

 

Admission is free.  Free parking is available in the St. Paul Church Lot (enter on Selby Avenue), and street parking is available on Ohio or Selby.  Seating is first come, first served.  Complimentary coffee and other refreshments are graciously being provided by several Westwood area businesses. 

In addition to questions posed by Forum panelists, written questions may be submitted from the audience.

Special thanks to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community for providing their facilities for this important program.  WSSM is a co-sponsor of the event.

 

11th Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive- Monday 2/20

WLAPD invites all to join in the WLA Area’s LAPD Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Monday, February 20th, 2017, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

The Blood Mobile will be parked in front of West Los Angeles Area Community Police Station located at 1663 Butler Avenue, West Los Angeles, 90025.

 

To participate, please visit redcrossblood.org and enter: BADGESoCal to schedule an appointment or call the Community Relations Sergeant, Sergeant II Justin Scott at 310-444-0743.   Download the Blood Donor App redcrossblood.org 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)  If you are unable to schedule, come on down!

Undecided on Measure S (also known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative)?

Confused and/or buried beneath campaign mailers? Then you may want to attend one of the upcoming Westside programs presenting info on this initiative effort on the March ballot.  Measure S is an initiative to change the city's laws governing changes to the general plan and development projects.

 

Proponents of Measure S (“yes”) argue that the existing zoning and project approval system in Los Angeles allows developers to give political contributions to city officials in return for approval of their large development projects, which they say increase traffic, ruin neighborhood integrity, and result in the eviction of residents—including senior citizens and low-income households. The support campaign said, "Measure S is one of the best ways to fix systemic corruption at City Hall. The initiative dramatically curtails the ability of LA politicians to give spot zoning favors to developers.”

Opponents of Measure S (“no”) argue that the proposed moratorium and restrictions on project approval would put a stop to most development projects in the city, resulting in an even greater housing shortage, economic decline, the loss of thousands of jobs, and the loss of millions in tax revenue for education, parks, and other city services. Opponents also argue that none of the provisions in Measure S directly address corruption in the city planning process or developer contributions. Data from BallotPedia.com

Pacific Palisades Community Council: Feb. 23rd, 8-9 pm-Pacific Palisades Library,861 Alma Real, PP 90272

Brent Gaisford and Brian Van Ripper will be presenting the “Vote No” argument for Measure S; Marsha Hanscomb and Sabrina Venskus will be presenting the “Vote Yes” argument for Measure S

Measure S Forum: Feb. 26th, 1-4 pm - Fire Station 59 (WLA) 11505 W. Olympic Blvd., LA 90064

Panelists will include:  Jack Humphreville, columnist for CityWatch LA and president of the NC Department of Water and Power Advocacy Committee; Miki Jackson, grassroots activist and consultant to AIDS Healthcare Foundation; Michael Manville, assistant professor of urban planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; and Mark Vallianatos, co-founder of Abundant Housing LA and member of the Zoning Advisory Committee for re:code LA.

Presented by the NC Sustainability Alliance.  Please RSVP today, here or go to: http://ncsa.nationbuilder.com/?utm_campaign=02_19_17_enews&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ncsa

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Save the Date:  BLOCK CAPTAIN Training – March 30th Westside Pavilion.

Block captains play an important role in preventing crime and in serving as a conduit of information between neighbors, WSSM and the City.  Blocks that have active captains/co-captains are better prepared to respond to emergencies and natural disasters. Learn about the role of the block captain /co-captains by attending this program being presented by WSSM, Westside NC and the LAPD.  This will also be an update for existing block captains.   It is important that we have at least one contact person on each block. 

 

If you do not know who your captain is or would like to volunteer to help, please contact us c/o block captain coordinators Dianne Maddock (dmdock@aol.com) and/or Pat Tobias (pattobias@msn.com).

To help respond to concerns about crime voiced through the NextDoor website, the March 30th program will be open to residents from throughout the Westside Neighborhood Council area.  We will have RSVP info posted in future blasts and will ask that you RSVP so that we can have adequate materials for you to take home with you.





SIGN UP TO BE INCLUDED IN WSSM'S  NEXT  EXPO AND REDLINE GUIDED TOURS !!


THE TWO TOURS OFFERED IN JULY WERE A GREAT SUCCESS WITH OVER 100 PARTICIPANTS RIDING ON JULY 18TH AND 22ND.  WE'LL BE SCHEDULING A COUPLE OF DATES IN THE WINTER.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME ALONG ON ONE OF THE FREE TOURS LED BY METRO TRAINED ART DOCENTS, PLEASE EMAIL US AND WE WILL THEN LET YOU KNOW OF THE DATES OF THE TOURS AND WILL CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE.


TOURS BEGIN AT THE EXPO Venice/Robertson station entrance .  PARK IN THE PARKING LOT WHICH IS ACCESSED EITHER FROM NATIONAL  OR WASHINGTON  BLVDS. (THERE IS FREE PARKING IN THE LOT).


EMAIL US WITH YOUR INTEREST TO PARTICIPATE AND TELL US IF YOU CAN COME FOR A WEEKDAY TOUR, A SATURDAY MORNING TOUR OR A SUNDAY MORNING TOUR.  EMAIL TO:  wssmhoa@gmail.com  


TOUR PARTICIPANTS PLEASE NOTE:  THERE ARE NO REST ROOMS ALONG THE EXPO LINE

EXPO Light Rail Staton is Open at Robertson Blvd. in  Culver City!

The westernmost station in Phase I of the EXPO Light Rail line connecting downtown with the Westside opened in downtown Culver City on Wednesday, June 20th.  That station is located at Washington/National/Robertson Blvds.  


Commuters who work in Century City will be able to take EXPO to the Venice/Robertson station and then hop onto the SM Big Blue Bus route 5 and get dropped off for work in Century City on Constellation Avenue (at Century Park East or at the Mall).  This will provide commuters with a new way to leave their car behind. 

Local WSSM residents can drive to the Robertson parking lot or the LaCienega parking structure and ride EXPO to:  Exposition Park Museums, USC football games, downtown events and concerts at the Music Center, Staples Center.  You can transfer to the RED LINE at 7th Street and ride to Hollywood to see a show at the Pantages or Kodak Theatre.  

Riders can buy tickets or a TAP Card at the local station machines.  Seniors ride for 25 cents!  A day pass loaded onto a TAP Card costs $ 5 (and you must buy a reloadable TAP Card your first time  riding for $ 1).    Single trips cost $ 1.50 for a roundtrip fare of $ 3.  There are no transfers between lines so if you need to transfer and use two lines, it is advantageous to buy a day pass..... unless you are a senior. 

 

Phase 2 of the EXPO line, expected to be completed in 2016, will take the line from its current western terminus in downtown Culver City to downtown Santa Monica with stops along the way in Palms, Rancho Park, West LA and Santa Monica.  Construction has begun on the $1.5 billion, 6.6-mile extension to Santa Monica.

 

You are invited to attend the monthly WSSM BOARD MEETING that takes place the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm.


 


Did you miss the 

4th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

If so, you can still go online to view the homes that were participating in the tour and see what kinds of plantings  and landscape were on display.  that they did.  Over 50 NEW gardens were featured.   Visit their web site to view the gardens and use thrirour map to create your own personal tour. You are also welcome to pick up maps the day of the tour at Showcase Central which will be located at 3635 Grand View Blvd.

You can view gardens using convenient tags on garden styles and sustainability topics or follow maps specific to an area. Participants will have intimate views of drought-resistant landscapes and edible gardens, Sustainability features range from composting techniques to water capture practices. Urban gardening takes on a new meaning as gardens range from aquaponic farming to chicken coops. This year the tour places special emphasis on the critical need for ocean friendly gardens and habitats that support much needed pollinators such as honey bees and monarch butterflies.


The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase seeks to empower Los Angelenos to adopt environmentally conscious living solutions. With most people walking or biking their tours, there is a tremendous sense of community as residents throughout Southern California come to Mar Vista to celebrate our shared vision for a greener life.

FOR MORE INFO, go to:  http://marvistagreengardenshowcase.blogspot.com/

 

SurveyLA - Historic Resource Identification

 
The City of Los Angeles is conducting community outreach for SurveyLA, the City’s first-ever comprehensive effort to identify and record its diverse historic resources. SurveyLA will be operating in Westwood this year along with several other communities citywide. A community workshop will be held  the evening of May 10th at the Westwood branch of the LA Public Library.
 
While many of Los Angeles’ historic places are well known, there are also many hidden gems that may not have gained the recognition they deserve. Documenting these resources contributes to land use and historic preservation planning, makes real estate development decisions more predictable, promotes economic development, increases historical and artistic knowledge and contributes to fostering a sense of place in the City’s diverse neighborhoods. Such an ambitious undertaking needs the input of the people of all experience levels who live, work and play in and around our historic resources.

SurveyLA is especially excited to announce the launch of MyHistoricLA.org, a MindMixer-based crowdsourcing website. This innovative public participation tool allows users to contribute information about important historic resources in their communities. This information is used by SurveyLA’s professional survey teams as they systematically conduct field surveys. Current topics of conversation include “Los Angeles History Favorites,” “Social Clubs and Organizations,” “Agricultural History of the San Fernando Valley,” and Post “WWII Suburbia,” with more topics to follow in the coming months.

There are several other ways to participate in SurveyLA:

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UPCOMING EVENTS AT

                    THE WESTWOOD LIBRARY

Westwood Branch Library
1246 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, 90024
 
(310) 474-1739

Service Hours:

SunClosed
Mon10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat10:00 am - 5:30 pm


For current events this month, go to:  

http://www.lapl.org/branches/Branch.php?bID=71


GAB

  • GAB
    Books come alive for kids when they share the fun of reading with GAB library volunteers. Please call 310-474-1739 for days and times.


    UPCOMING EVENTS AT

               THE PALMS RANCHO PARK LIBRARY

     2920 Overland Avenue

    Los Angeles, 90064 

    (310) 840-2142

    Service Hours:

    SunClosed
    Mon10:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Tue12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Wed10:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Thu12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Fri1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Sat10:00 am - 5:30 pm
      For current events and programs at the Palms Rancho Park Librarygo to: 
       http://www.lapl.org/branches/Branch.php?bID=22

      Teen
      •  - Teen Volunteer Orientation
         
        Teen Volunteer Orientation
        Do you need school community service hours? How about volunteering at the library? To set up an orientation, call 310- 840-2142 and ask for Beth, the Young Adult Librarian.
        GAB
        • GAB
          Books come alive for kids when they share the fun of reading with GAB library volunteers. Call 310-840-2142 for days and times.

        UPCOMING EVENTS AT

        THE BRENTWOOD LIBRARY

        Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library

        11820 San Vicente Boulevard

        Los Angeles, CA  90049

        (310) 575-8273


        Service Hours:

        SunClosed
        Mon10:00 am - 5:30 pm
        Tue12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
        Wed10:00 am - 5:30 pm
        Thu12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
        Fri1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
        Sat10:00 am - 5:30 pm

         For current programs and activities go to:

        http://www.lapl.org/branches/Branch.php?bID=16

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        Do you know about the

        UCLA Senior Scholars Program?


        It is a program where adults over 50 can audit UCLA undergraduate classes.  Participants can select from over 700 courses.  There are no exams, homework, papers or grades.  Each class consists of 20 lectures over 10 weeks taught by distinguished UCLA faculty.  Enrollment fee is tax deductible:  $ 150 for one course and $ 250 for two classes.  

        To find out more, visit the Please RSVP by calling or emailing Stephanie Frank, Administrative Specialist at 310-794-0679 or SFrank@mednet.ucla.edu.

        Visit the website at:  www.longevity.ucla.edu

        This program is not affiliated with UCLA Extension.

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        Skirball Cultural Center Events


        Upcoming events include:

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         COMMUNITY EVENTS BEYOND THE WESTSIDE

        Living in a city like Los Angeles provides residents many opportunities to partake in varied events and celebrations.  You can find out about upcoming events by visiting:  www.downtownla.com for more info. 

        Here are a small sampling of  upcoming activities that you may wish to check out:

        Downtown Art Walk: 

        The free, self-guided, public art phenomenon known as The Downtown Art Walk  brings together art lovers and community friends to the ever evolving downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, downtown celebrates the arts each and every month on the 2nd Thursday. Please refer to your calendar for specific dates. Hours vary by gallery, but can typically range from Noon – 10PM.

        Many of The Downtown Art Walk activities take shape in and around the galleries predominantly on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. However, there is a plethora of art related events and openings, activities, and special programming that take place all over downtown.

        Museum Exhibits:


        Free Thursday Evenings
        MOCA Grand Avenue
        Every Thursday, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM















         


                







        Westwood Live every 3rd Thursday of the month in the Village. Starting at 5PM

        Activities include:  live performances, shopping,
        theatre, dining, art exhibits, happy hours, street performers, giveaways, after party.

        Celebrating culture, cuisine and the community.

        For more info:  http://www.westwoodlive.org/

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        Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City

        The Annenberg Space for Photography  presents special exhibits in their lovely museum space.  

        CURRENT EXHIBIT: WHO SHOT ROCK AND ROLL?


        June 23 - October 7, 2012

        The Los Angeles showing of this exhibit is the only one on the western coast of the United States and will feature an original documentary film produced exclusively for the Annenberg Space for Photography. The film will be shown in vivid detail on two 14’ by 7’ screens in 4K resolution and will feature new photographs, interviews and behind the scenes footage with exhibit photographers Ed Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger and Guy Webster. Shot in Los Angeles, New York and the United Kingdom, the film will also include appearances by recording artists such as Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins, as well as rock photography über-collector Michael Ochs, Grammy-winning album cover designer Gary Burden and guest curator and author Gail Buckland. The exhibit was originally shown and created by the Brooklyn Museum with Buckland.

        The exhibit will feature 166 prints from iconic photographers such as: Amy Arbus, Diane Arbus, Roberta Bayley, Ed Caraeff, Stephanie Chernikowski, Danny Clinch, Ed Colver, Anton Corbijn, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Godlis, Lynn Goldsmith, Jean-Paul Goude, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Dennis Hopper, Richard Kern, David LaChapelle, Michael Lavine, Annie Leibovitz, Laura Levine, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Ryan McGinley, Marcia Resnick, Stephane Sednaoui, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Pennie Smith, Storm Thorgerson, Albert Watson, Guy Webster and many others.


        HOURS

        Wed-Sun: 11am - 6pm 

        Saturday:  11 am - 7:30 pm

        Validated parking in the underground lot.  $3 weekdays and $1 after work hours and on weekends!

        LOCATION
        2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
        Los Angeles, CA 90067

        CONTACT
        tel: 213.403.3000
        For more info:  http://www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org/

        The Annenberg Museum also has Thursday evening speaker programs.  Visit their website to find out the schedule of presentations and to find out how to get free tickets.

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        The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy invites you to enjoy Franklin Canyon and the programs presented at the Sookie Goldman Nature Center.

        Franklin Canyon Park
        2600 Franklin Canyon Drive
        Beverly Hills, CA 90210
        310-858-7272 ext. 131

        www.lamountains.com

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        Beverly Hills Public Library has a Bookstore.  The shop is run by the Friends of the BHPL and proceeds to go the library's collections and to support library programs.  LA residents may obtain a library card at the BHPL.  The BHPL is located in the BH Civic Center between SM Blvd. and Burton Way on Rexford Drive across from the BH Fire Dept. headquarters.   Parking is available free for two hours in the adjacent parking structure.

        The BH Public Library also makes appointments to receive PASSPORT APPLICATIONS at the Library.  Call:  310 288-2279.
         
        The WESTWOOD Branch of the LA Public Library has periodic weekend book sales to benefit the library.  Watch for signs announcing upcoming sales. 

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        What's  happening around town?  Find some fun activities each week!  

        Check out the listings at: www.thisweekinsocal.com:  http://twisc.qa3.pandimedia.com

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        A look inside a beloved Bruin’s den...

        John Wooden: The Den

        The Hall of Fame: open: 8 am - 5 pm, Mon thru Fri, Closed weekends
        Located: J. D. Morgan Center, east of Pauley Pavilion & west of the UCLA Store at Ackerman Union.

        Visitors to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame will be able to see something they probably thought they’d never get to see: the inside of John Wooden’s den. The tiny room in Coach’s modest Encino condominium was famous for being the place where he received the majority of his many visitors before he died June 4 at age 99 at the Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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        LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

        Westwood Farmers Market (Thursdays)

        Enjoy farm fresh produce, live music, hot prepared food, bread, cheese, juice, flowers and more at the Vets’ Garden every Thursday from 1/6 pm.  Located off Sepulveda west on Constitution (at the VA).  Plenty of free parking.   For more information, visit the website at www.westwoodfarmersmarket.com

        Westwood Village Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 2 - 7 pm; Broxton & Kinross Avenues (south of the Fox Westwood Village and Bruin theatres) 2 Hours Free Parking in city's Broxton Parking Garage (1036 Broxton Ave.)

        Brentwood Farmers Market: Every Sunday, 9 am-2:30 pm, 741 Gretna Green Way, One block west of Bundy, between San Vicente and Montana Ave.

        West L.A. Farmers Market: Sundays, 9 am-2 pm, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. At Corinth Ave. on the Court House/Civic Center plaza, behind the Public Library. Free parking.


        LIBRARY FOUNDATION of Los Angeles   sponsors free programs open to the public.  Find out  more about these evening programs at the Downtown Central Library:    http://www.lfla.org/aloud/ 

        Since the reopening of the Central Library in 1993, the Library Foundation's award-winning ALOUD at Central Library series has provided the people of Los Angeles and beyond with over 1,000 lectures, readings, performances, and conversations featuring key figures in the arts and humanities, business, politics, and science. These dynamic programs, generally provided free of charge, are designed to stimulate conversation and provide a space for civic dialogue. Through audience Q&A, ALOUD inspires active participation, offering people a space to learn, to hear, and respect different points of view.

         NEXT WSSM BOARD MEETING:

        January 2013 date to be determined due to holidays, 7: 30 pm

        St. Timothy's Church, Chapter (Basement) meeting room.  Entry is off the alley just west of Beverly GLen Blvd.


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