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2019 Westside Neighborhood Council Selection Open Seats and Candidates Statements2019-03-14T10:26:25-07:00

2019 Westside Neighborhood Council Selection Open Seats and Candidate Statements

Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Business Seats 1 and 2 2 Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection and is an owner, operator or an employee of a business located within the boundaries of San Diego Freeway (405), Century Park West, Santa Monica Boulevard, and Pico Boulevard Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Business Seats 1 and 2 geographic area.
Seat Candidate Name Statement
Business Seat 1 Jae Wu
Business Seat 2 Lisa Morocco I have been serving on the Westside Neighborhood Council for 10 years. During that time I have created Plant Pico, an event that got the public involved in planting 85 new pear trees on Pico Boulevard. I created Take Me Home Days, a 4 week annual event that showcases local animal shelters in hopes of rehoming the many homeless animals in the City. I co created Take Me Out to the Movies Day with Charles Horwitz. This event raised money for our local schools. I started Pick Pico, a neighborhood street fair that puts a spotlight on local Businesses, Schools, Non Profits and creates dialog between residents and City Services. Pick Pico is in its 7th year in 2019 and over 6K people attend. This is a great outreach tool for the WNC and a great boost to local businesses. I am on the team for the Pico Streetscape Plan. This plan was created by the WNC over 8 years ago and is now being implemented by the City thanks to a 1.8M grant from the Call for Project Grant the WNC won. I have served as chair of the Outreach Committee for over 9 years and I have served as treasurer or co treasurer on the WNC. I am interested in creating a special events manual for all NCs so every NC can navigate the complex City procedures an County Health Guidelines to produce a successful event and I have especially enjoyed a closer relationship with CD5 and the Councilman and have a better understanding of how City Hall works. Currently I am also Co Chair of the WNC. I actually hope many run for my seat. Civic engagement is what it is all about and while I enjoy serving on this board … new blood and new perspective is a good thing. We shall see on March 14th!
Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Business Seats 3 and 4 2 Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection and is an owner, operator or an employee of a business located south of Pico Boulevard in the Westside Neighborhood. Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Business Seats 3 and 4 geographic area.
Seat Candidate Name Statement
Business Seat 3 Jeff Hronech I would appreciate your vote so I can continue to serve on the WNC board as the Business Representative representing businesses south of Pico Blvd. I am second generation Hronek to live within the WNC boundaries. I started the Hronek Hardware 30 years ago. I was an alternate and was selected to be a board member last year. I am the chair of the WNC Safety Committee. With my co-organizer and committee members we held the First Annual WNC Westside Community Safety and Disaster Preparedness Fair held in October. I am committed to addressing WNC safety concerns by continuing to work with local law enforcement, fire department and first responders.
Business Seat 4 Kimberly Christensen Kimberly Christensen has served as the representative for Westside Neighborhood Council (WNC) Business Seat No. 4 and as the WNC Land Use Committee Co-Chair since April 2018. Ms. Christensen has enjoyed a long career in urban planning with approximately 30 years of experience in local government and more recently becoming the owner and principal of her own planning consulting business in 2016 since her departure from local government. She is a longtime resident of the Westside and a graduate of local Westside schools. She is also a board member and the Land Use Chairperson of the West of Westwood Homeowners Association (WOWHOA). She has been actively involved m community land use and transportation issues for WOWHOA for more than 10 years. She brings unique experience and perspective to the WNC as a professional planner, a resident, and as a small business person with an understanding of business needs.
Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Business Seats 5 and 6 2 Any Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection and is an owner, operator or an employee of a business located within the boundaries of Century Park West, Santa Monica Boulevard, Pico Boulevard and the Beverly Hills border. Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Business Seats 5 and 6 geographic area.

 

Seat Candidate Name Statement
Business Seat 5 Louis Schillace I am the Senior Manager for Westfield Century City. I believe our property impacts the lives of everyone in the Westside Neighborhood Council area and maintaining a relationship with the community we serve is vital. I want to play a role in the community and allow the community to be a part of the things that will continue to impact them and our property.
Business Seat 6 Juan Camacho
Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Residential Seat 7 1 Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection and is a resident residing within the boundaries of San Diego Freeway (405), Beverly Glen Boulevard (homes on the west side of the street), Santa Monica Boulevard and Pico Boulevard. Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Residential Seat 7 geographic area.
Candidate Name Statement
Barbara Broide Volunteer Experience:
WNC: Board Member since 2005
Co-Chair- WNC Land Use Committee;  Member – “Pick Pico” Committee;  Executive Committee – Western Regional Alliance of Councils; President – Westwood South of Santa Monica Blvd. HOA;  Board Member / VP– Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight;  Steering Committee – PlanCheck NCLA
Professional Experience:
Former Executive Director: American Cancer Society
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Project Director: San Bernardino County Public Health Dept.
Objectives:

  • To preserve and better the WNC community, making our area a place where we all want to live, play, work, shop and raise our families.
  • To help secure a fair share of City services and ensure funds allocated to our area are put to good use.
  • To advocate for sound public policy and transparency in government.;
  • To help level the playing field between special interests and citizens.

I am committed to community service and to representing your interests. I would be grateful for your support.

Robert Silverman To the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and Fellow Residents:

My name is Robert Silverman and I am a longtime resident of the neighborhood. I take great pride in living here and am always trying to lend a helping hand to all my neighbors. I am a local Real Estate Broker and own my own Real Estate Brokerage. I live in Westwood with my wife and two sons.

My goal is to help fellow homeowners understand what is happening in the community with outreach and information and always be available to answer questions in a forthcoming and truthful manner. I have a positive “Pro-Growth” and “Pro-Business” can do attitude and believe our neighborhood is the best place to live!

I look forward to working with the WNC to help navigate the needs of my fellow residents to get things done in a positive and productive manner.

Thank you for your consideration.
Robert Silverman

Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Residential Seat 8 1 Stakeholder who is at least 18
years of age at the time of the
selection and is a resident
residing within the boundaries
of San Diego Freeway (405),
Kelton Avenue, Pico Boulevard
and National Boulevard.
Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Residential Seat 8 geographic area.

 

Candidate Name Statement
Terri Tippit I have been honored to represent Seat 8 for the past 16 years. As an active community leader for over 30 years I know the issues and concerns that impact our area. Seat 8 stakeholders have easy access to me which ensures that they have a voice in the process. There are many traffic and planning issues that we will soon be facing. I would like the opportunity to continue to represent Seat 8 stakeholders as we work together with the different agencies and developers to address concerns that may arise·with each project, while maintaining quality of life for the residents.

I am asking for you vote so we can continue to make our community a safe yet prosperous environment for all.

Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Residential Seat 9 1 Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection and is a resident residing within the boundaries of Midvale Avenue, Overland Avenue (excluding homes which are both on the east side of the street and north of Northvale Road), Pico Boulevard and National Boulevard or residing on Dunleer Place or Coventry Place east of Overland Avenue. Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Residential Seat 9 geographic area.

 

Candidate Name Statement
Sean McMillan As the current representative of Seat# 9, I am committed to representing the stakeholders interests for our neighborhood, community and city. I have consistently put aside my personal opinion,in favor of stakeholder interests. I have voted in accordance with the majority of Seat #9 stakeholder feedback. As a lifetime resident of this immediate neighborhood, I have been very active in homelessness issue and solutions. I have worked closely with law enforcement and have fielded many calls and emails for crime related issues. I have helped to establish community group communications that have helped to thwart crimes in the area. I have excellent relationships the WWGCA HOA, the mayors office and city councilmans office. I am also part of the steering committee for the Westwood Greenway (water/runoff/sewer cleaning filtration bioswale) at the Expo station. Helped as a liason for Hudson Properties and their public outreach for the redevelopment plan at the Westside Pavilion. Married to Jill McMillan, father of four, live on Cushdon Ave between Overland and Westwood.
Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Residential Seat 10 1 Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection and is a resident residing within the boundaries of Beverly Glen Boulevard (homes on the west side of the street), Fox Hills Drive, Santa Monica Boulevard and Pico Boulevard. Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Residential Seat 10 geographic area.
Candidate Name Statement
Stacy Antler I would like the privilege to serve the stakeholders in Seat 10. I have been lived within the boundaries of the WNC for more than 20 years. I ahve been very active on the WNC board sine it began in 2003. I am on the Sagety Committee an was a part of the team that organized the successful First Annual WNC Community Preparedness and Safety Fair last October. I will continue to address the concers and issues that impact Seat 10 and will be your voice on the WNC.
Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Residential Seat 11 1 Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection and is a resident residing within the boundaries of Century Park West, Century Park East, Santa Monica Boulevard and Pico Boulevard. Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Residential Seat 11 geographic area.
Candidate Name Statement
Mary Kusnic I have lived in West Los Angeles since 1990 and have been a resident of Century City since 1992. Active in the community, including as a founding member of the Century City Homeowners Alliance, a volunteer non-profit organization representing nearly 2000 Century City homeowners, my work is focused on enhancing the quality of life for the residents and all of Century City. Also I am an active member of the Century City Chamber of Commerce and serve on the Board of Directors and routinely volunteer my time in service to the community and for non-profit organizations.
Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Residential Seat 12 1 Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection and is a resident residing within the boundaries of Overland Avenue (homes on the east side of the street) (except homes on Dunleer Place and on Coventry Place between Overland Avenue and Dunleer Place), Pico Boulevard, Motor Avenue (between Pico Boulevard and Lorenzo Place), Monte Mar Avenue, Anchor Avenue, Dannyhill Drive (excluding all homes on Dannyhill Drive), Club Drive, Forrester Drive (excluding homes on the south side of the street between Queensbury Drive and Cavendish Drive), Queensbury Drive (homes on the west side of the street), Patricia Avenue (homes on the north side of the street), Motor Avenue (between Patricia Avenue and National) and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway. Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Residential Seat 12 geographic area.

 

Candidate Name Statement
Colleen Mason I have been a resident of the Westside Neighborhood Council area for more than 30 years. I have represented Seat 12 on the WNC Board for more than 10 years, first as an alternate, and then as a Board member. In addition to representing Seat 12, I currently serve as Mobility Chair on the Land Use/Mobility Committee. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue service to my community through the WNC. Thank you.
Robin Sax Crime, safety, and improving the quality of our neighborhood is what motivates my candidacy. It also motivates my Iife work.

I make an excellent candidate for the Westside Neighborhood (or any neighborhood council) because I have both a deep love and roots in the city of Los Angeles as well as multi-disciplinary training that not only qualify me to understand the intricate issues that neighborhoods face but also with the skill set to make an impact. On a personal level, I am second generation native Angeleno whose parents still live in the same house in Beverlywood that my dad was born in nearly 74 years ago.

Professionally, I am lawyer and a Clinical Therapist. My work is intricate layering of advocacy, policy at the intersection of law and mental health. In today’s society (and in our neighborhoods) most if not all issues relate to either or both mental health and/or law.

Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Residential Seat 13 1 Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection and is a resident residing within the boundaries of Queensbury Drive (homes on the east side of the street), Forrester Drive (homes on the south side of the street), Cavendish Drive, Bridlevale Drive, Danalda Drive, Club Drive, Dannyhill Drive, Anchor Avenue, National Boulevard, Santa Monica (10) Freeway, Motor Avenue (homes on the west side of the street) and Patricia Avenue (homes on the south side of the street). Any Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection and who lives, works or owns real property within the Residential Seat 13 geographic area.
Candidate Name Statement
Jane Wishon As a member of my neighborhood homeowners’ association board, the California Country Club Homes Association, and a resident of the neighborhood since 1989 I believe I have the capacity and skills to represent the Seat 13 residents. I’ve served as PTA President for local schools, a member of the National Council of Jewish Women Advocacy Committee, a Delegate to the LA County Democratic Party and the CA Democratic Party, and a volunteer in a variety of non-profit organizations such as the LA Zoo, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the Stonewall Democratic Club.

I also represent the WNC to the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils.

Board Position # of Seats Candidate qualifications Voter Qualifications
Seat 17 – At-Large/ Community
Interest Seat
1 Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the selection. Stakeholder who is at least 16 years of age at the time of the selection.
Candidate Name Statement
Joanne Dorfman I am the incumbent candidate of seat #17 on the WNC. I’m a 23 year resident of Los Angeles, married with one daughter. I’ve been involved with the WNC since its inception. I am the VP of WOWHOA, and the Riddick Youth Center. I work for the non-profit rescue Stray Cat Alliance as assistant store manager for their thrift shop on Westwood Blvd. I also make and sell my own jewelry. I was VP of the Overland PTA, a key member of the Overland School library renovation, and Wonder of Reading program. For 8 years I was a Girl Scout troop leader.

I have been an apartment renter, and now homeowner. I understand issues regarding housing security as a renter, and issues of home ownership. I have experience interacting with all people of the neighborhood to represent them well. Vote for me, and I will work hard for you.

Vladamier Vonjnovic To the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and Fellow Residents:

I have been living and working in the Westside neighborhood area for nearly 7 years. At work, I oversee teams that focus on innovation, new product development and process improvements for a multi-national investment management company. For me, involvement in my community is critical and as such at work, I co-chair an employee resource group with 650+ members focused on LGBTQ+ community. I also
oversee the office’s corporate work study program that partners employees with high school students from South LA that prepares them not only for college but also for future careers. For the 4 past years, I have also been on the board as a secretary/treasurer of a 48 unit homeowners’ association where I focused on budgeting, resident relations and greater transparency. If given an opportunity, I’d like to broaden my engagement and tackle our community’s needs of homelessness and traffic.

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