As a lifelong resident of the Glassell Park community, Commissioner Darrett-Quiroz has a track record of activism that includes service on the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council for 11 years, and as one of the founders of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council. She also served the Glassell Park Improvement Association as president for two years. She led her community’s fight to save the community’s swimming pool from closing down and worked closely with Rec and Parks management, including City Councilmembers and the Mayor to put the pool expenses back in the Mayor’s budget. Under her leadership, the funding was restored and the pool remains open. Commissioner Garrett-Quiroz also played a key role in establishing the Glassell Park Community Garden at 3304 Drew St., once the epicenter of gang activity in the community. The garden has resubmitted the confidence of neighbors and has brought the small community closer through garden meetings, garden clean ups, potlucks and community harvesting. What was once a center of gang activity that evoked violence and fear has now shifted to a center of growth, hope and, most importantly, community.
Debbie Wehbe is a native of Hollywood, an educator, businesswoman, and community leader. She attended local public schools prior to receiving her education degrees from USC. As Owner and Educational Leader of the Hollywood Little Red School House preschool, Debbie moved to expand through 6th grade in the 1980’s (renaming it, The Hollywood Schoolhouse.)
The 1990’s brought drugs and gang wars to Hollywood, and the Schoolhouse served as the safe place for neighbors to meet. The Hollywood Sentinels Neighborhood Watch was born, and Debbie and her neighborhoods patrolled nightly for four years. Community clean-ups, tree plantings, and youth programs followed. The Hollywood Beautification Team grew out of this time, and Debbie is a one of its founders.
Debbie is co-owner of F&D Properties, a real estate company that focuses on empowering people by helping first-time buyers purchase homes, and low-income apartment dwellers remain in their apartments. She continues to devote her energy to this business to seek equity for the residents of Los Angeles.
In 2002, Debbie certified the 1st neighborhood council in Hollywood, the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and went on to serve as President for 9 years, and Treasurer for 2 years, while serving on the Planning, Land Use, and Management Committee throughout.
Debbie’s commitment to service is at her core. For 10 years, she held the position of Commissioner on Private Education for the State of California, advising on education programs and legislation that affect California children and families.
Her service to the City and County of Los Angeles includes numerous Advisory Committees and Task Forces. She Chaired the Commission on Prop K Funds that provide for our parks, and brought Redevelopment monies, and established Social Services Networks as the Chair of the Housing and Social Needs Committee of the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency.
She is appreciative of the honors and commendations received for her volunteer work, yet stays focused on her Rotarian Foundation, “Service Above Self.” 2007 brought about the opportunity to give back by chartering a new Rotary Club, the Los Angeles Cedars Rotary Club. She has served as President and continues to serve on the board.
As Commissioner for the Central Area, Debbie is honored to serve the Neighborhood Councils of District 5 and 6 and the City of Los Angeles.
Quyen Vo-Ramirez has been a life-long resident of the San Fernando Valley. She came to the US as a refugee from Vietnam; an infant cradled in the arms of her parents. At a young age, she was encouraged and inspired by her parent’s self-discipline, dedication to excel and hard work to improve their lives and community. They instilled in her to help, even when they may need the assistance. And they taught her to give and share, no matter how much or how little they had. This strong foundation coupled with the diverse landscape of LA has been the ethos for her advocacy, career and leadership.
Quyen served as president of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council (SNC) from 2008-2012 and was elected to the SNC in 2006. During her tenure, SNC was recognized as the Neighborhood Council of the Year, by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and Congress of Neighborhood Councils, for supporting the coordination of multiagency efforts for evacuation and recovery during the 2008 Sayre Fire. She was instrumental in the funding of an emergency training and preparedness grant in which LAFD-Fire Station 91 and the community of Sylmar were the recipients. She served as a board of director on the LAPD Mission Community Police Council for over a decade. She has also served on the El Cariso Park Advisory Committee, San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs, and as an Area Planning Commissioner for the North-East Valley, appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
In her professional capacity, Quyen has accrued over two decades of integrated comprehensive development experience in sustainable design, urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture, specializing in design-build. She has delivered innovative and transformative multi-faceted project management in collaborative environments directing multidisciplinary teams domestically and internationally. Her cultural acumen, respect for operational procedures and hands on approach allows her to meet ambitious deliverables. She serves on the Proposition-K Regional Valley Neighborhood Oversight Committee, to advise, allocate and approve the fiscal expenditures on competitive and specific aquatic, cultural and recreational centers, appointed by Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez.
Quyen has been a guest speaker for the Congress of Neighborhood Councils, the DARE program and for the National Education Association (NEA). The first in her family to attend college. She earned multiple degrees from Occidental College and a Master from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She’s been a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, International Society of Arboriculture and several parent and teacher associations partnering with local communities and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), including serving on the principal search committee. Her family has been involved in Vietnamese Associations of LA and Orange county since she was a child. She resides on a half-acre orchard in the North Valley with her husband and children.