Posts Tagged ‘Windsor Square’

It’s Time for the Annual Town Hall Meeting

Monday, October 18th, 2010

All Windsor Square Residents are invited to attend the Windsor Square Association annual “Town Hall” meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the Ebell, 743 South Lucerne Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

The meeting agenda will include a review of Association activities for 2010, block captains, public safety, land use issues and other community concerns and speeches by commanders of local police stations and other civic officials. Association directors for 2011 will be elected and the Squeaky Wheel award will be presented to a neighbor whose persistent efforts improved the quality of life in Windsor Square in 2010.

The annual meeting is a good opportunity to socialize and discuss issues of mutual concern with Association directors, block captains and other Windsor Square residents, and to meet with police officers, civic officials, private security companies and others who provide services to our neighborhood.

The Windsor Square Association promotes public safety, social welfare, community education and the quality of living for the residents of 1,100 homes in Windsor Square, between Beverly Boulevard on the north and Wilshire Boulevard on the south, and between Arden Boulevard on the west and Van Ness Avenue on the east.

Please attend the Windsor Square Association annual “Town Hall” meeting and support your community.

Windsor Square Association Hosts Successful Block Captain Event

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Sixty Windsor Square Association block captains and guests gathered at the South Norton home of Larry and Wendy Guzin on September 14th to dine, socialize and better their efforts to serve the Windsor Square community.  Block captains are volunteer liaisons between their neighbors and the board of directors of the Association.  This was the first gathering of block captains in over 10 years.

After a buffet diner catered by Prado restaurant, a speakers’ program to invigorate and inform began with a welcome and thank you to the block captains by Association president Larry Guzin.

Following, emergency preparedness information was provided by block captain coordinator Wendy Savage, including expert advice by LAFD speaker Kurt Howard, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor.  Howard emphasized the importance of off-concrete home storage of at least one gallon of water a day for each resident for an estimated two-week emergency period.

Presentations on crime prevention methods were provided by LAPD Wilshire and Olympic commanders Eric Davis and Tina Nieto, joined by Senior Lead Officers David Cordova and Joe Pelayo.

Other guests included board of directors of the Association and former Association president Carolyn Ramsay, now deputy chief of staff for Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

After the event, South Irving Boulevard block captain Dena Bloom commented, “Last night was a wonderful event.  Not only were we spoiled by the beautiful and gracious home and delicious food, but we were enlightened and energized.”

Along with Guzin and Savage, Association directors Katie Jones-Badami, Andrew Woodward and June Bilgore helped organize the successful event.

Metro Westside Subway Extension

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Study Shows Limited Ridership Loss if No Crenshaw Station

Metro staff reports that they and their experts have concluded that there would be limited ridership loss to the Metro system if no subway station is built on Wilshire Boulevard between Bronson Avenue and Lorraine Boulevard, immediately adjoining the communities of Windsor Square, Wilshire Park, and Windsor Village. The news about ridership was presented during the April series of five public meetings held to update communities along the route of the proposed Purple Line Subway Extension from Western Avenue to Westwood and beyond.  In a slide shown at the meetings and available online here, Metro presented seven bullet points that reemphasized conclusions first revealed in a March 2010 community meeting held at Wilshire Methodist Church:

  • Public divided on need for station
  • Station spacing issue
  • Limited density around station
  • Crenshaw LRT not planned to extend north of Expo LRT
  • Even without station, construction staging to occur on Metro owned property
  • Limited ridership loss without the station

At the March 17 community meeting–and again in April–Metro predicted that, 25 years from now (in 2035), there would be 1300 fewer riders on the entire Metro Rail system if an additional station is NOT built at Crenshaw. Metro said that the cost to add a station to serve these 1300 people would be approximately $153,000,000.

The Windsor Square Association board of directors has regularly reviewed the idea of adding such a subway station ever since politicians (not transit planners) initiated the surprise concept in 1983. Our Association’s repeated conclusion—that adding such an extra station in a NON-Center so close to Western Avenue is inappropriate—has been substantiated by the passage of time. In recent years, it has become generally accepted that any future light rail extension of the Crenshaw Line now planned with a northern terminus at Crenshaw and Exposition should be further west, and NOT come to Wilshire and Crenshaw.

The WSA recognizes that, even with Measure R taxes for which we County residents have voted, funds to improve public transit are scarce. Those scarce funds are best utilized to keep extending the Purple Line as far west as possible. It would be a waste of money to build an extra, unneeded station at Crenshaw and Wilshire.