Editor’s note: This is one of several articles in a series of profiles on Westwood Neighborhood Council candidates. Profiles will be published in the days leading up to the Oct. 28 election. Click here for more Patch election coverage.
Westwood Neighborhood Council candidate Ann Hayman is running for an Owner Residential Group seat on the 19-seat board.
Westwood-Century City Patch: Are you involved with any local organizations? Which one(s)?
Ann Hayman: I volunteer at the West Los Angeles VA visiting WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans in one of the nursing homes, and I am also a docent at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance.
I have become involved in the Land Use Subcommittee of the WNC.
Patch: What are the important issues facing Westwood and what is your position on them?
Hayman: I am vitally concerned with land use, proposed new or renovated properties, traffic issues, and the deterioration of Westwood Village. I believe that we need to control growth, and be responsible when considering new construction or renovations, which should be consistent with our area's history and current architectural image.
Patch: What Westwood Neighborhood Council decisions have you agreed with? What, if anything, would you do differently?
Hayman: The WNC, formed in 2010, is still very new. I agree with recent decisions regarding modifications to the former AVCO Theater. I am monitoring the proposals for the new Sprout's Market to be located in the former ROSS site.
Patch: In your opinion, what role should the Westwood Neighborhood Council play in the community?
Hayman: We must be sure that is always public notice of any proposed changes in the community, and their affect on present resident, owners, renters, and business interests.The WNC must always be concerned about the quality of life in our community.
Patch: What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
Hayman: I recently became a grandmother, and I also care for an aged parent. I have an extensive background in health care, so I am very knowledgeable, and can navigate, the public, private and nonprofit heath care organizations in Los Angeles County.
Patch: Why did you decide to run for a seat on the Westwood Neighborhood Council? What qualifications do you have to represent your community?
Hayman: I have been a residential property owner and resident of Westwood since 1995. I have recently retired after a 40-plus year career in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. I am vitally interested in various concerns affecting Westwood, including property use, construction (old and new), traffic, congestion, and "over building." I am president of my homeowner's association. I have a BA and master's degree from UCLA, and a doctoral degree from USC. I have also taught master's level policy classes at USC.
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