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 Jolie Duhon is running for a Business Group seat on the 19-seat board.
Westwood-Century City Patch: What are the important issues facing Westwood and what is your position on them?
Jolie Duhon: One issue that is important to me as a merchant is the lack of parking in the Village. It affects my guests, employees and vendors. I believe that there is a lot of under-utilized parking available and that through collaboration, ingenuity and flexibility, we can increase available parking all throughout Westwood.
Patch: What Westwood Neighborhood Council decisions have you agreed with? What, if anything, would you do differently?
Duhon: I believe that the decision to bring in a farmers market to the Village was a terrific idea. I would like to work with local vendors to increase options at the market.
Patch: In your opinion, what role should the Westwood Neighborhood Council play in the community?
Duhon: I believe that the Westwood Neighborhood Council should act as the tireless advocator of improvement in the Village. I feel that local issues—those that are important to the vitality of Westwood stakeholders—should be weighed and addressed.
Patch: What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
Duhon: One thing that most constituents don't know about me is that I ride my bike to and from work almost every day from south of Pico. I see a lot about Westwood on my daily commute.
Patch: Why did you decide to run for a seat on the Westwood Neighborhood Council? What qualifications do you have to represent your community?
Duhon: I decided to run for a merchant seat on the Westwood Neighborhood Council because I believe in the future of the community. I run a very busy restaurant that employs 50-plus individuals and serves thousands, all of which are affected by the stability, safety, accessibility and vitality of the Village.
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