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 Marjan Jamshidi 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)?
Marjan Jamshidi: I am involved in charitable organizations located all throughout Los Angeles such as Multiple Sclerosis and Breast Cancer. I am also an active member of SPE Young Professionals and Society of Women Engineers.
Patch: What are the important issues facing Westwood and what is your position on them?
Jamshidi: I would like to work with the city to come up with a plan to improve the local traffic. There are multiple areas that are always full of cars which not only add to travel time but also increase the noise level.
We currently have great community events, I would like to organize events where all the residents can meet their neighborhood council members more often, talk about issues and get more involved.
I would like to help open a local senior center with the help of National Council on Aging (NCOA) and National Institute of Senior Centers for health improvement, independency and more local activities.
I would like to organize festivals and bring volunteers to engage in activities such as art lessons, games and other activities for children in the festival. During these events, I intend to promote safety awareness for children.
In order to improve the traffic and promote health, I would like to work on having more bike paths.
Patch: What Westwood Neighborhood Council decisions have you agreed with? What, if anything, would you do differently?
Jamshidi: UCLA Hospital Helicopters: The noise has been an issue for a long time and it needs to be addressed. I would speed up the review process.
Patch: In your opinion, what role should the Westwood Neighborhood Council play in the community?
Jamshidi: I believe that Neighborhood Council should be a place to share ideas, issues and come up with plans to resolve them with the help of residents.
Patch: What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
Jamshidi: I am an artist (pianist and painter).
Patch: Why did you decide to run for a seat on the Westwood Neighborhood Council? What qualifications do you have to represent your community?
Jamshidi: I believe that every voice should be heard and neighborhood councils provide the opportunity for concerned residents to get involved, make their voices heard and help resolve issues to make that neighborhood a safe and pleasant place to live, work and play. I am planning to have weekly office hours to meet with individuals and hear their concerns.
I have been involved in several nonprofit organizations holding positions as treasurer, public relations and officer in addition to my full time role as a planning engineer in one of the largest energy companies in the nation. I am well aware of most of the issues in Westwood neighborhood and would like help resolve them. If elected, I would like to invite residents to a town hall meeting to hear their concerns and plan on resolving them with their help.
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