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Westwood Neighborhood Council candidate Mark Rogo is running for a Nonprofit/Arts/Culture/Recreational Community seat on the 19-seat board.
Westwood-Century City Patch: What issues have you prioritized during your time on the Westwood Neighborhood Council, and what will you focus on if re-elected?
Mark Rogo: At the inception of any organization it's imperative to establish systems and procedures to insure an efficient operation, and a judicious use of taxpayers funds. I worked with Laura Winikow to generate a policy and set of guidelines for the funding process that guarantees complete transparency and fair rules for all. The WNC overall has done an exceptional job at working out the start up issues of a new organization, under Jerry Brown's leadership. I'm hoping that in the next term we can began building strategic alliances with our Westwood institutions to further maximize use of taxpayers funds, such as the Friends of Westwood Library, Westwood Village Rotary Club, Fairburn Elementary and Warner Elementary, Emerson middle school, the BID project in the Village and the homeowners associations.
Patch: Are you involved with any local organizations? Which one(s)?
Rogo: I am the immediate past President of the Friends of Westwood Library and currently serving on the Board, the incoming President of the Westwood Village Rotary Club, President of The Blair House Homeowners Association, serving on the Westwood Neighborhood Council, and serving on the Westwood Community Council.
Patch: What local issue is most important to you and what’s your position on it?
Rogo: I'm always focused on our relationship with UCLA, and all that it includes, especially the hospital. We are really blessed to have this world renowned institution as part of our community, and there are so many opportunities to work with UCLA to do things for the Westwood community.
Patch: List one or two things you accomplished or contributed to in your last term on the Westwood Neighborhood Council. Is there anything other issue you would have approached differently?
Rogo: I focused on the funding process. But I would like to see more focus on projects with the elementary school.
Patch: What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
Rogo: How handsome I am!
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