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 Scott Tamkin is running for an At-Large Directors seat on the 19-seat board.
Westwood-Century City Patch: Are you involved with any local organizations? Which one(s)?
Scott Tamkin: I am very active in the St. Paul PWC- parent council. We are supporters of Fairburn Elementary School and contribute in various ways to UCLA, local businesses and the local area.
Patch: What are the important issues facing Westwood and what is your position on them?
Tamkin: The three major issues facing Westwood are 1) over-growth with no focus on sustainability, 2) traffic sprawl that is going unchecked, and 3) homelessness.
Patch: What Westwood Neighborhood Council decisions have you agreed with? What, if anything, would you do differently?
Tamkin: In September of last year, the WWNC opposed the revised version Citywide Sign Ordinance which I feel was a great decision. These are the types of issues that are critical to the residents of Westwood, whether they realize it or not.
I believe that WWNC members should do everything possible to shorten the length of the meetings.
Patch: In your opinion, what role should the Westwood Neighborhood Council play in the community?
Tamkin: WWNC should be an advocate for the residents, business owners and institutions of Westwood. While issues sometimes become areas of derision between these groups, it should be an action of the WWNC to help determine the best course for the majority of residents and those whom are most impacted by the decision.
Patch: What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
Tamkin: I am fluent in Spanish and lived in Spain for three years. I can also cook a mean Paella.
Patch: Why did you decide to run for a seat on the Westwood Neighborhood Council? What qualifications do you have to represent your community?
Tamkin: I am a third generation Westwood resident and have a profound love for this part of our great city. Being active in business as a successful residential realtor, I have had mixed feelings about the way that decisions have been made in and around Westwood. I am also a husband and father of three wonderful children and am committed to assisting in making Westwood better than it is today. In terms of qualifications, it is clear that my involvement in the community from a business and personal perspective have been recognized by members of our community.
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