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Westwood Community Council

Employment History

  • Chairman
    Westwood Village Business Association
  • Chair
    Westwood Organized MEGA Project

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Cofounder
    Westwood Village Business Association
  • Member
    Westwood Village Business Association
  • Founder
    Westwood Organized MEGA Project


  • J.D.
36 Total References
Web References
Mobile Food News » Vendor News, 11 July 2014 [cached]
Steve Sann, chair of the Westwood Community Council, said he thinks the food trucks will present unfair competition to more traditional restaurants.
“For those of us looking to build a sustainable village economy … (we think) they’re just here in a very predatory way to peel off customers from brick-and-mortar restaurants,†Sann said.
Sann added that he thinks food trucks in Westwood hinder efforts by local leaders to revitalize the area.
Sann said the lot may violate the loosely enforced Westwood Village Specific Plan, a document written by the city of Los Angeles in 1989 that only allows six fast-food establishments on Gayley Avenue. The plan defines fast-food establishments as, among other criteria, dispensing meals over a counter with a limited posted menu, limited or no table service and payment before eating.
Sann also questioned whether the company had a certificate of occupancy or business permit specifying that it can conduct business on the Gayley Avenue property.
"Look, we're talking about eliminating ..., 3 Jan 2011 [cached]
"Look, we're talking about eliminating free parking in Westwood for the next 50 years while all the nearby Westside shopping areas get to keep their free parking," said Steve Sann, chairman of the Westwood Village Business Association and the Westwood Community Council.
LA Magazine | Table of Contents | Westwood Ho, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
"All of us in Westwood are scratching our heads," says Steve Sann, cofounder of the Westwood Village Business Association and co-owner of Nine Thirty restaurant.
Moving the Market, 3 Mar 2005 [cached]
Steven Sann, co-president of community group Save Westwood Village and a member of the Westwood Business Association, agreed that the market plays an important role in the Village.
,The Farmers' Market is an important tradition in Westwood.Students really enjoy going to the Farmers' Market and buying fresh produce,, he said.
Though he said he believed that many enjoy visiting the market, Sann said he was concerned that the Thursday market was no longer doing its goal of revitalizing the Village economy and was instead cannibalizing sales from stores in the area.
,Most merchants will tell you Thursday is their worst day of business,, he said. ,The Farmers' Market was designed to revitalize the Westwood economy, but as the Farmers' Market has grown, (local stores) have found it competing with them instead of helping them.,
Another issue at hand is the street space that is taken on days the market is open, Sann said.
,One big factor is that the market takes up so much parking.We lose scores of street parking since farmers have to park their trucks and vehicles,, he said.
April 5, 2012, 5 April 2012 [cached]
Gracing our head table: Ann Samson, Derrick Nardo, President Ed Jackson, Community Chair John Heidt, fourth quarter Program Chair Michael Newman, and our speaker, the unofficial mayor of Westwood, Steve Sann.
Next, PP Michael Newman introduced our speaker, Steve Sann. Known to many as the unofficial "Mayor of Westwood," Steve is a longtime Westwood Village business owner and partner in NINETHIRTY and The Backyard restaurants at the W Hotel in Westwood. His company manages the entire food and beverage operation at the W Los Angeles - Westwood for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, along with several other venues in Los Angeles and Hollywood.
A lifelong Angeleno, Steve is deeply involved in the life of Westwood and UCLA. He is a founding board member and program chair of the Friends of Westwood Library, and he founded WOMP (Westwood Organized Mega Project), a volunteer day of service co-sponsored by the Westwood Community Council and the UCLA Volunteer Center. Steve played a pivotal role in bringing the Los Angeles Film Festival to Westwood Village from 2006 to 2009, and served as Co-Chair of its Westwood Host Committee. An ardent advocate for historic preservation, he is a member of the Westwood-Holmby Historical Society and championed the successful Historic-Cultural Monument designations by the City of Los Angeles of the Majestic Crest Theater and Westwood Village Memorial Park.
Steve is widely recogni! zed as one of the leading experts on the history of Westwood and UCLA, and is often quoted in books and periodicals on these subjects. He owns one of the largest privately held collections of memorabilia, books and photographs on the development of Westwood, UCLA, and Los Angeles.
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