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Westwood Community Council

Employment History

  • President
    Westwood Community Council
  • Chairman
    Westwood Village Business Association
  • Chair
    Westwood Organized MEGA Project

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founding Board Member and Program Chair
    Friends of Westwood Library
  • Cofounder
    Westwood Village Business Association
  • Member
    Westwood Village Business Association
  • Founder
    Westwood Organized MEGA Project


  • J.D.
32 Total References
Web References
Westwood was known in the 1960s ..., 10 Mar 2014 [cached]
Westwood was known in the 1960s and 1970s to be an affluent, safe hotspot with department stores and theaters where families could spend their evenings, said Steve Sann, chair of the Westwood Community Council. But now, many of the businesses that set up shop in the area close within a few months or years.
Landlords and business owners in Westwood often dispute why businesses don't succeed. Manymerchants point to high rent on commercial properties, and somelandlords point to regulations dictating how they can lease their land.
The Village lost many longstanding businesses during the 1970s, when parking concerns and less expensive merchants, like yogurt stores and T-shirt shops, took some of Westwood's charm away, Sann said. But when a stray bullet in a 1988 gang shooting killed a 27-year-old woman after she was shot on Broxton Avenue, the Village's popularity plummeted.
One reason for low foot traffic is a lack of variety in Westwood's retail offerings, Sann said.
"Who wants to go where there's only one choice? That's what's missing right now," he said.
Steve Sann, president of the ..., 6 Aug 2012 [cached]
Steve Sann, president of the Westwood Community Council, heralded the new iPic, which is set to open at the beginning of 2013.
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.
"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.
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