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
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.
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.
owns one of the largest privately held collections of memorabilia, books and photographs on the development of Westwood, UCLA
, and Los Angeles.