MCW January 2018 Newsletter!

Happy 2018!  Check out our first newsletter of the year.

Mid City West Community Council

—  January 2018 Newsletter  —

• Mid City West Community Council To Consider La Brea Ave Restaurant
• Volunteers Needed For Upcoming 2018 Homeless Count
• Mid City West Neighborhood Council Profiles

Mid City West Community Council To Consider
La Brea Avenue Restaurant

A Conditional Use Permit for a restaurant at 759 So. La Brea Avenue will be up for consideration when the Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) meets on Tuesday night, January 9.  Met Her at a Bar is a proposed 974-square-foot restaurant with 44 seats, serving beer and wine for on-site consumption.

The Planning and Land Use Committee recommended approval of the application with conditions regarding hours of operation, valet service, and other issues.

There will also be consideration of spending motions related to MCWCC buying a new printer and allocating funds for the printing of a new brochure on the council.

The Board’s 6:30 pm meeting will take place at the National Council of Jewish Women, 543 No. Fairfax Avenue.

Volunteers Needed For Upcoming
2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

The Mid City West Community Council is proud to lead the Homeless Count for our area for the 4th year in a row.

Organized regionally by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the Greater Los Angeles homeless Count is an annual point-in-time assessment which aims to gather data to better allocate resources and services to address the issue of homelessness in Southern California.

On January 25th, 2018, Mid City West will host our fourth annual deployment site at the National Council of Jewish Women. Please check our Facebook page for more details.

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Visit our deployment site homepage to sign up as a volunteer!

Mid City West Community Council Profiles

In an effort to provide more information about the members of our Board this issue of our newsletter continues a series of profiles.  It is hoped that through these brief profiles other board members and the community members we represent will get to know us better.

Karen Hollis – Laser Focused on Education

Karen Hollis has spent a lifetime focused on education – her own, her children’s, other people’s children, and how the nexus of neighborhood council and school district can improve educational opportunities.

This focus has for the majority of time been local, for Karen is a Los Angeles native who attended elementary, middle school and high school in the Westchester area.  She then left the area for two years at the University of California, Santa Barbara before completing her undergraduate degree at Howard University in Washington D.C.

Karen then returned to Los Angeles where she earned a teaching credential at the University of Southern California and her Master’s Degree and Administrative Credential from California State University, Los Angeles.

Her return to Los Angeles was also the launch of her career and family.  She “began teaching for LAUSD in a racially isolated and impoverished neighborhood.”  And she
“reunited with a college mate.”

They were married and have been busy raising four children.  “We have lived in the Mid City West neighborhood area for more than 20 years,” Karen said.

Personal life became part of a feedback loop to the professional focus.  “Becoming parents and helping our children navigate the educational system further strengthened my resolve in the belief that education’s incredible power to improve an individual’s quality of life,” she said.

Karen’s education career has been one of leadership.  She has been a mentor teacher, taught in the district’s pre-intern program for new teachers, served on a district grant writing committee, developed a literacy program, led professional development for teachers and administrators through the district, and worked with students, parents, and district staff on conflict resolution and diversity/inclusion training.  Currently she serves as an assistant principal.

This litany of extensive involvement at LAUSD is clear evidence of Karen’s education commitment – sharp focus with a wide-angle lens.

And her involvement with the Mid City West Neighborhood Council seems a logical extension.

“I got involved with the neighborhood council to explore ways the two entities, the city and the district, can work together to improve conditions for students in our neighborhood’s schools.”


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