Neighborhood History

After colonization by the Spanish, most of what is now West Los Angeles became part of the Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica. With the arrival of Anglo settlers after the Mexican-American War, the original Californio landowners sold out, or were forced from their holdings, and by the beginning of the 20th century the area was mostly bean and wheat fields. Many Japanese immigrants settled in the district, establishing orchards and nurseries in the process. Some of these nurseries are still in business today, along the stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard between Olympic and Santa Monica Boulevards.

The core of what is now West Los Angeles, including the West Los Angeles government center at Santa Monica and Purdue, was incorporated as the City of Sawtelle. In the 1920s, West L.A. was annexed by the City of Los Angeles.


Neighborhood Council Mission

The West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (“WLASNC”) was certified on October 3, 2003 to serve every person having a stake within its borders. Its mission is to provide representation and advocacy for the diverse interests of all stakeholders within the boundaries. More specifically, the objectives of the WLASNC are:

  1. To offer a forum for the discussion and review of issues and projects of interest to the "West Los Angeles Neighborhood".
  2. To offer a forum to engage all West Los Angeles stakeholders to collaborate and deliberate on matters affecting this community.
  3. To assist and serve as an advisory body to government agencies on issues relating to the West Los Angeles Neighborhood.
  4. To monitor the delivery of city services and to make recommendations to the Los Angeles City Council regarding budgetary issues.
  5. Not to interfere with the internal affairs of any individual, group or organization.
  6. To remain non-partisan.

If you are a Community Stakeholder, you are encouraged to participate. Click here for a list of Committees and to find out when they meet.