A Six Story Hotel at UCLA?

A six-story hotel conference center at Westholme and Hilgard? 

Why Should Anyone Care?

Why the state of California should care:  California's families have been hard-hit by the University's demand for increased tuition. A 150 million dollar hotel and conference center shows indifference to our students' families suffering during economic hard times.

Why Westwood Village should care:  Westwood hotels will have to compete for the business of conference attendees and campus visitors with the hotel and conference center at UCLA.

Why neighbors should care:  The six-story hotel conference center will increase population density and traffic in a tranquil residential area.

Will introduce increased noise and light pollution and change the character of the Hilgard at Westholme neighborhood.

Why students should care:  Classes are being eliminated, class size is getting larger and Teaching Assistants are disappearing.

Why UCLA faculty should care:  Demolishing the Faculty's center is a blow. More is lost by the diverting of funds to a peripheral purpose such as the hotel conference center. Departments are shrinking, libraries cannot buy books.

Why Faculty Center staff should care:  The University is eliminating staff positions and cutting benefits. The hotel conference center will bring in outside corporate management and replace long-time UCLA employees.

For an architectual and historical review of the UCLA Faculty Center please follow the link below.


Dear Chancellor Block, UCLA Administration, UC Regents, and Governor Brown, 

We, the undersigned, ask you to please reconsider the plan to demolish the UCLA Faculty Center. In an era of stark public austerity, to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to destroy a fiscally sound campus landmark such as the UCLA Faculty Center in order to build a fiscally fragile 5-6 story hotel conference center with 300 rooms, suggests  disregard for the state of California's economic condition, the purposes of the University and the wishes of the members of the UCLA community and its neighbors. Therefore, we urge  you to stop the plan to demolish the Faculty Center and to reconsider the hotel and conference plan with an eye to relocating it, when our fiscal house is in better order.
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