Editor’s note: This is one of several articles in a series of profiles on Westchester/Playa Del Rey Neighborhood Council candidates that Patch will be running leading up to the election.
What would you prioritize if you were voted in?
If I am granted the privilege and opportunity to serve on the neighborhood council of Westchester/Playa del Rey, I will do what it takes to represent our community's interests. Specifically, I will work to ensure that as LAX modernizes, it does so without encroaching on our neighborhoods. I will also partner with our Planning and Land Use Committee to ensure that future developments improve the lives of current residents, as well as promote healthy growth of our local economy. Finally, I will work with our Homelessness and Vehicular Living Committee to ensure that the homeless in our community receive the support they need.
Who are your primary supporters?
My primary supporters are those who want a new voice and a fresh perspective on our neighborhood council. They are individuals who want to preserve the integrity and charm of our community, but still believe in the value of growth and development. They are individuals who care deeply about our community as a whole.
What issue do you feel most strongly about and what’s your position?
At this point, I think all residents in our community, including myself, are concerned about LAX expansion. While the airport is central to our community, it also has the potential to detract from some of the things we love most about our community. I wholeheartedly support modernization of LAX, and I believe that LAX should adopt plans 2 and 9, respecting our community's wishes, and commitment to positive growth of the airport.
What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
I am a former teacher. I spent three years teaching in a low-income school in Baldwin HIlls. If nothing else, my experience as a teacher has given me a grounded belief in the power of community. Also, I am an avid traveller, and spent time in both Ghana and Nepal.
Why did you decide to run?
I am running because I believe in the ability of individual citizens to affect change in their community. I want to represent my neighbors, and help to ensure that our community maintains its charm as it grows and develops.
Alexandra Bissonnette is running for District Seat 4, a four-year term. To read more candidate profiles, click here.