Westside (Los Angeles County)
The Los Angeles Westside is an urban region in western Los Angeles County, California. It has no official definition, but, according to the Los Angeles Times, it comprises 101.28 square miles (262 km2), encompassing not only districts in the city of Los Angeles but also two unincorporated neighborhoods, plus the cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Santa Monica and West Hollywood.
Neighborhoods and districts
According to the Mapping L.A. survey of the Los Angeles Times, the Westside region consists of:
- Bel Air[MLA]
- Beverly Crest[MLA]
- Century City[MLA][TG]
- Cheviot Hills[MLA][TG]
- Ladera Heights
- Mar Vista[MLA][TG]
- Pacific Palisades[MLA][TG]
- Playa del Rey[TG]
- Playa Vista[MLA]
- Rancho Park[MLA][TG]
- West Los Angeles[MLA][TG]
In the 2000 census, the Westside (as defined by the Los Angeles Times) had a population of 529,427. In 2000, non-Hispanic whites made up 63% of the population. The areas within the city of Los Angeles that Los Angeles Almanac recognized as part of the Westside had a population of 413,351.
Fifty-three percent of West Los Angeles residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, according to Census Bureau figures quoted by the Los Angeles Times. They included 89,620 people with master's degrees or higher and 117,695 with bachelor's degrees. In addition, 95,187 people in that age range had some college experience. There were 46,823 with high school diplomas but 40,451 who had dropped out before graduating.
The Westside is home to the University of California, Los Angeles. a public research university in the Westwood neighborhood. It is the second-oldest of the ten campuses of the University of California system. UCLA is considered a flagship campus of the University of California system, along with UC Berkeley. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. With an approximate enrollment of 28,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students, UCLA is the university with the largest enrollment in the state of California and the most popular university in the United States by number of applicants.
Other post-secondary schools in the Westside are:
- Santa Monica College, first opened in 1929 as Santa Monica Junior College. Current enrollment is over 30,000 students in more than 90 fields of study.
- West Los Angeles College, which offers associate's degrees, vocationally oriented programs and transfer programs to four-year universities.
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The region often experiences high levels of traffic due to lack of road or transit capacity compared to other parts of Los Angeles County.
There are two freeways the 10 and 405 freeways. The proposed Pacific Coast, Beverly Hills, and Laurel Canyon freeways went unbuilt in the face of massive community opposition. A great deal of development took place in anticipation of these roadways' construction, resulting in significant congestion on the area's surface streets during peak rush hour. Proposals to widen existing freeways have been explored, and, more recently, a previous proposal to turn Pico and Olympic boulevards into one-way streets has been revived.
The area lacks any kind of subterranean rapid transit. The area is well covered by several Metro Rapid bus lines that traverse most major thoroughfares, but the routes are often extremely slow due to traffic congestion. Construction has commenced on the light rail Expo Line (Los Angeles Metro) that will connect Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles by 2015.
Other regions of Los Angeles County
- MLA. "Neighborhoods," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times 
- TG. The Thomas Guide: Los Angeles County, Rand McNally (2004), pages N and O
-  "The Westside," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
- "Population," Los Angeles Almanac
- "Fall 2008 Admissions Table" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- Frammolino, Ralph; Gladstone, Mark; Weinstein, Henry (1996-03-21). "UCLA Eased Entry Rules for the Rich, Well-Connected". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
The controversy over private admissions preferences strikes at the heart of the dilemma over how to allocate limited slots for undergraduates. At Berkeley and UCLA, the flagship campuses, the competition is particularly acute, and admissions officers must turn away thousands of qualified applicants each year.
- Gordon, Larry (2011-05-09). "University of California weighs varying tuitions at its 10 campuses". L.A. Times. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
In contrast, UC has UC Berkeley and UCLA, both often considered flagships, and several other campuses with high national rankings, he and other analysts said
- Song, Jason (2007-12-11). "THE NATION; Higher-earning families to get a break at Harvard; Tuition will be slashed to 10% of income for those making $180,000 a year or less, making it cheaper than UCLA". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
That means any student that comes from such a family will pay less to attend Harvard than most flagship public universities, including UCLA
- "How To Get Into the Nations Most Celebrated Colleges". Los Angeles Magazine. 2005. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
The Ivy League Schools and their ilk (Stanford) and the flagship UC campuses dominate their lists...and a few other less competitive UC Campuses (San Diego, Santa Barbara, Irvine) as fall-backs.
-  UCLA statistics
- "UCLA admits more than 15,000 students for Fall 2012 freshman class". Daily Bruin.
- Bartlett, Lauren (2007-01-24). "UCLA Remains the Country’s Most Popular University with More Than 50,000 High School Seniors Applying for Fall / UCLA Newsroom". Newsroom.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- Guccione, Jean, "One-way streets may get Westside on the fast track", Los Angeles Times, 29 March 2007