West Los Angeles
Pepperdine officials are continuing to monitor wildfire activity in the area, including the Getty Fire. The 405 through the Sepulveda Pass is now closed in both directions, Topanga Canyon Boulevard is closed to all but local residents, and the eastbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway near Pacific Palisades are closed. Motorists using northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway from the Westside to Pepperdine should expect significant delays.
Smoke from this fire may be seen from multiple locations in the area including the Malibu campus. At this time, there is no impact to any of Pepperdine’s campuses. Campus operations are normal, and classes will be held as regularly scheduled.
Please be advised of the following:
- Community members whose homes are affected by the fire or road closures should follow the directions of their local governmental agencies.
- Road condition information is available on the University’s Road Condition hotline at 310.506.ROAD (7623).
A protest of Geo Group, a company leasing space in the same building that houses the Pepperdine West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, has been announced for tomorrow, September 19, scheduled to begin at 10 AM and expected to end at 1 PM. University officials do not believe there is cause for alarm, but because previous protests have disrupted access to the building, the University has worked with building management and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to coordinate preparation efforts and develop a security plan.
Tomorrow morning, building management will install temporary barricades at 5 AM, closing the plaza in front of our building to everyone except authorized building tenants and their guests. The bi-fold door in the building’s lobby will remain down, and the only open lobby entrance will be the set of double doors nearest to the security desk. The parking garage will remain accessible, and elevators from the parking garage will be operational unless protestors enter the garage and/or block access.
Entrance into the building or plaza will only be allowed with a valid access card or Pepperdine ID. All students and employees must have their access cards or Pepperdine IDs—no exceptions will be permitted. Any guests must be registered with building management through Harold Taylor by 4 PM today, and they must be escorted into the building by a Pepperdine employee. Building security has requested Pepperdine faculty, staff, and students enter and exit only through the designated lobby doors or through the parking garage, to the extent that it remains accessible.
Please note these procedures are subject to change as events unfold. If protestors block designated access points, building security will coordinate with LAPD and receive instruction from officers onsite. The safety of the campus community is the University’s highest priority, and the community will be updated if significant changes occur.
The protest at the building where our West L.A. campus is located has concluded, and protesters are no longer present in the area. The building is now accessible, but the outside doors remain locked as a security precaution. Building security is stationed at the front entrances and is allowing individuals to enter with appropriate ID. If you have any questions regarding access, please contact Public Safety dispatch at 310.506.4442 for additional information or assistance.
This is the final update.
The Los Angeles Police Department is working to clear protesters from the inside of the building and, in conjunction with building security, is now allowing individuals to enter with appropriate ID.
The ongoing protest outside the building where our West L.A. campus is located remains peaceful. Public Safety is on-site and available for assistance or security escorts as needed. Make arrangements by calling Public Safety at 310.506.4442.
We will provide another update by 3:00 PM.