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You may have received an unauthorized and misleading letter that was sent to the membership of NAMI – Westside LA. The letter is titled, “NAMI WESTSIDE LOS ANGELES NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF MEMBERS OF NAMI WESTSIDE LOS ANGELES” and it was sent by U.S. Mail on or about March 12, 2016. The letter was sent in an envelope that appeared to come from NAMI, 921 Westwood Blvd. #236, Los Angeles, California 90024.

Please be advised that letter did not come from NAMI – Westside LA. Please also be advised that:

  1. NAMI – Westside LA is not holding a “Special Meeting” on March 23, 2016;
  2. The location specified in the letter, which is the offices of Sierra Investment Management, Inc., is not a NAMI – Westside LA venue;
  3. The authors identified in the letter, Joe Conrad, Adaline Fagan, and Ralph Fagan, are not Board members of NAMI – Westside LA;
  4. Joe Conrad is not a Vice President;
  5. The representations in the letter are false, and Board vacancies will not be filled at this meeting; and
  6. Any ballots or votes that are generated at this meeting will be disregarded.


Please note that the letter contains a solicitation to send checks or money, to pay for membership dues, to “NAMI Westside LA c/o Espace Design 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite A6, Santa Monica, California 90404.” Be advised that Espace Design is not affiliated with NAMI – Westside LA. Espace Design is not authorized to collect membership dues on behalf of NAMI – Westside LA. Do not send any payment to this Espace address. Your payment may be lost or misdirected if you send it to Espace Design. If you wish to make a membership dues payment to NAMI – Westside LA, please direct it to 921 Westwood Boulevard, Suite 236, Westwood, California 90024 or to our website at http://namila.org/.

An investigation is in progress regarding this mailing and this solicitation.


Our members were previously advised that the 2016 Annual Meeting is set for September 21, 2016. Please save this date in your calendar. If you have continuing concerns about this matter, please contact the office at (310) 889-7200.

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NAMI was founded in 1979 by 254 caring people and now has grown to more than 210,000 members in over 1,200 affiliate groups in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico , the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam. NAMI is getting stronger every day. In fact, Worth Magazine recently ranked NAMI in its “Top 100 charities most likely to change the world”.

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  • We educate.  Westside LA is the West LA chapter of NAMI.  Our education programs are offered in thousands of communities across America through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates.  Our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.  If you need help of any kind dealing with mental illness, please contact us by phone or email and we’ll get you the education you need.
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