The evidence includes screenshots of text messages between the young escort and Buck’s mobile telephone on Sept. 11 and an invitation for the young man to visit Buck’s apartment.
WeHo’s Economic Development Department works the chamber of commerce and local businesses and with the West Hollywood Library to address issues involving the homeless and find services for them.
The trial of Alexander McDonald, at left above, is likely to cast light on the controversial killing of an innocent man by Sheriff’s deputies in 2014 and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s…
Other areas covering in earlier stories include Santa Monica Boulevard, where pedestrian crosswalks are being improved, and Fountain Avenue, where recents accidents have stepped up the city’s focus…
The third annual Photo17, a photography auction to benefit the AIDS monument planned for West Hollywood Park, will take place on Thursday at Milk Studios in Hollywood.
This year’s event will feature a performance by Rufus Wainwright.
“This auction, now in its third year, attracts many of the world’s finest photographers. The expressions and contributions toward the AIDS monument make this a perfect event for Milk to support,” said Willie Maldonado, Milk LA’s founder and partner and co-chair of the Photo17 event. “The untold loss — and untold stories of the artists, models and fashion industry leaders cannot be measured. This is our way of bringing those stories to life, and to remember those people in an artistic way.”
One hundred percent of the proceeds from Photo17 will benefit the Foundation for the AIDS Monument, which…
In his testimony during the trial of former City Council deputy Michelle Rex’s lawsuit against the City of West Hollywood, City Councilmember John Duran rebuked questions from Rex’s lawyer about his sexual behavior by noting: “This is West Hollywood, not West Covina.”
True. But that said, visitors to the Creative City should realize it isn’t Las Vegas. What happens in WeHo doesn’t necessarily stay here.
The latest example of that is the arrest of a New Orleans mayoral candidate on a misdemeanor count of lewd conduct for allegedly masturbating during an Uber ride from West Hollywood to Santa Monica.
Frank Scurlock is accused of exposing himself during the ride, which began in West Hollywood on Feb. 10, according to Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White. Scurlock is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 16…
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has released photos of a woman said to have pointed a handgun today at employees at Dash, the clothing shop owned by the Kardashian sisters.
According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Station, the woman entered the shop at 8420 Melrose Ave. around 11:32 a.m. “pointed a handgun at an employee and shouted, ‘Stay away from Cuba.’ The suspect then knocked items off the counter and pointed the handgun at a second employee before she exited the store.”
“The suspect was last seen walking west on Melrose Avenue toward La Cienega Boulevard and out of view. With the assistance of a …. helicopter, West Hollywood deputies conducted a thorough search of the area in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. Witnesses described the suspect as approximately five foot ten inches tall and…
While it’s been practiced and accepted by law enforcement agencies in California for decades, lane splitting has never officially been declared legal or illegal. The controversial and highly debated practice was officially legalized on August 19, 2016, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 51 into law. Many motorcyclists insist lane splitting is safe, […]
AIDS Healthcare Foundation is asking that the City of Los Angeles County respond to an emerging outbreak of Hepatitis A infections with “with immediate and forceful actions: Portable toilets and hand-washing stations should be deployed immediately and the City of Los Angeles should put an immediate halt to rousting homeless encampments and concentrate instead on improving overall sanitary conditions.”
AHF’s statement, issued today, follows a declaration on Tuesday by L.A. County Health officials of a formal outbreak of Hepatitis A after the number of those infected in L.A. County rose to 10. There currently is an epidemic of Hepatitis A infections in San Diego.
The L.A. County Health Department declaration has raised concerns among in West Hollywood, where the growth of the homeless populations has caused some residents to…
Frida Fest, an art and music festival honoring the life and legacy of the legendary Mexican painter and feminist icon Frida Kahlo, will take place Saturday at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
The City of West Hollywood is a co-sponsor of the event, which is hosted by the L-Project Los Angeles. It will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. in Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall. The event will feature the works of lesbian, bisexual and transgender lesbian visual and performing artists from the greater Los Angeles area. They include Vixen Noir, who will MC, and performances by Lonely Bones, Liora Paniz, Jo Popadynetz, Halle Johnson and Dian Katz. DJ Notorious Jen will spin hip hop, R&B and other music.
This will be the third year of Frieda Fest. Tickets to are $15 in advane or $20 at the door. VIP tickets, which include table seating and wine,…
West Hollywood is losing Red Light — not one of the ones at a traffic intersection but the one that is the world’s largest independent music management company.
The Real Deal, the real estate industry newsletter, https://therealdeal.com/la/2017/09/21/red-light-management-to-relocate-from-weho-to-culver-city/ announced Red Light Management’s decision to leave the Piazza del Sol building at 8439 W. Sunset Blvd. and move to Culver City.
Red Light got its start in 1991 in Charlottesville, Va., by managing Dave Matthews Band and its fame grew as it went on to represent musicians such as Lionel Richie, Phish and the Alabama Shakes. It now has six locations in the United States and two in England.
It is moving into a 26,000-square-foot office at C3 at Culver Point, a seven-story office campus at 5800 Bristol Parkway owned by IDS…
It’s summertime in Los Angeles, and drivers are distracted! The top is down. The music is up. The sun is shining brightly, sometimes blindingly. Guys and girls are strolling down the sidewalks in shorts, cropped tops or shirtless causing drivers to crane their necks to watch them go by. Summer hours mean more partying, more […]
Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Sept. 11 to 17. The list includes each case number.
Nothing significant to report.
Grand Theft. 8700 block Santa Monica Blvd. at 3:30 p.m.. An unknown suspect removed a backpack containing a laptop computer, hard drive, passport and glasses from the back seat. The car was being washed when the theft occurred. Loss $2,500. #04974
Armed Robbery. 8700 block Rangely Avenue at 12:45 p.m. Two men were invited into the residence by the victim. A dispute over money ensued and one of the suspects produced a handgun. The victim ran from the residence and when he returned, he discovered cash and property belonging to him was missing. Loss $7,300. #04931
Grand Theft. 9200 block Sunset…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story has been updated with information provided by the City of West Hollywood about where to obtain the hepatitis A vaccine.
The L.A. County Department of Public Health has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A in Los Angeles County.
Similar outbreaks have been announced in San Diego and Santa Cruz counties. The large majority of cases have occurred in people who are homeless or use illegal drugs (both those that are injected and those that are not), with several cases occurring among people who provide services to the homeless.
Public Health has confirmed 10 cases of hepatitis A among high-risk individuals (those that are homeless or in institutions that serve the homeless) in L.A. County. Of the confirmed cases, four had been in San Diego and one had been in Santa Cruz when they were exposed. Three…
What is the City of West Hollywood doing to address the homelessness issue, an issue that is affecting all of Los Angeles County? WEHOville reached out to City Hall for an answer. This article is the third in a series of four outlining how City Hall sees the homelessness issue and what it is doing about it.
In the first article, which can be seen here, the city explains the complexity of the situation and puts it in the context of the principles on which the City of West Hollywood was founded. The second article, which can be seen here, describes the work down by the city’s Human Services & Rent Stabilization Department, which includes the Housing & Rent Stabilization and Social Services divisions. Both play important roles in the city’s Homeless Initiative. This article explains efforts by the city’s Public Safety Department…
Council members John Duran and John D’Amico, noting the apparent clash with their progressive values, call for more aggressive action to get the homeless off the streets.
In the first article, which can be seen here, the city explains the complexity of the situation and puts it in the context of the principles on which the City of West Hollywood was founded. This article describes the work down by the city’s Human Services & Rent Stabilization Department, which includes the Housing & Rent Stabilization and Social Services divisions. Both play important roles in the city’s Homeless Initiative.
While WEHOville welcomes comments from readers, in this case we won’t accept comments until the last piece in the series is published on Thursday. That’s in the hope that readers will take the time to read the entire series and then ask better informed questions and make better informed suggestions.)
Social Services Division: Service Delivery
The city’s Social Services Division currently has…
Ed Buck, the well-known local Democratic Party donor under investigation for possible involvement in the death from a drug overdose of Gemmel Moore, a young African-American sex worker, has come out of hiding with a verbal attack by his lawyer tonight on WeHo City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath.
Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, appeared before the West Hollywood City Council to say he is demanding an investigation of comments that Horvath made about Buck. Amster apparently was referring to Horvath’s statement at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting that she had contacted the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department and asked them to “take the necessary steps to make it possible for anyone with information pertinent to this case to safely come forward. I want all facts surrounding this case to be…
The recent brutal attack with a hatchet by an apparently homeless man on a customer at one of WeHo’s 7-Eleven convenience stores has raised concerns from some residents about whether the City of West Hollywood is doing enough to address the issue of homelessness.
And what is that issue? It depends on who you are. If you are homeless, the issue is finding food and water and a safe place to sleep. In many cases it also involves your struggle with a mental issue or a physical issue such as drug addiction. For some, the issue is simply poverty.
If you are someone who can afford to rent an apartment or buy a condo or house in West Hollywood, you may see the issue as one of safety. There have been many complaints of homeless people hiding out in parking garages, attempting to enter apartments or houses and accosting people verbally on…
A $56 million civil law suit filed against the son of a rich Canadian real estate developer accused of butchering his girlfriend last year in their Holloway Drive condo offers details of what may be the most gruesome murder in the history of West Hollywood if not Los Angeles.
The lawsuit was filed in L.A. Superior Court on behalf of Olga Kasian, who is the mother of Iana Kasian, the murdered young woman, and guardian of Iana Kasian’s one-year-old daughter, Diana.
On May 26, 2016, West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested Blake Leibel, 36, in the condominium at 8530 Holloway that he shared with Kasian, 30, who eight weeks earlier had given birth to their baby Diana. On entering the apartment, they discovered Leibel barricaded behind a bedroom door with the “mutilated and deceased body” of Kasian in the…
Stephanie DeWolfe, director of Community Development for the City of West Hollywood, has been chosen as city manager of South Pasadena.
DeWolfe, who will assume that position on Nov. 6, has worked for the City of West Hollywood since 2012. As Community Development director, she is one of the top officials at WeHo City Hall, reporting directly to City Manager Paul Arevalo and overseeing the city’s Building and Safety, Current Planning and Historic Preservation and Long Range and Mobility Planning divisions.
DeWolfe is, effectively, the executive who manages the city’s development, overseeing the complex and sometimes controversial process of preserving historic properties and permitting and overseeing the construction of new commercial and residential buildings.
In an announcement of her appointment from South Pasadena City…
Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Sept. 4 to 10. The list includes each case number.
Vehicle Burglary. 1000 block North Orlando Avenue at 11:15 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a passport and $150 cash from the rear floorboard. Loss $700. #04778
Vehicle Burglary. 8000 block Norton Avenue between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. An unknown suspect removed one pair of sunglasses from the center console. No sign of forced entry. Loss $400. #04830
Strong Arm Robbery. Havenhurst Drive / Santa Monica Boulevard at 10 p.m. A man was walking on Santa Monica Boulevard when he was punched in the face by a man. The suspect demanded property from the victim and the victim complied. Loss…
San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard from 2 p.m. on Sunday until approximately 3 a.m. on Monday to accommodate HBO’s Emmy Awards party at the plaza at the Pacific Design Center.
The West Hollywood Park five-story parking structure will be closed at noon on Sunday and will reopen for regular operations at 5 a.m. on Monday.
Visitors to the area are encouraged to use alternate routes or substitute transportation options. The City’s free weekend service, The Pick Up, will follow its regular route and schedule, traveling down Santa Monica Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to Robertson Boulevard, from 2 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. More information, including a trolley tracker, is available online at www.wehopickup.com.
The Sunday party will be HBO’s 15th Emmy Awards event in West…
The City of West Hollywood has been honored with three awards recognizing excellence in communications by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA).
The awards were presented at 3CMA’s “Savvy Awards” event last Thursday, which was held in conjunction with 3CMA’s national annual conference in Anaheim. The awards recognize the communications and outreach efforts of local governments throughout the United States.
“Congratulations to the City of West Hollywood’s Communications Department for these exceptional national recognitions,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “Our city prides itself on creativity and on constantly raising the bar. These 3CMA awards are affirmation that we’re leading the way among small cities in how we engage with the community.”
The City of West Hollywood took…
WeHo Pedals, the City of West Hollywood’s bike sharing program, will stage another “bike share basics” class this coming Sunday.
At the two-hour class, which is sponsored by CycleHop and taught by Sustainable Streets, students can learn all the features of the WeHo Pedals “Smart Bikes,” basic rules of the road and essential safety tips for riding the bikes safely and lawfully.
All participants will receive a free helmet and free ride time on smart bikes.
The class, which is free, begins at 10 a.m. at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. between North Vista and North Fuller. Those attending can register online.
Jessica Biel and her West Hollywood restaurant, Au Fudge, were sued today by workers who allege they are owed tips as well as money for overtime and missed meal and rest breaks.
“Many of them saw working as a waiter or other service employee at Au Fudge as a way to get by while trying to begin a career in the entertainment business,” the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit brought by Christina Desage and eight other plaintiffs says.
They are seeking unspecified compensatory damages and at least $1 million in punitive damages. Jon Rollo, one of the co-owners of Au Fudge along with Biel and several other individuals, declined to comment.
Au Fudge opened in March 2016 and the plaintiffs, who include a host, a server, a food runner, a baristsa and a bartender, were among the first hired, according to the suit.
Attached to the…
The recent death of Soo (Sean) Hong, brother of Sonia Hong, the owner of Irv’s Burgers, has led to the temporary closing of that famous hamburger restaurant.
A sign posted on the door notes that “… Hong based away September 3, 2017 after a sudden devastating medical issue. The funeral will be held privately on September 21, 2017. Sonia and Mama thank everyone for their support during this difficult time.”
Irv’s Burgers is 67-year-old institution in West Hollywood, originally launched at 8289 Santa Monica Blvd. and known as Queenies’ Burger and Joe’s Burgers. Irv Gendis named it Irv’s Burgers when he bought it in 1970. It was known as a hangout for rock stars such as Jim Morrison of The Doors.
Sonia Hong, her brother Sean and her mother,
Vic Gerami, recently promoted to director of programs and communications for the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, has raised the hackles of some Chamber board members with an email accusing Chamber President and CEO Genevieve Morrill of racist and homophobic behavior.
Gerami sent the email a little more than a week ago to the 34 members of the board of directors and board of governors of the Chamber, which is the non-profit organization that advocates for business interests in West Hollywood.
WEHOville has interviewed several recipients of the email, none of whom were willing to be quoted by name. They disputed Gerami’s allegation of homophobic behavior by Morrill. They also disputed Gerami’s allegation of racist behavior by Morrill, who apparently was accused by Gerami of describing some people by their nationality. While…
The City of West Hollywood is kicking off a series of workshops focused on healthier living today.
The city Recreation Services Division’s “Be Well WeHo” events will take place throughout Fall and Winter to help participants identify and pursue personal wellness goals.
It will include the “Healthier Living” workshops developed by Stanford University, the “A Matter of Balance” workshops developed by Boston University and a one-day “Mindfulness Series” workshop on stress reduction.
One of Stanford’s Healthier Living program’s six workshops begins today at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Another in the Stanford series begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. and runs until noon.
Capt. Sergio Aloma, head of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, last night explained the Sheriff’s Department’s approach to the death of Gemmel Moore, a young black escort, at the home of local political figure Ed Buck in July.
“Deputies received to a call for service at the address on Laurel [Avenue],” Aloma said, responding to a question for Estevan Montemayor of WeHo’s Public Safety Commission. “It was a person in some sort of medical distress.
“They responded along with L.A. County Fire and paramedics who, once they got there, were rendering aid to the victim, Mr. Moore. The victim was subsequently deceased at the address. Our deputies who responded, along with the fire department, did not see anything that was obviously criminal in terms of foul play that was involved in his death.”
Aloma, speaking at…
Officers in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division have arrested a suspect in the death of a man on Saturday on Fairfax Avenue.
Arrested was Pablo Arizpe, 37, who has been charged with murder and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Officers responded to reports of gunfire on the 800 block of Fairfax north of Melrose Avenue around 9:30 a.m. They found a dead man “suffering from unknown trauma to his neck and throat,” according to an LAPD statement.The dead man, who is African-American, has not been identified. He is said to be between 40 and 50 years of age.
Nearby residents say the attack occurred in front of Fat Dog, the restaurant at 801 Fairfax Ave.
With the launch of Nordstrom Local, Melrose Place will be the site of a creative response to the decline in sales at brick and mortar shops.
Nordstrom Local, which will open Oct. 3 at 8401 Melrose Place, will have no dedicated inventory. Instead customers will be served by “personal stylists” who will help them choose the apparel they want and then order it online. Customers can pick up the merchandise at Nordstrom Local or have it delivered to their homes. The shop will even deliver merchandise to customers parked on the curb outside (meaning they won’t have to look for parking.)
The Nordstrom Local shop will contain 3,000 square feet, radically smaller than the typical 140,000 square foot Nordstrom store.
In an announcement of Nordstrom Local, Shea Jensen, senior vice president of customer experience, said: “As the…