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    Sheriff’s Deputies Investigate Death of Woman Found at West Knoll at Sherwood

    Sheriff’s Deputies Investigate Death of Woman Found at West Knoll at Sherwood

    Fri, Jul 21, 2017 4 Comments

    L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responded around 3:20 p.m. today to a report of a woman found unconscious at 802 West Knoll Drive at Sherwood. According to the watch commander at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, deputies have declared the area a crime scene and are investigating what happened.

    A man was observed arriving at the scene in a black Maserati and became visibly upset after speaking with deputies. Rescue workers arrived and initially left the scene without a body. Several hours later, deputies and employees of the L.A. County Coroner’s office removed the body of a woman from the building, which is in the Tri-West area of West Hollywood steps away from Le Parc Suites hotel. A video of the investigation can be viewed here.

    Fairfax Neighborhood Residents Alarmed at Sexual Assault and Peeping Toms

    Fairfax Neighborhood Residents Alarmed at Sexual Assault and Peeping Toms

    Fri, Jul 21, 2017

    Residents of the Fairfax neighborhood on the southeastern fringe of West Hollywood are rallying to push for more response to crimes in their neighborhood that have included the sexual assault of two women on July 3.

    The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division today released a sketch of that alleged attacker. The man was described as white, 30 to 40 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing 160-180 pounds. He had a short gray beard.

    Just before midnight on July 3, the assailant, armed with a handgun, entered an apartment on the 400 block of North Ogden Drive. “The suspect tied both of females’ hands and sexually assaulted them,” a police statement said. “Once one of the victims began to scream the suspect fled the location.”

    Residents of the area, which is just south of Melrose Avenue and east…

    Fellow Commissioners and Local Political Figures Honor Donald DeLuccio

    Fellow Commissioners and Local Political Figures Honor Donald DeLuccio

    Fri, Jul 21, 2017 7 Comments

    Fellow members of the West Hollywood Planning Commission and other political figures, including County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, showed up at last night’s commission meeting to celebrate Donald DeLuccio’s 20 years on what arguably is the city’s most important board or commission.

    DeLuccio was not reappointed to the commission at the expiration of his latest two-year term. He was replaced by Adam Bass, who is the communications director for L.A. City Councilmember Nury Martinez. WeHo City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath’s decision not to support DeLuccio’s reappointment has become an issue among some political insiders, who claim that Horvath had told DeLuccio he had her vote. DeLuccio is an at-large member of the commission. The City Council chose Bass over DeLuccio in a three-to-two vote, with Councilmember John Duran and Mayor…

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    California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

    California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

    Fri, Nov 18, 2016 4 Comments

    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, […]

    WeHo Vehicle Burglaries Were Up 130% in June

    WeHo Vehicle Burglaries Were Up 130% in June

    Thu, Jul 20, 2017 1 Comment

    Vehicle burglaries in West Hollywood shot up by 130% in June 2017 as compared to the same month in 2016, but overall serious crimes were down 4%.

    The data is part of a monthly report by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that chronicles “Part I” or serious crimes.

    There were 53 vehicle burglaries in June compared to 23 the same month last year. The largest number of those — 28 — took place in the city’s West Side, where the number was up by 115%. The largest percentage increase was on the East Side, where the 15 vehicle burglaries represented a 200% increase from the five in June 2016. The Center City area experienced 10 such burglaries, up 100% over the five in June of last year.

    Vehicle burglaries were the leading type of serious crime, followed by petty theft

    Resist March’s Brian Pendleton Said to Be Considering Run for  California Treasurer

    Resist March’s Brian Pendleton Said to Be Considering Run for California Treasurer

    Wed, Jul 19, 2017 4 Comments

    Brian Pendleton, a local gay philanthropist who perhaps is best known as the man behind last month’s Resist March, apparently is considering a run for California State Treasurer.

    Chad Goldman, Pendleton’s friend and former partner, has reached out to people asking if they would be willing to fund Goldman’s election campaign. Several of those people have informed WEHOville of Goldman’s request, however, they have asked that they not be identified so as not to offend Goldman. Neither Pendleton nor Goldman has responded to several requests from WEHOville for comment.

    The seat Pendleton would be seeking currently is occupied by John Chiang, who has announced he will run for governor. The election is Nov. 6, 2018, and two other candidates already have announced that they are running for the Democratic nomination for the…

    Detectives Seek Help I.D.’ing Suspect in Burglary of Jewelry Store

    Detectives Seek Help I.D.’ing Suspect in Burglary of Jewelry Store

    Wed, Jul 19, 2017 1 Comment

    Detectives at the West Hollywood Sheriff”s Station are seeking the public’s help in finding suspects in a burglary that occurred at the Gina Amir Atelier jewelry store at 509 North Robertson Blvd. on the morning of June 23.

    Detectives have learned that someone forced the store’s door open using a spark plug at about 5 a.m. Once inside, he took diamonds and other precious jewels. A surveillance video shows the suspect committing the burglary then running to an awaiting vehicle and fleeing the scene.

    The suspect is described as an African-American or Hispanic man, six feet tall and weighing 210 pounds. He appears to be between 25 and 35 years old. The suspects’ vehicle was a four-door silver or dark colored sedan.

    Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Omar Luevano at (310) 358-4055. …

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    WEST HOLLYWOOD CAR ACCIDENTS: WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS TO YOU!

    WEST HOLLYWOOD CAR ACCIDENTS: WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS TO YOU!

    Sun, Jan 31, 2016 2 Comments

    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 […]

    WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners Another Break in Prepping for Earthquake Safety

    WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners Another Break in Prepping for Earthquake Safety

    Tue, Jul 18, 2017

    The West Hollywood City Council voted last night to extend its protection of condo owners from the cost of earthquake retrofitting. The council had voted on June 19 to exempt condominiums from having to protect their buildings against earthquakes. Its decision last night also would exempt condo associations from having to conduct studies to determine whether their buildings were at risk from an earthquake. That decision ensures that information that a building is at risk of earthquake damage can’t be used by insurers to raise the condo building’s rates or by prospective buyers who might be dissuaded from making an offer.

    The City Council agreed in April to require so-called “seismic-retrofitting” for wood-frame buildings with soft or open front walls such as those with first floor “tucked in” parking areas. It asked city…

    Scott Svonkin, Contentious Former WeHo Council Deputy, Accused of Verbally Abusing Fellow College Board Member

    Scott Svonkin, Contentious Former WeHo Council Deputy, Accused of Verbally Abusing Fellow College Board Member

    Tue, Jul 18, 2017

    Scott Svonkin, a former West Hollywood City Council deputy who is said to have gotten into altercations with coworkers while in that job, has been accused of intimidating and physically threatening a member of the L.A. Community College Board of Trustees, which he chairs.

    At a meeting last Wednesday, the LACC board formed an ad hoc committee consisting of three board members to look into allegations by board member Andra Hoffman that Svonkin verbally abused her.

    In a complaint filed with the board, Hoffman cited a number of incidents. “… Svonkin on March 8, 2017, at a closed session meeting at West Los Angeles College yelled at me in a threatening manner claiming I was staring at him and if I did not stop I would be dismissed from the room….,” is one example. Another is Hoffman’s claim that Svonkin “engaged in such…

    Thursday’s NextGen Event Aims to Engage Young Residents in WeHo Civic Life

    Thursday’s NextGen Event Aims to Engage Young Residents in WeHo Civic Life

    Mon, Jul 17, 2017

    The City of West Hollywood is taking steps to engage younger residents in civic life with a conference on Thursday.

    NextGen: Civic Impact for West Hollywood’s Next Generation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Andaz hotel at 8401 Sunset Blvd.

    NextGent is “an effort to engage and empower a new generation of people in local decision-making,” according to a city press release. “The evening will highlight opportunities to get involved in city advisory boards and commissions, to get connected through the city’s social media @wehocity, and to work or do business with and within the city. The event is aimed at NextGen community members, but is open to everyone.”

    “Nearly half of the residents in the City of West Hollywood are under the age of 40,” said Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath, an initiator of the NextGen…

    City Council Will Consider Allowing Short-Term Rentals Where Owner or Tenant Is Present

    City Council Will Consider Allowing Short-Term Rentals Where Owner or Tenant Is Present

    Sat, Jul 15, 2017 18 Comments

    The West Hollywood City Council will consider on Monday whether to amend the city’s strict ban on short-term rentals to allow them in homes where the owner is present and to impose the city’s hotel room tax on those rentals.

    Allowing that practice, called “hosted home sharing,” would address the concerns of some residents who have testified before the council that they depend on the revenue they get from renting out spare rooms to visitors. It also would address the concerns of other residents who complain that travelers staying in homes where the owner or tenant is away make too much noise or otherwise disturb their neighbors.

    The city’s Department of Public Works, whose Code Compliance Division enforces the ban on short-term rentals, recommends the change for a two-year period, after which its impact would be analyzed…

    In Memory: Danny Munoz, Ed’s Coffee’s Charming Waiter with a Passion for L.A. County History

    In Memory: Danny Munoz, Ed’s Coffee’s Charming Waiter with a Passion for L.A. County History

    Thu, Jul 13, 2017 11 Comments

    The customers at Ed’s Coffee Shop knew Danny Munoz for his smile and engaging conversation. Ada Blumstein, the owner of the classic diner on Robertson Boulevard, knew Munoz for the 30 years he worked there as a waiter and came to see him as family. And those with a passion for the history of Los Angeles knew him as a man with a similar passion who served as president of the Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County and was a co-founder of the Echo Park Historical Society.

    Munoz, 68, died on Wednesday after a struggle Sunday with what appears to have been an undiagnosed case of liver cancer. His death was announced to residents of the nearby West Hollywood West neighborhood in an email today from Manny Rodriguez of the local residents association.

    Munoz leaves behind his husband, David Hiovich, who he met decades ago…

    State Geologic Survey Releases Latest Map of Hollywood Earthquake Fault

    State Geologic Survey Releases Latest Map of Hollywood Earthquake Fault

    Thu, Jul 13, 2017 6 Comments

    The California Geologic Survey today released the latest iteration of maps of earthquake fault zones in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Napa, Santa Monica and Vallejo and in areas of L.A. and Napa counties. Within the borders of West Hollywood, the Hollywood fault runs along Sunset Boulevard from North La Cienega Boulevard on the west to Sunset’s intersection with Havenhurst and North Kilkea drives on the east. The fault moves north of Hollywood Boulevard after its intersection with La Cienega. The CGS map in an area it labels the Beverly Hills Quadrangle is posted below.

    Earthquake fault zones are areas that include surface traces of active faults that have a potential for rupture. The zones are mapped under a state law known as the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault that was enacted in 1972. That law requires the CGS…

    A Study Ranks WeHo No. 3 in the Nation When It Comes to Vaping

    A Study Ranks WeHo No. 3 in the Nation When It Comes to Vaping

    Wed, Jul 12, 2017 1 Comment

    Could it be that West Hollywood residents have an exceptional aversion to tobacco smoke? Or are we trying to imbibe cannabis in public, without getting busted? Or are we just unable to stop tweeting?

    The answers to those questions aren’t clear. But a ranking by VaporFi lists West Hollywood as third in the nation when it comes to tweeting about vaping, which is inhaling an aerosol that may contain nicotine or cannabis from a handheld electronic device that often looks like a cigarette. VaporFi is an online vendor of vaping equipment and supplies whose products also are sold in stores.

    VaporFi tracked tweets in 2015, 2016 and through March of this year that mentioned vaping or words related to it, reasoning that there was no other easy way to calculate vape users. “Twitter is unique among social media platforms in that it has a…

    WeHo Accepting Nominations for 19th Annual Disability Service Awards

    WeHo Accepting Nominations for 19th Annual Disability Service Awards

    Tue, Jul 11, 2017

    The City of West Hollywood is gathering nominations for its 19th annual Disability Service Awards. The awards presentation and reception will take place in October as part of the city’s recognition of Disabilities Awareness Month.

    Since 1999, the city has presented Disability Service Awards to individuals, businesses, media and nonprofit organizations that deserve exceptional recognition for work with people living with disabilities, including accessibility issues, attention to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and/or advocacy.

    Nominations for this year’s Disability Service Awards will be accepted until Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. Self-nominations are welcome. Honorees will be selected by the city’s Disabilities Advisory Board at its meeting on Aug. 23.

    Nomination forms are available (PDF format) on the city’s…

    Detectives Investigating Death of Woman in WeHo

    Detectives Investigating Death of Woman in WeHo

    Tue, Jul 11, 2017 1 Comment

    A woman’s death today in West Hollywood has prompted an investigation by sheriff’s homicide detectives.

    The death was reported just after 2 p.m. in the 1100 block of Curson Avenue, between Fairfax Avenue and Gardner Street, near Santa Monica Boulevard, according to Deputy Joana Warren of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

    The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Warren said. No further information is available at this time.

    NBA Young Boy, a Rapper Arrested on Murder Charges, Is Alleged Driver of Wrecked Lamborghini

    NBA Young Boy, a Rapper Arrested on Murder Charges, Is Alleged Driver of Wrecked Lamborghini

    Tue, Jul 11, 2017 5 Comments

    The Lamborghini that crashed near the intersection of Romaine Street and Genesee Avenue in West Hollywood on June 29 was being driven by NBA Young Boy, a rapper whose real name is Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, according to a lawsuit filed in L.A. Superior Court on Friday. Gaulden, who also goes by the name Young Boy Never Broke Again, is 17 years old and a native of Baton Rouge. The lawsuit describes him as a resident of Beverly Hills.

    Gaulden was released from jail in Louisiana in May after he pled guilty to aggravated assault with a gun and prosecutors dropped two charges of second-degree murder related to a drive-by shooting.

    The lawsuit by Exotic Car Rental, which leased the car to Gaulden’s associate, Desmond Hardnett, doesn’t specify the amount of damages being sought from Gaulden and Hardnett. However, it is asking for a…

    Korman Makes a Quick Switch on Plans for 8500 Sunset Blvd.

    Korman Makes a Quick Switch on Plans for 8500 Sunset Blvd.

    Tue, Jul 11, 2017 17 Comments

    Faced with a West Hollywood law barring short-term stays in apartment buildings, Korman Communities apparently has changed its plans for the condominium towers it recently acquired at 8500 Sunset Blvd.

    In a press release yesterday, Korman announced that the 80 units in the east tower on the site will be leased as apartments rather than short-term corporate rentals, as it originally had announced. The 110 units in the west tower, which Korman also had planned to use for short-term corporate rentals, now will be available only for rentals of one month or more.

    The units in the two buildings at that location were being marketed by CIM Group as condominiums until recently, when CIM sold them to Korman and the Brookfield Property Group. The acquisition price is unknown, but the value of the property has been estimated at $250 million….

    Deputy Leobardo Trujillo: A West Hollywood Life Saver

    Deputy Leobardo Trujillo: A West Hollywood Life Saver

    Mon, Jul 10, 2017 10 Comments

    Sheriff’s deputies in West Hollywood are well known for enforcing laws, arresting people and keeping the peace. But sometimes, those deputies also save lives. Literally.

    That’s what happened with WeHo Deputy Leobardo Trujillo who performed CPR and saved the life of a man in cardiac arrest. Trujillo, who has been at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station for 11 years, was honored in June for his heroism with a prestigious Life Saving Award given by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    Trujillo’s heroism occurred on January 20, 2016 when residents in the 8400 block of De Longpre Avenue, near Flores Street, reported a man collapsed on the sidewalk. Trujillo was nearby in his squad car at Santa Monica Boulevard near Sweetzer Avenue when he heard the call and rushed to the scene.

    There, he found a man in his late 30s…

    8555 Santa Monica Development Projected to Cause Traffic Problems at Holloway and Hancock

    8555 Santa Monica Development Projected to Cause Traffic Problems at Holloway and Hancock

    Mon, Jul 10, 2017 23 Comments

    A draft environmental impact report on the proposed development on the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and West Knoll Drive says the project would have a significant impact on evening rush hour traffic at the intersection of Hancock Avenue and Holloway Drive.

    The report describes the impact as “significant and unavoidable” with no feasible measures to reduce that impact.

    The report, prepared by Rincon Consultants and Fehr and Peers, notes that 17 intersections (including one in Los Angeles) and eight street segments were studied. It said that nine of those intersections, including Hancock and Holloway, already have a “level of service” during rush hours of E or F. “F” is the lowest level of service, with vehicles having to stop 80 or more seconds than usual.

    “Backups from nearby locations or on cross…

    WeHo City Council Will Weed Through Cannabis Regulation Options on  Monday

    WeHo City Council Will Weed Through Cannabis Regulation Options on Monday

    Fri, Jul 07, 2017

    The West Hollywood City Council will devote most of its Monday meeting to a study session regarding the regulation of cannabis sales in the city.

    The session will include several experts who can respond to questions from council members about regulations in other places and other issues. They are Amanda Ostrowitz of CannaRegs, Trent Woloveck of TGS Management and Ginny Sawyer of the City of Fort Collins, all from Colorado, a state that legalized recreational use of cannabis early on, and Cat Packer of the California Drug Policy Alliance and Julia Sylva, an attorney for both cities and cannabis operators in California.

    The meeting, which will take place in the City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., will begin at 5 p.m. rather than the traditional time of 6:30 p.m. As usual, there will be a period for public comment….

    State Bar Suspends WeHo Lawyer for Violating Probation

    State Bar Suspends WeHo Lawyer for Violating Probation

    Fri, Jul 07, 2017 6 Comments

    A West Hollywood lawyer will have his license suspended for failure to meet conditions of the probation to which he was sentenced for a previous offense.

    The lawyer, Samuel Robert Spira, 52, lists his office address as 8265 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 205, in West Hollywood.

    According to a story in the Northern California Record, a website that covers the Northern California judicial system, Spira was put on probation a year ago when he lied about whether he’d taken a required continuing legal education exam.

    “Spira did not contact and meet with his probation deputy or file quarterly compliance reports with the state bar’s probation office as required under the conditions of his probation, according to the order handed down May 19,” the NorCal Record reported.

    “The nature of the respondent’s probation violations are…

    With Temperatures Climbing, WeHo Opens a Cooling Center

    With Temperatures Climbing, WeHo Opens a Cooling Center

    Thu, Jul 06, 2017

    With temperatures climbing across Southern California this week, the City of West Hollywood will open its cooling center at Plummer Park’s Community Center Senior Lounge on Friday and Saturday.

    The Community Center is located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. The cooling center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open hours will be extended for additional days if high temperatures persist.

    High heat can make the weather dangerous as well as uncomfortable. The city reminds residents and community members to take precautions to keep as cool as possible during hot days. If possible, stay out of the sun; avoid strenuous activity; drink plenty of water; and wear lightweight clothing.

    The cooling center is available for quiet activities. People using the cooling center are encouraged to bring books or board games. Staff members at Plummer…

    Resist March Founder Brian Pendleton Has Left L.A. Pride Board of Directors

    Resist March Founder Brian Pendleton Has Left L.A. Pride Board of Directors

    Thu, Jul 06, 2017 8 Comments

    Brian Pendleton, the organizer of June’s Resist March, has resigned from the board of directors of Christopher Street West, the non-profit organization whose annual L.A. Pride parade was supplanted by the protest march this year.

    Chris Classen, who heads CSW, confirmed that Pendleton had resigned shortly after the June 11 march. As of publication, WEHOville has been unable to reach Pendleton for a comment.

    The march was controversial in some quarters, with business owners in WeHo’s Boystown area concerned that it would reduce sales on what traditionally has been one of their busiest days of the year. Others objected to not staging a Pride parade, which has been a tradition since 1970 (with the exception of a cancellation of the event in 1973).

    The march attracted between 25,000 and 35,000 participants, according to numbers…

    City to Begin Installation Monday of Four Traffic-Signal Crosswalks on Santa Monica Boulevard

    City to Begin Installation Monday of Four Traffic-Signal Crosswalks on Santa Monica Boulevard

    Thu, Jul 06, 2017 36 Comments

    The installation of synchronized traffic signals on city pedestrian crosswalks will begin on Monday at four locations on Santa Monica Boulevard.

    Sully-Miller, a contractor hired by the City of West Hollywood, will begin work on crosswalks at or near the intersections of Santa Monica Boulevard /Palm Avenue, Santa Monica Boulevard/Hancock Avenue, Santa Monica Boulevard /Westmount Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard /West Knoll Drive.

    The three-month project will include the reconfiguration of median islands to accommodate new roadway crossings and turn lanes. The work will require the installation of new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, handicap-accessible curb ramps, asphalt concrete pavement, traffic signs, traffic striping and pavement markings.

    Because of the median construction work, one travel lane may be closed on Santa Monica…

    Worth a Look: The L.A. Times on WeHo’s Stud’s Theater

    Worth a Look: The L.A. Times on WeHo’s Stud’s Theater

    Thu, Jul 06, 2017 6 Comments

    No doubt you’ve walked past it. Or, since this is California, driven past it. If you don’t qualify for Social Security, It’s less likely that you’ve been inside this building at 7344 Santa Monica Blvd. near Spaulding that a story in today’s Los Angeles Times identifies as one of only two porn theaters remaining in L.A. and one of only 35 in the United States.

    The story, by reporter Carolina Miranda, describes Studs as a “Smithsonian of porn”. (It was identified in a study commissioned by the City of West Hollywood last year as potentially eligible for historic designation).

    From a Modernist movie house in the 1940s known as the Monica, which screened mainstream Hollywood movies, to the Leftbank Theatre and then the Tomkat and the Pussycat, Studs evolved. It now is a place whose audience, at least when Miranda was…

    Proposed Use of 8500 Sunset Buildings for Corporate ‘Extended Stays’ Would Violate WeHo Law

    Proposed Use of 8500 Sunset Buildings for Corporate ‘Extended Stays’ Would Violate WeHo Law

    Wed, Jul 05, 2017 18 Comments

    If you’re looking for a place for a luxurious extended stay in West Hollywood that you or your employer can write off on your taxes, you might want to take 8500 Sunset Blvd. off your list for now.

    The two condo buildings at that location, which contain a total of 190 units, were sold recently by CIM Group to Korman Communities and the Brookfield Property Group. Korman says it plans to turn the buildings into a corporate extended-stay hotel.

    However, West Hollywood City Attorney Mike Jenkins confirmed to WEHOville today that such a use would be a violation of a city ordinance prohibiting the use of apartments, condos and houses as corporate housing. Corporate housing typically involves a company entering into a long-term lease for a residential property and then letting various employees or clients use that property for short term…

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