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    L.A. Pride Festival Tickets on Sale Today

    L.A. Pride Festival Tickets on Sale Today

    Mon, Mar 27, 2017 1 Comment

    L.A. Pride festival tickets went on sale today at an advanced sale price of $30 for the June 10 and 11 events.

    The tickets, which can be purchased online, are $20 for only the Saturday festival and $20 for only the Sunday festival. All online purchases come with a $3 fee.

    The City of West Hollywood is working to facilitate the annual Dyke March on Friday night.

    An announcement of the ticket sales from Christopher Street West, which produces the event, said prices will go up in late April when CSW officially announces its talent lineup.

    This year’s Pride events will be affected by two things: A radical reduction in size of West Hollywood Park, where the festival is staged each year, and the replacement of the Sunday Pride parade by the Resist protest march.

    The park is undergoing to redevelopment over the

    WeHo Council Members Solicit $65k for Charities They Support

    WeHo Council Members Solicit $65k for Charities They Support

    Mon, Mar 27, 2017 3 Comments

    Two West Hollywood City Council members have solicited donations of $65,000 to charities they support, with some of that money coming from city vendors or developers and lobbyists with projects in WeHo .

    The donations, sought by John D’Amico and John Duran, were listed on behest reports filed over the past 12 months. State law requires that elected officials disclose the amount and source of any money that they request on behalf of charities.

    Until last year, city records showed that former Councilmember Abbe Land, who served as co-CEO of the Saban Free Clinic and CEO of the Trevor Project, was the only council member who had filed such statements in recent years. Such reports have long been required by the state for donations of $5,000 or more. The city has set a limit for donations of $1,000 or more.

    Duran’s requests,…

    WeHo to Celebrate Installation of ‘Ocean-Friendly’ Garden on Wednesday

    WeHo to Celebrate Installation of ‘Ocean-Friendly’ Garden on Wednesday

    Mon, Mar 27, 2017

    The City of West Hollywood has partnered with West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) to install an ocean-friendly demonstration garden in the median of Santa Monica Boulevard, east of North Doheny Drive.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the garden, which was completed in February. The event will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the median of the 9000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, between North Doheny and North Almont drives. West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister and members of the City Council will attend, joined by West Basin Division IV Director Scott Houston. Light refreshments will be served. Attendance is free and open to the public.

    “As a City, we are passionate about ecological stewardship and advocacy,” Meister said in an announcement of the event. “One of our core values is responsibility for…

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    Trusted Builder Makes Your Renovation Dreams Come True From Concept To Completion

    Trusted Builder Makes Your Renovation Dreams Come True From Concept To Completion

    Thu, Mar 02, 2017

    Often the kitchen of our dreams only stays in our dreams when we face the seemingly insurmountable challenges of renovation headaches. We know we deserve the open-plan, tiled space with the finest appliances to whip up culinary breakthroughs while entertaining with cocktails or Italian wine, but we never seem to make it happen. With the […]

    Water Main Break Floods Westbourne Avenue in WeHo

    Water Main Break Floods Westbourne Avenue in WeHo

    Sat, Mar 25, 2017

    A water main break at 855 Westbourne Ave. flooded that street just south of Rugby Drive for several hours today.

    Capt. Alex Linton of Fire Station 7 said they got a call about the matter at 1:30 p.m. and were joined by employees from the City of West Hollywood and then put out a call to the L.A. Department of Water and Power (LADWP), which is responsible for the water supply in that area.

    The water was turned off later and area residents were told by the LADWP that it would take eight to 10 hours to fix the problem.

    L.A. LGBT Center Takes Its ‘F*ck W/Out Fear’ Campaign to WeHo’s Sidewalks

    L.A. LGBT Center Takes Its ‘F*ck W/Out Fear’ Campaign to WeHo’s Sidewalks

    Fri, Mar 24, 2017 6 Comments

    In West Hollywood, the L.A. LGBT Center is taking its “F*k W/Out Fear” campaign to the streets, literally.

    The first of five chalk illustrations touting the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in preventing HIV infection has placed on the sidewalk on Santa Monica Boulevard yesterday. In coming weeks there will be additional images on Santa Monica at Palm Avenue, Santa Monica and Larrabee Street, Santa Monica and San Vicente and Santa Monica and Robertson.

    The Center launched the campaign on Jan. 8 with digital and print advertising, outreach through Center programs that particularly serve transgender women and young men of color and at the Center’s Mi Centro facility in Boyle Heights.

    On Jan. 8 it staged a “Paint the Town Blue” event in which staffers and volunteers handed out information about PrEP at…

    WeHo Solicits Nominations for Public Safety Awards

    WeHo Solicits Nominations for Public Safety Awards

    Thu, Mar 23, 2017 1 Comment

    The City of West Hollywood is soliciting nominations for its annual Public Safety Awards. The Public Safety Awards are an opportunity to recognize individuals, group, and businesses that have made significant efforts towards enhancing public safety in West Hollywood.

    The city’s Public Safety Department is currently seeking nominations in two awards categories:

    — Outstanding Contribution to Public Safety — Individual; and

    — Outstanding Contribution to Public Safety — Business or Organization.

    Eligible awards nominees include people who have made extraordinary efforts to volunteer for public safety programs or events or have organized community-watch group. Also eligible are people who have made efforts at strengthening law enforcement and community partnerships or have dedicated many hours of service to the Sheriff’s…

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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 Offers Free Motion Detector Lights to Residents, Businesses

    WeHo Offers Free Motion Detector Lights to Residents, Businesses

    Thu, Mar 23, 2017

    West Hollywood is promoting its “Lights On West Hollywood” program, which provides free motion detector lights to qualifying properties in the city. All West Hollywood addresses are eligible for participation in the Lights On program.

    “The Lights On program is a simple, yet highly effective, way in which the city is responding to community concerns about safety on the city’s Eastside,” said City Councilmember John Heilman. “We all have a part to play in keeping our neighborhoods safe and some things, such as safety lighting, are just good common-sense fundamentals. I hope this program is widely used across the city.”

    The Lights On program is part of a series of community safety initiatives approved by the West Hollywood City Council in December. The city’s Public Safety Department is working to implement these…

    Nearly $11,000 in Thefts from Cars Reported in WeHo Last Week

    Nearly $11,000 in Thefts from Cars Reported in WeHo Last Week

    Thu, Mar 23, 2017 3 Comments

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from March 13 to March 19. The list also includes each case number.

    March 13

    Grand Theft. 8900 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 5 and 5:25 p.m. An unknown suspect removed $1,500 in cash from a wallet that was left unattended in a shopping cart. #01327

    March 14

    Nothing significant to report.

    March 15

    Vehicle Burglary. 7900 block Norton Avenue between 11:15 p.m. and 7:45 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing two checkbooks from the front floorboard area. Loss $930. #01369

    March 16

    Other Burglary. 7300 block Santa Monica Boulevard between noon and 5:30 am. An unknown suspect removed a hedge trimmer and weed eater from a storage shed. No sign…

    Wyclef Jean, Alleging Racial Profiling in WeHo Handcuffing, Demands Investigation

    Wyclef Jean, Alleging Racial Profiling in WeHo Handcuffing, Demands Investigation

    Wed, Mar 22, 2017 8 Comments

    Rapper Wyclef Jean is asking for an investigation into being briefly handcuffed by Sheriff’s deputies in West Hollywood on Tuesday, alleging that it was an incident of racial profiling. Jean also is calling on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Black Lives Matter (BLM) to get involved.

    “Mr. Jean is requesting a formal investigation into racial profiling by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD chief Charlie Beck and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department, while calling upon the ACLU and Black Lives Matter to join him in defense of civil liberties and racial bias,” Jean’s spokesperson, Melanie Bonvicino, said in a statement to CNN.

    Jean, who became famous as the frontman for the Fugees and has won three Grammy awards, was stopped on West Knoll Drive at shortly after midnight by deputies investigating an armed…

    Developers Seek U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on Suit Against WeHo

    Developers Seek U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on Suit Against WeHo

    Wed, Mar 22, 2017 3 Comments

    Lawyers representing a couple who allege they were charged a $540,000 fee as the price for pursuing a modest condominium project in West Hollywood are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their clients’ case.

    The attorneys, members of the Pacific Legal Foundation, seek reimbursement for developers Shelah and Jonathan Lehrer-Graiwer and are taking aim at the law under which the city acted, known as the inclusionary housing ordinance. The law requires developers to build and set aside a certain number of units, or pay a fee set by a formula as a condition for receiving a permit.

    The law’s stated purpose is to address the region’s affordable housing shortage, but the size of the fee is not linked to any measurement of affordable housing needs that the proposed development might create, the developers’ attorneys state. City officials…

    WeHo City Council Rejects Appeal of Plan for Food and Drinks on Palihouse Rooftop

    WeHo City Council Rejects Appeal of Plan for Food and Drinks on Palihouse Rooftop

    Tue, Mar 21, 2017 12 Comments

    The West Hollywood City Council last night rejected an appeal of a Planning Commission decision last September to grant the Palihouse hotel the right to serve food and alcohol on the rooftop of its building, which is located at 8465 Hollywood Drive between Hacienda Place and La Cienega.

    The appeal was brought by neighbors of the hotel, over 100 of whom have signed a petition opposing the decision by the Planning Commission last September. That decision also lets Palihouse play amplified music on the rooftop.

    In its approval, the Planning Commission had rejected suggestions by the city’s Community Development Department staff that Palihouse not be allowed to play amplified music on the roof and that its rooftop furniture be limited to the standard height of restaurant tables and chairs rather than those used in bars. The Planning…

    Rapper Wyclef Jean Briefly Cuffed by WeHo Sheriff’s Deputies

    Rapper Wyclef Jean Briefly Cuffed by WeHo Sheriff’s Deputies

    Tue, Mar 21, 2017 7 Comments

    Rapper Wyclef Jean was briefly handcuffed early this morning after being stopped on West Knoll Drive by West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies investigating an armed robbery.

    After a brief questioning, Jean was released when deputies determined he wasn’t one of the suspects in the robbery. The handcuffing was captured on video and posted by Wyclef Jean on his Twitter page @WyclefJean, along with his complaints about the incident, erroneously citing the Los Angeles Police Department.

    “LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?

    “I was asked by the police to put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself.

    Sheriff McDonnell Says He Can’t Reveal Details on WeHo Deputy-Involved Shootings

    Sheriff McDonnell Says He Can’t Reveal Details on WeHo Deputy-Involved Shootings

    Tue, Mar 21, 2017

    In his response to WeHo City Manager Paul Arevalo’s request for information on the status of investigations into two deputy-involved deaths of innocent men in West Hollywood, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell essentially says no information can be released.

    The first incident was the shooting of two young men fleeing a knife attack on April 7, 2014, at 939 Palm Ave. Several deputies fired their guns as the two men raced out the door, killing John Winkler and seriously wounding Liam Mulligan.

    The second incident involved a patrol car swerving off Santa Monica Boulevard and onto the sidewalk on Oct. 12, 2015. The patrol car killed one young man and severely wounded another.

    In his letter to Arevalo, McDonnell assured him that deputies in the West

    WeHo Puts Craftsman District Project on Hold

    WeHo Puts Craftsman District Project on Hold

    Tue, Mar 21, 2017 28 Comments

    The West Hollywood City Council last night put the brakes on a survey of homes on the Eastside intended to create a “thematic district” of Craftsman-style houses.

    The survey, which was proposed by Councilmember John Duran last year, already has identified 30 of 164 houses as eligible for that “thematic grouping” designation. A building in the area ultimately designed as being in the Craftsman style would be considered a cultural resource and could not be demolished unless its owner could prove that keeping it would cause him or her financial hardship. Any proposed alterations to such buildings would have to be reviewed by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

    A standing-room-only crowd turned out at a March 15 hearing before the Historic Preservation Commission to oppose the designations.

    WeHo Chamber Offers Second Leadership Academy

    WeHo Chamber Offers Second Leadership Academy

    Mon, Mar 20, 2017

    West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will offer a second round of its WeLead Academy, a program designed to train local residents on getting involved in civic affairs and local government.

    “The feedback from our inaugural academy was so pronounced that we had to do it again,” said WeHo Chamber President and CEO Genevieve Morrill.

    WeLead Academy is a four-week program whose curriculum includes topics relevant to serving on advisory or non-profit boards or commissions or running for public office. Last year’s WeLead Academy included presentations by elected officials and others involved in the city such as Abbe Land, Josh Kurpies, Jason Illoulian and David Dickerson, who delivered case study testimonials to the academy students.

    Notable members of the community attended the first

    WeHo Installs a ‘Selfie Wall’ on City Hall

    WeHo Installs a ‘Selfie Wall’ on City Hall

    Mon, Mar 20, 2017

    The City of West Hollywood has launched its micro-parks pilot program with the installation of the #WeLoveWeHo “selfie wall” at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer. Designed by Moore + Friesl, architects Terri Moore and Marcus Friesl, the micro-park encourages residents and visitors to interact with the east-facing wall of City Hall on Sweetzer Avenue by posing in front of it and using the hashtag #WeLoveWeHo in order to create digital posts to share on social media.

    “The wall is a visual representation of what so many people feel: a great deal of love for our community,” said City Councilmember John Heilman. “We are really fortunate to have so many residents, business people, and visitors who love West Hollywood.”

    #WeLoveWeHo consists of multi-colored hearts shaped in the geography…

    Reports of Serious Crime in WeHo Remained Low in February

    Reports of Serious Crime in WeHo Remained Low in February

    Sat, Mar 18, 2017

    Serious crimes reported in West Hollywood last month continued to remain low, with an increase of only 3% from February 2016, according to a report by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. In January, the increase was only 2% from the same month last year.

    The report lists 120 serious crimes last month compared to 117 in the same month last year. The largest percentage increase was in the Center City area, which runs from La Cienega Boulevard to Fairfax Avenue. The report lists 36 serious crimes in that area last month, an increase of 38%. A big factor was car break-ins (11 incidents), which were up 83% from February 2016. Overall there were 38 reported car break-ins across the city last month, a 73% increase from the same month last year. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has issued several statements advising residents not to…

    Man Assaults Photographer and Drag Performer in WeHo’s Boystown

    Man Assaults Photographer and Drag Performer in WeHo’s Boystown

    Fri, Mar 17, 2017 4 Comments

    A West Hollywood photographer walking with a group of friends that included RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Trinity Taylor and Valentina was assaulted in the early morning hours today after leaving Flaming Saddles, the gay country/western bar at Santa Monica Boulevard at Larrabee Street in West Hollywood’s Boystown nightlife district.

    Jason King described the incident on his Facebook page and praised the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station and Deputy Daniel Martinez for their response to the incident.

    King said that he and his friends were walking home from the bar when a man they didn’t know joined them. “After a certain amount of time this became uncomfortable and he was asked very politely by Valentina to please not follow us,” King said. “He said his car was parked in the same direction we were going, so he was asked…

    Study Proposes Traffic Calming Measures for WeHo’s Norma Triangle

    Study Proposes Traffic Calming Measures for WeHo’s Norma Triangle

    Fri, Mar 17, 2017 11 Comments

    West Hollywood’s Community Development Department is proposing to install speed bumps on Norma Avenue and Elevado Street as the first in a wide range of suggested moves to reduce traffic flow and speeding in the Norma Triangle neighborhood.

    The traffic bump installation and many of the other suggested traffic calming measures would be implemented as tests to see if they actually reduce traffic flow or speeding. The City Council will be asked Monday to approve installation of the Norma and Elevado speed bumps. The other measures will come back to the Council after further study and, in some cases, only if area residents are willing to sign a petition to request them. Implementation of all of the suggestions would cost a little more than half a million dollars, which doesn’t include costs to relocate utilities, acquire right-of-way,…

    Few Reported Crime Incidents in WeHo Last Week

    Few Reported Crime Incidents in WeHo Last Week

    Thu, Mar 16, 2017

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from March 6 to March 12. The list also includes each case number.

    March 6

    Aggravated Assault – Hands, Fist, Feet (Suspect Arrested). 8700 block Melrose Avenue
    at 9:52 a.m. A man was standing on the sidewalk when he was punched in the face by without provocation by a homeless man. The victim fell to the ground and the suspect continued to punch the victim in the face. Responding deputies located and arrested the suspect. #01201

    Vehicle Burglary. 8200 block Sunset Boulevard between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. . An unknown suspect smashed the rear storage area window and removed a duffel bag containing clothing and headphones from the rear storage area. Loss $825. #01208

    March 7

    Nothing significant to report.

    March…

    Trans Activist Bamby Salcedo to be Honored Tonight

    Trans Activist Bamby Salcedo to be Honored Tonight

    Thu, Mar 16, 2017

    Bamby Salcedo, a transgender activist, is the recipient of the second annual HerStory Award from the Hollywood National Organization of Women (NOW).

    The award will be presented at an event tonight organized by NOW and West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library community meeting room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica.

    The event is free, although donations will be accepted. Attendees must RSVP, which can be done online.

    Salcedo is president of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latin people. She currently is developing the

    Residents Object to Craftsman Designation of Eastside Homes

    Residents Object to Craftsman Designation of Eastside Homes

    Thu, Mar 16, 2017 11 Comments

    There was anger and outrage at Wednesday night’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) meeting as West Hollywood’s Eastside residents protested the city’s plans to create a “thematic grouping” district of Craftsman-style homes in the area east of Fairfax Avenue and west of Plummer Park.

    In early 2016, the West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran proposed that the city conduct a survey of homes in the area bounded by Genesee Avenue on the west, Norton Avenue on the south, Gardner Street on the east and Hampton Avenue on the north. That survey found that 30 homes out of 164 were eligible for inclusion in the historic survey. These 30 homes are not clustered close enough together to create a historic district. However, the homes do quality for a “thematic grouping” designation since they all have common…

    In Memory: Monsignor Jeremiah Murphy of St. Victor Church

    In Memory: Monsignor Jeremiah Murphy of St. Victor Church

    Wed, Mar 15, 2017 3 Comments

    Monsignor Jeremiah Murphy, pastor of West Hollywood’s St. Victor Church, died on March 1, Ash Wednesday. Murphy, who was about to turn 80, had suffered for years from neuropathy, which severely affected his ability to move, but not his ability to serve his congregation. Members of that congregation along with some 70 priests and seven bishops, turned out for a funeral yesterday to memorialize Murphy, who had been pastor of St. Victor since 1969.

    Murphy was a native Angeleno and the son of Patrick Joseph Murphy and Marie Cremins Murphy. He graduated from Transfiguration School and was ordained from St. John’s. He taught at St. Paul High School (1967-73); was principal of Bishop Amat High School and from 1977 to 1985 was superintendent of secondary schools. Murphy was named a monsignor in 1978. From 1986 to 1991 he served Secretariat…

    Exhibit of Work by WeHo’s Martin Gantman Opens on Friday

    Exhibit of Work by WeHo’s Martin Gantman Opens on Friday

    Wed, Mar 15, 2017

    “Inconsequential Ideas,” an exhibit by West Hollywood artist Martin Gantman, will open Friday at June Street Architecture in West Hollywood.

    Gantman is a conceptual artist whose work features everything from photos of people crossing West Hollywood streets to altered images of classical odalisques to postcards sent aloft on helium-filled balloons.

    Gantman has described his “inconsequential” works as an effort to “tiptoe gingerly into the edges of the viewer’s unconscious. While, within these works, one might find reference to contemporary issues, such as migration, colonialism, or visual perception, I am hoping that the path one takes to encounter these somewhat contentious matters travels into the unknown and then back out again.”

    The overriding theme to Gantman’s work is inequity in our world. In 1926, his…

    Man Arrested with Explosives Before Last Year’s LA Pride Parade Ordered to Stand Trial

    Man Arrested with Explosives Before Last Year’s LA Pride Parade Ordered to Stand Trial

    Tue, Mar 14, 2017 2 Comments

    An Indiana man who was bound for the L.A.Pride parade in West Hollywood when he was arrested in Santa Monica, where police seized weapons, ammunition and bomb-making materials found in his car, was ordered today to stand trial.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Upinder S. Kalra found sufficient evidence to require James Wesley Howell, 20, to proceed to trial on one felony count each of possession of a destructive device on a public street, possession of an assault weapon and manufacturing or importing a high-capacity magazine, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, according to Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney. Howell remains jailed in lieu of $2 million bail while awaiting arraignment March 28 at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles.

    Howell was arrested shortly before 6 a.m….

    Latest WeHo Vote Count Shows No Changes

    Latest WeHo Vote Count Shows No Changes

    Tue, Mar 14, 2017 1 Comment

    West Hollywood City Clerk Yvonne Quarker today released the latest count of votes in the March 7 City Council election, which showed incumbents John Heilman and John Duran still the winners.

    The new totals also showed the eight challengers with the same percentages of votes cast as in the last tally on Friday.

    The results, compiled by the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder / County Clerk showed Heilman with 3,134 votes, or 26% of the 12,233 votes counted. Duran had 2,677 votes, or 22% of the total. Challenger Steve 2,099 votes, or 17% of the total, followed closely by Cynthia Blatt with 2,089 votes, also 17%.

    Other challengers in order of their votes were Nate Clark, 654 votes (5%), Amanda Goodwin, 386 votes (3%), Carla Romo, 367 votes (3%), Michael Cautillo, 349 votes (3%), Reed Stillwell, 245 votes, (2%) and Joel Quaresimo, 203…

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