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    WeHo Stood Out in  Voter Support for County Ballot Issues

    WeHo Stood Out in Voter Support for County Ballot Issues

    Thu, Jan 12, 2017 2 Comments

    In the last election, West Hollywood voters stood out for their support of criminal justice changes, increased government funding and educational and environmental measures. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on Los Angeles County voting data.

    Among Los Angeles County communities, West Hollywood was number one in voting to require background checks for ammunition buyers, give parole more often/let judges decide whether juveniles are tried in adult court, legalize marijuana and end the death penalty.

    Some communities were just as opposed to the measures as West Hollywood was supportive. For example, less than 20% of the voters said yes to background checks in Citrus, an unincorporated area in the San Gabriel Valley.

    West Hollywood voters supported the tax questions in even greater numbers than the…

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    $6,085 in Vehicle Burglaries in West Hollywood Last Week

    $6,085 in Vehicle Burglaries in West Hollywood Last Week

    Wed, Jan 18, 2017

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Jan. 9 to Jan. 15. The times are indicated in Military Time, a concise form in which midnight is indicated as 0000 and noon as 1200. The list also includes the case number.

    Jan. 9

    Grand Theft. 8400 block Melrose Avenue
    between 2:20 and 2:25 p.m. A women placed six bottles of perfume, two swimsuits, and two T-shirts into her purse and ran from the store without payment. Loss $1,600. #00160

    Vehicle Burglary. 1200 block Laurel Avenue between 1 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The front driver’s side window was smashed and a wallet was taken from the side storage area. Loss $720. #00162

    Vehicle Burglary. 8600 block Holloway Drive @ 8:45 pm. A man pried the front driver’s side door open but ran away after being approached by a…

    WeHo Offering Free Shuttle for Residents Attending Women’s March LA

    WeHo Offering Free Shuttle for Residents Attending Women’s March LA

    Wed, Jan 18, 2017

    With the inauguration of Donald Trump set for Friday, West Hollywood is taking subtle steps to respond to fears that the Trump administration will eviscerate steps taken to protect LGBT and women’s rights.

    In one of those steps, the city, whose population is composed largely of progressive Democrats, is offering residents a free shuttle service on Saturday to the Metro Red Line stop so that they can head to downtown Los Angeles for the Women’s March.

    Women’s March Los Angeles bills the event as an expression of solidarity in support of human rights. The event is open to men as well as women. Speakers will include Abbe Land, former West Hollywood city council member, former head of the Trevor Project and a member of the Planned Parenthood board, L.A. City Council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin; Hillary Selvin of the National…

    U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Hosts Forum on Affordable Care Act

    U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Hosts Forum on Affordable Care Act

    Tue, Jan 17, 2017

    U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, whose district encompasses West Hollywood, will hold a forum tomorrow night to discuss the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Californians.

    The forum will take place at 7 p.m. at the Saban Auditorium of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 4641 Sunset Blvd. Participants will include Schiff; Ellen Zaman, director of community affairs/government and public policy for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Nancy Gomez of Health Access California, and Bethany Eshleman, COO of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley along with local people affected by the ACA.

    The forum takes place as the Republican majority in Congress is taking steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which has enabled millions of Americans to have health insurance coverage they could not otherwise afford.

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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 to Co-Host ‘Rally to Save Roe’ in Support of Reproductive Choice

    WeHo to Co-Host ‘Rally to Save Roe’ in Support of Reproductive Choice

    Tue, Jan 17, 2017

    ore than two dozen organizations are staging a “Rally to Save Roe” Thursday to commemorate the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

    Among the rally’s sponsors are the City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board and the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles.

    The event is intended to demonstrate support for upholding the right to a legal and safe abortion as Donald Trump assumes the presidency on Jan. 20 and an overwhelmingly conservative Congress takes office. It will take place rom 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the NCJW|LA Council House, located at 543 N. Fairfax Ave., in Los Angeles.

    The Rally to Save Roe event will begin in a gathering just outside of the NCJW|LA Council House building, so there will be no on-site parking. Parking…

    Citizens Agenda Week 2: The Size of City Events, Restoring the Council Deputy System and Entitlements for Developers

    Citizens Agenda Week 2: The Size of City Events, Restoring the Council Deputy System and Entitlements for Developers

    Mon, Jan 16, 2017 3 Comments

    Candidates in the March 7 WeHo City Council election address three questions you raised in the WEHOville Citizens Agenda survey.

    Proposed Preschool Near Sunset Gets Pushback from Neighbors

    Proposed Preschool Near Sunset Gets Pushback from Neighbors

    Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9 Comments

    A proposal to build a preschool/child day care center on Horn Avenue just north of Sunset Boulevard has raised concerns from residents along Horn and Shoreham Drive, for whom the avenue is the only way in and out of their neighborhood.

    The preschool is a project of Chalk Preschools, which owns preschools in Manhattan Beach, Venice and Westwood and in Chicago and plans to open one in Pasadena this year. The West Hollywood school will be in the building once occupied by Spago, a restaurant opened by Wolfgang Puck in 1982 that became famous for its celebrity clientele, which Chalk will renovate.

    Elyse Eisenberg, chair of the West Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association, www.wehoheights.com which represents those living in the area, has said the they are concerned about the preschool’s impact on traffic and parking, whether it…

    West Hollywood Commemorates  MLK Jr. Day with Beautification Work at WeHo Elementary

    West Hollywood Commemorates MLK Jr. Day with Beautification Work at WeHo Elementary

    Thu, Jan 12, 2017

    West Hollywood will commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day federal holiday by hosting a volunteer event to beautify West Hollywood Elementary School on Saturday.

    The event will take place on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Hollywood Elementary School, located at 970 N. Hammond St. south of Harratt.

    Volunteers are needed to help perform various landscaping, clean-up, painting and other beautifying tasks at the school. All tasks involve physical labor and volunteers are expected to be available to work a six-hour shift. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to take part and participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch. Space is limited and advanced registration is required to volunteer.

    As part of this year’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service, local volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items for the…

    WeHo to Hold Covered California Enrollment Event on Saturday

    WeHo to Hold Covered California Enrollment Event on Saturday

    Wed, Jan 11, 2017

    The City of West Hollywood, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), and the L.A. Public Library will collaborate to host a Covered California information and enrollment event to help answer questions, compare health plans and quotes and provide assistance with enrolling in the Covered California health insurance program.

    The event will take place on Saturday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at West Hollywood Library at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Attendees who plan to enroll on-site will need to bring a valid photo ID or driver’s license, and either proof of income, or an estimate of 2016 annual income.

    The City of West Hollywood is committed to engaging and educating community members about healthcare coverage. The current open enrollment period for healthcare insurance through Covered California ends on Jan. 31. Covered California is the State of…

    While LA Pride Lost $395,000 Last Year, a Tax Return Shows a Profit the Year Before

    While LA Pride Lost $395,000 Last Year, a Tax Return Shows a Profit the Year Before

    Wed, Jan 11, 2017 6 Comments

    A copy of Christopher Street West’s 2015 federal tax filing shows the organization ended the year with $298,781 in the bank, which likely explains its ability to survive after losing $395,000 last year.

    The tax return shows the non-profit organization earned $1.752 million in revenue from the annual L.A. Pride Festival, which includes admission charges, beverage and food sales and booth rentals.

    While the Internal Revenue Service 990 tax form doesn’t offer much detail, it appears that another $577,400 in revenue can be attributed to parade and festival sponsorships, bringing the overall total to $2.229 million.

    An additional $475,212 in revenue is attributed to the value of services provided by government entities such as the City of West Hollywood and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

    A copy of CSW’s financials made…

    Six Vehicle Burglaries Reported in WeHo Last Week

    Six Vehicle Burglaries Reported in WeHo Last Week

    Tue, Jan 10, 2017

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8. The times are indicated in Military Time, a concise form in which midnight is indicated as 0000 and noon as 1200. The list also includes the case number.

    Jan. 2

    Aggravated Assault – Knife. 8900 block Santa Monica Boulevard @ 2:10 a.m. A man was stabbed in the back by another man during a fight inside Pavilions. #00021

    Jan. 3

    Aggravated Assault (Suspect Arrested). 7100 block Santa Monica Boulevard @ 11:10 am. A man was walking on the sidewalk when he was punched in the face without provocation by a homeless man. Deputies responded and arrested the suspect. #00046

    Other Burglary. 8900 block Cynthia Street between 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. The lock to a storage shed was cut and three pieces of luggage…

    WeHo’s Winter Sounds Features Three 2017 Concerts

    WeHo’s Winter Sounds Features Three 2017 Concerts

    Tue, Jan 10, 2017

    Winter Sounds, West Hollywood’s free indoor concert series, resumes on Jan. 21 with a performance by Solmaaz Adeli and Bill Cantos.

    Solmaaz Adeli, a classical mezzo-soprano, has released six solo albums, tours with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, and is a featured live performer with Burt Bacharach. Cantos is a keyboardist/singer-songwriter. They will team up to perform favorites from the American popular songbook of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as top jazz standards.

    Two other events are scheduled for this year, with the K8 Stewart Experience on Feb. 18 and the Arohi Ensemble on March 5.

    All concerts take place in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers adjacent to West Hollywood Library at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica.

    The performances begin at 4 p.m. and run until 5:30 p.m.. First come, first served…

    WeHo Serious Crime Incidents Fell Sharply in December

    WeHo Serious Crime Incidents Fell Sharply in December

    Tue, Jan 10, 2017 1 Comment

    Reported incidents of serious crime in West Hollywood fell 18% last month over the same month in 2015, according to a report by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

    The biggest decline was on the city’s Westside, home to its gay nightlife district and several residential neighborhoods. There overall serious crimes totaled 39 this December, a decrease of 41% compared with December 2015’s 66 reported incidents. Major decreases were in aggravated assault (down 89% to only one reported incident) and grand theft (down 43% to 12 incidents). Grand theft is theft of items worth more than $950.

    The only increase was in reported incidents of petty theft, which were up 46% to a total of 19 last month. Petty theft is defined as theft of items valued at $950 or less.

    The City Center area, which typically experiences relatively little crime,…

    Jamie Foxx Gets Caught in a Tussle at Catch

    Jamie Foxx Gets Caught in a Tussle at Catch

    Mon, Jan 09, 2017 5 Comments

    Could the aura of Sunset Boulevard be drifting south across the rest of West Hollywood?

    Looks that way with the celebrity press coverage of an attack on Jamie Foxx while he was dining Saturday night at Catch, the relatively new restaurant on Melrose Avenue at San Vicente.

    According to TMZ (of course), the actors and his friends were on the Catch patio when someone came over and asked them to quiet it down.

    “You don’t want to mess with me, I’m from New York,” TMZ quoted the interloper as saying. That apparently brought a response from one of Foxx’s companions: “F**k you. I’m from Oakland.”

    A tussle ensued that led to Foxx putting the stranger in a choke hold. Soon he and Foxx and his entourage were asked to leave.

    Catch, whose tables are said to be booked several months ahead, has generated some controversy of its own….

    Citizens Agenda Week 1: WeHo City Council Candidates on Whether Experience Matters (and  Donald Trump)

    Citizens Agenda Week 1: WeHo City Council Candidates on Whether Experience Matters (and Donald Trump)

    Mon, Jan 09, 2017 6 Comments

    Today the 10 candidates for two seats on the West Hollywood City Council address two of 11 questions raised by local residents.

    Doug  Stichler, Owen Ward Join WHMC, WEHOville’s Publisher

    Doug Stichler, Owen Ward Join WHMC, WEHOville’s Publisher

    Mon, Jan 09, 2017

    West Hollywood Media Company, publisher of the community’s most highly read news site and its only locally focused magazine, is pleased to announce that Doug Stichler and Owen Ward have joined us.

    Stichler is a serial entrepreneur having opening tanning salons and a hair salon before become head booker at a New York City modeling agency. He also ran several for-profit colleges across the United States. Stichler’s passion is advertising, marketing, training and sales, a subject he has been studying most of his adult life.

    Stichler will head sales efforts for WEHOville.com and West Hollywood Magazine and its ancillary and custom publishing projects.

    Ward joins West Hollywood Media Company from Off World Enterprise, a full-service marketing and communications firm that he founded. Off World’s mission has been to help businesses…

    Motorcyclist Injured in Crash on Sunset Boulevard

    Motorcyclist Injured in Crash on Sunset Boulevard

    Sun, Jan 08, 2017 3 Comments

    An Aston Martin hit a motorcyclist on Sunset Boulevard at North Alta Loma Road in West Hollywood just before 9:30 a.m. this morning. Los Angeles County firefighters and West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene to treat the motorcyclist and investigate the accident. The motorcyclist was transported in serious condition to a local area hospital.

    Two Men Charged with Burglary at WeHo’s Petco

    Two Men Charged with Burglary at WeHo’s Petco

    Sat, Jan 07, 2017 1 Comment

    West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies, responding to a call about a possible burglary at Petco, found and arrested two men inside the pet food and equipment store.

    The arrest occurred about 6 p.m. The store is located at 508 N. Doheny Drive, south of Santa Monica. The sheriff’s station watch commander said they two me were charged with burglary and remain in jail under bail.

    WeHo Residents and Producer Give Birth to New Crime Series on 70th Anniversary of the Black Dahlia Murder

    WeHo Residents and Producer Give Birth to New Crime Series on 70th Anniversary of the Black Dahlia Murder

    Fri, Jan 06, 2017 1 Comment

    A docudrama podcast series created by West Hollywood residents and produced by a WeHo-based company launches today.

    The series, produced by Wondery, is called “Hollywood & Crime.” It will investigate the underworld of crime in the entertainment capital of the world, with each season covering a different series of cases. The first season will center on the Black Dahlia murder, premiering today, which is the eve of the case’s 70th anniversary.

    At the beginning of season one is Elizabeth Short, a star-struck young woman whose body was found completely severed at the waist in January 1947 in Los Angeles. She would be forever remembered as the Black Dahlia, one of the most infamous unsolved murders in the U.S. to this day. However, few people know that more than a dozen other women died in similar circumstances around the same time….

    WeHo Chamber and L.A. League of Women Voters to Co-Host City Council Election Forum

    WeHo Chamber and L.A. League of Women Voters to Co-Host City Council Election Forum

    Fri, Jan 06, 2017

    The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the L.A. League of Women Voters are sponsoring a forum among candidates for the March 7 WeHo City Council election.

    The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Place. It will be moderated by Robert Kovacik of NBC4 Southern California. All 10 candidates have been invited to participate.

    The forum is open to the public. It can be viewed on the city’s WeHoTV cable and web channels. WeHoTV is available to Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) customers within West Hollywood on channel 10. AT&T U-verse customers across Southern California can access WeHoTV on channel 99. The forum will also be available for live streaming and on-demand replay on the City’s website www.weho.org/wehotv and on WeHoTV’s YouTube Channel at…

    Three Strong Arm Robberies in WeHo Last Week

    Three Strong Arm Robberies in WeHo Last Week

    Thu, Jan 05, 2017

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Dec. 26, 2016, to Jan. 1, 2017. The times are indicated in Military Time, a concise form in which midnight is indicated as 0000 and noon as 1200. The list also includes the case number.

    Dec. 26

    Residential Burglary. 1000 block Gardner Street. 12/26/2016 between 5 and 11:55 pm. an unknown person smashed the rear bedroom door windowpanes to gain access to the residence. The victim was unsure if anything was missing. Loss $100. #07572

    Dec. 27

    Strong Arm Robbery. Melrose Avenue / San Vincente Boulevard. 12/27/2016 @ 1:30 am. A man was walking northbound on San Vicente on the sidewalk when a man approached him from behind and shoved him to the ground. The suspect held the victim to the ground and demanded his cell…

    The 2017 Citizens Agenda: Questions from WeHo Residents for City Council Candidates

    The 2017 Citizens Agenda: Questions from WeHo Residents for City Council Candidates

    Mon, Jan 02, 2017 7 Comments

    Here is a list of questions residents of West Hollywood want candidates in the March City Council election to address.

    Opinion: Should We Restore the WeHo City Council Deputy System?

    Opinion: Should We Restore the WeHo City Council Deputy System?

    Mon, Jan 02, 2017 19 Comments

    t has been eighteen months since the West Hollywood City Council voted to eliminate the five council deputies. The decision to dismantle the council deputy program that had existed since the founding of the city was rushed, made during a period of what can most charitably described as a highly charged period of political stress. But over the last several months I have heard more people questioning the wisdom of that vote and asking if the residents of West Hollywood have been well served by that decision.

    At the time, eliminating the deputies seemed like a solution to the ongoing dysfunction on the third floor of City Hall. People were shocked by the deputies’ salaries, which had escalated in recent years and seemed excessive. While I made a rather lonely public argument that the council should not make a decision in haste,…

    City Breaks Ground Tuesday on Second Phase of West Hollywood Park Construction

    City Breaks Ground Tuesday on Second Phase of West Hollywood Park Construction

    Mon, Jan 02, 2017 7 Comments

    The West Hollywood City Council will attend a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the beginning of construction on the second phase of the redevelopment of West Hollywood Park, which will bring the total cost of the project to roughly $12 million an acre.

    The ceremony will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on the park’s South Lawn, adjacent to the West Hollywood Library, at 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. south of Santa Monica. It is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the five-story parking structure nearby with tickets validated at the event.

    Work on the second phase of the eight-acre park project will begin this month and is anticipated to last for approximately three years. The plan features an aquatic and recreation center with two rooftop swimming pools and a multi-sport court, small and large dog parks,…

    Landlord Cheri Woods Pleads No Contest to Overcharging Norton Avenue Tenant

    Landlord Cheri Woods Pleads No Contest to Overcharging Norton Avenue Tenant

    Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11 Comments

    Cheri Woods, the notorious landlord of a building where rocker Jim Morrison once lived, has pleaded no contest to a lawsuit by the City of West Hollywood alleging that she harassed her tenants and charged one of them more than the legally allowable rent.

    In accepting her plea, L.A. Superior Court Judge Jane Godfrey ordered Woods to pay a fine of $500 plus $500 in additional court fees and pay restitution of $5,185 to one of her tenants, who the city alleged was charged more rent than legally allowed. If Woods had been convicted of violating the city’s rent laws, she would have faced up to six months in prison and a fine of as much as $1,000.

    West Hollywood filed a lawsuit against Woods in May, alleging that she harassed tenants of the five-unit building “in a manner that was likely to create a hostile living environment or to cause…

    WeHo Accepting Donations for Homeless LGBT Young People

    WeHo Accepting Donations for Homeless LGBT Young People

    Sat, Dec 31, 2016

    The City of West Hollywood is accepting donations of warm winter clothing and other accessories for homeless young people.

    The donations will be distributed by the L.A. LGBT Youth Center. Many of the young people to whom the center provides services do not have warm winter clothing or professional clothing for job interviews or for the jobs they hold. The center’s biggest need is shoes (men’s size 7 to 13, women’s size 6 to 12, tied together), jeans (all adult sizes), jackets, backpacks, new packages of socks and underwear and travel-sized hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, shaving items, etc.) Dress pants, shirts, suits, belts and casual clothing are also appreciated, as are gift cards for stores such as Target in any denomination to purchase items for interviews (please be sure to write the dollar value on…

    WeHo City Hall Closed on Monday; Athens Picks Up Christmas Trees

    WeHo City Hall Closed on Monday; Athens Picks Up Christmas Trees

    Fri, Dec 30, 2016

    West Hollywood City Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, given that the annual New Year’s Day holiday occurs on Sunday this year.

    Athens Services will continue its regular schedule of trash pick-up and recycling services. It will collect holiday trees on normal pickup days through Jan. 6.

    To ensure collection of holiday trees: remove stands, ornaments, lights and tinsel; place holiday trees at the curb; trees over six feet in length must be cut in half; trees with flocking or fire retardants are acceptable. Please do not leave trees in plastic bags, as the bags can get caught in chipper blades.

    Remember that gift boxes, wrapping paper, and other paper packaging can be recycled with your regular paper and cardboard recycling.

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