WEHOville

    ON THE INSIDE


    WEST HOLLYWOOD NEWS

    WeHo Joins 240 Cities and Mayors in the ‘Compact to Combat Hate’

    WeHo Joins 240 Cities and Mayors in the ‘Compact to Combat Hate’

    Fri, Aug 18, 2017 1 Comment

    The City of West Hollywood has signed onto the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, an initiative of Anti-Defamation League and the United States Conference of Mayors aimed at fighting extremism and bigotry.

    West Hollywood is one of more than 240 cities and mayors across the nation to sign onto the compact.

    “Recent events in Charlottesville are not only heartbreaking, they are unacceptable,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “We cannot let the forces of racism and hatred take us backwards. Cities across the nation, such as West Hollywood, must lead the way in fighting extremism and violence. In joining the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, we redouble our efforts to make our communities safe for everyone and we deepen our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of justice and equality that define our country and…

    WeHo Planning Commission Approves Two Condo Projects

    WeHo Planning Commission Approves Two Condo Projects

    Fri, Aug 18, 2017 2 Comments

    West Hollywood’s Planning Commission approved two new condominium buildings during its Thursday night meeting. Once they are built, the two projects will offer a net gain of 17 new residential units in the city, as three single family homes will be demolished to build 20 units.

    On a 6-1 vote, the Commission approved a three-story, six-unit condominium building at 1012 Cory Ave., just south of Sunset Boulevard, across from the high-rise building that includes Boa Steakhouse restaurant and the Soho House upscale private club.

    The building will have underground parking, a rooftop pool and one unit set aside for lower-income residents. Designed by Los Angeles-based BO.SHI Architects, the property is owned by Elite Investment Management Group, a firm owned by Meir Silbani and Jonathan Menlo.

    The commissioners gave lukewarm praise…

    CSW, Organizer of L.A. Pride, Solicits Applicants for Board Positions

    CSW, Organizer of L.A. Pride, Solicits Applicants for Board Positions

    Thu, Aug 17, 2017 2 Comments

    Christopher Street West, organizer of the annual L.A. Pride parade and festival, is seeking applicants for membership on its board of directors.

    “Being a part of L.A. Pride’s Board takes a lot of passion, commitment, and dedication,” said Chris Classen, CSW board president, in an announcement today. “The directors on our board don’t just sit around the table making decisions; they get their hands dirty and work tirelessly throughout the year to give back to our local community.”

    “What many people don’t realize is that it takes a small army of dedicated individuals comprising a variety of skill sets to plan and execute the many community-focused programs and initiatives led by L.A. Pride throughout the year.”

    According to the announcement, “the goal of this recruitment effort is to attract thought leaders,…

    SPONSORED CONTENT

    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, […]

    West Hollywood Heights Annual Meeting Set for Aug. 26

    West Hollywood Heights Annual Meeting Set for Aug. 26

    Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    The annual meeting of the West Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association will take place on Aug. 26 at the Horn Plaza Community Room.

    WHHNA includes residents of 1,010 homes on Horn, Sherbourne, Shoreham, Larrabee, Clark and Ozeta Terrace, the only streets north of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

    Its goal, according to its website, is “to maintain and preserve the quality of life in our little pocket of West Hollywood, and to create continued awareness of this area in front of the leaders of our city as they make decisions that impact this extremely dense hillside residential neighborhood.”

    Congressman Adam Schiff will speak at the meeting, whose main topic will be crime and public safety.

    The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. The community meeting room is located at 1230 Horn Ave. Parking is difficult and those…

    WeHo Planning Commission Tonight Will Consider Demolition of Three Houses to Build 20 Condo Units

    WeHo Planning Commission Tonight Will Consider Demolition of Three Houses to Build 20 Condo Units

    Thu, Aug 17, 2017 11 Comments

    The West Hollywood Planning Commission tonight will review two proposed projects that would require demolition of a total of three single-family homes, which would be replaced by a total of 20 condominium units.

    The largest project would require demolition of two single-family houses at 1041-1047 N. Spaulding Ave., between Romaine and Santa Monica Boulevard, which would be replaced by a three-story building that would house 14 condos and have an underground parking garage.

    The building is a project of a limited liability company that apparently is owned by Guild GC, a Culver City development firm whose principals are Eric Fishburn and Craig Knight.

    The building would include five one-bedroom units and nine two-bedroom units. One of the one-bedroom units would be made available to a very-low-income tenant. The addition of the…

    Overall WeHo Crime Rate Was Steady in July, Although Car Break-ins Climbed 46%

    Overall WeHo Crime Rate Was Steady in July, Although Car Break-ins Climbed 46%

    Tue, Aug 15, 2017 1 Comment

    There were 164 serious crimes reported in West Hollywood last month, just one shy of the 165 reported in July 2016, according to a report by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

    Where the city did see a major increase was in vehicle burglaries, which were up 46% over last year, with 38 incidents reported. The majority of those were on the city’s Westside, with 21 incidents reported, up 62% from 2016. The City Center reported eight car break-ins compared with four in July 2016, and the Eastside reported nine, the same number as last year.

    There also was a large increase in sexual assaults, with five rapes reported last month compared to two in 2016. Three of those occurred on the city’s Westside and two on the Eastside.

    Incidents of petty theft, defined as theft of something valued at $950 or less, were down 14%, but still…

    SPONSORED CONTENT

    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 […]

    Former Rosewood Elementary Teacher’s Felony Conviction Reduced to Misdemeanor

    Former Rosewood Elementary Teacher’s Felony Conviction Reduced to Misdemeanor

    Tue, Aug 15, 2017 2 Comments

    A former fourth-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School who pleaded no contest in 2015 to a felony child abuse count for putting a plastic bag over a 10-year-old girl’s head had the conviction reduced to a misdemeanor Monday.

    Thelmo Garcia, 39, completed child-abuse counseling, performed 100 days of Caltrans work and complied with all the terms of his original probation as ordered by the court in August 2015, clearing the way for the reduced conviction. Failing to follow the court’s order could have landed Garcia up to six years in prison.

    Garcia was sentenced Monday to three years summary probation and the condition that he not teach minors during those three years.

    Garcia put a plastic bag over the girl’s head during class at the Los Angeles school, then removed it after several seconds, according to the Los Angeles County…

    Sheriff’s Department Investigating Drug-Related Death in Local Activist Ed Buck’s Apartment

    Sheriff’s Department Investigating Drug-Related Death in Local Activist Ed Buck’s Apartment

    Tue, Aug 15, 2017 5 Comments

    The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is opening an investigation into the drug-related death of a young African-American man last month in the apartment of well-known WeHo political donor and activist Ed Buck.

    The investigation, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, follows a call for an investigation by the young man’s mother, who lives in Texas. She has acknowledged that her son has worked as a prostitute and has alleged that Buck hired him and encouraged him to use drugs. The Sheriff’s Department said it is conducting the investigation out of “an abundance of caution.”

    Her son, Gemmel “Juelz” Moore, 26, was found dead in Buck’s Laurel Avenue apartment on July 27. A report from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office states that the death was an accident and lists its cause as “methamphetamine use.”

    The L.A….

    Hollywood Temple Beth El Adopts Open Seating, No Charge Policy for High Holy Days

    Hollywood Temple Beth El Adopts Open Seating, No Charge Policy for High Holy Days

    Mon, Aug 14, 2017 1 Comment

    Hollywood Temple Beth El is adopting an open seating, no-charge policy for High Holy Days in an effort to reach beyond its core members and attract more young people to its services.

    The policy, announced by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg, the senior rabbi at the synagogue, is “a gamble, based on the quote ‘If you build it they will come’,” Weinberg said. “It is our hope that a significant critical mass of younger Jews will meet, find common interest and become interested in creating a community of common interest and friendship at historic Hollywood Temple Beth El.”

    Synagogues traditionally have charged annual dues to their members. But that practice is changing according to a report in Jewish Telegraphic Agency. It notes that nearly 60 Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist synagogues have dropped mandatory fees. And…

    Free Class Offered on Using WeHo’s Bike Share Program

    Free Class Offered on Using WeHo’s Bike Share Program

    Sat, Aug 12, 2017 4 Comments

    If the only pedal you push is the accelerator in your car, maybe it’s time to try a healthier option.

    For those who haven’t yet tried the City of West Hollywood’s bike share program, the WeHo Pedals “Bike Share Basics” class can tell you how.

    The class, sponsored by CycleHop and taught by Sustainable Streets, www.sustainablestreets.org
    is free. In the two-hour class, students will learn all the features of the bikes, basic rules of the road and essential safety tips for riding safely and lawfully in the roadway. Bikes are provided. All participants will receive a free helmet.

    The class takes place on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the bike share station at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Those attending can register online.

    Dead Suspect in Edinburgh Avenue Hostage Situation Was a Key Witness in Indonesian Corruption Case

    Dead Suspect in Edinburgh Avenue Hostage Situation Was a Key Witness in Indonesian Corruption Case

    Fri, Aug 11, 2017 10 Comments

    The Beverly Grove resident who authorities found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Edinburgh Avenue early Thursday morning is a key witness in an investigation in his native Indonesia of a $172 million graft case that involves a cabinet minister, two governors and other prominent politicians.

    The 32-year-old man is Johannes Marliem, who originally was misidentified as Johannes Marlie in a story from a local news service. Police were called at 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday to the 600 block of North Edinburgh Avenue in Beverly Grove, where Marliem was said to be holding two people hostage in a house. The area around Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard, on the southern edge of WeHo, was shut down for hours while crisis negotiators and a SWAT team attempted to remove the two hostages. A woman and child, apparently…

    Death from Meth in a WeHo Apartment Creates Right-Wing Media Buzz

    Death from Meth in a WeHo Apartment Creates Right-Wing Media Buzz

    Fri, Aug 11, 2017 13 Comments

    A story on a local blog about the death of a young man from a drug overdose in the apartment of a well-known West Hollywood resident has gotten international coverage after having been promoted or republished in right-wing media such as the Drudge Report, Independent Journal Review and TruNews and on the website of the sensationalist Daily Mail.

    The story calls out the death on July 27 of a young, African-American man from Texas in the Laurel Avenue apartment of Ed Buck. Buck is known for his political activism and his donations to state and local Democratic Parties and his involvement in West Hollywood politics.

    WEHOville has confirmed with the L.A. County Coroner that Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead in Buck’s apartment on July 27. The cause was determined to be methamphetamine use. The initial story, written by Ryan Gierach,…

    Eleven WeHo Vehicle Burglaries Result in $20,810 in Losses Last Week

    Eleven WeHo Vehicle Burglaries Result in $20,810 in Losses Last Week

    Fri, Aug 11, 2017 2 Comments

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from July 31 to Aug. 6. The list also includes each case number.

    July 31

    Armed Robbery. 8500 block Melrose Avenue at 10:15 pm. Two men were standing on the sidewalk when they were approached from behind by two men. The suspects pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his watch and the victim complied. Both suspects then ran west bound on Melrose Avenue and north bound on Westbourne Drive and out of view. Loss $30,000. #04096

    Aug. 1

    Vehicle Burglary. 1100 block Orange Grove Avenue between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a handbag containing a laptop computer and camera from the rear passenger’s seat. Loss $4,800. #04113

    Aug. 2

    Grand Theft. 8400…

    Coroner ID’s Suspect in Beverly Grove Hostage Scene as Johannes Marliem

    Coroner ID’s Suspect in Beverly Grove Hostage Scene as Johannes Marliem

    Fri, Aug 11, 2017 10 Comments

    Authorities today identified as Johannes Marliem the man who barricaded himself in a residential building on Edinburgh Avenue in the Beverly Grove area. Marliem, 32, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at 2 a.m. on Thursday.

    The standoff began about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, when police were called to the 600 block of North Edinburgh Avenue, said Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im. The area around Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard, just south of WeHo, was shut down for hours while crisis negotiators and a SWAT team attempted to remove two hostages from the scene. A woman and child finally got out of the building safely about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The L.A. County Coroner’s office identified the dead suspect as Johannes Marliem, however, no additional information is available at this time.

    In ‘Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta,’ an Interactive Theatrical Story of the Spanish-American Pioneer

    In ‘Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta,’ an Interactive Theatrical Story of the Spanish-American Pioneer

    Fri, Aug 11, 2017

    The City of West Hollywood has commissioned Rogue Artists Ensemble to create the interactive, site-specific theater piece “Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta” as part of its “WeHo Artes: West Hollywood Celebrates Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” programming.

    The play honors the 75th anniversary of the 1942 book “Señor Plummer: The Life and Laughter of an Old-Californian” by former Los Angeles Times staff writer John Preston Buschlen. The book documents interviews with Spanish-American pioneer Eugene Plummer – a.k.a. “Don Eugenio,” West Hollywood’s “original resident.”
    Plummer’s family once owned 942 acres in the heart of Los Angeles and Hollywood, including the Hollywood Bowl site, a square-mile fronting Wilshire Boulevard, and Plummer Park, the location of his last residence. To be told through a patchwork of…

    WeHo Entrepreneur Blaine Vess Sells Student Brands for $58 Million

    WeHo Entrepreneur Blaine Vess Sells Student Brands for $58 Million

    Thu, Aug 10, 2017 2 Comments

    Blaine Vess, 36, an unabashed fan of West Hollywood who grew his business in WeHo until he couldn’t find enough office space to house it here, has sold that business for $58 million.

    That business, called Student Brands, was launched by Vess in 1999 from his dormitory room at North Central College in Illinois. Its product was Oppapers.com, a website where students could share papers to help one another study. As it grew, Vess and his co-founders ran it out of his home and then, in 2011, he chose West Hollywood as the location for a real office.

    An article about the sale of Vess’s business published in Fortune’s Term Sheet newsletter, notes that when the company created a paid subscription model in 2005 it earned $60,000 in Year One. That grew to more than $1 million by 2007. Vess, who had moved to Los Angeles to work as a…

    With Crosswalk at Santa Monica Blvd. and Westmount Reopened, Here’s What’s Next

    With Crosswalk at Santa Monica Blvd. and Westmount Reopened, Here’s What’s Next

    Thu, Aug 10, 2017 16 Comments

    The installation of pedestrian crosswalks with traffic lights on Santa Monica Boulevard has reached a major step with the reopening of the crosswalk at Westmount Drive and the northbound u-turn lane in front of the Ramada Inn and the addition of a southbound u-turn lane.

    An announcement from the City of West Hollywood’s Public Works Department says work will continue to installing traffic signals at each of the four crosswalk locations on Santa Monica.

    This coming week, drivers and pedestrians can expect daily lane closures in the immediate work areas between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Other activities include:

    Monday. The contractor will be installing conduit via boring at Hancock Avenue, by Coffee Bean, and at Westmount Drive on the south side. Pedestrian access will be maintained. Also, irrigation work within new median…

    ICYMI: Ben Kawaller Offers a Salty and Funny Look at WeHo’s National Night Out

    ICYMI: Ben Kawaller Offers a Salty and Funny Look at WeHo’s National Night Out

    Wed, Aug 09, 2017 5 Comments

    A week ago Tuesday, hundreds (if not thousands) of West Hollywood residents got together in their neighborhoods to celebrate the annual National Night Out.

    It is, as Mayor John Heilman has described it: “An opportunity for residents to make new friends, socialize and meet representatives from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, our local L.A. County Fire Stations and City Hall, and it’s wonderful to see neighborhoods come together and take a firm stand against crime.”

    WEHOville invited Ben Kawaller, our favorite comedic videographer, to drop in on some of the nine neighborhood events and take an outside look at what was going on. Kawaller just submitted his video, created with the help of the talented Basir Rahman Aria, which shows you what you might have missed if you weren’t at your neighborhood’s NNO gathering….

    The Grownups: The Mother of West Hollywood Is Still Watching Her Baby

    The Grownups: The Mother of West Hollywood Is Still Watching Her Baby

    Wed, Aug 09, 2017 18 Comments

    Now 79, Ruth Williams moved to West Hollywood when she was a little more than 10 years old. Since then she’s fought to create the city and continues to work to keep it safe and accepting.

    Cedars-Sinai Ranks No. 11 in National List of Best Hospitals

    Cedars-Sinai Ranks No. 11 in National List of Best Hospitals

    Tue, Aug 08, 2017 2 Comments

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been named to the “Honor Roll” in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2017-18,” earning a place among 20 U.S. hospitals to receive the designation. The medical center also had 12 medical specialties nationally ranked in the magazine’s newest hospital rankings released Tuesday.

    The medical center was ranked No. 11 of more than 4,500 hospitals in the nation, placing it among a select group of Honor Roll hospitals. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center ranked No. 7.

    The rankings are based on a variety of measures, including patient outcomes, patient safety, technology and reputation (based on physician surveys). Each year, U.S. News makes changes in its rankings methodology; among the changes this year is a risk adjustment based on socioeconomic status.

    The 12 Cedars-Sinai Medical…

    Russian-Speaking WeHo Resident Launching Fight Against Allegations of Russian/Trump Collusion

    Russian-Speaking WeHo Resident Launching Fight Against Allegations of Russian/Trump Collusion

    Tue, Aug 08, 2017 27 Comments

    West Hollywood is seen by some as a bastion of opposition to most of what Donald Trump is trying to accomplish. But some of its residents, particularly in the Russian-speaking community, are supporting him.

    The most recently publicized example is Julia Gran, a native of Moscow who lives on Westbourne Drive. Gran recently was called out by ThinkProgress.org, a left-of-center news website, for creating a political action committee that apparently will be raising money to support Trump and combat allegations that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help him win. Allegations about collusion between members of Trump’s family and staff and Russian officials are the subject of an investigation by Robert Mueller, a special counsel appointed by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    Julia Gran of…

    WeHo Design Subcommittee to Take a Look at the Proposed Arts Club

    WeHo Design Subcommittee to Take a Look at the Proposed Arts Club

    Tue, Aug 08, 2017 6 Comments

    The WeHo Planning Commission’s design review subcommittee will review on Thursday the proposed design for the Arts Club on Sunset Boulevard.

    The club building will replace the building on the southeast corner of Sunset and Hilldale Avenue that now houses the Hustler store and various offices, including that of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. The nine-story building is designed by the Gensler architecture firm.

    Gwynne Pugh, whose architecture and design firm has been engaged by the City of West Hollywood to evaluate proposed new buildings, praised the overall design. “Overall, the design of the building is favorable, both as an urban and architectural landmark,” Pugh said in a memorandum to the design review subcommittee.

    However, Pugh was somewhat critical of how the building looked from the sidewalk. “At ground…

    WeHo’s 3rd Annual Cannabis Forum Set for Aug. 26

    WeHo’s 3rd Annual Cannabis Forum Set for Aug. 26

    Mon, Aug 07, 2017

    The third annual Cannabis Education Forum will be held on Aug. 26 at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers.

    The annual forum is intended to bring together cannabis enthusiasts, advocates and professionals to discuss obstacles and opportunities for industry growth in a political and social context. This year’s forum also will focus on the implementation of Proposition 64’s legalization of recreational use of cannabis in West Hollywood. This year, the Cannabis Education Forum will recognize and honor a member of the West Hollywood cannabis community with its first-ever Trailblazer Award. More information about speakers at the forum will be released in coming days.

    The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica. The event is free but those…

    Man Who Died in Jump from Orlando Avenue Building Identified as Gregory Paul Friedman

    Man Who Died in Jump from Orlando Avenue Building Identified as Gregory Paul Friedman

    Mon, Aug 07, 2017 31 Comments

    The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has identified the young man who jumped from the building at 710 N. Orlando Ave. last Friday afternoon as Gregory Paul Friedman, 27. Friedman lived in Santa Monica and worked at Laurel & Wolf in West Hollywood. The jump was an apparent suicide, although the Coroner’s Office has not yet ruled on a cause of death.

    A video showed Friedman’s body falling down into the courtyard of the three-story building at 710 N. Orlando Ave., which is between Willoughby and Melrose, just outside West Hollywood city limits.

    A photo posted by a building resident on Facebook showed Friedman entering the building wearing a white shirt and sneakers and black pants or jeans. Another photo showed him lying in the courtyard, surrounded by officers from the L.A. Police Department’s Wilshire Division and Los Angeles…

    WeHo Sheriff’s Station Reception Operating from Mobile Van During Construction

    WeHo Sheriff’s Station Reception Operating from Mobile Van During Construction

    Mon, Aug 07, 2017

    Because of construction at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, those visiting the station are asked to go to a mobile command post in its front parking lot.

    The station is on the southeast corner of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards, and the parking lot is entered from San Vicente.

    The mobile command post will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There will be no access to the station lobby during construction.

    Pedestrian Injured While Crossing Sunset Blvd. in Possible DUI Incident

    Pedestrian Injured While Crossing Sunset Blvd. in Possible DUI Incident

    Sun, Aug 06, 2017

    A man walking across Sunset Boulevard near Harper Avenue early this morning was hit by a car whose driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

    The collision happened around 3 a.m. Deputies, who happened to be nearby, responded immediately and Sunset was closed for a while between the Chateau Marmont and its intersection with Sweetzer Avenue.

    The pedestrian, who was pinned under the car, was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was determined to be in stable condition. The driver of the car also was taken to the hospital.

    Let WEHOville Email the News to You