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    How Much Water Do Residents of Local Cities Use?

    How Much Water Do Residents of Local Cities Use?

    Thu, Dec 08, 2016

    Average water use varies from 75 to 135 gallons per resident per day in nearby cities. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the State Water Resources Control Board. West Hollywood does not have its own water department. The cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills provide the water here. The report compares their residential usage to other cities. The calculation excludes water used by businesses, farmers, and other non-residential users. Compared to nearby cities, Beverly Hills has the highest residential water use: 135 gallons per person per day. Burbank's residents use 111 gallons a day. Los Angeles (78 gallons) uses about 40% less per person than Beverly Hills. Santa Monica (77 gallons) and Culver City (75 gallons) consume a bit less than Los Angeles. Glendale's residents use more, 89...

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    8555 Santa Monica Project Gets Reluctant Endorsement from Design Committee

    8555 Santa Monica Project Gets Reluctant Endorsement from Design Committee

    Fri, Dec 09, 2016 3 Comments

    A large retail-residential project beside the Ramada Inn in Boystown received reluctant approval Thursday during the Design Review subcommittee meeting of West Hollywood’s Planning Commission. The 8555 Santa Monica Blvd. project, which covers a one-acre lot from the east side of the Ramada Inn to West Knoll Drive plus three lots on West Knoll, will be five stories tall with 34,000 square feet of commercial space. It will have 12 “live-work” units, designed for people who work from home, and 97 residential units, 22 of which will be set aside for moderate- and low-income residents. Since the project was last critiqued by the three-member Design Review team in January 2015, it has expanded thanks to the purchase of two more single-family homes immediately behind it on West Knoll Drive. While the portion on Santa Monica Boulevard...

    Naked Man Climbs Atop Bus on Sunset Boulevard

    Naked Man Climbs Atop Bus on Sunset Boulevard

    Thu, Dec 08, 2016 2 Comments

    A naked man climbed on top of a bus today in West Hollywood and was taken into custody after about 40 minutes. Deputies were called about 1:45 p.m. to the 8300 block of Sunset Boulevard to investigate a report of a naked man walking down the street, and by the time they arrived the naked man was atop a bus, according to Sgt. Enrique Mandujan of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station. Deputies and firefighters managed to talk the man into surrendering about 40 minutes, Mandujan said. The man likely would be brought to a hospital for a psychological investigation, the sergeant said.

    L.A. City Council Approves Plans for LGBT Center’s New Campus

    L.A. City Council Approves Plans for LGBT Center’s New Campus

    Thu, Dec 08, 2016 1 Comment

    The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved plans yesterday for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus in Hollywood. The new campus will include up to 100 units of affordable housing for seniors, 100 beds for homeless youth, new senior and youth centers, up to 35 units of permanent supportive housing for young people and a ground floor retail space. “Today’s vote marks an important milestone for our city and LGBT community," said Center CEO Lorri Jean. "For nearly 50 years, our Center has been an important part of our city’s safety net, caring for, among others, LGBT seniors and youth—groups that desperately need our help. "The need for affordable housing in Los Angeles is particularly dire, especially in Hollywood. The Center and our new Anita May Rosenstein Campus are part of the solution...

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    California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

    Fri, Nov 18, 2016

    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, […]

    19 People Are Considering a Run for Two Seats on the WeHo City Council

    19 People Are Considering a Run for Two Seats on the WeHo City Council

    Wed, Dec 07, 2016 3 Comments

    As of Monday, four candidates had qualified for the March 2017 West Hollywood City Council election. And a total of 19 have requested the paperwork needed to register as a candidate. Those who have qualified are Cynthia Blatt, Amanda Goodwin, Joel Quaresimo and Carla Romo. Incumbents John Duran and John Heilman are virtually certain to seek re-election, given their campaign fundraising efforts. Also expected to run is attorney and former City Councilmember Steve Martin. Larry Block, an unsuccessful candidate in the 2015 race, is considering a run and has requested the necessary paperwork. The latest to have requested paperwork to register as a candidate are John Hinkel, Michael Blieden, Nathan Clark, Timothy Williams and Yeshia Braverman. As is the case with most of those who have requested candidate applications for this election,...

    Tech Company InvestCloud Expands on the PDC

    Tech Company InvestCloud Expands on the PDC

    Wed, Dec 07, 2016

    InvestCloud, a design, financial software engineering and cloud operator firm, has expanded its long-term lease in the Pacific Design Center’s Green Building by 11,000 square feet, for a total of 28,000 square feet. The company recently took occupancy of its space on the Green Building’s sixth floor, moving from its former Wilshire Boulevard address in Beverly Hills. “We are very pleased that InvestCloud has expanded its presence in the PDC Green Building as a high-profile tenant with a dynamic, fast-growing company,” said Charles S. Cohen, president/CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corp., owner and developer of the Pacific Design Center (PDC) “InvestCloud is a wonderful addition to the PDC campus’ high-energy, creative tenant mix.” The company’s PDC neighbors include tenants from creative industries that include...

    $40,000 in Jewelry, Watch Thefts in Weho Last Week

    $40,000 in Jewelry, Watch Thefts in Weho Last Week

    Tue, Dec 06, 2016

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. The times are indicated in as Military Time, a concise form in which midnight is indicated as 0000 and noon as 1200. The list also includes the case number. Nov. 28 […]

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    Landlord Withdraws Application for Cultural Designation of Jim Morrison’s Apartment

    Landlord Withdraws Application for Cultural Designation of Jim Morrison’s Apartment

    Mon, Dec 05, 2016 3 Comments

    Cheri Woods has withdrawn her petition to have her Norton Avenue apartment building designated as culturally significant because rocker Jim Morrison of The Doors once stayed there. The city's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) earlier had recommended the designation, and the petition was on the agenda of tonight's West Hollywood City Council meeting for a final decision. However in a memo to the council, the city's Community Development Department (CDD) said Woods has been "listing elements of the building on Craigslist as memorabilia, including character- defining features. Therefore, staff continues to recommend denial of the nomination based on changes to the property that have come about since the original HPC decision." Woods currently is the subject of a lawsuit by the City of West Hollywood, which alleges that she...

    New Lawsuits Filed in 8150 Sunset Project, Including One Against WeHo

    New Lawsuits Filed in 8150 Sunset Project, Including One Against WeHo

    Sun, Dec 04, 2016 11 Comments

    Two new lawsuits have been filed against the City of Los Angeles and one has been filed against the City of West Hollywood over the controversial 8150 Sunset Blvd. project. As was previously reported, the Los Angeles Conservancy filed a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court on Thursday arguing that the City of Los Angeles did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in its review of the 8150 Sunset project. But also on that date a group called "Fix the City" sued the City of Los Angeles, making a similar argument and asking that a judge order the city to reverse its approval of the project. Fix the City is an advocacy group organized by James O'Sullivan, who also is president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association. Susanne Manners, whose family trust owns the building at 1477-70 Havenhurst Drive, which is in West...

    LACMA’s Priscilla Fraser Named Director of WeHo’s MAK

    LACMA’s Priscilla Fraser Named Director of WeHo’s MAK

    Fri, Dec 02, 2016

    Priscilla Lovat Fraser, a senior architect and project manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has been named director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood. She will assume the position on Jan. 2. Fraser replaces Kimberli Meyer, the longtime director of MAK, who left to become director of the University Art Museum at CalState Long Beach. MAK Los Angeles, whose headquarters is the Rudolph Schindler House at 835 N. Kings Rd. is a branch of the MAK -- the Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien (MAK), the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna. MAK Los Angeles was created in 1994 when Friends of the Schindler House agreed to lease the home of the famous architect property to MAK whose programming and exhibits are focused on the relationship between art and architecture. MAK...

    After Two and a Half Hours, WeHo Planning Commission Renders Decision on 18-Inch Setback

    After Two and a Half Hours, WeHo Planning Commission Renders Decision on 18-Inch Setback

    Fri, Dec 02, 2016 4 Comments

    West Hollywood’s Planning Commission spent two-and-a-half hours Thursday night debating a proposed apartment building on the northeast corner of Martel Avenue and Romaine Street, before finally agreeing to reduce its rear setback by 18 inches. The project at 1016 Martel Ave. would demolish three duplexes to create a three-story, 11-unit building. City zoning laws require a 15-foot setback from the rear property line. However, the city allows apartment projects that incorporate a courtyard design to encroach on that setback, and this project requested using eight-and-a-half feet of that 15-foot setback. The project further requested an additional modification of another foot-and-a-half of the rear setback, leaving a mere five feet between the building and the property line. With the commission’s 5 to 2 vote to deny that 18-inch...

    L.A. Conservancy Sues Los Angeles Over Lytton Savings Building Preservation

    L.A. Conservancy Sues Los Angeles Over Lytton Savings Building Preservation

    Thu, Dec 01, 2016 5 Comments

    In the latest effort to preserve the Lytton Savings Bank building, the Los Angeles Conservancy today filed a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court arguing that the City of Los Angeles did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in its review of the 8150 Sunset Blvd. project. The Lytton Savings Building was designed by noted Southern California architect Kurt Meyer. Now a Chase Bank, the building with its zig-zag folded plate roof, glass walls and interior art work offered a radical architectural departure from traditional bank buildings when it opened in 1960. In mid-September the L.A. Cultural Heritage Commission unanimously agreed to recommend landmark status to the building. The building sits on a site at the southwest corner of Sunset and Crescent Height boulevards where a developer plans to build 229 residential...

    Car Stolen Near WeHo by Fake Cops

    Car Stolen Near WeHo by Fake Cops

    Wed, Nov 30, 2016 1 Comment

    L.A. Police Department officers are looking for two men who posed as police officers and stole a man's vehicle just outside West Hollywood last night. The carjacking was reported around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of North Clark Street, north of Sunset Boulevard, said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Division. The victim told police the two suspects exited a vehicle and approached his gray Toyota Corolla, saying they were police officers. The three men exchanged words before the victim came out of his car and the suspects then took off with it, Lopez said. The man was unharmed in the carjacking. Descriptions of the suspects were not immediately available.

    ‘Grindr Serial Killer’ Conviction Highlights Dangers Using Gay Hookup Apps

    ‘Grindr Serial Killer’ Conviction Highlights Dangers Using Gay Hookup Apps

    Wed, Nov 30, 2016 1 Comment

    Last week's conviction of a London man dubbed the "Grindr serial killer" highlights the risk of anonymous sexual encounters through mobile phone hookup apps. Such apps are in common use in West Hollywood, where roughly 40% of the population identifies as gay men. Stephen Port, who English websites and newspapers call the "Grindr serial killer," was sentenced to life in prison for murdering four men he can met on gay hookup apps or websites and lured to his home with the promise of a sexual encounter. The men were ages 21, 22, 23 and 25. Port buried each of the men in a churchyard a third of a mile from his home in the London borough of Barking. In addition to the murders, Port was found guilty of four rapes and of administering GHB, known as a "date rape" drug and used by some gay men to induce a sense of euphoria and heightened sex...

    WeHo’s ‘Movietown Square’ Opens Its Doors Thursday to Senior Residents

    WeHo’s ‘Movietown Square’ Opens Its Doors Thursday to Senior Residents

    Wed, Nov 30, 2016 16 Comments

    People will begin moving tomorrow into a building that is the first to be completed on the Movietown Plaza site and the latest project of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation. The 77-unit apartment building on Poinsettia Place south of Santa Monica Boulevard will provide low- and moderate-income housing for people 62 years old and older. It offers a range of amenities including a gym and two community center rooms, one with tables and an open range for cooking classes and the other with a gas fireplace, a large television monitor and computers for the use of residents. Beneath the five-story courtyard building will be Trader Joe's, the popular grocery store that was demolished in 2013 when the site was being prepared for construction of what now is dubbed Avalon West Hollywood, a project of Avalon Bay Communities. That...

    World AIDS Day Commemorated with Events in WeHo

    World AIDS Day Commemorated with Events in WeHo

    Wed, Nov 30, 2016 1 Comment

    World AIDS Day will be commemorated in West Hollywood on Wednesday with the World AIDS Day Candlelight March and an exhibit on the north side of the West Hollywood Library of the names of people who have died of AIDS. The candlelight march will begin at 4 p.m. at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Crescent Heights Boulevard at the Matthew Shepard Triangle. It will end building that houses the City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. at West Hollywood Park. The march will pass by plaques at the West Hollywood Memorial Walk on Santa Monica Boulevard that remembers those we have lost to HIV/AIDS. The march is organized by AIDS/LifeCycle in partnership with the Alliance for Housing and Healing. A presentation of the Paul Starke Warrior Awards honoring individuals providing HIV and/or substance-use...

    $13,500 in Thefts from Cars Reported in WeHo Last Week

    $13,500 in Thefts from Cars Reported in WeHo Last Week

    Tue, Nov 29, 2016

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Nov. 21 to Nov. 27. The times are indicated in as Military Time, a concise form in which midnight is indicated as 0000 and noon as 1200. The list also includes the case number. Nov. 21 Residential Burglary. 600 block North Croft Avenue between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The rear door was pried open and the bedroom and home office were ransacked. Loss $1,800 (door). #06995 Strong Arm Robbery. 1000 block Vista Street @ 6 p.m. A man removed a can of beer from the refrigerator and attempted to leave the store. When confronted by an employee, the man punched the employee in the stomach and fled the area on foot. Loss $3. #06994 Vehicle Burglary. 8900 block Rosewood between 1:45 and 2:24 p.m. The rear window was smashed...

    Former NFL Star Darren Sharper Sentenced to 20 Years for WeHo Rapes

    Former NFL Star Darren Sharper Sentenced to 20 Years for WeHo Rapes

    Tue, Nov 29, 2016 3 Comments

    Former pro football safety Darren Sharper was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for drugging and raping two women he met in a West Hollywood nightclub, completing the legal downfall of the one-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Network analyst. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor also ordered Sharper to register as a sex offender for life and to submit to HIV/AIDS testing. The 41-year-old former NFL player -- who will have to serve half of the 20-year term -- was given credit for 2,017 days already served. His sentence will run concurrently with a roughly 18-year prison term he is already serving for similar crimes in Louisiana, along with prison sentences handed down in Nevada and Arizona. ``While I cannot remember fully what happened, I know that I was raped because the rape kit was positive for Darren...

    WeHo Municipal Elections Will Move to November in 2020

    WeHo Municipal Elections Will Move to November in 2020

    Tue, Nov 29, 2016 5 Comments

    It's official. The City of West Hollywood will move its municipal election date from March of odd years to November of even years beginning November 2020. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors endorsed the move at its meeting on Nov. 15. The move means WeHo elections will coincide with state and national elections, which have much higher voter turnouts than do those focused solely on West Hollywood. Those elections take place on the first Monday of November in even years. The change is mandated by a state law that requires cities and counties with a low voter turnout to reschedule their elections to coincide with general elections, where the turnout usually is higher. A memo prepared by City Clerk Yvonne Quarker in August showed that the average turnout of West Hollywood voters for statewide elections for the last four years has...

    WeHo Planning Commission Opposes Ban on Corporate Short-Term Rentals

    WeHo Planning Commission Opposes Ban on Corporate Short-Term Rentals

    Tue, Nov 29, 2016 12 Comments

    While the City of West Hollywood has banned short-term apartment rentals by individuals through services such as Airbnb, the Planning Commission is asking that it permit such rentals by corporations. The Planning Commission has on its Thursday agenda a proposal to communicate to the West Hollywood City Council its opposition to a proposed ban against corporate short-term rentals. The proposed ban was initiated last year by Councilmember John Heilman and passed in a 3-to-2 vote. Councilmembers John D'Amico and John Duran opposed it. At its Oct. 20 meeting, commissioners discussed the City Council's proposal to clarify the ban on short-term rentals by specifying that it includes renting to corporations who use the apartments for employees who are visiting or on temporary assignment in Los Angeles. The owner of at least one WeHo...

    WeHo Planning Commission to Consider Martel Avenue Project

    WeHo Planning Commission to Consider Martel Avenue Project

    Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11 Comments

    The West Hollywood Planning Commission will consider Thursday a proposed development on the corner of Martel Avenue and Romaine Street that will require eviction of tenants in six rent-stabilized apartments. The three-story building at 1016 Martel Ave. would replace six existing rent-stabilized apartments in three buildings with 11 condominium units on Martel and Romaine. Rather than provide housing on site for low- and moderate-income people, the developer has chosen to contribute to a city fund to build affordable housing. The developer is identified on city documents as several limited liability corporations all with connections to David and Kiarash Neman. The city's Community Development Department staff recommends that the Planning Commission approve the project. The developer must seek the commission's approval because it...

    WeHo Sheriff’s Station Offers Training on Gun Attacks

    WeHo Sheriff’s Station Offers Training on Gun Attacks

    Mon, Nov 28, 2016

    The City of West Hollywood will host an event to train business owners on how to deal with firearm attacks. The training session will be help from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the House of Blues building, located at 8430 Sunset Blvd. at Olive. The training will be conducted by staff from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. It is open to the public and is aimed at providing readiness skills to people who work in local businesses and nighttime establishments. To reserve a spot for the training, contact Kristin Cook, the city's public safety director, at (323) 848-6492, or kcook@weho.org. Instructors from the Sheriff’s Station will discuss recent gun attacks incidents and lessons learned from them, as well as best practices in how to deal with an incident, and basic gunshot first aid. Those attending also will learn how to...

    WeHo’s March City Council Race Likely to Be Crowded

    WeHo’s March City Council Race Likely to Be Crowded

    Mon, Nov 28, 2016 2 Comments

    The race for two seats on the West Hollywood City Council is likely to be exceptionally crowded, with 14 people already having formally expressed their interest in running. Those people have to collect the signatures of at least 20 registered WeHo voters to actually be put on the ballot. The registration process ends on Dec. 9. The latest to have "pulled papers" from the City Clerk's office include incumbent John Duran and Steve Martin. Martin, like Duran, is a lawyer. He served on the WeHo City Council from 1994 to 2003, losing in his re-election bid to Abbe Land. Larry Block, another well-known activist, also has begun the registration process. Less well-known are Scott Cook, Carla Romo and Francesca Jacobs. Cook is a real estate agent currently working with Architecture 8, a firm in Beverly Hills. Jacobs identifies herself as...

    Firefighters Respond to 2 WeHo Fires Today

    Firefighters Respond to 2 WeHo Fires Today

    Fri, Nov 25, 2016

    Firefighters responded to two incidents in West Hollywood today. One was a fire in a dumpster in an apartment building on Laurel Avenue. The fire sent smoke up a trash chute but no one was injured and no significant damage occurred. A more serious incident occurred about 1:20 p.m. at 7530 Hampton Ave. Firefighters arrived to find fire and smoke isolated to a mattress in one apartment unit. The firefighters pulled the mattress out of the building and extinguished the fire in approximately 10 minutes. Both West Hollywood Fire Stations 7 & 8 responded along with Beverly Hills Fire and Los Angeles City Fire. Beverly Hills Fire Department assisted with providing coverage at West Hollywood stations until other county fire department resources could be brought in to provide coverage for the city. As a result of the fire, one family has...

    Something to Be Thankful for: No Parking Meter Enforcement Tomorrow

    Something to Be Thankful for: No Parking Meter Enforcement Tomorrow

    Wed, Nov 23, 2016 2 Comments

    One thing West Hollywood residents (and visitors) can give thanks for on Thanksgiving Day is that the city is suspending enforcement of parking meter limits. No quarters required. The City of West Hollywood also will not tow cars parked during rush hour on thoroughfares such as Fountain Avenue. And there won't be any street sweeping. However all other parking regulations will be enforced, including permit parking in designated neighborhoods. Visitor permits will be available at the Kings Road Parking Structure and West Hollywood Sheriff's Station. City Hall will be closed for the holiday Thursday and Friday. However all parking rules and regulations will be enforced again beginning Friday.

    L.A. Planning Committee Takes No Stand on Lytton Savings Bank Historic Designation

    L.A. Planning Committee Takes No Stand on Lytton Savings Bank Historic Designation

    Wed, Nov 23, 2016 16 Comments

    In an unusual move on Tuesday, a subcommittee of the Los Angeles City Council declined to make a recommendation regarding designating the 56-year-old Lytton Savings building at 8150 Sunset Boulevard as a historic cultural monument, instead voting to let the full 15-member City Council make the decision. The five-member Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee was scheduled to vote on the historic designation during its weekly meeting, but citing irregularities surrounding the historic designation hearing, Councilman Mitch Englander, a PLUM member, suggested the committee send it to the full council without a recommendation for action. The Lytton Savings building sits on land approved for a massive retail and residential project on the southwest corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards, just across the border of...

    Candidates Are Filing to Run in March 2017 WeHo City Council

    Candidates Are Filing to Run in March 2017 WeHo City Council

    Tue, Nov 22, 2016

    There could be at least 11 candidates in the March 7 election for two seats on the West Hollywood City Council. That number is based on requests for applications to run for office submitted as of Monday to Yvonne Quarker, the city clerk, as well as public announcements by some potential candidates. The final day for application to run is Dec. 9. In addition to the incumbents, John Heilman and John Duran, three other prominent activists are likely to run. Cynthia Blatt, who led an anti-development group, has requested an application as has Larry Block, owner of The Block Party clothing store and an unsuccessful candidate in the 2015 election. Steve Martin, a former City Council member who lost in previous campaigns, has not yet requested an application but is understood to be planning to run. Several candidates have ties to the...

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