In this 2011 essay, Rachel Mason talks about how her parents, owners of the iconic Circus of Books, dealt with the L.A. mafia, graffiti artists and employees dying of AIDS.
However owners of many apartment buildings, and likely their tenants, will have to pay to protect themselves from the inevitable big earthquake.
The James was expected to open May 1, and the change in ownership, brand and opening date likely will cost the City of West Hollywood hotel tax revenue.
Sabo, the Los Angeles right-wing street artist known for his signs attacking Democrats and liberals, is claiming responsibility for defacing signs for the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Pedals bike…
The City of West Hollywood has released a new video promoting ways to get around town with a car (and thereby avoid the hassle of finding parking that residents constantly complain about). The video pitches walking, biking, taking the city’s shuttles and trolley and connecting to regional Metro bus and rail lines if you want to get out of town.
“The City of West Hollywood has launched a number of innovative transit programs,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “Investing in transportation alternatives not only helps to get people out of their cars, it also helps us to become a cleaner and greener city. That’s good for the environment and for the community.”
In 2016, the City of West Hollywood rolled-out its WeHo Pedals bike share program with 150 bright green public bicycles that are available 24/7. Users can check…
Circus of Books, West Hollywood’s gay cruising mecca before the age of the internet, will be the subject of a documentary by Cynthia Childs and Rachel Mason, the daughter of its owners.
The documentary will preserve the story of the adult bookstore, which sits on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Jolla. Karen and Barry Mason, its owners for more than 30 years, announced in March last year that they would be closing it.
“We’re at the end of an era,” Karen Mason said in an interview with WEHOville in March 2016. “The neighborhood has changed a great, great deal. I mean, today, with the Internet, with gay marriage, there’s less need for the niche that our store occupied all those years, which is, I think, a good thing.”
The store is in the heart of what was once West Hollywood’s “Vaseline Alley,” a…
Nearly half of residents in the City of West Hollywood are under the age of 40. Yet many younger people in the city are not actively engaged in local decision-making. That’s the challenge the city hopes to address with “NextGen: Civic Impact for West Hollywood’s Next Generation.”
The event, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Andaz Hotel, 8401 Sunset Blvd., “will highlight opportunities to get involved in City Advisory Boards and Commissions, to get connected through the City’s informative social media, and to work or do business with the City,” according to a city announcement of the event.
While the focus is on younger residents, the event is open to all. It will include food and drinks and music. Those who want to attend can RSVP online
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 […]
Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from June 12 to 18. The list also includes each case number.
Burglary – Other. 8200 block Santa Monica Boulevard at 4:14 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed a window to gain access and removed three computers and $500 cash from the front counter area. Loss $9,000. #03111
Burglary – Residential. 8700 block Rangely Avenue between 7 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed a sliding glass door to gain access and ransacked the interior rooms. Nothing was taken. #03152
Vehicle Burglary. 900 block Ogden Drive between 1 and 5 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the passenger’s side window and removed a wallet and sunglasses from the dashboard. Loss $140. #03120
Vehicle Burglary. 8500 block Santa Monica Boulevard…
The West Hollywood City Council made appointments to the city’s various commissions and boards last night, with major changes on the Planning Commission and Public Safety Commission, two of WeHo’s most influential advisory boards.
The council voted to name Adam Bass to one of the two at-large positions on the Planning Commission, replacing Donald DeLuccio, who has been on the commission for a number of years. Bass, communications director for L.A City Councilmember Nury Martinez, was nominated by Councilmember Lauren Meister. He won the votes of Meister and council members John D’Amico and Lindsey Horvath. Councilmember John Duran and Mayor John Heilman voted for DeLuccio. At-large member Sue Buckner was reappointed with votes from D’Amico, Duran, Heilman and Meister. The other members of the commission are Stacey Jones…
With temperatures climbing across Southern California this week, the City of West Hollywood is opening a cooling center at Plummer Park’s Community Center Senior Lounge, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Fuller.
According to the National Weather Service, there will be a heat advisory in effect from Tuesday at 11 a.m. to Wednesday at 9 p.m.
The cooling center is open today and will remain open through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will remain open for additional days if high temperatures persist.
The cooling center is available for quiet activities. People using the center are encouraged to bring books or board games. Staff members at Plummer Park are available to direct people to the Senior Lounge.
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, […]
A woman told police a man claiming to be a Lyft driver exposed himself to her in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles today after picking her up from a West Hollywood bar.
The incident occurred about 12:45 a.m. at Melrose and Martel avenues, said Sgt. Brian Churchill of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station.
The woman told police she called for a Lyft at the West Hollywood bar and got into a Toyota Prius, Churchill said. The man stopped at Melrose and Martel avenues, saying he needed to urinate and came back to the car with his pants down. The woman managed to get out of the car and flee the suspect, the sergeant said.
People who use ride services should make sure they get a picture of their driver and their vehicle license number and compare them to the vehicle that picks them up before getting inside,…
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s annual “State of the City” event will take place on Thursday at The Lot 1040 N. Poinsettia Place in West Hollywood.
The event will begin at from 11:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. It will feature speeches by West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, City Manager Paul Arevalo, WeHo Chamber of Commerce Chair Keith Kaplan and Chamber CEO Genevieve Morrill.
The theme of this year’s event is “City in Motion.” A panel will discuss how local businesses benefit from mobility options including walking, cycling, taking public transit or using electric vehicles.
Panelists will include Glen Becerra, deputy executive officer for communications at the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Hilary Norton, executive director of Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST); Timothy Burr Jr.,…
West Hollywood resident Jonathan Gabay has been named “Man of the Year” by the California Southland Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for raising $255,241 for the charity.
Gabay, who serves as vice president of comedy development and programming at Fox, Jonathan became involved with LLS after his childhood friend, Adam, was diagnosed with cancer. According to an announcement from LLS, “The cause was made even more personal when Adam passed away just as the campaign was starting. “
Caitlin Fitzgerald took top honors as “Woman of the Year” for her campaign, “Cross My Heart & Hope To Live,” which raised $220,832.71. Fitzgerald, who is involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, accepted her nomination as a candidate with the hopes of inspiring others to believe in themselves.
Runners up included…
Owners of businesses in West Hollywood’s Boystown nightlife district are banding together to make donations to the L.A. LGBT Center as part of their commemoration of this year’s LA Pride.
Larry Block, owner of The Block Party apparel shop, is organizing the contributions. Block said he hopes this year’s donations become a model for future collaboration among the businesses to support LGBT non-profits and to encourage Christopher Street West, which operates the annual L.A. Pride event, to do the same.
Block said the idea came to him when Brian Pendleton asked for his support for the Resist March, which took place this past Sunday in place of the annual L.A. Pride parade. Unlike the parade, which is recent years has been dominated by floats sponsored by major brands and some local businesses, the march was a procession by LGBT,…
If approved by the WeHo City Council, the number of billboards on the Strip could increase by 20% from the current 89 billboards to a total of 111 billboards, with as many as 20 of them digital.
A lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of the 8-year-old daughter of Playboy model Katie May, who died in 2016 after a West Hollywood chiropractor visit left her with a torn artery in her neck.
The suit was brought on the girl’s behalf by her father, Alex Maimon, who is the executor of May’s estate, against chiropractor Eric Marc Swartz and Back to Total Health Inc., alleging wrongful death, medical malpractice and negligence and seeking unspecified damages.
“Now, over a year after her death, (the daughter) cannot stop talking about her mother and the moments they shared together,” the suit states.
A representative for Back to Total Health Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Abrams Artists Agency, a diversified talent and literary agency, has expanded its long-term lease by 11,000 square feet, and now occupies the entire 11th floor of Pacific Design Center’s RedBuilding.
The expansion is the latest sign of the growth of creative businesses in the PDC, which long has been dominated by furniture and accessory businesses and others catering to the interior design trade.
“Abrams Artists Agency is growing and thriving in its exciting headquarters in Pacific Design Center,” said Charles Cohen, owner and developer of the PDC. “This prime West Hollywood location, with its tenant mix of creative professionals whose work intersects technology and entertainment, establishes a creative ambiance that attracts these innovative and ambitious companies.”
One of the nation’s best-known talent and…
EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story said the Planning Department would use a lottery to determine who could create a new digital billboard. That was mentioned in a draft of the proposal but is not included in the proposal presented to the Planning Commission. The story has been updated to correct that error.
The West Hollywood’s Planning Commission will be asked Thursday night to endorse a proposal to permit the addition of as many as 18 new billboards to the current 89 on the Sunset Strip over the next 15 years. There already are another four under development. If endorsed by the commission, the proposal will be sent to the City Council for final approval. If adopted by the City Council, the proposal would allow as many as 111 signs on the Sunset Strip by 2032.
The proposal from the city’s Department of Community…
Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from June 5 to 11. The list also includes each case number.
Grand Theft. 8800 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. An unknown suspect removed a purse containing a cell phone and cash from the dance floor. Loss $1,340. #02999
Armed Robbery (Attempted). 8500 block Santa Monica Boulevard at 3:15 a.m. A man approached the front desk of the hotel and lifted his shirt to reveal the butt end of a handgun. The suspect asked for money and was told there was no cash available. The suspect fled the area on foot. No loss. # 02962.
Vehicle Burglary. 900 block Fairfax Avenue between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a purse from
The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division began summer camp today.
Camp West Hollywood typically takes place at West Hollywood Park, but due to improvements taking place there, the 2017 summer camp has been moved to Plummer Park. This year’s term will run for six weeks from today through Friday, July 21 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. A limited number of spots remain open for Camp West Hollywood. Enrollment is expected to be available throughout the summer term; camp enrollment fee is $150 per week.
Campers ages 6 to 11 will engage in lots of indoor and outdoor activities. There will be weekly field trips to local hot spots such as Universal Studios, the Los Angeles Zoo, the California Sciencenter, and more. All campers will have the opportunity to swim at the West Hollywood Aquatics Center, located at…
Two pedestrians suffered what appeared to be minor injuries when they were struck by a car pulling out of a driveway on La Peer Drive in WeHo, authorities said today.
It happened at 10:04 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of North La Peer Drive, Sgt. L. Eddins of the Sheriff’s West Hollywood Station said. The injured were taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center for treatment, he said, adding that the driver was detained on suspicion of DUI.
The pedestrians’ ages and genders were not immediately available and Eddins said he did not know if they were leaving the West Hollywood Gay Pride
Festival at the time.
Enthusiasm and determination filled the air on Sunday as the Resist March came to West Hollywood. While the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department estimated the crowd attending the march to be 25,000, far fewer than the estimated 125,000 that traditionally turns out for the L.A. Pride parade that the Resist March replaced this year, the crowd seemed more diverse than West Hollywood usually sees for Pride weekend.
More Latinos, blacks, Asians, women and transgender people seemed to be among those who marched, all seemingly passionate about the call to resist the conservative policies coming out of Washington, D.C. since President Donald Trump took office in January. There was a sense of urgency and solidarity as politicians and speakers called for march participants to fight back against the potential rollback on LGBT rights, women’s…
While the organizer of the Resist March and some of its institutional supporters insisted it wasn’t a protest against Donald Trump, clearly the marchers didn’t get that word. The crowd displayed a wide array of signs protesting the 45th president of the United States, most with a humorous twist. A few of those signs are on the pages below. If you have some you’d like to share, send them via your Instagram account to #GayLifeLA.
A resident of West Hollywood, a city known for its widespread and official antipathy toward Donald Trump, questioned U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi about her position on former FBI director James Comey on CNN last month. While the video hasn’t exactly gone viral, news about it has been published across an array of alt-right media such as the Drudge Report, the Daily Wire, Government Slaves and America TV News, a YouTube channel.
The Daily Wire posted a segment of the CNN town hall with Pelosi in which WeHo resident Jake Lee questioned Pelosi for at first opposing Comey and then supporting him after his testimony yesterday in which he asserted that Trump asked him to call off an investigation in Mike Pence, the former national security advisor.
“Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took her dazed and confused act to prime-time TV on Monday night,…
West Hollywood Media Company, publisher of WEHOville.com and West Hollywood Magazine, today launched GayLifeLA.com, a website focused on the gay community in Greater Los Angeles.
In an announcement of the launch, Henry (Hank) Scott described it as “the one and only place to find out what’s really happening in the LGBT communities in Greater Los Angeles.”
“GayLifeLA is where you’ll read honest and professionally reported stories about real local issues such as the future of Christopher Street West, the high cost of living in the gayborhoods, the slow decline of West Hollywood’s Boystown,” the announcement said.
In addition to news about the LGBT community, GayLifeLA will include sections on gay health, fitness and events and will be the new home of GTV, a database of the best LGBT videos curated by Enoch Miller.
Lesbians, queer women, and allies will gather by the hundreds today to celebrate community, embrace resistance and turn up some visibility at the annual Dyke March.
This year’s Dyke March will take place at the Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial, located at 8447 Santa Monica Blvd. at the intersection of Santa Monica and Holloway Drive.
At 6 p.m., there will be a live DJ set with Claudette Sexy DJ and a protest-sign and pin-making workshop led by artist Julianna Parr, with all materials provided.
At 7 p.m., there will be a rally with guest speakers including members of the West
Wonder why it’s so expensive to buy a house in WeHo? Well, one factor might be that it’s so gay.
That’s a possibility posited by a recent study conducted by Trulia, the real estate website for home buyers and real estate agents, and OkCupid, the dating website. The study ranked West Hollywood as the “gayest” city in the country, with 47.5% of its households occupied by single people looking for same-sex partners and 27.6% by same-sex couples. With 75% of its households occupied by LGBT people, WeHo easily tops the Castro district in San Francisco (66%), Dallas’s gay Uptown neighborhood (59%) and even Palm Springs (55%) and San Diego’s Hillcrest (55%). Based on that Trulia awarded WeHo a “Neighborhood Pride Score” of .75, its highest.
So what’s the connection between sexual orientation and the square foot price…
Lt. David Smith, a 30-year veteran of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, has been suspended with pay from his position.
In recent years Smith, known as Smitty, has effectively served as the station’s public liaison, attending meetings of the WeHo City Council and Public Safety Commission and fielding inquiries from local news reporters. For that reason and his morning runs through West Hollywood, he has become one of the better known members of the local sheriff’s staff. He has reported directly to the captain who runs the Sheriff’s Station
To date WEHOville has been unable to learn why Smith was removed from his job. That removal was announced privately to the West Hollywood City Council on Monday. A source at the local station confirmed this afternoon that this is a temporary suspension while an investigation about an…
The fourth annual “Sizzle,” an alcohol- and drug-free celebration, will take place this weekend as part of the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood.
This year there will be a “Take a Sober Stand” contingency — a coalition of LGBT people in recovery and their allies gathering to demonstrate that they can lead fulfilling free from addiction — participating in the Resist March on Sunday “Take a Sober Stand” is being organized by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Sizzle is a co-sponsor.
“The celebration of pride has so many meanings within our LGBT community,” said West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran. “We wanted to make sure that a space existed within the festival for those community members who wish to remain alcohol and drug free during the festival and parade. We’re all honored to see how the broader…
Someone from Jimmy Kimmel Live solicits some hilarious answers from guys in the Boystown area of WeHo’s Santa Monica Boulevard.