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    WeHo Design Review Group Gives Positive Reviews to Projects on Spaulding and Formosa

    WeHo Design Review Group Gives Positive Reviews to Projects on Spaulding and Formosa

    Fri, May 26, 2017

    Two apartment/condominium projects received positive reviews from the Design Review subcommittee of West Hollywood’s Planning Commission on Thursday night.

    1041-1047 N. Spaulding Ave.

    A proposed three-story, 14-unit apartment building with subterranean parking at 1041-1047 N. Spaulding Ave., just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, would replace two single-family homes. Designed by architect Kip Dickson, the project includes six units on the ground level, plus eight townhouse units with rooftop terraces on the second and third floors.

    The project would feature a courtyard design with an outdoor seating area in the center of ground floor courtyard area. The upper floors would be broken up into four distinct segments (two townhouse units per segment), with each segment having a slightly different design and different materials…

    Chinese Billionaire Acquires Remainder of WeHo’s Grindr App

    Chinese Billionaire Acquires Remainder of WeHo’s Grindr App

    Thu, May 25, 2017 2 Comments

    The purchase by Zhou Yahui gives Grindr a total value of $152 million. Its founder and CEO, Joel Simkhai, will remain in charge.

    $16,000 in Car Burglaries in WeHo  Last Week

    $16,000 in Car Burglaries in WeHo Last Week

    Wed, May 24, 2017 3 Comments

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from May 15 to 21. The list also includes each case number.

    May 15

    Grand Theft. Sherwood Drive / Westbourne Drive
    at 5:30 a.m. A woman was walking westbound on Sherwood Drive when a man approached her from behind and pulled a shopping bag from her hand. The bag contained a watch, clothing, cash, and a camera. The suspect fled the area on foot. Loss $3,600. #02511

    Burglary – Other. 1200 block Flores Street between 5 and 11:45 am. An unknown suspect removed four tires and wheels from a vehicle parked in the sub garage. Loss $7,800. #02525

    May 16

    Nothing significant to report.

    May 17

    Burglary – Other. 1200 block La Brea Avenue at 11:20 p.m. A man removed two bottles of wine while the restaurant was closing….

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    Thu, Mar 02, 2017

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    Some WeHo Parking Rules Suspended on Monday

    Some WeHo Parking Rules Suspended on Monday

    Tue, May 23, 2017

    In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, the City of West Hollywood will suspend enforcement of parking meters, street sweeping parking restrictions and peak hour parking restrictions. However the city will continue to enforce permit parking regulations and all other parking rules.

    City Hall will be closed on Memorial Day, but visitor parking permits can be obtained at the parking structure on Kings Road at Santa Monica Boulevard and at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, which is on the southeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard at San Vicente.

    Enforcement of all parking regulations will resume on Tuesday.

    Going to The Chapel, Getting Ready to Resist

    Going to The Chapel, Getting Ready to Resist

    Tue, May 23, 2017 1 Comment

    People gathered at The Chapel last night to create signs for the June 11 Resist March in the first of dozens of events that are part of the City of West Hollywood’s annual One City One Pride.

    The Chapel, adjacent to The Abbey on Robertson Boulevard, also was the site of a presentation of a Harvey Milk Day proclamation to Coco LaChine, the noted transgender performer (and manager of the Chi Chi LaRue store) by West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman.

    More photos of the sign-makers, who were assisted by artists, are posted on the pages below.

    John  Heilman Is Not in Oz, Er Cleveland, Anymore. But They Still Remember Him

    John Heilman Is Not in Oz, Er Cleveland, Anymore. But They Still Remember Him

    Mon, May 22, 2017 10 Comments

    With “Go West” the theme of this year’s “One City One Pride” LGBTQ arts, history and culture events, it’s an interesting co-incidence that one leader in West Hollywood’s gay community is being recognized in his Midwestern home town for assuming the role of WeHo’s mayor — for the eighth time. This from the Cleveland.com, the website of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

    “WEST HOLLYWOOD, California – A Cleveland native has been chosen to serve as the mayor of West Hollywood – a southern California town known for pioneering LGBT legal rights – for an eighth term.

    “John Heilman, a 1970s graduate of John Marshall High School, was chosen Monday from among a five-member city council to serve as mayor, according to a news release from the city of West Hollywood. Heilman also served as the city’s mayor in 1985, 1990, 1995,…

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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, […]

    Seven Hospitalized in Crash on Sunset and LaCienega Last Night

    Seven Hospitalized in Crash on Sunset and LaCienega Last Night

    Mon, May 22, 2017 6 Comments

    Seven people were injured in a crash between two vehicles Sunday evening in West Hollywood, authorities said.

    The crash happened about 6:25 p.m. at the intersection of La Cienega and Sunset boulevards, according to a sheriff’s sergeant.

    Seven patients were hospitalized, according to the fire department. At least three of the people were believed to be pedestrians.

    The victims’ conditions and extent of their injuries have not been released.

    Robertson Lane Project Goes Before WeHo’s Historic Preservation Committee

    Robertson Lane Project Goes Before WeHo’s Historic Preservation Committee

    Mon, May 22, 2017 9 Comments

    The environmental impact report on the proposed hotel and shopping plaza on Robertson Boulevard known as Robertson Lane will be presented to West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday.

    The commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Vista. The meeting is expected to draw a large crowd because of the project’s location on the site of the Factory, a building at 661-665 N. Robertson Blvd. that in February was designated as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places

    An EIR identifies and examines likely environmental effects of a proposed project and proposes measures to avoid, reduce or offset them. The 343-page report was commissioned by Faring Capital, the developer of the project, and prepared by Dudek, an environmental impact…

    Public Discussion Set for Tuesday on Sunset Strip Billboard Plan

    Public Discussion Set for Tuesday on Sunset Strip Billboard Plan

    Mon, May 22, 2017 3 Comments

    West Hollywood will host a public discussion of a proposal to increase the number of billboards on the Sunset Strip tomorrow at City Hall’s community conference room.

    The one-hour discussion, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will focus on the proposal to revise regulations governing signs on Sunset Boulevard to permit as many as 18 additional billboards over the next 15 years, of which 17 could be digital billboards. City Hall is located at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer.

    In addition, three existing billboards would be allowed to convert to digital. There currently are 89 billboards along the 1.6 miles of Sunset between Doheny and Havenhurst known as the Sunset Strip.  There also are four digital art signs.

    The Sunset Strip Off-Site Signage Policy would amend the city’s current Sunset Specific Plan, which governs…

    WeHo Celebrates Historic Preservation with Event on Monday

    WeHo Celebrates Historic Preservation with Event on Monday

    Fri, May 19, 2017

    West Hollywood will celebrate its efforts to preserve historic and culturally significant resources with an event titled “Hooray for (West) Hollywood” on Monday.

    The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., will be hosted by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. It will be held outdoors at 1300-1354 North Harper Ave., between Fountain and De Longpre avenues, in the North Harper Avenue Historic District.

    The event will honor historic architecture and film locations throughout the city, where 86 buildings have been designated as historic and cultural resources since 1989.

    .The event is free and open to the public. It will include a reception with refreshments and movie clips filmed in West Hollywood, going as far back as a century, will be shown. There also will be a walking tour of 1920s apartment buildings designed by architects…

    Day Ten: Lawyers Make Closing Arguments In Rex vs. City of WeHo

    Day Ten: Lawyers Make Closing Arguments In Rex vs. City of WeHo

    Thu, May 18, 2017 11 Comments

    Lawyers for the City of West Hollywood and for former City Council deputy Michelle Rex made their closing arguments to the jury today, leaving both sides tense in anticipation of its final decision in a lawsuit that has resurrected allegations of electioneering in City Hall and misbehavior by city employees and a City Council member.

    The key question before the jury is whether the City Council’s decision to eliminate the 30-year-old deputy system was done in retaliation for Rex’s testimony in defense of her friend and fellow deputy, Ian Owens.

    The controversy known as “Deputygate,” which sparked the City Council’s decision to eliminate the deputy system, came after WEHOville revealed in January 2015 that Owens had been listening to telephone conversations by deputy Fran Solomon. Owens sent an email under a fake name to…

    Sheriff’s Department Plans DUI Check in WeHo on Friday

    Sheriff’s Department Plans DUI Check in WeHo on Friday

    Thu, May 18, 2017 4 Comments

    The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in West Hollywood on Friday from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

    The checkpoint is being publicized by the Sheriff’s Department and the City of Los Angeles to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

    The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station offers the following tips:

    — Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.

    — If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

    ‘Simple Justice,’ a Mystery Classic Set in WeHo, Under Discussion at the Library This Month

    ‘Simple Justice,’ a Mystery Classic Set in WeHo, Under Discussion at the Library This Month

    Thu, May 18, 2017 1 Comment

    From collegiate wrestling and wilderness trekking to writing in a wide range of fields, adventure and ambition have been driving forces in the life of WeHo resident John Morgan Wilson.

    After breaking into newspapers at age 19, he earned a journalism degree at San Diego State. A few years later, he founded Easy Reader, an alternative newspaper in Hermosa Beach that is still thriving online in other hands. In 1972, Wilson came out and joined the gay movement, freelancing as a journalist and breaking into the New York Times at age 29. Hundreds of bylines later, he joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times as an assistant editor.

    His first novel, “Simple Justice” (1996), was a dark, gritty mystery with a local twist – protagonist Benjamin Justice was a gay man living in West Hollywood. “Simple Justice” won a prestigious Edgar…

    Inattentive Car Owners Lost $24,800 to Burglars Last Week

    Inattentive Car Owners Lost $24,800 to Burglars Last Week

    Wed, May 17, 2017

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from May 8 to 14. The list also includes each case number.

    May 8

    Vehicle Burglary. 1100 block Formosa Avenue between 8:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front driver’s side window and ransacked the interior. No items were taken. Loss $200 (window). #02384

    May 9

    Grand Theft. 700 block Huntley Drive at 2:30 a.m. A woman removed a Rolex watch after being invited to the residence by the victim. Loss $16,000. #02387

    Burglary – Other. 8700 block Ashcroft Avenue between 3:45 p.m. and 8:06 a.m. An unknown suspect broke the gate lock to gain access to a construction site and removed power tools and a tool box. Loss $3,000. #02400

    Burglary – Residential (Suspect Arrested). 1100 Block Formosa Avenue at…

    Council Members Horvath and Meister Say Eliminating the Deputy System Wasn’t an Act of Retaliation

    Council Members Horvath and Meister Say Eliminating the Deputy System Wasn’t an Act of Retaliation

    Tue, May 16, 2017 11 Comments

    Lindsey Horvath, who in June 2015 brought forth a proposal to eliminate the West Hollywood City Council’s deputy system, and Lauren Meister, who cast the sole council vote against Horvath’s proposal, took the witness stand today to testify that the decision was not meant as an act of retaliation against council deputy Michelle Rex.

    Their testimony came in the eighth day of the trial in L.A. County Superior Court in Michelle Rex vs. the City of West Hollywood. Rex is suing the city, alleging that the council’s decision to eliminate the 30-year-old system was an act of retaliation against her for speaking out in support of her friend and fellow deputy Ian Owens, who was put on paid leave when he was accused of monitoring the telephone calls of another deputy with whom Rex and Owens had a bad relationship. Rex is said to be seeking…

    WeHo’s Congregation Kol Ami Celebrates 25 Years

    WeHo’s Congregation Kol Ami Celebrates 25 Years

    Tue, May 16, 2017

    Congregation Kol Ami is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event on June 19.

    Kol Ami was founded by members of the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles came together at a time when the gay community was socially marginalized and void of basic rights.

    “Kol Ami was founded when there was a need for a more inclusive spiritual home – one to celebrate and lift us up as individuals,” said Kol Ami Rabbi Denise L. Eger. “This year, we proudly celebrate 25 years of accomplishments while looking to the calling before us to be a synagogue that continues to build bridges, tear down walls, and helps to heal the divide brought on by these turbulent political times.”

    Kol Ami has a history of involvement in local and national causes. One example is when Rabbi Eger and Congregation Kol Ami got involved in the fight for marriage…

    On the Agenda: Residential Parking, Poverty, Infrastructure and WeHo 2050

    On the Agenda: Residential Parking, Poverty, Infrastructure and WeHo 2050

    Tue, May 16, 2017 9 Comments

    Editor’s Note: The following is the speech John Heilman made at last night after his installation as Mayor at the West Hollywood City Council meeting.

    Thank you all. I wanted to share few remarks as well.

    I first want to thank the people of West Hollywood for re-electing me in March and giving me the incredible opportunity to serve our fantastic community.
    Secondly, I want to thank my colleagues for choosing me to serve as mayor in this upcoming year.

    Much of what we get to do here as a City Council is already predetermined. We have a lot of programs that are already operating, and it’s our job to make sure that they continue. But I wanted to talk about some of the things that we will be working on and maybe lay out a few new initiatives for the upcoming year.

    First and foremost, we must do everything we can to oppose and…

    Handing Over the Gavel: What I Accomplished (and What I Learned) as Mayor of West Hollywood

    Handing Over the Gavel: What I Accomplished (and What I Learned) as Mayor of West Hollywood

    Tue, May 16, 2017 3 Comments

    Editor’s Note: Following are remarks by City Councilmember Lauren Meister as she turned over the gavel to Mayor John Heilman at last night’s West Hollywood City Council meeting.

    What I accomplished… As mayor, I worked on a number of exciting initiatives, from developing a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program, to raising the bar on design standards, environmental programs and sustainability, to supporting our neighborhood-serving small businesses. I also served on the City’s Homeless Initiatives subcommittee and Budget subcommittee. I worked with John Heilman on both committees, and I appreciate his knowledge and experience. When you serve on these types of subcommittees, you learn a lot about how the city works.

    Thanks to our Public Safety staff, I was able to participate in the city’s Emergency Operation Center exercise…

    John Heilman Sworn in as Mayor of West Hollywood

    John Heilman Sworn in as Mayor of West Hollywood

    Tue, May 16, 2017 9 Comments

    Following his installation as West Hollywood’s new mayor on Monday night, John Heilman outlined a bold agenda for the future including fighting poverty, improving parking in residential areas, improving infrastructure and preparing the city for the year 2050, plus opposing conservative policies currently being proposed in Washington, D.C.

    “First and foremost, we must do everything we can to oppose and resist the reactionary policies that are coming out of Washington DC,” Heilman said in a speech a few minutes after being sworn in as the city’s new mayor. He listed policies being proposed in the nation’s capital that could eliminate healthcare to some, jeopardize gains made by the LGBT community and target people of different religions, races and ethnicities as ones that go against the city’s core values.

    “We must…

    Jackie LaBerge Joins the WEHOville Team

    Jackie LaBerge Joins the WEHOville Team

    Mon, May 15, 2017

    Jackie LaBerge, the former membership sales manager of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, has joined the WHMC team.

    LaBerge has a lengthy and varied experience in advertising, which will be her role for WEHOville.com and West Hollywood Magazine, both publications of WHMC. In that role she will work with Doug Stichler, who is WHMC’s sales director.

    Among other positions, LaBerge has served as co-executive producer for Fourpoints Television Productions, a role in which she worked with advertisers to integrate their brands into the content of television programs. LaBerge also was a broadcast account manager for Corus Entertainment, one of Canada’s leading niche-focused television brands and for Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting. She was outdoor account manager form Mediacom Outdoor Advertising in her native Canada.

    LaBerge also…

    Whisky a Go Go Cancels Performance by Band Accused of Racist and Pro-Nazi Sympathies

    Whisky a Go Go Cancels Performance by Band Accused of Racist and Pro-Nazi Sympathies

    Mon, May 15, 2017 3 Comments

    West Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go has cancelled a scheduled performance by “Desire the Fire,” a Las Vegas-based band whose desire for fire apparently is being met by the posting of racist and Nazi comments on Facebook by the bands promotions manager.

    Kayla Elliott, the promotions manager and wife of Cody Elliott, the band’s front man, last week got into an argument on Facebook about avocados. The debate about the health effects of avocadoes quickly degenerated into attacks by Elliott on overweight people and black people. “Because I don’t like fattys or blacks. Sorry,” Elliott wrote after a black man complained that she called him out for being overweight.

    Casondra Dawn, whose Facebook page was the site of the argument, blocked Elliott. Her post of a screenshot of the Facebook argument generated 146 shares and 107…

    WeHo Public Safety Awards Event on Wednesday

    WeHo Public Safety Awards Event on Wednesday

    Mon, May 15, 2017

    The City of West Hollywood and the city’s Public Safety Commission will present the annual Public Safety Awards on Wednesday.

    Winners of the awards and their awards are as follows:

    — Allen Tripolskiy- Outstanding Contribution to Public Safety

    — The Hudson – Outstanding Contribution to Public Safety

    — Deputy Brandon Zeff- Lt. James Farrell Deputy of the Year Award

    — Fire Fighter Specialist Steven Perkins- Firefighter of the Year Award

    The awards event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. south of Santa Monica. There will be a reception and a music performance. Parking, provided in the five-story structure behind the City Council Chambers, is free with validation of the ticket at the event.

    You Can Tour Your WeHo Fire Station Tomorrow

    You Can Tour Your WeHo Fire Station Tomorrow

    Fri, May 12, 2017

    West Hollywood residents can take a tour of the two local fire stations and meet firefighters tomorrow.

    The L.A. County Fire Department, which provides fire protection services to WeHo, is hosting a county wide open house in recognition of May as Fire Service Month.

    The stations will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    There are two fire stations in West Hollywood: L.A. County Fire Station #7, located at 864 N. San Vicente Blvd., and
    L.A. County Fire Station #8, located at 7643 Santa Monica Blvd.

    The county Fire Department’s Regional Operations Bureau will host a Fire Service Day that features entertainment, family activities, fire trucks, equipment demonstrations and more. The event closest to the City of West Hollywood is the East Regional Operations Bureau, located at the East Los Angeles Civic Center at 4801…

    WeHo’s Design Review Subcommittee Reviews Four New Projects

    WeHo’s Design Review Subcommittee Reviews Four New Projects

    Fri, May 12, 2017 15 Comments

    The Design Review subcommittee of West Hollywood’s Planning Commission gave generally positive reviews to five proposed apartment and condominium projects during its Thursday night meeting.

    1201-1207 N. Detroit

    A four-story, ten-unit townhouse apartment project with ground level parking received high praise from the commission. Replacing the community garden at 1201 N. Detroit St., at Lexington, and the adjacent single-family home at 1207 North Detroit, the project is the debut design from new architect Michael Soleimani. The boxy, contemporary design is made up of three separate buildings that are connected on the upper floors so it looks like one building, a feature the commissioners especially liked. Owned by SHP Capital, the project, as Soleimani described it, is an attempt to transition from the taller buildings on La Brea…

    Day Six: Councilmembers Duran and D’Amico Agree and Disagree

    Day Six: Councilmembers Duran and D’Amico Agree and Disagree

    Thu, May 11, 2017 31 Comments

    Testimony in the sixth day of the trial in the case of Michelle Rex vs. the City of West Hollywood offered a fascinating look into the sometimes close and sometimes contentious relationships between two of the city’s politicians and between their deputies and others at City Hall.

    Today’s witnesses included three major players: City Councilmembers John Duran and John D’Amico and Rex, D’Amico’s former deputy. Rex is suing the city, alleging that it eliminated the deputy system (and thus her job) in retaliation for her defense of her friend and fellow deputy Ian Owens, who was discovered to have been monitoring the conversations of a third deputy with whom both he and Rex had a fraught relationship. Rex is said to be seeking $3 million.

    As witnesses, Duran and D’Amico were required to leave the courtroom after their…

    Alexei Romanoff, a Participant in the Historic Black Cat Demonstrations, Named LA Pride’s Grand Marshal

    Alexei Romanoff, a Participant in the Historic Black Cat Demonstrations, Named LA Pride’s Grand Marshal

    Thu, May 11, 2017

    Alexei Romanoff, a Ukrainian immigrant who may be one of the only surviving participants in the 1967 demonstration against a police raid of Silver Lake’s gay Black Cat Tavern, will be L.A. Pride’s grand marshal this year.

    Romanoff, 80, immigrated to the United States during War World II. He moved to Los Angeles in 1958 where he became an active member of the city’s gay activist and leather communities. As his level of engagement increased, so did his arrest record for “civil disobedience” in organizing protests against unfair police raids such as that at the Black Cat. Many view the 1969 riots at New York City’s Stonewall Inn as the beginning of the gay liberation movement. However the peaceful demonstrations outside the Black Cat over police arrests of gay men in that bar preceded Stonewall by two and a half years….

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