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    WeHo’s ‘F*ck W/Out Fear’ Sidewalk Campaign Gets Freshened Up

    WeHo’s ‘F*ck W/Out Fear’ Sidewalk Campaign Gets Freshened Up

    Mon, Apr 24, 2017

    The controversial “F*ck W/Out Fear” campaign on WeHo’s Santa Monica Boulevard is getting spruced up this week.

    WEHOville readers have inquired about the disappearance of the campaign’s sidewalk chalk drawing on Santa Monica Boulevard near Palm Avenue. That drawing, designed to promote the use of Truvada as a measure to prevent HIV infection, upset the owners of the nearby Yogurt Stop and was allegedly defaced by a man who also spray painted over another.

    But it’s gone only because the L.A. LGBT Center has decided to move the eye-catching sidewalk sign to the highly trafficked northeast corner of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards.

    Jim Key, the Center’s chief marketing officer, said the Center originally had intended to place the image on the sidewalk in front of Micky’s, the bar just to the west of Yogurt…

    Crystal Meth Anonymous Comes to WeHo for Weekend Workshops

    Crystal Meth Anonymous Comes to WeHo for Weekend Workshops

    Fri, Apr 21, 2017

    Crystal Meth Anonymous LA is putting on its annual conference this weekend at Plummer Park and West Hollywood Park in WeHo.

    The three-day event begins this evening with registration and a reception at Plummer Park’s Great Hall from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The weekend events and workshops are open to anyone whether in a meth recovery program or just beginning one.

    From 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. there will be a presentation by a speaker at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall.

    On Saturday CMALA begins with a yoga session at 7:45 a.m. at Great Hall. From 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. there will be a series of workshops on subjects including relationships and intimacy, long term sobriety and meth recovery for women. A full list is available online. A lunch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and a banquet will take place at Fiesta hall from 5 to…

    Family Sues WeHo Pharmacy Over Testosterone Issues

    Family Sues WeHo Pharmacy Over Testosterone Issues

    Fri, Apr 21, 2017 1 Comment

    West Hollywood pharmacy, a Santa Monica integrative medicine center, two doctors and a pharmacist are being sued by members of a family who allege that the husband’s use of a topical testosterone product caused unexpected medical problems in his wife and children after they came in physical contact with him.

    Andrew and Tiziana Simpson filed the lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Great Earth Compounding Pharmacy, the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine and physicians there who allegedly prescribed the bio-identical hormone therapy replacement cream to Andrew Simpson. The doctors failed to warn him that accidental testosterone exposure in women and children who live or interact closely with men using the product is a “serious problem,” the suit states.

    The suit alleges negligence, breach of warranty,…

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    Trusted Builder Makes Your Renovation Dreams Come True From Concept To Completion

    Thu, Mar 02, 2017

    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 […]

    WeHo’s Cathy Blaivas and Stephanie Harker Named ‘Earth Day Heroes’

    WeHo’s Cathy Blaivas and Stephanie Harker Named ‘Earth Day Heroes’

    Thu, Apr 20, 2017 13 Comments

    West Hollywood’s Cathy Blaivas and Stephanie Harker are among four Californians honored as Earth Day Heroes by California Safe Schools.

    Founded by Robina Suwol in 1998, CSS is a children’s environmental health and environmental justice non-profit. CSS got national and international recognition by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Integrated Pest Management Policy.

    In an announcement of the honors, CSS called out efforts by Blaivas and Harker to protect buildings and trees in Plummer Park from demolition as founders of Protect Plummer Park.

    “Their hard work prevented the destruction of 56 heritage trees and the demolition of nationally designated Great Hall/Long Hall, originally constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1937,” CSS noted.

    Other recipients are:

    Fitness Guru Jackie Warner Pleads Not Guilty to DUI and Assault Charges

    Fitness Guru Jackie Warner Pleads Not Guilty to DUI and Assault Charges

    Thu, Apr 20, 2017 2 Comments

    A former television fitness expert who allegedly crashed into an electrical pole in West Hollywood and then backed her vehicle toward a sheriff’s deputy in February pleaded not guilty today to charges including driving under the influence and assaulting a peace officer.

    Jacqueline Renee Waddell — who was known as Jackie Warner on her Bravo TV series “Work Out” — is charged with one felony count of assault upon a peace officer and one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, driving with a 0.08% blood-alcohol content and hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

    The 48-year-old West Hollywood woman allegedly smashed her vehicle into an electrical pole near Holloway Drive and Hacienda Place while driving under the influence on…

    WeHo Shooting Victim Identified and Ex-Boyfriend Seen as Assailant

    WeHo Shooting Victim Identified and Ex-Boyfriend Seen as Assailant

    Wed, Apr 19, 2017 7 Comments

    The shooting death of a young woman in West Hollywood last night is being investigated as part of a murder-suicide now that the body of a man found dead in his vehicle two hours later has been identified as that of her former boyfriend.

    The woman, Whitney Jade Washuta, 25, lived on Rosewood Avenue in West Hollywood. Homicide detectives responding to a call at about 8:43 p.m. discovered Fire Station personnel attending to a gunshot wound to her upper torso. Washuta died at the scene.

    At around 10:30 p.m. L.A. Police officers discovered the dead body of Kyle Patrick Ramsey, 27, her former boyfriend, in a rented SUV on the 100 block of Craft Avenue. Ramsey was a resident of Pacific Palisades. It has been determined that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

    ABC7 reported that Ramsey and Washuta had had a difficult breakup and that…

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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, […]

    Three Arrested for Stealing Eight Cell Phones at The Abbey

    Three Arrested for Stealing Eight Cell Phones at The Abbey

    Wed, Apr 19, 2017

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from April 10 to 16. The list also includes each case number.

    April 10

    Nothing significant to report.

    April 11

    Armed Robbery. Romaine Street / Laurel Avenue at 11:45 p.m. A woman was walking her dog northbouynd on Laurel Avenue when a man approached her armed with a handgun and demanded her property. The victim complied. Loss $30 (Purse). #01874

    Armed Robbery. Romaine Street / Gardner Street at 11:50 pm. A man was riding his bicycle southbound on Gardner Street when two men approached him armed with a handgun and demanded his property. The victim complied and dropped the bike. The bike was taken by the suspects but recovered a short time later by responding deputies. No loss. #01876

    Vehicle Burglary. 1100 block…

    LA Pride Pioneer Pat Rocco on This Year’s Pride and Resist March

    LA Pride Pioneer Pat Rocco on This Year’s Pride and Resist March

    Wed, Apr 19, 2017 5 Comments

    Cancelling the annual gay pride parade and replacing it with the Resist protest march is a bad idea according to Pat Rocco, the first president of Christopher Street West (CSW), the nonprofit that puts on the yearly L.A. Pride festival and parade. Rocco believes that the parade and the march should be combined and says there is still time to make that course correction.

    “Combine them. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be and why it won’t be better because of it,” said the 86-year-old Rocco during a recent telephone interview from his home in Hawaii. “How good will it be that it is shared by everybody! By limiting it to one particular area that you want to have done, you’re eliminating the whole idea of what gay pride is all about.

    “We’re proud to speak up and say there should be a protest, but we’re also proud…

    Detectives Investigate Possible Murder/Suicide Involving Woman in WeHo

    Detectives Investigate Possible Murder/Suicide Involving Woman in WeHo

    Tue, Apr 18, 2017 2 Comments

    Homicide detectives from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department tonight are investigating the shooting death of a woman on Rosewood Avenue in West Hollywood.

    A Sheriff’s Department representative said a call came in at around 8:43 p.m. alerting them to the incident. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, which was in the 8700 block of Rosewood between Robertson Boulevard and Sherbourne Drive.

    At the time of this publication no additional information is available as detectives remain on the scene conducting an investigation.

    Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-8477 or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

    WeHo to Host Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day

    WeHo to Host Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Mon, Apr 17, 2017 2 Comments

    The City of West Hollywood will host a Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m., at the City Council at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., followed by a candle-lighting ceremony at the Babi Yar Memorial in Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

    Yom HaShoah is an opportunity to remember victims of the Holocaust and focus on preventing genocides and other human atrocities from happening again.

    “Taking time to remember this darkest time in our history and honoring those who died as a result of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust is of vital importance — especially given the current political climate,” said West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister. “We must never forget. And we must continue to work for fairness, justice, and respect for everyone.”

    This year’s Yom HaShoah…

    Opinion: Foes of Development Need to Remember What WeHo Was Founded On

    Opinion: Foes of Development Need to Remember What WeHo Was Founded On

    Mon, Apr 17, 2017 15 Comments

    Gobsmacked. That English word, which means “utterly astonished, astounded” was what I felt when I read the summary of a recent survey commissioned by the city that says a majority of West Hollywood residents don’t want more apartment buildings in our city.

    Yes, they want more affordable apartments (what else would one have the nerve to say in a city built on protecting renters’ rights?) Just don’t build them in our neighborhood, please.

    A deep read into the survey’s findings shows that those who own their homes (that’s 20% of the population) are more likely to oppose new apartment buildings than are those who rent. Old folks also are more likely to oppose new apartment buildings. And so are those who have lived here a long time.

    A major reason offered by the opponents is fear of more traffic. Yes, traffic is a…

    John Heilman Likely to be Elected Mayor, John Duran as Mayor Pro Tempore Tonight

    John Heilman Likely to be Elected Mayor, John Duran as Mayor Pro Tempore Tonight

    Mon, Apr 17, 2017 3 Comments

    Long-serving City Councilmember John Heilman is likely to be voted into his eighth term as mayor of West Hollywood on Monday, with Council veteran John Duran taking the position of mayor pro tem. Both would be formally installed at the May 15 Council meeting.

    The City Council rotates the largely ceremonial position each year. Traditionally the position is rotated according to seniority among current Council members, with the next-longest serving person being named mayor pro tem and the second longest-serving named mayor pro tem and placed in line to become mayor in 12 months.

    Like most small cities, West Hollywood is governed by a city council with a city manager employed by the council as its chief executive. As mayor, Heilman will lead City Council meetings, sign official documents for the city and serve as the public face of…

    U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Honors WeHo’s Noemi Torres as a ‘Woman of the Year’

    U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Honors WeHo’s Noemi Torres as a ‘Woman of the Year’

    Fri, Apr 14, 2017

    West Hollywood’s Noemi Torres is being honored by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) as one of the 28th Congressional District’s “Women of the Year.” This recognition is made each year during Women’s History Month.

    Torres immigrated to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico, at the age of 13. She initially lived in Seattle, Wash., and now lives in West Hhollywood. Torres has worked in several fields including acting, telecommunications and real estate. She now is employed by Colocations Two, a movie and television studio.

    Torres currently is chair of WeHo’s Women’s Advisory Board. She has volunteered for Project Angel Food, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, the Revlon Run/Walk, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Heal the Bay and the Downtown Women’s Center.

    Other honorees include: Holly Hampton (Echo Park), Marlene…

    City of West Hollywood Takes Stand Against Federal Anti-Abortion Law

    City of West Hollywood Takes Stand Against Federal Anti-Abortion Law

    Fri, Apr 14, 2017 9 Comments

    West Hollywood has taken an official stand in opposition to President Trump’s signing of a bill that would allow states to withhold federal funds from organizations that provide abortions. The bill is viewed by many as an attack on Planned Parenthood, the non-profit organization whose services include not only abortion but also anemia and STD testing, cholesterol and diabetes screening, flu vaccines, help with quitting smoking, high blood pressure screening and others.

    A statement released by the city yesterday said: “The City of West Hollywood is deeply alarmed by the action taken by President Donald J. Trump today to sign into law House Joint Resolution H.J. Res. 43, which allows states to withhold federal funds from facilities that provide abortions. H.J. Res. 43 was used by the Republican majority in the House to allow states…

    WeHo Sheriff’s Station Seeks Help ID’ing Man Alleged to Have Stolen $100,000 of Jewelry

    WeHo Sheriff’s Station Seeks Help ID’ing Man Alleged to Have Stolen $100,000 of Jewelry

    Thu, Apr 13, 2017

    The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in identify a man who broke into a jewelry store on Beverly Boulevard and stole $100,000 worth of jewelry.

    The break-in occurred last Thursday, April 6, just after 10 p.m. at Brilliant Earth, a store at 8797 Beverly near Robertson.

    The suspect is described as a white adult man who appears to be the same person caught on a surveillance monitor attempting to enter the shop on April 4.

    Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gregory Boagni or West Hollywood Station at (310) 855-8850. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may call “L.A. Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or use the Crime Stoppers website.

    Eight Burglaries in WeHo Last Week

    Eight Burglaries in WeHo Last Week

    Thu, Apr 13, 2017

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from April 3 to 9. The list also includes each case number.

    April 3

    Strong Arm Robbery (Suspect arrested). 8700 block Shoreham Drive
    at 9:55 p.m. A man was arrested after he used force to take the keys and cell phone of a tow truck driver who was legally towing the suspect’s vehicle. #01715

    Vehicle Burglary. 7500 block Hampton Avenue Between midnight and 10 a.m. An unknown suspect removed a portable navigation device from the interior. No sign of forced entry. Loss $300. #01711

    April 4

    Nothing significant to report.

    April 5

    Nothing significant to report.

    April 6

    New Policy Would Allow More Billboards on Sunset Strip

    New Policy Would Allow More Billboards on Sunset Strip

    Thu, Apr 13, 2017 13 Comments

    The City of West Hollywood will present next its proposal to revise regulations governing signs on Sunset Boulevard to permit as many as as 18 additional billboards over the next 15 years, of which 17 could be digital billboards. 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 proposal will be presented for discussion at a community meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Horn Plaza Community Room at 1230 Horn Plaza, a condominium building that sits at the end of Horn Avenue above Sunset Bo

    City Hall  Proposes Making It Faster and Cheaper to Start a WeHo Business

    City Hall Proposes Making It Faster and Cheaper to Start a WeHo Business

    Thu, Apr 13, 2017 2 Comments

    A survey of local businesses has found that most would like the city to streamline its review process for building permits and reduce parking requirements for businesses. Many also think the city’s regulation of signs on a storefront is too restrictive.

    The online survey was conducted by the city’s Economic Development Department in February and March and was completed by 78 local business owners. Eighty percent of respondents said streamlining the permit application process is extremely important or important. Seventy-eight percent ranked reducing parking requirements for business as extremely important or important and 77% of respondents gave those rankings to reducing the requirement for city permits for certain low impact events such as a store’s sidewalk sale.

    Other ideas that got support from a majority of respondents…

    City Proposal Would Require Greater Transparency from Producers of Major Events

    City Proposal Would Require Greater Transparency from Producers of Major Events

    Thu, Apr 13, 2017 3 Comments

    Christopher Street West, the organization that puts on the annual L.A. Pride parade and festival, will have to disclose its budget for the event and make available its federal tax return under proposed rules for events developed by West Hollywood’s Economic Development Department.

    The recommended changes in the city’s event policy will go before the West Hollywood City Council on Monday. They are the result of a study city staffers were asked to undertake in July 2016 at a time when some CSW was being criticized for having lost $396,000 on the previous month’s Pride events and for its unwillingness to disclose finances for the event. The City of West Hollywood effectively subsidized last year’s Pride events with payments for public safety services and waived fees. The city has allocated $1.1 million for this year’s event, an…

    WeHo Residents Leads Protest Against Fitness Group Being Booted from Hollywood Bowl

    WeHo Residents Leads Protest Against Fitness Group Being Booted from Hollywood Bowl

    Mon, Apr 10, 2017 7 Comments

    A fitness group that counts a number of West Hollywood residents among its members was booted from regular workouts at the Hollywood Bowl, which has cited security concerns as the reason. At least one WeHo resident is fighting to change that.

    The group is part of the November Project, which was launched in New England. In 2014 Orrin Whalen created the L.A chapter, https://www.facebook.com/NovProjectLAX/ one of 33 around the world. It is a free fitness organization known for welcoming people of all ages, shapes and sizes and providing a sense of community along with fitness.

    As many as 300 people show up (or used to) on Wednesday mornings at 5:27 a.m. and 6:27 a.m. and run up and down the stairs at the Hollywood Bowl. The hours, while painfully early to some, were perfect for ambitious early risers who had to get home or to work…

    A Photo Chronicle of the Red Dress Party at WeHo’s Gold Coast

    A Photo Chronicle of the Red Dress Party at WeHo’s Gold Coast

    Mon, Apr 10, 2017

    It all started with a vow between two bartenders at Gold Coast. Mark Ferguson and Yves-Claude both were HIV positive and, given the lack of effective treatment at the time, were in and out of the hospital. Their grim and yet humorous pact was that when one of them died, the other would show up at the memorial service in a red dress.

    When Mark Ferguson died from HIV-related complications in 1997, Yves-Claude happened to be out of town. But, not one to renege on his promises, Yves-Claude decided to take it to a higher level. He decided to celebrate his friend and co-worker’s life with a party at Gold Coast at which everyone was invited to wear a red dress.

    Thus began the Red Dress Party, an event staged at Gold Coast every July for the past 20 years, some of whose proceeds go to a gay-related charity. Paul Hamel has chronicled the…

    Planning  Commission Rejects Project Proposed for Beverly at Sherbourne

    Planning Commission Rejects Project Proposed for Beverly at Sherbourne

    Fri, Apr 07, 2017 14 Comments

    Saying it was not compatible with the neighborhood, West Hollywood’s Planning Commission on Thursday night unanimously rejected a proposed five-story retail-residential project on Beverly Boulevard and Sherbourne Drive, adjacent to the old Jerry’s Famous Deli building, which now houses the Granville Café casual dining restaurant.

    The developer was seeking to demolish a one-story nightclub building, currently housing the Peppermint Club, at 8713 Beverly Boulevard and combine it with a parking lot at 321-327 Sherbourne Drive. He then would use that property to construct a 41,000-square-foot project consisting of two five-story buildings, one facing Beverly and the other facing Sherbourne. As proposed, the two buildings would be connected by catwalks between each of the upper floors. They would include 9,700 square feet of retail…

    WeHo’s Mid-City Residents Invited to Traffic Calming Meeting Tonight

    WeHo’s Mid-City Residents Invited to Traffic Calming Meeting Tonight

    Thu, Apr 06, 2017 4 Comments

    Residents of West Hollywood’s Mid-City neighborhood are invited to a meeting tonight to discuss traffic issues in their neighborhood and what can be done about them.

    The meeting will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the community conference room on the first floor of City Hall, which is at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. on the corner of Sweetzer. Those who can’t attend are invited to provide input to Walter Davis of the city’s Traffic Management Program at wdavis@weho.org

    Speed bumps used for traffic calming on residential streets.
    Tonight’s meeting is part of a study being conducted to evaluate traffic conditions on residential streets in the neighborhood, which is bounded by La Cienega Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Fairfax Avenue and Willoughby Avenue. Residents attending the meeting will have an opportunity to discuss…

    WeHo’s Lisa Vanderpump Is Celebrity Grand Marshal of Long Beach Pride

    WeHo’s Lisa Vanderpump Is Celebrity Grand Marshal of Long Beach Pride

    Thu, Apr 06, 2017 3 Comments

    WeHo restaurant owner and reality TV performer Lisa Vanderpump will be the Celebrity Grand Marshal at the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride parade on May 21.

    Vanderpump is an owner with her husband Ken Todd of Sur restaurant on Robertson Boulevard and P.U.M.P restaurant on the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica. She and her husband also own the Villa Blanca restaurant in Beverly Hills.

    The Long Beach event takes place on May 20 and 21. This year’s theme is “Vida La Viva” (Here’s to Life).

    Other parade grand marshals are:

    State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Grand Parade Marshal, who made history in 2012 by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California State Senate. He serves as the co-chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. Recently, he initiated the Sister-Pride Program,…

    Sherbourne Drive Closed as Deputies Investigate Bomb Threat

    Sherbourne Drive Closed as Deputies Investigate Bomb Threat

    Wed, Apr 05, 2017 1 Comment

    West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies closed Sherbourne Drive to pedestrian and vehicular traffic this morning in response to a bomb threat.

    Lt. Edward Ramirez said the office manager at a law firm on Sherbourne received a text message saying there was a bomb in the building.

    Deputies responded a little after 7 a.m. and walked through the office and noticed a lunch box on a counter that couldn’t be accounted for.

    Ramirez said the Sheriff’s Department’s arson and explosive team was called in to X-ray the package and search the building. That team determined that the package was just a lunch box and no bomb was found.

    WeHo Sheriff’s Station Seeking Woman Suspected of Assault

    WeHo Sheriff’s Station Seeking Woman Suspected of Assault

    Tue, Apr 04, 2017

    Sheriff’s detectives asked for the public’s help today to find a woman suspected of assault with a deadly weapon and theft in West Hollywood.

    A woman entered a business in West Hollywood about 9 p.m. on March 29
    and stole an employee’s cell phone, phone case and credit card, according to Deputy Lisa Jansen.

    The suspect then tried to buy a computer at a Target store with the
    stolen credit card but the transaction was denied, Jansen said.

    The victim tracked her cellphone and found the suspect standing outside
    the Target store next to a black Honda Accord with paper license plates and tinted windows, Jansen said. When the suspect spotted the victim she jumped into her car and tried to flee the scene.

    The suspect drove toward the victim and in order to avoid being run over, the victim jumped onto

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