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    Another Car Crash on Fountain, Focus of Residents Traffic Safety Complaints

    Another Car Crash on Fountain, Focus of Residents Traffic Safety Complaints

    Sat, Dec 09, 2017 9 Comments

    Three cars collided today on Fountain Avenue, which those living in houses and apartments on either side of it are seeing as an increasingly dangerous road.

    The crash occurred at around 12:45 p.m. on Fountain at the intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard. Sgt. Lance Eddins of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said a car headed west on Fountain turned left in front of a car headed east. The two cars collided and then hit a third car. Eddins said one driver was injured but already has ben released from the hospital.

    There have been nearly two dozen vehicle accidents on Fountain Avenue since last December, with one resulting in the death of a pedestrian, Enrique Lopez-Nava, a long-time resident of Formosa Avenue. The most recent accident occurred on Thursday when a pedestrian was hit by a car.

    Those accidents have become a…

    Judge Rules Against West Knoll Resident in Suit Against Donald Sterling

    Judge Rules Against West Knoll Resident in Suit Against Donald Sterling

    Fri, Dec 08, 2017

    One of two actresses who sued Donald Sterling after their West Hollywood apartments were ravaged in a 2009 fire cannot seek punitive damages against the former Clippers owner in a retrial of a lawsuit she filed against him, a judge ruled.

    On Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell found that lawyers for Robyn Cohen had not shown by clear and convincing evidence during trial that their client was entitled to punitive damages. Had the judge ruled otherwise, the jury still would have had to find that Sterling acted with malice, fraud or oppression.

    Five years ago, $15 million in punitive damages represented the lion’s share of the $17.3 million award granted in the first trial to Cohen, who is perhaps best known for her role in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

    Sterling attorney Robert Platt…

    Planning Commission Approves 1201-1207 Detroit Street Project

    Planning Commission Approves 1201-1207 Detroit Street Project

    Fri, Dec 08, 2017 2 Comments

    On a 6-1 vote Thursday night, West Hollywood’s Planning Commission approved a four-story, ten-unit townhouse condominium building with ground-level parking on the northwest corner of Detroit Street and Lexington Avenue.

    Replacing a community garden at 1201 N. Detroit St. and a now vacant lot at 1207 N. Detroit, the project is by Los Angeles-based architect Andrea Keller and owned by SHP Capital LLC.

    With a boxy, contemporary design, the project is made up of three separate buildings that appear to be one single building because of the uniformity of design. Access to each unit is through individual stairs accessible only through the parking garage; there is no central lobby or shared walkway area leading to the units.

    Commissioners Lynn Hoopingarner, Stacey Jones and Sue Buckner each expressed reservations about the layout and…

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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 5 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, […]

    WeHo Ties with Chicago’s Boystown as the Best ‘Gayborhood’

    WeHo Ties with Chicago’s Boystown as the Best ‘Gayborhood’

    Fri, Dec 08, 2017 1 Comment

    There is some good news for those West Hollywood residents who are wringing their hands in worry that the city is losing its gay identity: West Hollywood has tied with Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood as the best “gayborhood.”

    WeHo’s win comes in a “Best of GayCities” poll by GayCities, an LGBTQ city guide and travel site.

    San Francisco won the “gold” award as “Most Welcoming City,” followed by New Orleans and New York City. Others in the Best of GayCities ranking can be found online here.

    Chicago’s Boystown district is located in Lakeview, It is the first officially recognized “gay village” in the United States.

    GayCities’ announcement comes as West Hollywood’s gay community is engaged in another discussion about the future of the nightlife district on the west end of Santa Monica Boulevard known by…

    WeHo’s Lindsey Horvath Elected as Women in Municipal Government VP

    WeHo’s Lindsey Horvath Elected as Women in Municipal Government VP

    Thu, Dec 07, 2017 5 Comments

    West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath has been elected as second vice president of Women in Municipal Government.

    WMG is a group associated with the National League of Cities, www.nlc.org an advocacy group composed of elected officials from 19,000 cities, towns and villages with more than 218 million Americans.

    WIMG was formed in 1974 to serve as a forum for communication and networking among women who are local elected officials and their colleagues within the National League of Cities. Its mission is to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities.

    Horvath was elected to the West Hollywood City Council on March 3, 2015. She previously served as a council member for two years from 2009 to 2011.

    Horvath has advocated for policies to make…

    Car Burglaries, Assaults, Armed Robbery: Crime in WeHo Last Week

    Car Burglaries, Assaults, Armed Robbery: Crime in WeHo Last Week

    Wed, Dec 06, 2017

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Nov. 27 to Dec. 3. The list includes each case number. This report lists Part 1 (serious) crimes for the date range shown and is not meant to be a complete list of all serious crime. A more comprehensive listing of incidents in West Hollywood can be found on Crimemapping.com. Those incidents that are not included in the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station report but are found on Crimemapping.com are posted in boldface type below.

    Nov. 27

    Grand Theft/Larceny. 8900 block Santa Monica Boulevard at 4 a.m.

    Non-Aggravated Assault. 600 block San Vicente Boulevard at 2 p.m.

    Nov. 28

    Grand Theft. 1200 block of North Sweetzer Avenue at 5 a.m.

    Vehicle Burglary. 7400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at 10 a.m.

    Vehicle…

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    WEST HOLLYWOOD CAR ACCIDENTS: WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS TO YOU!

    WEST HOLLYWOOD CAR ACCIDENTS: WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS TO YOU!

    Sun, Jan 31, 2016 4 Comments

    It’s summertime in Los Angeles, and drivers are distracted!  The top is down. The music is up. The sun is shining brightly, sometimes blindingly.  Guys and girls are strolling down the sidewalks in shorts, cropped tops or shirtless causing drivers to crane their necks to watch them go by.  Summer hours mean more partying, more […]

    WeHo Seeks Your Ideas on Prettying Up the Space in  Front of the Metro Lot

    WeHo Seeks Your Ideas on Prettying Up the Space in Front of the Metro Lot

    Wed, Dec 06, 2017 8 Comments

    In West Hollywood, the 17th most densely populated city in the United States, a certain stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard stands out for its emptiness.

    That’s the stretch in front of L.A. Metro’s Division 7 Bus Maintenance and Operations Facility, located at 8800 Santa Monica Blvd. just east of San Vicente.

    The City of West Hollywood is soliciting ideas about how to make the best use of the space in front of the Metro facility on the south side of Santa Monica.

    “If you’ve ever walked down the street along a blank wall and thought to yourself: ‘This could be a beautiful mural!’ or if you’ve waited for the bus and pondered: ‘this would be a great spot for a ping-pong match!’ then this ‘Meanwhile at Metro’ meeting is a chance for creative thinkers and out-of-the-box dreamers to help bring such ideas to…

    Former WeHo Councilmember Jeff Prang Recognized for Accomplishments as County Assessor

    Former WeHo Councilmember Jeff Prang Recognized for Accomplishments as County Assessor

    Wed, Dec 06, 2017 2 Comments

    Jeffrey Prang, the former longtime West Hollywood City Council member who now is the Los Angeles County Assessor, was recognized by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors yesterday for “pioneering innovation in assessment administration and for working to ensure excellence in service to the public.”

    “Congratulations to Assessor Jeffrey Prang and the Office of the Assessor for this tremendous accomplishment,” said L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

    Solis was referring to the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) award of the certificate of excellence to the Assessor’s Office on Sept. 27, making it the first and only jurisdiction in California to receive this prestigious award.

    “The IAAO certificate of excellence is a reflection on the entire county family and the work we do on behalf of our…

    WeHo Lawyer Faces Disbarment for Failure to Participate in Disciplinary Hearing

    WeHo Lawyer Faces Disbarment for Failure to Participate in Disciplinary Hearing

    Wed, Dec 06, 2017 5 Comments

    West Hollywood attorney Jay Mitchell Vogel faces a likely disbarment for failure to participate in a disciplinary proceeding with the California State Bar.

    In a Nov. 27 ruling, first reported by the Northern California Record, a website that covers the legal system, the state bar court said Vogel was served on Nov. 1, 2016, with a notice that he faced charges of violating the State Bar’s code of professional conduct by failing to give an accounting to the mother of one of his clients about $4,000 he had been paid in advance.

    The ruling said that Vogel was served with a second notice on Nov. 16, and that in December 2016 the state bar attempted to reach Vogel by telephone and left a voice mail message that he did not respond to. His failure to respond led to the state bar court in January putting Vogel on the “involuntary…

    Beverly Hills City Council Approves a Rate Hike that Will Hit WeHo

    Beverly Hills City Council Approves a Rate Hike that Will Hit WeHo

    Wed, Dec 06, 2017 3 Comments

    WeHo City Councilmember Lauren Meister, who has long questioned the 25% surcharge residents on WeHo’s Westside pay for Beverly Hills water, says the fight is not over.

    City Council Pushes for Faster Action to Address Traffic Accidents on Fountain

    City Council Pushes for Faster Action to Address Traffic Accidents on Fountain

    Mon, Dec 04, 2017 11 Comments

    The West Hollywood City Council tonight pushed City Hall to speed up efforts to address traffic accidents on Fountain Avenue.

    Hany Demitri, the city’s principal engineer, told the Council that city staffers already are working on an interim plan to improve safety on Fountain Avenue. Demitri said he already has met with a subcommittee composed of members of the city’s Transportation and Public Safety commissions to present interim and short-term and long-term plans to address safety issues. Demitri said he hopes to have the interim plan ready to present to the City Council in February.

    City Councilmembers John D’Amico and Lauren Meister said the city needed to move faster, given that there have been 20 accidents on Fountain, one involving a fatality, since December. They proposed that the city move to Fountain some of the…

    Consulting Firm Recommends WeHo Start Small with Wi-Fi Network

    Consulting Firm Recommends WeHo Start Small with Wi-Fi Network

    Mon, Dec 04, 2017 1 Comment

    A consulting firm engaged by the City of West Hollywood to develop a wireless strategic plan is recommending that it start small.

    Magellan Advisors suggests that the city focus first on providing free Wi-Fi at Plummer and West Hollywood parks, at City Hall and on special event corridors such as San Vicente, Santa Monica and Robertson boulevards. Later it could consider extending the Wi-Fi network to cover commercial corridors. Magellan advises the city move slowly on the idea of providing citywide Wi-Fi service because of the large capital investment required and the lack of certainty that it could be supported financially.

    The city engaged Magellan in October 2016 to help develop a wireless network plan. One goal was to provide Wi-Fi for the public and local businesses to promote economic development and make sure every resident…

    Beverly Hills City Council to Consider WeHo Water Rate Hike on Tuesday

    Beverly Hills City Council to Consider WeHo Water Rate Hike on Tuesday

    Mon, Dec 04, 2017 1 Comment

    The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday will consider raising the cost of water provided to its residents and those on the west side of West Hollywood, who already pay a 25% surcharge.

    The proposed rate increase would take effect in January and would boost the bi-monthly water bill of the average single-family homeowner by $5.50 to $6.50 a month. The rate would be increased over each of the next five years, meaning an overall increase of about $30 at the end of the five-year period for the average homeowner.

    The City of Beverly Hills furnishes water to households and businesses on an area of the west side of West Hollywood whose approximate boundaries are Doheny Drive on the west, Sunset Boulevard on the north, Flores Street on the east and Beverly Boulevard on south. The map posted above shows the boundaries

    A report to the…

    WeHo Releases Video Recognizing World AIDS Day

    WeHo Releases Video Recognizing World AIDS Day

    Fri, Dec 01, 2017

    The City Council on Monday will review the city’s work on its HIV Zero initiative

    Planning Commission Approves Scaled Back Design of Beverly Blvd. Building

    Planning Commission Approves Scaled Back Design of Beverly Blvd. Building

    Fri, Dec 01, 2017

    West Hollywood’s Planning Commission on Thursday night unanimously approved a slightly scaled back retail-residential project on Beverly Boulevard that it had previously rejected.

    The five-story project on Beverly Boulevard and Sherbourne Drive, adjacent to the old Jerry’s Famous Deli building (now home to the Granville Café), proved controversial in April when the Commission unanimously gave thumbs down because of issues with massing and compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood.

    The scaled back version has 26 residential units (down from 30 in the previous version), four of which are set aside for lower-income tenants. It also moves the required common space for residents from the roof to the ground level and encloses the entrance to the subterranean parking garage to reduce noise.

    The most significant change,…

    Appeals Court Rejects Effort to Stop Demolition of 9080 Santa Monica Blvd.

    Appeals Court Rejects Effort to Stop Demolition of 9080 Santa Monica Blvd.

    Thu, Nov 30, 2017 13 Comments

    The decision appears to clear the way for the Charles Company to proceed with construction of the Melrose Triangle project.

    Last Week Saw One Rape and $21,300 in Thefts from Vehicles in WeHo

    Last Week Saw One Rape and $21,300 in Thefts from Vehicles in WeHo

    Thu, Nov 30, 2017 8 Comments

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Nov. 20 to Nov. 26. The list includes each case number. This report lists Part 1 (serious) crimes for the date range shown and is not meant to be a complete list of all serious crime. A more comprehensive listing of incidents in West Hollywood can be found on Crimemapping.com. Those incidents that are not included in the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station report but are found on Crimemapping.com are posted in boldface type below.

    Nov. 20

    Aggravated Assault – Other Weapon. Santa Monica Boulevard/ San Vicente Boulevard at 5:30 pm. A women was walking her dog when another women approached her from behind and hit her on the head with a bottle. The victim fell to the ground and the suspect stood over her and yelled…

    Marjorie Gilberg Named New Executive Director of NCJW | LA

    Marjorie Gilberg Named New Executive Director of NCJW | LA

    Thu, Nov 30, 2017

    Marjorie Gilberg has been named the new executive director of NCJW | LA. Gilberg will replace Hillary Selvin, who is moving to Montana at the end of the year after 13 years at the non-profit organization.

    “Hillary has been instrumental in the growth of NCJW | LA and leaves an impressive legacy of accomplishments that have moved NCJW | LA forward,” said Board President Helen Davidov. “The board enthusiastically welcomes Marjorie to NCJW | LA and looks forward to working together to continue and grow our vital work in community services and social justice.”

    The L.A. chapter of the National Council for Jewish Women is known for its advocacy on issues that affect women, children and families in the areas of children’s rights, economic justice, healthcare, human trafficking, immigration reform, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights and…

    One Injured in Car Crash on Fountain at Havenhurst Today

    One Injured in Car Crash on Fountain at Havenhurst Today

    Wed, Nov 29, 2017 6 Comments

    At approximately 3:50 p.m. today West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported traffic collision at the intersection of Fountain Avenue and Havenhurst Drive.

    A black Chevrolet Suburban broadsided a white Infinity sedan, which ended up on the sidewalk of the northwest corner of the intersection.

    The driver of the white sedan was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s station is handling the investigation.

    WeHo Kicks Off Winter Sounds Series with Jazz Performance on Saturday

    WeHo Kicks Off Winter Sounds Series with Jazz Performance on Saturday

    Wed, Nov 29, 2017

    The City of West Hollywood announces its 2017-18 “Winter Sounds” concert series, which will feature three free indoor Saturday-evening concerts to take place at the City Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. All performances will begin at 5 p.m.

    This season’s Winter Sounds series will kick off with jazz bassist, composer and vocalist Jennifer Leitham this coming Saturday. She will perform holiday classics and standards. Leitham has released ten albums of her own and has performed on more than 140 others. She has performed with Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Peggy Lee, k.d. lang and other famous musicians. Her public gender transition from John to Jennifer was documented in the film “I Stand Corrected,” which has won 11 “best of” awards at film festivals internationally, including at Outfest, the Los…

    Patio del Moro Is Back on the Market, but Its Owner Doesn’t Want to Sell

    Patio del Moro Is Back on the Market, but Its Owner Doesn’t Want to Sell

    Wed, Nov 29, 2017 2 Comments

    Yes, the Patio del Moro is back on the market. But no, its owner doesn’t really want to sell it.

    The apartment building, which is at 8225 Fountain Ave. between North Harper and Havenhurst, was sold earlier this year by Kevin and Susanne McConnell, its longtime owners, to Friedman Capital of Washington, D.C. Lately some West Hollywood residents have noticed a “for sale” listing for the building on Redfin, the real estate website, at a price of $8.5 million.

    Brian Friedman of Friedman Capital told WEHOville that he doesn’t really want to sell Patio del Moro, which is one of West Hollywood’s most historic and architecturally significant buildings. However, Friedman said, he has received two unsolicited offers for the building (with one them for $10 million). Because of his fiduciary responsibilities to his investors,…

    WeHo May Become One of Six Cities Where Bars Can Pour Until Four

    WeHo May Become One of Six Cities Where Bars Can Pour Until Four

    Wed, Nov 29, 2017 12 Comments

    West Hollywood is one of six cities in California where bars could remain open as late 4 a.m. if the state legislature passes a new bill proposed by state Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco).

    Weiner announced today that he plans to introduce the bill in January. An earlier bill introduced by Weiner, which would have allowed any city in California to extend drinking hours to 4 a.m., failed to pass. Currently no alcohol can be served in public places after 2 a.m.

    Weiner’s latest bill would establish a five-year pilot program known as the LOCAL (Let Our Communities Adjust Late-Night) Act. Limiting it to the six cities that endorsed Weiner’s earlier bill makes it more likely to get passed.

    Those cities are Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and West Hollywood. The LOCAL Act would let each of those cities…

    Historic Preservation Hearing Raises Questions About the City’s Oversight of Building Owners

    Historic Preservation Hearing Raises Questions About the City’s Oversight of Building Owners

    Tue, Nov 28, 2017 4 Comments

    A proposal before the Historic Preservation Commission to approve revised rehabilitation and maintenance plans for two local buildings evolved last night into a discussion of whether the city is doing enough to monitor whether owners of such buildings actually are doing the work they are supposed to.

    “A lot of the problems at El Palacio and The Lotus I put at the fault of the city,” said local resident Cynthia Blatt, referring to the buildings whose plans were before the commission. Blatt and several commissioners said the situation with El Palacio and The Lotus was proof that the City of West Hollywood needed to more carefully monitor what’s going on in historic buildings whose owners have been given significant property tax reductions in exchange for a promise to restore and maintain them. Such tax reductions are authorized…

    WeHo Resident with Cancer Will Receive Project Angel Food’s 11 Millionth Meal

    WeHo Resident with Cancer Will Receive Project Angel Food’s 11 Millionth Meal

    Mon, Nov 27, 2017 3 Comments

    Project Angel Food will celebrate the packaging and delivery of its 11 millionth meal tomorrow, with one of the recipients being a West Hollywood resident.

    Founder Marianne Williamson will be on hand, sealing and hand delivering the meal. The “11 Millionth Meal” is expected to roll off the conveyor belt at 3:10 p.m.. Project Angel Food has selected two clients to participate in this historic event: Gregg S., of West Hollywood, who has cancer, and Tony R., who is living in a wheelchair with the after effects of a stroke.

    A special menu is being created by Project Angelfood’s kitchen and organic gardens manager, Derbeh Vance, who is celebrating 25 years with Project Angel Food. The menu includes yogurt chicken, seasoned lentils, garbanzo beans and diced carrots.

    The 11 Millionth Meal celebration wraps up the Project Angel…

    City Councilmember Meister Will Host Forum on Homelessness on Thursday

    City Councilmember Meister Will Host Forum on Homelessness on Thursday

    Mon, Nov 27, 2017 10 Comments

    City Councilmember Lauren Meister will host a community forum to discuss homelessness in West Hollywood on Thursday.

    The forum will be an opportunity for residents to discuss homelessness in West Hollywood and efforts to alleviate the issue and help those in need. There will be opportunities for community input regarding short- and long-term solutions for homelessness and its impacts on residents and businesses.

    Those attending will include representatives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, staff members from the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department and Code Compliance Division, Corri Planck, the city’s Homelessness Initiative project manager. A representative from L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office also will be present.

    The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Plummer…

    WeHo Will Host Community Meeting on Dec. 19 on Belltower Project

    WeHo Will Host Community Meeting on Dec. 19 on Belltower Project

    Mon, Nov 27, 2017 2 Comments

    The City of West Hollywood will host a community meeting with the architect of the proposed Belltower project on Sunset Boulevard on Dec. 19.

    The meeting, which will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will be at the community meeting room at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Members of the city’s Community Development staff will be there.

    The three-sided, 72-foot tall Belltower structure is planned for the old Tower Records overflow parking lot (which the city now owns), just east of the Sunset Boulevard-Horn Avenue-Holloway Drive intersection. It will have digital screens on two sides that will feature advertisements 75% of the time and is recommended to offer special digital art displays the other 25% of the time.

    The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) would curate the digital art displayed on the screens, with…

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