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    ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Is Tomorrow at Starbucks

    ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Is Tomorrow at Starbucks

    Tue, Jun 27, 2017 2 Comments

    West Hollywood residents are invited to meet members of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station and Capt. Sergio Aloma tomorrow at the Starbucks on Santa Monica Boulevard at Westmount.

    The monthly “Coffee with a Cop” organized by Aloma each month is an opportunity for local residents to bring up public safety concerns and also to get to know the law enforcement officers who serve the city.

    Tomorrow’s event will run from 8 to 9 a.m. Parking is available on Westmount and Santa Monica Boulevard. It also is available in the garage adjacent to the Ramada Inn, where the parking is free for one hour with a ticket validated at Starbucks.

    Jeanne Cordova Documentary Screens on Thursday

    Jeanne Cordova Documentary Screens on Thursday

    Sat, Jun 24, 2017

    The final event in West Hollywood’s One City One Pride series is the world premiere of the feature-length documentary film “Jeanne Cordova: Butches, Lies and Feminism” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

    The film was directed by Gregorio Davila (L.A. A Queer History), who will participate in a Q & A with the late Jeanne Cordova’s partner Lynn Harris Ballen – a journalist and activist – following the screening.

    The event takes place in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625. N. San Vicente Blvd. south of Santa Monica. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP online.

    Born in Germany and raised in Los Angeles, Cordova joined the Immaculate Heart of Mary, an order that embraced progressive and pacifist ideologies and sent its nuns to work in the inner cities. Inspired by these social justice ideals, Cordova left…

    Rappers (including an Ex of Nicki Minaj) Trade Blows in WeHo

    Rappers (including an Ex of Nicki Minaj) Trade Blows in WeHo

    Sat, Jun 24, 2017 5 Comments

    A fight broke out Friday afternoon in West Hollywood, two days before Sunday’s annual BET Awards in downtown Los Angeles, involving the entourages of rappers Safaree Samuels and Meek Mill.

    Deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of North Robertson Boulevard in response to a disturbance, yet the assailants and any victims of the disturbance had left the scene, according to a watch commander at the sheriff’s West Hollywood station.

    Video footage from TMZ shows Samuels talking to an acquaintance, telling him “that you different in L.A.,” when a black SUV pulls up and someone from Mill’s entourage attacks Samuels, who dodges a few punches thrown by someone who appears to be with Mill’s security detail.

    The man does land a few blows that caused no real damage, as Samuels was able to get away, with the assailant running in the…

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    Thu, Mar 02, 2017

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    The New York Times Looks to WeHo’s The Abbey with a Question

    The New York Times Looks to WeHo’s The Abbey with a Question

    Sat, Jun 24, 2017 5 Comments

    How gay is the Abbey? That’s a question that’s been asked by gay men in Los Angeles for years. But now it’s being asked by The New York Times in an article examining the identity crisis of gay bars across the country.

    While some gay men are accepting of women in gay bars, others interviewed by The Times are not. “They think of us as ‘fun’ and ‘free,’” said one young man. “It seems like they’re coming in to find their next accessory, like a new handbag.”

    Citing something it calls “gay bar tourism,” the article notes that “the Abbey’s expansion into a restaurant and dance club, not to mention setting for a reality TV show, has drawn an increasingly diverse crowd, creating a windfall for the club but also some tension among its longtime patrons.”

    City of West Hollywood Honored with Four Planning Awards

    City of West Hollywood Honored with Four Planning Awards

    Fri, Jun 23, 2017 1 Comment

    The Los Angeles branch of the American Planning Association has honored the City of West Hollywood with four awards recognizing exceptional planning achievements.

    “Recognition by the local chapter of the American Planning Association is a great honor,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “We put great effort into our programs, such as housing and aging in place. These initiatives respond to the needs of our residents and help to make West Hollywood an excellent place to live. We appreciate APA LA’s recognition of these important programs.”

    The awards were among 23 that were made Thursday night at an event at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles. Those made to the City of West Hollywood were

    — Communications Initiative Award for the city’s Communications and Community Engagement Strategic Plan. The…

    Walk? Bus? Bike? WeHo Pitches Those Options

    Walk? Bus? Bike? WeHo Pitches Those Options

    Thu, Jun 22, 2017 5 Comments

    The City of West Hollywood has released a new video promoting ways to get around town without 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…

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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, […]

    Preserving WeHo’s Circus of Books: A Documentary by Its Owners’ Daughter

    Preserving WeHo’s Circus of Books: A Documentary by Its Owners’ Daughter

    Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    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…

    ‘NextGen’: WeHo’s Effort to Step-Up Civic Involvement by Young Residents

    ‘NextGen’: WeHo’s Effort to Step-Up Civic Involvement by Young Residents

    Thu, Jun 22, 2017 1 Comment

    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

    $38,000 in Losses from 20 Car Burglaries in WeHo Last Week

    $38,000 in Losses from 20 Car Burglaries in WeHo Last Week

    Tue, Jun 20, 2017 4 Comments

    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.

    June 12

    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…

    WeHo City Council Shakes Up Public Safety and Changes Planning Commission

    WeHo City Council Shakes Up Public Safety and Changes Planning Commission

    Tue, Jun 20, 2017 9 Comments

    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…

    WeHo’s ‘The James’ Will Open as the ‘1’

    WeHo’s ‘The James’ Will Open as the ‘1’

    Tue, Jun 20, 2017 6 Comments

    Close to opening as the James, the hotel that is part of the ever-evolving real estate development project on Sunset Boulevard at La Cienega now will be branded as the “1.”

    West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo confirmed the change at last night’s City Council meeting, responding to news reports that the James, originally set to open in March and then on May 1, was being replaced by the “1.” The replacement of the James by the “1” indicates that Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital has closed on its rumored purchase of the James hotel building from CIM Group for $280 million. Sternlich launched the “1” brand in 2015 with a hotel in Miami’s South Beach and now also has hotels near New York City’s Central Park and in Brooklyn.

    The purchase has left some scrambling. For example, the West Hollywood Chamber of…

    With High Temperatures Forecast, WeHo Opens Plummer Park Cooling Center

    With High Temperatures Forecast, WeHo Opens Plummer Park Cooling Center

    Mon, Jun 19, 2017

    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.

    Man Claiming to be Lyft Driver Exposes Himself to Passenger

    Man Claiming to be Lyft Driver Exposes Himself to Passenger

    Mon, Jun 19, 2017 4 Comments

    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,…

    Sabo, Right-Wing Street Artist, Claims Responsibility for Defacing WeHo Bike Signs

    Sabo, Right-Wing Street Artist, Claims Responsibility for Defacing WeHo Bike Signs

    Sat, Jun 17, 2017 44 Comments

    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 share program with promotions of a new book by controversial right-wing propagandist Milo Yiannopoulos.

    “Let’s just say I’ve been busy this weekend,” Sabo said in a post on his @unsavoryagent Twitter page along with a photo showing WeHo Pedals bicycles bearing signs promoting Yiannopoulos’ “Dangerous,” a book scheduled for release on July 4.

    The signs, wrapped about the bicycle baskets, use the “milo” brand. Some have appropriated the humorous and slightly risqué slogans of the WeHo Pedals program (“Ride Me. I’ll make you happy.”) Others directly promote “Dangerous” as “the book that will save Western…

    WeHo Chamber’s State of the City Lunch Is Thursday

    WeHo Chamber’s State of the City Lunch Is Thursday

    Sat, Jun 17, 2017 1 Comment

    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.,…

    WeHo’s Jonathan Gabay Named SoCal Cancer Group’s ‘Man of the Year’

    WeHo’s Jonathan Gabay Named SoCal Cancer Group’s ‘Man of the Year’

    Fri, Jun 16, 2017 1 Comment

    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…

    WeHo Boystown Businesses Band Together to Make Pride Donations

    WeHo Boystown Businesses Band Together to Make Pride Donations

    Fri, Jun 16, 2017 6 Comments

    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,…

    WeHo Planning Commission Endorses Sunset Strip Billboard District Plan

    WeHo Planning Commission Endorses Sunset Strip Billboard District Plan

    Fri, Jun 16, 2017 6 Comments

    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.

    WeHo Chiropractor Sued Over Playboy Model’s Death

    WeHo Chiropractor Sued Over Playboy Model’s Death

    Wed, Jun 14, 2017

    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 Expands at the PDC

    Abrams Artists Agency Expands at the PDC

    Wed, Jun 14, 2017 1 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…

    WeHo Planning Commission Will Review Proposal for Sunset Strip Billboard District

    WeHo Planning Commission Will Review Proposal for Sunset Strip Billboard District

    Wed, Jun 14, 2017 4 Comments

    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…

    Two Thefts in WeHo Last Week Involved Men Sleeping Outside

    Two Thefts in WeHo Last Week Involved Men Sleeping Outside

    Tue, Jun 13, 2017

    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.

    June 5

    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

    Camp West Hollywood Is Open, and There’s Room for More

    Camp West Hollywood Is Open, and There’s Room for More

    Mon, Jun 12, 2017

    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 Hit by Car on La Peer Drive Last Night

    Two Pedestrians Hit by Car on La Peer Drive Last Night

    Mon, Jun 12, 2017

    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.

    In WeHo, Enthusiasm and Determination in the Air at the Resist March

    In WeHo, Enthusiasm and Determination in the Air at the Resist March

    Mon, Jun 12, 2017 23 Comments

    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…

    Oh the Donald! A Look at How He Was Portrayed in the  Resist March

    Oh the Donald! A Look at How He Was Portrayed in the Resist March

    Sun, Jun 11, 2017 1 Comment

    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.

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