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    Auction to Benefit WeHo AIDS Monument Set for Oct. 5

    Auction to Benefit WeHo AIDS Monument Set for Oct. 5

    Sun, Sep 24, 2017

    The third annual Photo17, a photography auction to benefit the AIDS monument planned for West Hollywood Park, will take place on Thursday at Milk Studios in Hollywood.

    This year’s event will feature a performance by Rufus Wainwright.

    “This auction, now in its third year, attracts many of the world’s finest photographers. The expressions and contributions toward the AIDS monument make this a perfect event for Milk to support,” said Willie Maldonado, Milk LA’s founder and partner and co-chair of the Photo17 event. “The untold loss — and untold stories of the artists, models and fashion industry leaders cannot be measured. This is our way of bringing those stories to life, and to remember those people in an artistic way.”

    One hundred percent of the proceeds from Photo17 will benefit the Foundation for the AIDS Monument, which…

    New Orleans Mayoral Candidate Learns That What Happens in WeHo Doesn’t Stay in WeHo

    New Orleans Mayoral Candidate Learns That What Happens in WeHo Doesn’t Stay in WeHo

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017

    In his testimony during the trial of former City Council deputy Michelle Rex’s lawsuit against the City of West Hollywood, City Councilmember John Duran rebuked questions from Rex’s lawyer about his sexual behavior by noting: “This is West Hollywood, not West Covina.”

    True. But that said, visitors to the Creative City should realize it isn’t Las Vegas. What happens in WeHo doesn’t necessarily stay here.

    The latest example of that is the arrest of a New Orleans mayoral candidate on a misdemeanor count of lewd conduct for allegedly masturbating during an Uber ride from West Hollywood to Santa Monica.

    Frank Scurlock is accused of exposing himself during the ride, which began in West Hollywood on Feb. 10, according to Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White. Scurlock is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 16…

    Update: Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Gun Packing, Knife-Wielding Visitor to the Kardashian’s Dash Store

    Update: Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Gun Packing, Knife-Wielding Visitor to the Kardashian’s Dash Store

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 5 Comments

    The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has released photos of a woman said to have pointed a handgun today at employees at Dash, the clothing shop owned by the Kardashian sisters.

    According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Station, the woman entered the shop at 8420 Melrose Ave. around 11:32 a.m. “pointed a handgun at an employee and shouted, ‘Stay away from Cuba.’ The suspect then knocked items off the counter and pointed the handgun at a second employee before she exited the store.”

    “The suspect was last seen walking west on Melrose Avenue toward La Cienega Boulevard and out of view. With the assistance of a …. helicopter, West Hollywood deputies conducted a thorough search of the area in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. Witnesses described the suspect as approximately five foot ten inches tall 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 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, […]

    AHF Calls for Showers and Toilets for the Homeless to Curb Hepatitis A Infections

    AHF Calls for Showers and Toilets for the Homeless to Curb Hepatitis A Infections

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 7 Comments

    AIDS Healthcare Foundation is asking that the City of Los Angeles County respond to an emerging outbreak of Hepatitis A infections with “with immediate and forceful actions: Portable toilets and hand-washing stations should be deployed immediately and the City of Los Angeles should put an immediate halt to rousting homeless encampments and concentrate instead on improving overall sanitary conditions.”

    AHF’s statement, issued today, follows a declaration on Tuesday by L.A. County Health officials of a formal outbreak of Hepatitis A after the number of those infected in L.A. County rose to 10. There currently is an epidemic of Hepatitis A infections in San Diego.

    The L.A. County Health Department declaration has raised concerns among in West Hollywood, where the growth of the homeless populations has caused some residents to…

    Frida Fest, the Lesbian Art and Musical Festival, Is Saturday at Plummer Park

    Frida Fest, the Lesbian Art and Musical Festival, Is Saturday at Plummer Park

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 1 Comment

    Frida Fest, an art and music festival honoring the life and legacy of the legendary Mexican painter and feminist icon Frida Kahlo, will take place Saturday at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.

    The City of West Hollywood is a co-sponsor of the event, which is hosted by the L-Project Los Angeles. It will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. in Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall. The event will feature the works of lesbian, bisexual and transgender lesbian visual and performing artists from the greater Los Angeles area. They include Vixen Noir, who will MC, and performances by Lonely Bones, Liora Paniz, Jo Popadynetz, Halle Johnson and Dian Katz. DJ Notorious Jen will spin hip hop, R&B and other music.

    This will be the third year of Frieda Fest. Tickets to are $15 in advane or $20 at the door. VIP tickets, which include table seating and wine,…

    WeHo Is Losing Red Light Management

    WeHo Is Losing Red Light Management

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017

    West Hollywood is losing Red Light — not one of the ones at a traffic intersection but the one that is the world’s largest independent music management company.

    The Real Deal, the real estate industry newsletter, https://therealdeal.com/la/2017/09/21/red-light-management-to-relocate-from-weho-to-culver-city/ announced Red Light Management’s decision to leave the Piazza del Sol building at 8439 W. Sunset Blvd. and move to Culver City.

    Red Light got its start in 1991 in Charlottesville, Va., by managing Dave Matthews Band and its fame grew as it went on to represent musicians such as Lionel Richie, Phish and the Alabama Shakes. It now has six locations in the United States and two in England.

    It is moving into a 26,000-square-foot office at C3 at Culver Point, a seven-story office campus at 5800 Bristol Parkway owned by IDS…

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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 3 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 […]

    Two Armed Robberies and Four Home Break-Ins in WeHo Last Week

    Two Armed Robberies and Four Home Break-Ins in WeHo Last Week

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 2 Comments

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Sept. 11 to 17. The list includes each case number.

    Sept. 11

    Nothing significant to report.

    Sept. 12

    Grand Theft. 8700 block Santa Monica Blvd. at 3:30 p.m.. An unknown suspect removed a backpack containing a laptop computer, hard drive, passport and glasses from the back seat. The car was being washed when the theft occurred. Loss $2,500. #04974

    Armed Robbery. 8700 block Rangely Avenue at 12:45 p.m. Two men were invited into the residence by the victim. A dispute over money ensued and one of the suspects produced a handgun. The victim ran from the residence and when he returned, he discovered cash and property belonging to him was missing. Loss $7,300. #04931

    Sept. 13

    Grand Theft. 9200 block Sunset…

    Update: Where to Get a Hepatitis A Vaccination as L.A.  County Experiences an Outbreak

    Update: Where to Get a Hepatitis A Vaccination as L.A. County Experiences an Outbreak

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story has been updated with information provided by the City of West Hollywood about where to obtain the hepatitis A vaccine.

    The L.A. County Department of Public Health has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A in Los Angeles County.

    Similar outbreaks have been announced in San Diego and Santa Cruz counties. The large majority of cases have occurred in people who are homeless or use illegal drugs (both those that are injected and those that are not), with several cases occurring among people who provide services to the homeless.

    Public Health has confirmed 10 cases of hepatitis A among high-risk individuals (those that are homeless or in institutions that serve the homeless) in L.A. County. Of the confirmed cases, four had been in San Diego and one had been in Santa Cruz when they were exposed. Three…

    Homelessness: What the City of West Hollywood Is Doing About It, Part 3

    Homelessness: What the City of West Hollywood Is Doing About It, Part 3

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017

    What is the City of West Hollywood doing to address the homelessness issue, an issue that is affecting all of Los Angeles County? WEHOville reached out to City Hall for an answer. This article is the third in a series of four outlining how City Hall sees the homelessness issue and what it is doing about it.

    In the first article, which can be seen here, the city explains the complexity of the situation and puts it in the context of the principles on which the City of West Hollywood was founded. The second article, which can be seen here, describes the work down by the city’s Human Services & Rent Stabilization Department, which includes the Housing & Rent Stabilization and Social Services divisions. Both play important roles in the city’s Homeless Initiative. This article explains efforts by the city’s Public Safety Department…

    WeHo City Council Debates Its Response to Homelessness

    WeHo City Council Debates Its Response to Homelessness

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 14 Comments

    Council members John Duran and John D’Amico, noting the apparent clash with their progressive values, call for more aggressive action to get the homeless off the streets.

    Homelessness: What the City of West Hollywood Is Doing About It, Part 2

    Homelessness: What the City of West Hollywood Is Doing About It, Part 2

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 1 Comment

    In the first article, which can be seen here, the city explains the complexity of the situation and puts it in the context of the principles on which the City of West Hollywood was founded. This article describes the work down by the city’s Human Services & Rent Stabilization Department, which includes the Housing & Rent Stabilization and Social Services divisions. Both play important roles in the city’s Homeless Initiative.

    While WEHOville welcomes comments from readers, in this case we won’t accept comments until the last piece in the series is published on Thursday. That’s in the hope that readers will take the time to read the entire series and then ask better informed questions and make better informed suggestions.)

    Social Services Division: Service Delivery

    The city’s Social Services Division currently has…

    Ed Buck’s Lawyer Demands Investigation of WeHo Councilmember Lindsey Horvath

    Ed Buck’s Lawyer Demands Investigation of WeHo Councilmember Lindsey Horvath

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 12 Comments

    Ed Buck, the well-known local Democratic Party donor under investigation for possible involvement in the death from a drug overdose of Gemmel Moore, a young African-American sex worker, has come out of hiding with a verbal attack by his lawyer tonight on WeHo City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath.

    Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, appeared before the West Hollywood City Council to say he is demanding an investigation of comments that Horvath made about Buck. Amster apparently was referring to Horvath’s statement at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting that she had contacted the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department and asked them to “take the necessary steps to make it possible for anyone with information pertinent to this case to safely come forward. I want all facts surrounding this case to be…

    Homelessness:  What’s the City of West Hollywood Doing About It?

    Homelessness: What’s the City of West Hollywood Doing About It?

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017

    The recent brutal attack with a hatchet by an apparently homeless man on a customer at one of WeHo’s 7-Eleven convenience stores has raised concerns from some residents about whether the City of West Hollywood is doing enough to address the issue of homelessness.

    And what is that issue? It depends on who you are. If you are homeless, the issue is finding food and water and a safe place to sleep. In many cases it also involves your struggle with a mental issue or a physical issue such as drug addiction. For some, the issue is simply poverty.

    If you are someone who can afford to rent an apartment or buy a condo or house in West Hollywood, you may see the issue as one of safety. There have been many complaints of homeless people hiding out in parking garages, attempting to enter apartments or houses and accosting people verbally on…

    WeHo’s Holloway Drive: Scene of the Most Gruesome Murder in L.A. History?

    WeHo’s Holloway Drive: Scene of the Most Gruesome Murder in L.A. History?

    Sun, Sep 17, 2017 13 Comments

    A $56 million civil law suit filed against the son of a rich Canadian real estate developer accused of butchering his girlfriend last year in their Holloway Drive condo offers details of what may be the most gruesome murder in the history of West Hollywood if not Los Angeles.

    The lawsuit was filed in L.A. Superior Court on behalf of Olga Kasian, who is the mother of Iana Kasian, the murdered young woman, and guardian of Iana Kasian’s one-year-old daughter, Diana.

    On May 26, 2016, West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested Blake Leibel, 36, in the condominium at 8530 Holloway that he shared with Kasian, 30, who eight weeks earlier had given birth to their baby Diana. On entering the apartment, they discovered Leibel barricaded behind a bedroom door with the “mutilated and deceased body” of Kasian in the…

    Stephanie DeWolfe, WeHo’s Community Development Director, Named South Pasadena City Manager

    Stephanie DeWolfe, WeHo’s Community Development Director, Named South Pasadena City Manager

    Fri, Sep 15, 2017

    Stephanie DeWolfe, director of Community Development for the City of West Hollywood, has been chosen as city manager of South Pasadena.

    DeWolfe, who will assume that position on Nov. 6, has worked for the City of West Hollywood since 2012. As Community Development director, she is one of the top officials at WeHo City Hall, reporting directly to City Manager Paul Arevalo and overseeing the city’s Building and Safety, Current Planning and Historic Preservation and Long Range and Mobility Planning divisions.

    DeWolfe is, effectively, the executive who manages the city’s development, overseeing the complex and sometimes controversial process of preserving historic properties and permitting and overseeing the construction of new commercial and residential buildings.

    In an announcement of her appointment from South Pasadena City…

    The Cost of Crime Last Week in WeHo? $15,475 in Vehicle Burglaries and One $56,000 Watch

    The Cost of Crime Last Week in WeHo? $15,475 in Vehicle Burglaries and One $56,000 Watch

    Thu, Sep 14, 2017 1 Comment

    Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Sept. 4 to 10. The list includes each case number.

    Sept. 4

    Vehicle Burglary. 1000 block North Orlando Avenue at 11:15 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a passport and $150 cash from the rear floorboard. Loss $700. #04778

    Vehicle Burglary. 8000 block Norton Avenue between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. An unknown suspect removed one pair of sunglasses from the center console. No sign of forced entry. Loss $400. #04830

    Sept. 5

    Strong Arm Robbery. Havenhurst Drive / Santa Monica Boulevard at 10 p.m. A man was walking on Santa Monica Boulevard when he was punched in the face by a man. The suspect demanded property from the victim and the victim complied. Loss…

    Part of San Vicente Blvd. Closed Sunday for HBO Emmy Awards Party

    Part of San Vicente Blvd. Closed Sunday for HBO Emmy Awards Party

    Thu, Sep 14, 2017

    San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard from 2 p.m. on Sunday until approximately 3 a.m. on Monday to accommodate HBO’s Emmy Awards party at the plaza at the Pacific Design Center.

    The West Hollywood Park five-story parking structure will be closed at noon on Sunday and will reopen for regular operations at 5 a.m. on Monday.

    Visitors to the area are encouraged to use alternate routes or substitute transportation options. The City’s free weekend service, The Pick Up, will follow its regular route and schedule, traveling down Santa Monica Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to Robertson Boulevard, from 2 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. More information, including a trolley tracker, is available online at www.wehopickup.com.

    The Sunday party will be HBO’s 15th Emmy Awards event in West…

    WeHo Wins Three National Awards from Government Communications Group

    WeHo Wins Three National Awards from Government Communications Group

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017

    The City of West Hollywood has been honored with three awards recognizing excellence in communications by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA).

    The awards were presented at 3CMA’s “Savvy Awards” event last Thursday, which was held in conjunction with 3CMA’s national annual conference in Anaheim. The awards recognize the communications and outreach efforts of local governments throughout the United States.

    “Congratulations to the City of West Hollywood’s Communications Department for these exceptional national recognitions,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “Our city prides itself on creativity and on constantly raising the bar. These 3CMA awards are affirmation that we’re leading the way among small cities in how we engage with the community.”

    The City of West Hollywood took…

    WeHo Pedals Offers Free Bike Share Class

    WeHo Pedals Offers Free Bike Share Class

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017

    WeHo Pedals, the City of West Hollywood’s bike sharing program, will stage another “bike share basics” class this coming Sunday.

    At the two-hour class, which is sponsored by CycleHop and taught by Sustainable Streets, students can learn all the features of the WeHo Pedals “Smart Bikes,” basic rules of the road and essential safety tips for riding the bikes safely and lawfully.

    All participants will receive a free helmet and free ride time on smart bikes.

    The class, which is free, begins at 10 a.m. at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. between North Vista and North Fuller. Those attending can register online.

    Jessica Biel and Au Fudge Sued for Allegedly Cheating Workers

    Jessica Biel and Au Fudge Sued for Allegedly Cheating Workers

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 1 Comment

    Jessica Biel and her West Hollywood restaurant, Au Fudge, were sued today by workers who allege they are owed tips as well as money for overtime and missed meal and rest breaks.

    “Many of them saw working as a waiter or other service employee at Au Fudge as a way to get by while trying to begin a career in the entertainment business,” the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit brought by Christina Desage and eight other plaintiffs says.

    They are seeking unspecified compensatory damages and at least $1 million in punitive damages. Jon Rollo, one of the co-owners of Au Fudge along with Biel and several other individuals, declined to comment.

    Au Fudge opened in March 2016 and the plaintiffs, who include a host, a server, a food runner, a baristsa and a bartender, were among the first hired, according to the suit.

    Attached to the…

    Sean Hong of Irv’s Burgers, a WeHo Institution, Has Died

    Sean Hong of Irv’s Burgers, a WeHo Institution, Has Died

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 4 Comments

    The recent death of Soo (Sean) Hong, brother of Sonia Hong, the owner of Irv’s Burgers, has led to the temporary closing of that famous hamburger restaurant.

    A sign posted on the door notes that “… Hong based away September 3, 2017 after a sudden devastating medical issue. The funeral will be held privately on September 21, 2017. Sonia and Mama thank everyone for their support during this difficult time.”

    Irv’s Burgers is 67-year-old institution in West Hollywood, originally launched at 8289 Santa Monica Blvd. and known as Queenies’ Burger and Joe’s Burgers. Irv Gendis named it Irv’s Burgers when he bought it in 1970. It was known as a hangout for rock stars such as Jim Morrison of The Doors.

    Sonia Hong, her brother Sean and her mother,

    WeHo Chamber’s Vic Gerami Attacks CEO Genevieve Morrill in Email to Board Members

    WeHo Chamber’s Vic Gerami Attacks CEO Genevieve Morrill in Email to Board Members

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 1 Comment

    Vic Gerami, recently promoted to director of programs and communications for the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, has raised the hackles of some Chamber board members with an email accusing Chamber President and CEO Genevieve Morrill of racist and homophobic behavior.

    Gerami sent the email a little more than a week ago to the 34 members of the board of directors and board of governors of the Chamber, which is the non-profit organization that advocates for business interests in West Hollywood.

    WEHOville has interviewed several recipients of the email, none of whom were willing to be quoted by name. They disputed Gerami’s allegation of homophobic behavior by Morrill. They also disputed Gerami’s allegation of racist behavior by Morrill, who apparently was accused by Gerami of describing some people by their nationality. While…

    Stress Relief? Healthy Living? Walking without Falling: WeHo Offers Workshops

    Stress Relief? Healthy Living? Walking without Falling: WeHo Offers Workshops

    Tue, Sep 12, 2017 1 Comment

    The City of West Hollywood is kicking off a series of workshops focused on healthier living today.

    The city Recreation Services Division’s “Be Well WeHo” events will take place throughout Fall and Winter to help participants identify and pursue personal wellness goals.

    It will include the “Healthier Living” workshops developed by Stanford University, the “A Matter of Balance” workshops developed by Boston University and a one-day “Mindfulness Series” workshop on stress reduction.

    One of Stanford’s Healthier Living program’s six workshops begins today at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Another in the Stanford series begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. and runs until noon.

    Stanford…

    Gemmel Moore, Hatchet Attack, Cannabis and the Resignation of Estevan Montemayor: WeHo Public Safety Commission’s Busy Agenda

    Gemmel Moore, Hatchet Attack, Cannabis and the Resignation of Estevan Montemayor: WeHo Public Safety Commission’s Busy Agenda

    Tue, Sep 12, 2017 6 Comments

    Capt. Sergio Aloma, head of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, last night explained the Sheriff’s Department’s approach to the death of Gemmel Moore, a young black escort, at the home of local political figure Ed Buck in July.

    “Deputies received to a call for service at the address on Laurel [Avenue],” Aloma said, responding to a question for Estevan Montemayor of WeHo’s Public Safety Commission. “It was a person in some sort of medical distress.

    “They responded along with L.A. County Fire and paramedics who, once they got there, were rendering aid to the victim, Mr. Moore. The victim was subsequently deceased at the address. Our deputies who responded, along with the fire department, did not see anything that was obviously criminal in terms of foul play that was involved in his death.”

    Aloma, speaking at…

    Man Arrested in Saturday Night Murder on Fairfax Avenue

    Man Arrested in Saturday Night Murder on Fairfax Avenue

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 4 Comments

    Officers in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division have arrested a suspect in the death of a man on Saturday on Fairfax Avenue.

    Arrested was Pablo Arizpe, 37, who has been charged with murder and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

    Officers responded to reports of gunfire on the 800 block of Fairfax north of Melrose Avenue around 9:30 a.m. They found a dead man “suffering from unknown trauma to his neck and throat,” according to an LAPD statement.The dead man, who is African-American, has not been identified. He is said to be between 40 and 50 years of age.

    Nearby residents say the attack occurred in front of Fat Dog, the restaurant at 801 Fairfax Ave.

    Nordstrom Local: On Melrose Place, a Brick and Mortar Retail Experiment in the Digital Age

    Nordstrom Local: On Melrose Place, a Brick and Mortar Retail Experiment in the Digital Age

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 5 Comments

    With the launch of Nordstrom Local, Melrose Place will be the site of a creative response to the decline in sales at brick and mortar shops.

    Nordstrom Local, which will open Oct. 3 at 8401 Melrose Place, will have no dedicated inventory. Instead customers will be served by “personal stylists” who will help them choose the apparel they want and then order it online. Customers can pick up the merchandise at Nordstrom Local or have it delivered to their homes. The shop will even deliver merchandise to customers parked on the curb outside (meaning they won’t have to look for parking.)

    The Nordstrom Local shop will contain 3,000 square feet, radically smaller than the typical 140,000 square foot Nordstrom store.

    In an announcement of Nordstrom Local, Shea Jensen, senior vice president of customer experience, said: “As the…

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