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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…

Woman Hit by Car This Morning on Fountain and Gardner — a Focus of Residents Traffic Complaints

Woman Hit by Car This Morning on Fountain and Gardner — a Focus of Residents Traffic Complaints

Thu, Dec 07, 2017 17 Comments

The accident apparently was responded to by the Los Angeles Police Department, whose Hollywood Division includes the north side of Fountain and which apparently has identified the location as Sunset Boulevard.

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…


WeHo, Safe for Now, Urges Residents to Sign Up for Fire Alerts

WeHo, Safe for Now, Urges Residents to Sign Up for Fire Alerts

Wed, Dec 06, 2017

The outbreak of fires, worsened by the Santa Ana winds, will have an impact on air quality in West Hollywood and affect those commuting on the 405.

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…

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…

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.

Armed Robber Takes Cash from Man on Westmount Drive

Armed Robber Takes Cash from Man on Westmount Drive

Sun, Nov 26, 2017 5 Comments

At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported armed robbery in front of 705 Westmount Drive near Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

The victim reported he was approached by a man armed with a revolver who demanded cash and property. The victim reported the suspect had a getaway driver waiting in a white four door sedan.

The robber took an unknown amount of money. The suspect, an African American man, was last seen fleeing down Melrose Avenue towards Robertson Boulevard.

BMW Crashes Into WeHo’s Trendsetters Barbershop

BMW Crashes Into WeHo’s Trendsetters Barbershop

Sun, Nov 26, 2017 3 Comments

Just before 3 a.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported traffic collision at the intersection of Fountain and La Brea avenues in West Hollywood.

First responders arrived to find a BMW that had crashed inside of the Trendsetters Barbershop, shattering the glass windows of the La Brea Avenue business. The BMW was reportedly struck by a white sedan, which fled the scene after the accident.

The driver of the BMW was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.

Sterling’s Wife Defends Her Response to Fire at 888 W. Knoll Drive

Sterling’s Wife Defends Her Response to Fire at 888 W. Knoll Drive

Tue, Nov 21, 2017 1 Comment

Donald Sterling’s wife Tuesday defended her actions in the wake of a 2009 blaze at a West Hollywood apartment building she co-owned with her husband, which resulted in a lawsuit brought by a tenant who alleges the fire detection system was not fully operational.

Shelly Sterling said she wanted an immediate installation of new fire warning horns after it was determined that only two of the 54 in each unit worked on the day actress Robyn Cohen alleges she lost all of her belongings. But Sterling said they were not fully put in place until February 2010 because construction workers had to first finish reconstructing walls damaged in the fire.

“You can’t build a place with a roof before you have the foundation,” she said.

Sterling said she did not spare expenses in getting the work done.

“I wanted the system to be first-class,”…

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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, […]

Update: Democratic African American and LGBT Leaders Call for Action on Ed Buck

Update: Democratic African American and LGBT Leaders Call for Action on Ed Buck

Mon, Nov 20, 2017 3 Comments

Darren Parker, the chair of the California Democratic Party’s African American Caucus, has said he will write a resolution on behalf of the caucus calling on the state party to return any donations from Ed Buck.

“Too often there are ills in the African American community that we just don’t discuss,” Darren Parker said in an announcement of his decision. “These issues that we don’t bring to the surface are starting to define what happens to our people. So I thought it was important — one, as a chair who believes in transparency, who believes in education even in adversity that we have to talk about the things that we’re uncomfortable with or even hearing about.”

Parker’s decision was supported by Devin Murphy, chair of the California Young Democrats Black Caucus. “As chair of the young, Black Democrats this is…

Porn, Needles, Drugs and a Dead Body — What the Coroner Found in Ed Buck’s Apartment

Porn, Needles, Drugs and a Dead Body — What the Coroner Found in Ed Buck’s Apartment

Sat, Nov 18, 2017 10 Comments

A gay porn film was playing and a cabinet was filled with sex toys, syringes and what paramedics described as “suspected methamphetamine” while 26-year-old Gemmel Moore lay naked and dead on a mattress in the living room of Ed Buck’s apartment.

That’s the scene described in the Los Angeles County Coroner’s report about Moore’s death on July 27 in the Laurel Avenue apartment of the 63-year-old prominent local political donor. It was reported this morning by the Los Angeles Times, which got access to the coroner’s report.

The Times story, which can be accessed online, notes that some names have been redacted from the report. For example, it says that someone (name redacted) “is suspected to be known to exchange drugs for sex,” which is what Buck has been accused of in entries in Moore’s journal and by other young…

Deputies Arrest Two Women for Alleged Car Theft

Deputies Arrest Two Women for Alleged Car Theft

Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Just after 8 p.m. yesterday, West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to a report of a stolen car on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop, and the car stopped at the Arco gas station at 7564 Santa Monica Blvd. Sheriff’s deputies ordered two women out of the car at gun point. The two women were taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was reported stolen out of Irvine.

Santa Monica Boulevards Signalized Crosswalks Go Live Today and Tomorrow

Santa Monica Boulevards Signalized Crosswalks Go Live Today and Tomorrow

Wed, Nov 15, 2017 10 Comments

UPDATE: Well, not quite. While the city announced yesterday that the crosswalk synchronized stop lights would go live then and today, it turns out that they are not. Hany Demitri, the city’s principal engineer, said “the contractor realized yesterday that some of the signs that must be posted before the signal can be turned on are missing. He ordered the missing signs, they should be delivered today, and all signals should be turned on before Close of Business.”

Four signalized pedestrian crosswalks on Santa Monica Boulevard will go live today and tomorrow, a little more than three years after the death of Clinton Bounds sparked protests that City Hall wasn’t responding quickly enough to pedestrian safety issues.

The traffic signals at crosswalks at Santa Monica Boulevard and Westmount Drive and Santa Monica and Palm Avenue…

WeHo Sheriff’s Station Makes Major Vehicle Burglary Arrest

WeHo Sheriff’s Station Makes Major Vehicle Burglary Arrest

Tue, Nov 14, 2017 1 Comment

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station last week arrested two men from the Oakland area for car burglaries in what may be a major step in reducing the surge in vehicle break-ins and thefts in WeHo and adjacent areas.

It all started in the early morning hours of Nov. 8 when residents called the Sheriff’s Station to complain of several car burglaries in the Center City of West Hollywood, with most in the area around the intersection of La Cienega and Santa Monica boulevards. The deputies who responded to the calls realized how close the incidents were and learned that there had been similar car break-ins in the nearby area patrolled by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire division.

Capt. Sergio Aloma, who heads the WeHo Sheriff’s Station, said a major break in their investigation was the revelation by one of…

WeHo Concert Promoter Pleads Guilty to Conning Investors

WeHo Concert Promoter Pleads Guilty to Conning Investors

Mon, Nov 13, 2017

A concert promoter who operated in West Hollywood pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge for conning investors with false claims that well-known musical acts had agreed to participate in his events.

Gabriel “Gabe” Reed, a 46-year-old former Malibu resident, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, who scheduled a March 19 sentencing hearing. As a result of his plea to one count of wire fraud, Reed faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Reed, who does business under the name Gabe Reed Productions, was charged in May with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft stemming from what prosecutors described as an eight-year scheme in which he represented himself as a promoter and organizer of hard rock music events, as well as wrestling matches for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Reed solicited investors by…

Opinion: Have WeHo’s Block by Block Security Ambassadors Gone Rogue?

Opinion: Have WeHo’s Block by Block Security Ambassadors Gone Rogue?

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 21 Comments

I’m a seven-year West Hollywood resident, and part-time freelance news photographer. This past Saturday morning, during the course of gathering news, I overheard a radio transmission from a West Hollywood Security Ambassador. The Ambassador alleged he was punched in the face by a man on the street and was bleeding from his mouth.

Upon arrival to the scene on San Vicente near Santa Monica Boulevard, I witnessed several Ambassadors dog-piled on top of a man on the ground. As soon as cameras arrived, the Ambassadors got up from on top of the man and moved a couple steps away. When the Ambassadors moved away, I noticed the man’s hands were handcuffed behind his back.

There was no Sheriff’s deputy on the scene and I later confirmed with the Sheriff’s Department that it never received a telephone call for assistance. A deputy was…

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