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It’s Going to Happen!  Now What Are You Going to Do About It?

It’s Going to Happen! Now What Are You Going to Do About It?

Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Only 3.6? Few people in West Hollywood felt the 3.6 tremor at 11:30 p.m. Monday night. It was a small one on the dreaded San Andreas fault, where the “big one” is supposed to originate. Was it a fore-shock or just another small temblor, the sort we experience nearly every day? If anything, small or large, it should be a stark reminder of the inevitability, the certainty, that a major earthquake is in our future.

Earthquakes are not yet very predictable except to know that certain faults are the most likely to move. However, the Northridge quake of 1994 occurred on a previously unmapped (unknown) fault and caused considerable damage and loss of life.

There was no possible way to predict such an event. We do not know much about the earth despite all of our scientific probing. We do know where the oil and many other minerals are…

LA County Health Department Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak

LA County Health Department Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak

Tue, Sep 19, 2017

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 secondary cases occurred in a health care facility in Los Angeles County. The two most recent cases appear to have acquired their infection within Los…

WeHo City Council Debates Its Response to Homelessness

WeHo City Council Debates Its Response to Homelessness

Tue, Sep 19, 2017 8 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

The second in a series of four articles about what the City of West Hollywood is doing to address homelessness focuses on the social services and housing divisions.

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 7 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

We think home is where it all begins. In 1984, the idea for a City of West Hollywood was proposed by an unlikely coalition of LGBT activists, seniors, and renters. Then an unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County, it was mainly comprised of renters (85%), and the community was fearful that the imminent expiration of county rent control laws would cause mass evictions and leave many renters vulnerable to homelessness.

Not long after the city was incorporated, the City Council adopted its landmark Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Upon its adoption, this was one of the strictest rent control laws in the country. The city has an entire division dedicated to rent stabilization and housing programs that promote a strong and vibrant residential community and helps keep people in their rent-controlled units. The division also facilitates the…

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 10 Comments

“Hardly any forensic pathologists in this country or abroad have even seen this outside of, perhaps, wartime,” an L.A. Coroner testifies in the alleged murder of Iana Kasian, at right, by boyfriend Blake Leibel.

Fountain Avenue Residents Press for Action to Calm Dangerous Traffic

Fountain Avenue Residents Press for Action to Calm Dangerous Traffic

Fri, Sep 15, 2017 8 Comments

The residents spoke at a community meeting last night organized by City Councilmember John D’Amico. The Council on Monday will consider a series of recommendations by city staff for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety on Fountain.

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…

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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, […]

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 3 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,

The Domain Announces Its Official Opening on WeHo’s Eastside

The Domain Announces Its Official Opening on WeHo’s Eastside

Wed, Sep 13, 2017 22 Comments

The 166-unit apartment building is the latest of five major apartment projects on the city’s Eastside with rents considerably higher than the city’s median.

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…

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