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An Eye-Catching Tree Fall Blocks WeHo Sheriff’s Station’s Santa Monica Blvd. Entrance

An Eye-Catching Tree Fall Blocks WeHo Sheriff’s Station’s Santa Monica Blvd. Entrance

Mon, Jan 15, 2018

A very tall tree collapsed on the south side of Santa Monica Boulevard in front of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station property this afternoon, catching the attention of numerous passers-by.

The collapse blocked the Santa Monica entrance to the parking lot for Sheriff’s Station employees although another entrance was available.

Lt. Daren Diviak said that no one was injured. He said it’s likely the tree fell because the soil underneath it had been weakened by recent rainfall.

Mid City West Council Takes Up Proposed La Cienega Project on Tuesday

Mid City West Council Takes Up Proposed La Cienega Project on Tuesday

Mon, Jan 15, 2018 3 Comments

L.A.’s Mid City West Community Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee has on its agenda for Tuesday a discussion of a proposed 56-foot high building on La Cienega Boulevard that has drawn opposition from adjacent homeowners in West Hollywood.

The building, a project of Stark Properties, an Ohio-based developer, would replace Mikey’s Car Wash at 431 N. La Cienega Blvd. Stark proposes to call it the “Solstice.”

Stark originally had proposed a six-story building with 87 apartments. That building would have been just under 67 feet high, a substantial increase over the 45-foot height currently authorized by the City of Los Angeles’ zoning law for that property. The ground floor of the building would have almost 3,000 square feet of commercial space, and there would be two levels of underground parking.

Stark’s newest…

Robertson Lane and 9091 Santa Monica Blvd.  Go Before Historic Preservation Commission Next Monday

Robertson Lane and 9091 Santa Monica Blvd. Go Before Historic Preservation Commission Next Monday

Mon, Jan 15, 2018 2 Comments

The environmental impact report for the Robertson Lane hotel and shopping plaza project will go before West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission for review on Monday.

The commission also will hear a proposal by Taylor Megdal to designate as a cultural resource the empty building on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny. Megdal proposes to convert the building, whose exact address is 9091 Santa Monica Blvd., into a commercial space with a ground floor restaurant and a second-floor hotel with six guest rooms. He would keep the roof-top billboard that currently is in place.

The building, vacant for more than 25 years, was constructed in 1924. The California Department of Parks and Recreation has decided that changes to the building over time make in ineligible for designation as a national or state…


Global Poker Awards Event Comes to WeHo’s Andaz Hotel

Global Poker Awards Event Comes to WeHo’s Andaz Hotel

Mon, Jan 15, 2018

West Hollywood has been home to events celebrating awards (the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party and the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, to name two).

Now it will host a national awards event. The Global Poker Index (GPI) has announced that its Feb. 22 American Poker Awards event will be at the Andaz hotel on Sunset Boulevard. In years past the event took place at the SLS Beverly Hills, which is on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles.

GPI operates a patent-pending ranking platform covering live tournament poker players across the world. Its National Rankings ranks players by region and country, with 20 different national rankings. The results are used by media around the world in covering poker events.

“We are very excited to return to the Los Angeles area for a fourth straight year to reward the most deserving poker…

Going to the Women’s March? WeHo Will Provide Free Shuttle to Metro Red Line

Going to the Women’s March? WeHo Will Provide Free Shuttle to Metro Red Line

Mon, Jan 15, 2018 1 Comment

West Hollywood will provide a free shuttle to the Metro Red Line for those who want to join the Women’s March Los Angeles on Saturday.

The Women’s March will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Los Angeles. It will start in Pershing Square and end in Grand Park. The kickoff stage will be located at the corner of 5th Street and Hill Street.

CityLineX, the city’s free mini-bus service for commuters, will transport WeHo residents to the Metro Red Line station at Hollywood and Highland. Those going to the march can take the Red Line to stations at Pershing Square/5th Street and at Civic Center/Grand Park.

CityLineX shuttles will begin departing at 7 a.m. from CityLineX stops at Santa Monica Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue, and at Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. Beginning at 7:15 a.m., shuttles will depart…

West Hollywood Has Happily ‘Gone to the Dogs’ with Two New Off-Leash Parks

West Hollywood Has Happily ‘Gone to the Dogs’ with Two New Off-Leash Parks

Sat, Jan 13, 2018 5 Comments

Dozens of dogs and their guardians showed up this morning for the formal opening of two off-leash dog parks at West Hollywood Park.

Will Users of WeHo-Based Grindr Be Exposed to Chinese Spies?

Will Users of WeHo-Based Grindr Be Exposed to Chinese Spies?

Sat, Jan 13, 2018 1 Comment

If the Russians interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, will the Chinese interfere with a gay man’s sex life?

A column published Friday in the Washington Post reports that former intelligence officials and China experts have questioned the privacy implications of the recent acquisition of Grindr, the West Hollywood-headquartered gay sex app, by the Kunlun Group, a Chinese online game develper

Kunlun acquired a 60% stake in Grindr in January 2016 and recently bought the remaining 40%, an acquisition that is said to have valued the company at $245 million. Joel Simkhai, the gay Angeleno who launched Grindr in 2009, has left the company and was replaced on Jan. 5 by Yahui Zhou, chairman of the board of Grindr, who will serve as the interim CEO. Grindr’s vice-chairman, Wei Zhou, was named executive vice-chairman and…

(Just Kidding?) New WeHo Dog Park Considering Designated Human Zone

(Just Kidding?) New WeHo Dog Park Considering Designated Human Zone

Fri, Jan 12, 2018 2 Comments

West Hollywood continues to be a trendsetter — some experts have even referred to it as “cooler than ice,” which is really, really cool. There’s even been word of a small town in Canada rebranding itself as “Maple West Hollywood.”

Our city prides itself on creating arts programs and facilities that better enhance the lives of its residents. From an amazing library to water aerobics for senior citizens, there is something for everyone. A project now in progress is the new recreational center in West Hollywood Park, with a design that is years ahead of its time. I’m not gonna lie, when I saw the plans I thought I was looking at something from a Star Trek movie.

In addition to the new recreational center there will be something for our K-9 companions and their guardians. A new dog park is officially opening at West…

Fox News Provocateur Tomi Lahren’s ‘Final Thoughts’ About West Hollywood Apparently Weren’t ‘Final’

Fox News Provocateur Tomi Lahren’s ‘Final Thoughts’ About West Hollywood Apparently Weren’t ‘Final’

Thu, Jan 11, 2018 4 Comments

She’s back! (Could it be she hasn’t made up her mind? Or does she just like the publicity?)

While she bills her video series on Fox News Insider as “Final Thoughts,” Tomi Lahren apparently hasn’t finished thinking about West Hollywood and its status as a “sanctuary city.”

Lahren was back on WeHo’s Santa Monica Boulevard this afternoon for another round of interviews with people on the sidewalk. That’s after having questioned a handful last Sunday afternoon. Her interviews then in WeHo and on and around Venice’s boardwalk showed that not many in either place agreed with Lahren’s defense of the Trump administration’s opposition to local governments declaring they will not cooperate with federal efforts to detain and deport undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes.

Lahren, 25, a South…

Study Shows Who’s Driving Where on Fountain Avenue and How to Make It Safer

Study Shows Who’s Driving Where on Fountain Avenue and How to Make It Safer

Thu, Jan 11, 2018 18 Comments

While Fountain Avenue residents disagree, apparently most drivers see Fountain as the fastest way to get to Hollywood (and the Valley and Beverly Hills)

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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

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, […]

Matt Palazzolo, Young Gay Rights Activist and Actor, Has Died on a Mountain Hike

Matt Palazzolo, Young Gay Rights Activist and Actor, Has Died on a Mountain Hike

Thu, Jan 11, 2018 17 Comments

Matt Palazzolo, an actor and writer who was a longtime member of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and very well known in the city’s gay community, died Tuesday while hiking in Australia.

Palazzolo, 33, apparently died of a heat stroke while climbing Mount Sonder, a 4,265-foot mountain in Central Australia. Palazzolo, an avid hiker and a friend were hiking in 108 degree heat.

Palazzolo was born in Fremont and has a resume that includes roles in “Bloomers” (2011), “Stone Fruit” (2018) and “Switched at Birth” (2011).

Palazzolo was appointed to LGAB by West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran and served for eight years. He also was active in local politics, hosting an event to promote Sam Borelli’s candidacy for a City Council seat in 2013 and also promoting former Councilmember Jeffrey Prang, who now is…

Car Collides with Van on Fountain Avenue at Gardner This Afternoon

Car Collides with Van on Fountain Avenue at Gardner This Afternoon

Wed, Jan 10, 2018 4 Comments

Another collision occurred on Fountain Avenue this afternoon.

According to a nearby resident, a woman driving a white Prius ran a red light while heading northbound on Gardner Avenue. She drove into the side of a commercial van that was going along Fountain.

The accident occurred at 3:45 p.m. The driver of the Prius was transported to the hospital. At this time the status of her injuries is not known.

Officers from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station were on the scene to take statements from the drivers and witnesses.

The accident is the latest in a series that have prompted residents along Fountain to demand the City of West Hollywood take more action to improve traffic and pedestrian safety there.

WeHo Started the New Year with Eight Car Break-Ins

WeHo Started the New Year with Eight Car Break-Ins

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Jan. 1 to 7. 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, which provides fewer details about those crimes.
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.

Jan. 1

Vehicle Burglary. 600 block Doheny Drive between midnight and 12:15 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear windshield and removed three suitcases containing a laptop computer and clothing from the trunk. Loss $4,200. #00002

Vehicle…

City Hall Closed and Certain Parking Restrictions Waived for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

City Hall Closed and Certain Parking Restrictions Waived for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

West Hollywood City Hall and its automated parking garage will be closed and certain parking regulations will not be enforced on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The city will not require payments to parking meters or enforce parking meter time limits. There will be no towing of vehicles parked on major streets during rush hours nor towing of cars parking on the sides of streets scheduling for sweeping on Monday.

However, residential permit parking restrictions will be enforced.

Enforcement of regular parking regulations will begin again on Tuesday.

Construction Will Close Lanes on Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills This Month

Construction Will Close Lanes on Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills This Month

Wed, Jan 10, 2018 2 Comments

If your morning commute takes you west through Beverly Hills, you might want to reconsider using Santa Monica Boulevard.

As part of its Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction project, the City of Beverly Hills will leave only two westbound lanes open from today through Jan. 31. Eastbound lanes will be closed at Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills and traffic will be routed to South Santa Monica Boulevard (also known as Little Santa Monica Boulevard).

The lane closures are because of construction activity that includes removing and replacing the road and its subgrade. That work will take place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The project will reconstruct a segment (approximately 1.5 miles) of Santa Monica Boulevard extending from Wilshire Boulevard to Doheny Drive in the City of Beverly Hills….

Tomi Lahren Didn’t Find Love, or Agreement, in West Hollywood

Tomi Lahren Didn’t Find Love, or Agreement, in West Hollywood

Wed, Jan 10, 2018 24 Comments

‘There were some words that I can’t repeat on national television that they were screaming at me,’ said the Fox News commentator.

Center for Early Education Opens First Building in Its Expansion Plan

Center for Early Education Opens First Building in Its Expansion Plan

Wed, Jan 10, 2018 2 Comments

The Center for Early Education has opened its new instruction and administrative building marking completion of the first phase of the expansion of its campus on La Cienega Boulevard. The new building houses a gym, classrooms and a boardroom that opens onto an urban terrace, and will feature a custom art installation by Friedrich Kunath facing La Cienega Boulevard.

At Monday’s opening ceremony, Head of School Mark Brooks offered thanks to those who made the project possible.

“This new building marks completion of the first phase of our campus enhancement plan that will redefine the Center’s present and future, and create the most dynamic early education learning environment in California,” Brooks said. “We wouldn’t be here today without the help of so many people and it’s our job today to thank them for all of their…

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