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WeHo Design Review Group Gives Positive Reviews to Projects on Spaulding and Formosa

WeHo Design Review Group Gives Positive Reviews to Projects on Spaulding and Formosa

Fri, May 26, 2017

Two apartment/condominium projects received positive reviews from the Design Review subcommittee of West Hollywood’s Planning Commission on Thursday night.

1041-1047 N. Spaulding Ave.

A proposed three-story, 14-unit apartment building with subterranean parking at 1041-1047 N. Spaulding Ave., just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, would replace two single-family homes. Designed by architect Kip Dickson, the project includes six units on the ground level, plus eight townhouse units with rooftop terraces on the second and third floors.

The project would feature a courtyard design with an outdoor seating area in the center of ground floor courtyard area. The upper floors would be broken up into four distinct segments (two townhouse units per segment), with each segment having a slightly different design and different materials…

Chinese Billionaire Acquires Remainder of WeHo’s Grindr App

Chinese Billionaire Acquires Remainder of WeHo’s Grindr App

Thu, May 25, 2017 2 Comments

The purchase by Zhou Yahui gives Grindr a total value of $152 million. Its founder and CEO, Joel Simkhai, will remain in charge.

$16,000 in Car Burglaries in WeHo  Last Week

$16,000 in Car Burglaries in WeHo Last Week

Wed, May 24, 2017 3 Comments

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from May 15 to 21. The list also includes each case number.

May 15

Grand Theft. Sherwood Drive / Westbourne Drive
at 5:30 a.m. A woman was walking westbound on Sherwood Drive when a man approached her from behind and pulled a shopping bag from her hand. The bag contained a watch, clothing, cash, and a camera. The suspect fled the area on foot. Loss $3,600. #02511

Burglary – Other. 1200 block Flores Street between 5 and 11:45 am. An unknown suspect removed four tires and wheels from a vehicle parked in the sub garage. Loss $7,800. #02525

May 16

Nothing significant to report.

May 17

Burglary – Other. 1200 block La Brea Avenue at 11:20 p.m. A man removed two bottles of wine while the restaurant was closing….


WeHo’s Historic Preservation Commission Gives Robertson Lane Project a Hearing

WeHo’s Historic Preservation Commission Gives Robertson Lane Project a Hearing

Wed, May 24, 2017 5 Comments

An expected controversy over the project failed to materialize as 15 residents praised it and only one spoke against it.

Some WeHo Parking Rules Suspended on Monday

Some WeHo Parking Rules Suspended on Monday

Tue, May 23, 2017

In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, the City of West Hollywood will suspend enforcement of parking meters, street sweeping parking restrictions and peak hour parking restrictions. However the city will continue to enforce permit parking regulations and all other parking rules.

City Hall will be closed on Memorial Day, but visitor parking permits can be obtained at the parking structure on Kings Road at Santa Monica Boulevard and at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, which is on the southeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard at San Vicente.

Enforcement of all parking regulations will resume on Tuesday.

Going to The Chapel, Getting Ready to Resist

Going to The Chapel, Getting Ready to Resist

Tue, May 23, 2017 1 Comment

People gathered at The Chapel last night to create signs for the June 11 Resist March in the first of dozens of events that are part of the City of West Hollywood’s annual One City One Pride.

The Chapel, adjacent to The Abbey on Robertson Boulevard, also was the site of a presentation of a Harvey Milk Day proclamation to Coco LaChine, the noted transgender performer (and manager of the Chi Chi LaRue store) by West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman.

More photos of the sign-makers, who were assisted by artists, are posted on the pages below.

John  Heilman Is Not in Oz, Er Cleveland, Anymore. But They Still Remember Him

John Heilman Is Not in Oz, Er Cleveland, Anymore. But They Still Remember Him

Mon, May 22, 2017 10 Comments

With “Go West” the theme of this year’s “One City One Pride” LGBTQ arts, history and culture events, it’s an interesting co-incidence that one leader in West Hollywood’s gay community is being recognized in his Midwestern home town for assuming the role of WeHo’s mayor — for the eighth time. This from the Cleveland.com, the website of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“WEST HOLLYWOOD, California – A Cleveland native has been chosen to serve as the mayor of West Hollywood – a southern California town known for pioneering LGBT legal rights – for an eighth term.

“John Heilman, a 1970s graduate of John Marshall High School, was chosen Monday from among a five-member city council to serve as mayor, according to a news release from the city of West Hollywood. Heilman also served as the city’s mayor in 1985, 1990, 1995,…

Seven Hospitalized in Crash on Sunset and LaCienega Last Night

Seven Hospitalized in Crash on Sunset and LaCienega Last Night

Mon, May 22, 2017 6 Comments

Seven people were injured in a crash between two vehicles Sunday evening in West Hollywood, authorities said.

The crash happened about 6:25 p.m. at the intersection of La Cienega and Sunset boulevards, according to a sheriff’s sergeant.

Seven patients were hospitalized, according to the fire department. At least three of the people were believed to be pedestrians.

The victims’ conditions and extent of their injuries have not been released.

Robertson Lane Project Goes Before WeHo’s Historic Preservation Committee

Robertson Lane Project Goes Before WeHo’s Historic Preservation Committee

Mon, May 22, 2017 9 Comments

The environmental impact report on the proposed hotel and shopping plaza on Robertson Boulevard known as Robertson Lane will be presented to West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Vista. The meeting is expected to draw a large crowd because of the project’s location on the site of the Factory, a building at 661-665 N. Robertson Blvd. that in February was designated as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places

An EIR identifies and examines likely environmental effects of a proposed project and proposes measures to avoid, reduce or offset them. The 343-page report was commissioned by Faring Capital, the developer of the project, and prepared by Dudek, an environmental impact…

Public Discussion Set for Tuesday on Sunset Strip Billboard Plan

Public Discussion Set for Tuesday on Sunset Strip Billboard Plan

Mon, May 22, 2017 3 Comments

West Hollywood will host a public discussion of a proposal to increase the number of billboards on the Sunset Strip tomorrow at City Hall’s community conference room.

The one-hour discussion, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will focus on the proposal to revise regulations governing signs on Sunset Boulevard to permit as many as 18 additional billboards over the next 15 years, of which 17 could be digital billboards. City Hall is located at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer.

In addition, three existing billboards would be allowed to convert to digital. There currently are 89 billboards along the 1.6 miles of Sunset between Doheny and Havenhurst known as the Sunset Strip.  There also are four digital art signs.

The Sunset Strip Off-Site Signage Policy would amend the city’s current Sunset Specific Plan, which governs…

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WeHo’s ‘One City One Pride’ Kicks Off Tonight at The Chapel

WeHo’s ‘One City One Pride’ Kicks Off Tonight at The Chapel

Mon, May 22, 2017 1 Comment

A protest-sign workshop tonight at The Abbey’s Chapel is the first of dozens of events through June for WeHo’s One City One Pride

Day Eleven: Jury Decides for City in Michelle Rex Termination Lawsuit

Day Eleven: Jury Decides for City in Michelle Rex Termination Lawsuit

Fri, May 19, 2017 29 Comments

The decision brings a likely close to the final controversy of the deputy system, which has been an obstacle to city managers since 1984.

WeHo Celebrates Historic Preservation with Event on Monday

WeHo Celebrates Historic Preservation with Event on Monday

Fri, May 19, 2017

West Hollywood will celebrate its efforts to preserve historic and culturally significant resources with an event titled “Hooray for (West) Hollywood” on Monday.

The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., will be hosted by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. It will be held outdoors at 1300-1354 North Harper Ave., between Fountain and De Longpre avenues, in the North Harper Avenue Historic District.

The event will honor historic architecture and film locations throughout the city, where 86 buildings have been designated as historic and cultural resources since 1989.

.The event is free and open to the public. It will include a reception with refreshments and movie clips filmed in West Hollywood, going as far back as a century, will be shown. There also will be a walking tour of 1920s apartment buildings designed by architects…

Day Ten: Lawyers Make Closing Arguments In Rex vs. City of WeHo

Day Ten: Lawyers Make Closing Arguments In Rex vs. City of WeHo

Thu, May 18, 2017 11 Comments

Lawyers for the City of West Hollywood and for former City Council deputy Michelle Rex made their closing arguments to the jury today, leaving both sides tense in anticipation of its final decision in a lawsuit that has resurrected allegations of electioneering in City Hall and misbehavior by city employees and a City Council member.

The key question before the jury is whether the City Council’s decision to eliminate the 30-year-old deputy system was done in retaliation for Rex’s testimony in defense of her friend and fellow deputy, Ian Owens.

The controversy known as “Deputygate,” which sparked the City Council’s decision to eliminate the deputy system, came after WEHOville revealed in January 2015 that Owens had been listening to telephone conversations by deputy Fran Solomon. Owens sent an email under a fake name to…

Sheriff’s Department Plans DUI Check in WeHo on Friday

Sheriff’s Department Plans DUI Check in WeHo on Friday

Thu, May 18, 2017 4 Comments

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in West Hollywood on Friday from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The checkpoint is being publicized by the Sheriff’s Department and the City of Los Angeles to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station offers the following tips:

— Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.

— If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

‘Simple Justice,’ a Mystery Classic Set in WeHo, Under Discussion at the Library This Month

‘Simple Justice,’ a Mystery Classic Set in WeHo, Under Discussion at the Library This Month

Thu, May 18, 2017 1 Comment

From collegiate wrestling and wilderness trekking to writing in a wide range of fields, adventure and ambition have been driving forces in the life of WeHo resident John Morgan Wilson.

After breaking into newspapers at age 19, he earned a journalism degree at San Diego State. A few years later, he founded Easy Reader, an alternative newspaper in Hermosa Beach that is still thriving online in other hands. In 1972, Wilson came out and joined the gay movement, freelancing as a journalist and breaking into the New York Times at age 29. Hundreds of bylines later, he joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times as an assistant editor.

His first novel, “Simple Justice” (1996), was a dark, gritty mystery with a local twist – protagonist Benjamin Justice was a gay man living in West Hollywood. “Simple Justice” won a prestigious Edgar…

Day Nine: Testimony in Rex vs. City of WeHo Ends, with Case Going to the Jury Tomorrow

Day Nine: Testimony in Rex vs. City of WeHo Ends, with Case Going to the Jury Tomorrow

Wed, May 17, 2017 9 Comments

Testimony over nine days has dug up, again, allegations of inappropriate sexual remarks by Councilmember Duran and anger fights among deputies Owens, Rex and Solomon

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