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Parking Enforcement Car Slams Light Pole on Westbourne

Parking Enforcement Car Slams Light Pole on Westbourne

Sun, Jan 22, 2017 3 Comments

Sheriff’s Department deputies and L.A. County firefighters responded around 10 a.m. today to a traffic collision on Westbourne Drive in West Hollywood.

Upon arrival, first responders found a West Hollywood Parking Enforcement vehicle that had collided with a light pole, knocking it off its base.

There were no reported injuries, however the parking enforcement vehicle appeared to have significant front end damage. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station is investigating the cause of the crash. No further details were immediately available.

Debate Over WeHo-Adjacent Development Takes a Turn South

Debate Over WeHo-Adjacent Development Takes a Turn South

Sun, Jan 22, 2017 2 Comments

The debate over development in and around West Hollywood, focused lately on 8150 Sunset Blvd., may take a turn south with two major projects being planned for La Cienega Boulevard at the edge of and just outside the city limits.

The latest, announced yesterday by the Real Deal, the real estate trade website, is a plan for a mixed-use development at 431 N. La Cienega, the site of Mikey’s Car Wash. It will include ground-floor retail space with apartments above that, according to broker Brandon Michaels of Marcus & Millichap. “It’s going to be a substantial project, with a lot of capital,” Michaels told the Real Deal.

According to the Real Deal, Stark Enterprises paid $21.25 million for the quarter-acre property which it will develop with Robin Group of Beverly Hills. It west side of La Cienega just south of Rosewood, bordering…

LA LGBT Center Launches Website to Track Threats by Trump Administration

LA LGBT Center Launches Website to Track Threats by Trump Administration

Fri, Jan 20, 2017 1 Comment

The L.A. LGBT Center has launched a website that will track federal legislative and policy threats to LGBT and other people during Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president.

The website, 100DaysAndMe.org, allows viewers to register for alerts to such threats. The issues it is tracking are those involving health care, immigration, education, youth, seniors, equality, housing, hate crimes and domestic violence, transgender people and women. And it will provide alerts about specific events in Los Angeles. Only hours after Trump’s inauguration today, the White House already has removed from its website a Department of Labor report on LGBT people in the workforce, according to a story from The New York Times. It also has removed information on efforts to combat climate change.

“The Los Angeles LGBT Center is the nation’s largest…

Mayor Meister Proposes Steps to Reduce Length of City Council Meetings

Mayor Meister Proposes Steps to Reduce Length of City Council Meetings

Fri, Jan 20, 2017 9 Comments

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday will consider taking steps to streamline its meetings, which begin with a closed session at 6 p.m. and have been known to continue into the early hours of the morning.

The council has drawn criticism from residents, many of whom appear to speak on items that aren’t brought up until after midnight. Also, the council since August has reduced the frequency of its meetings — once twice a month — to once a month. The result has been a much longer agenda.

Mayor Lauren Meister is proposing the council take the following steps to reduce the length of the meetings:

— Limit the number of items on the council’s consent calendar to 26 proposed by city staffers plus any other added by council members. Items are placed on the consent calendar under the assumption that will be approved without…

Shunning the Forum, One WeHo Council Candidate Took to Facebook Live

Shunning the Forum, One WeHo Council Candidate Took to Facebook Live

Fri, Jan 20, 2017 5 Comments

You missed Carla Romo at Wednesday night’s city council election forum? You should have checked Facebook!

Romo, the only one of 10 candidates for two seats on the council who didn’t appear at the debate, took to social media instead. Her Facebook live broadcast appeared at the same time as the election forum, with Romo answering questions posed to the forum participants and also taking questions from people on Facebook.

Romo’s Facebook live broadcast garnered 33 “likes” and 805 views, two measures of its reach.

As Trump is Inaugurated, West Hollywood Reiterates Willingness to Fight Against Erosion of Civil Liberties

As Trump is Inaugurated, West Hollywood Reiterates Willingness to Fight Against Erosion of Civil Liberties

Fri, Jan 20, 2017 1 Comment

Today, as Donald Trump takes office as president after one of the most contentious and divisive elections in modern times, the City of West Hollywood has issued a statement affirming its plans to push back against widely expected efforts by the Trump administration to curb LGBT and women’s rights.

The statement reiterates the City Council’s decision on Dec. 5 to:

— Direct the city manager to convene a staff working group to respond to proposed actions by the new administration that contravene the city’s core values;

— Authorize the mayor and city manager to send letters opposing proposed appointees who have a history of supporting programs and policies which are contrary to the city’s core values;

— And increase the city’s programming about threats to civil rights and civil liberties.

“West Hollywood is founded on…

WeHo Planning Commission Rejects Preschool Planned for Horn Avenue

WeHo Planning Commission Rejects Preschool Planned for Horn Avenue

Fri, Jan 20, 2017 9 Comments

Amid fierce opposition from area residents, West Hollywood’s Planning Commission unanimously denied approval of a controversial day care center at the old Spago restaurant site on the Sunset Strip on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the owner of that day care center raised charges of discrimination against families and said city staff mislead him about the approval process.

The Chalk Preschool was applying to convert the famed Spago restaurant site at 1114 Horn Ave., just above Sunset Boulevard, into a daycare center for up to 73 children, ages 2 to 6. Residents in the West Hollywood Heights area turned out in large numbers to oppose it, citing concerns about extra traffic on the steep, narrow Horn Avenue as parents dropped off and picked up their children as well as the noise from children playing on the playground the preschool proposed…

WeHo Offering Free Shuttle for Residents Attending Women’s March LA

WeHo Offering Free Shuttle for Residents Attending Women’s March LA

Wed, Jan 18, 2017 1 Comment

With the inauguration of Donald Trump set for Friday, West Hollywood is taking subtle steps to respond to fears that the Trump administration will eviscerate steps taken to protect LGBT and women’s rights.

In one of those steps, the city, whose population is composed largely of progressive Democrats, is offering residents a free shuttle service on Saturday to the Metro Red Line stop so that they can head to downtown Los Angeles for the Women’s March.

Women’s March Los Angeles bills the event as an expression of solidarity in support of human rights. The event is open to men as well as women. Speakers will include Abbe Land, former West Hollywood city council member, former head of the Trevor Project and a member of the Planned Parenthood board, L.A. City Council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin; Hillary Selvin of the National…

Opinion: Public Safety and Transportation Commissions Need to Work Together Over Pedestrian Safety

Opinion: Public Safety and Transportation Commissions Need to Work Together Over Pedestrian Safety

Tue, Jan 17, 2017 13 Comments

Meetings of the city’s various boards and commissions are open to the public and fun to attend. These boards and commissions are a liaison between the public and the West Hollywood City Council. At a grass roots level your voice can be heard at any of 15 different boards and commissions, which are as varied as the Human Services Commission and the Russian Advisory Board.

But I’ve learned that those boards and commissions don’t always work the way they are supposed to. For example, I’ve gone to the Public Safety Commission to express concerns over pedestrian safety for years and years dating back to 2009. (More people have been killed on one stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson and La Cienega than all other streets in the city combined.)

In 2012 after two more deaths along Santa Monica Boulevard, I went to the…

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Hosts Forum on Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Hosts Forum on Affordable Care Act

Tue, Jan 17, 2017

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, whose district encompasses West Hollywood, will hold a forum tomorrow night to discuss the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Californians.

The forum will take place at 7 p.m. at the Saban Auditorium of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 4641 Sunset Blvd. Participants will include Schiff; Ellen Zaman, director of community affairs/government and public policy for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Nancy Gomez of Health Access California, and Bethany Eshleman, COO of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley along with local people affected by the ACA.

The forum takes place as the Republican majority in Congress is taking steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which has enabled millions of Americans to have health insurance coverage they could not otherwise afford.

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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, […]

WeHo Steps Up Efforts to Address Homeless Issues

WeHo Steps Up Efforts to Address Homeless Issues

Tue, Jan 17, 2017 5 Comments

The city has invited service providers to meet with the homeless at West Hollywood Library and assigned a staffer to coordinate its homeless services.

WeHo to Co-Host ‘Rally to Save Roe’ in Support of Reproductive Choice

WeHo to Co-Host ‘Rally to Save Roe’ in Support of Reproductive Choice

Tue, Jan 17, 2017

ore than two dozen organizations are staging a “Rally to Save Roe” Thursday to commemorate the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

Among the rally’s sponsors are the City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board and the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles.

The event is intended to demonstrate support for upholding the right to a legal and safe abortion as Donald Trump assumes the presidency on Jan. 20 and an overwhelmingly conservative Congress takes office. It will take place rom 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the NCJW|LA Council House, located at 543 N. Fairfax Ave., in Los Angeles.

The Rally to Save Roe event will begin in a gathering just outside of the NCJW|LA Council House building, so there will be no on-site parking. Parking…

Opinion: What Is the Identity of the Eastside of West Hollywood?

Opinion: What Is the Identity of the Eastside of West Hollywood?

Mon, Jan 16, 2017 11 Comments

If you are like me, in the last several years you have driven around Los Angeles and noticed these single-lot buildings being bought up and torn down, and these tall, eyesore boxes going up to replace them. They are blanketing L.A. with no real architectural design, nothing that speaks high-end originality or has a “wow […]

Citizens Agenda Week 2: The Size of City Events, Restoring the Council Deputy System and Entitlements for Developers

Citizens Agenda Week 2: The Size of City Events, Restoring the Council Deputy System and Entitlements for Developers

Mon, Jan 16, 2017 3 Comments

Candidates in the March 7 WeHo City Council election address three questions you raised in the WEHOville Citizens Agenda survey.

Proposed Preschool Near Sunset Gets Pushback from Neighbors

Proposed Preschool Near Sunset Gets Pushback from Neighbors

Thu, Jan 12, 2017 10 Comments

A proposal to build a preschool/child day care center on Horn Avenue just north of Sunset Boulevard has raised concerns from residents along Horn and Shoreham Drive, for whom the avenue is the only way in and out of their neighborhood.

The preschool is a project of Chalk Preschools, which owns preschools in Manhattan Beach, Venice and Westwood and in Chicago and plans to open one in Pasadena this year. The West Hollywood school will be in the building once occupied by Spago, a restaurant opened by Wolfgang Puck in 1982 that became famous for its celebrity clientele, which Chalk will renovate.

Elyse Eisenberg, chair of the West Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association, www.wehoheights.com which represents those living in the area, has said the they are concerned about the preschool’s impact on traffic and parking, whether it…

West Hollywood Commemorates  MLK Jr. Day with Beautification Work at WeHo Elementary

West Hollywood Commemorates MLK Jr. Day with Beautification Work at WeHo Elementary

Thu, Jan 12, 2017

West Hollywood will commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day federal holiday by hosting a volunteer event to beautify West Hollywood Elementary School on Saturday.

The event will take place on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Hollywood Elementary School, located at 970 N. Hammond St. south of Harratt.

Volunteers are needed to help perform various landscaping, clean-up, painting and other beautifying tasks at the school. All tasks involve physical labor and volunteers are expected to be available to work a six-hour shift. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to take part and participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch. Space is limited and advanced registration is required to volunteer.

As part of this year’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service, local volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items for the…

WeHo to Hold Covered California Enrollment Event on Saturday

WeHo to Hold Covered California Enrollment Event on Saturday

Wed, Jan 11, 2017

The City of West Hollywood, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), and the L.A. Public Library will collaborate to host a Covered California information and enrollment event to help answer questions, compare health plans and quotes and provide assistance with enrolling in the Covered California health insurance program.

The event will take place on Saturday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at West Hollywood Library at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Attendees who plan to enroll on-site will need to bring a valid photo ID or driver’s license, and either proof of income, or an estimate of 2016 annual income.

The City of West Hollywood is committed to engaging and educating community members about healthcare coverage. The current open enrollment period for healthcare insurance through Covered California ends on Jan. 31. Covered California is the State of…

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