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Parking Meter Enforcement Suspended Friday for Cesar Chavez Day

Parking Meter Enforcement Suspended Friday for Cesar Chavez Day

Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Parking meter regulations in West Hollywood will be suspended on Friday, March 31, in observance of César Chávez Day. Permit parking and all other parking regulations will be enforced as usual.

Visitor permits will be available at the Kings Road Municipal Parking Structure, located at 8383 Santa Monica Blvd. at Kings Road and at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, 780 San Vicente Blvd. at Santa Monica. The enforcement of meters and associated meter time limit regulations will resume on Saturday.

On this coming Monday West Hollywood City Hall will be closed in observance of César Chávez Day.

César Chávez Day is a national holiday to celebrate the birth and legacy of Chávez, the civil rights and labor movement activist. Since 2015, the City of West Hollywood has recognized César

L.A. Pride Festival Tickets on Sale Today

L.A. Pride Festival Tickets on Sale Today

Mon, Mar 27, 2017 1 Comment

L.A. Pride festival tickets went on sale today at an advanced sale price of $30 for the June 10 and 11 events.

The tickets, which can be purchased online, are $20 for only the Saturday festival and $20 for only the Sunday festival. All online purchases come with a $3 fee.

The City of West Hollywood is working to facilitate the annual Dyke March on Friday night.

An announcement of the ticket sales from Christopher Street West, which produces the event, said prices will go up in late April when CSW officially announces its talent lineup.

This year’s Pride events will be affected by two things: A radical reduction in size of West Hollywood Park, where the festival is staged each year, and the replacement of the Sunday Pride parade by the Resist protest march.

The park is undergoing to redevelopment over the

WeHo Council Members Solicit $65k for Charities They Support

WeHo Council Members Solicit $65k for Charities They Support

Mon, Mar 27, 2017 3 Comments

Two West Hollywood City Council members have solicited donations of $65,000 to charities they support, with some of that money coming from city vendors or developers and lobbyists with projects in WeHo .

The donations, sought by John D’Amico and John Duran, were listed on behest reports filed over the past 12 months. State law requires that elected officials disclose the amount and source of any money that they request on behalf of charities.

Until last year, city records showed that former Councilmember Abbe Land, who served as co-CEO of the Saban Free Clinic and CEO of the Trevor Project, was the only council member who had filed such statements in recent years. Such reports have long been required by the state for donations of $5,000 or more. The city has set a limit for donations of $1,000 or more.

Duran’s requests,…

WeHo to Celebrate Installation of ‘Ocean-Friendly’ Garden on Wednesday

WeHo to Celebrate Installation of ‘Ocean-Friendly’ Garden on Wednesday

Mon, Mar 27, 2017

The City of West Hollywood has partnered with West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) to install an ocean-friendly demonstration garden in the median of Santa Monica Boulevard, east of North Doheny Drive.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the garden, which was completed in February. The event will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the median of the 9000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, between North Doheny and North Almont drives. West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister and members of the City Council will attend, joined by West Basin Division IV Director Scott Houston. Light refreshments will be served. Attendance is free and open to the public.

“As a City, we are passionate about ecological stewardship and advocacy,” Meister said in an announcement of the event. “One of our core values is responsibility for…

Water Main Break Floods Westbourne Avenue in WeHo

Water Main Break Floods Westbourne Avenue in WeHo

Sat, Mar 25, 2017

A water main break at 855 Westbourne Ave. flooded that street just south of Rugby Drive for several hours today.

Capt. Alex Linton of Fire Station 7 said they got a call about the matter at 1:30 p.m. and were joined by employees from the City of West Hollywood and then put out a call to the L.A. Department of Water and Power (LADWP), which is responsible for the water supply in that area.

The water was turned off later and area residents were told by the LADWP that it would take eight to 10 hours to fix the problem.

L.A. LGBT Center Takes Its ‘F*ck W/Out Fear’ Campaign to WeHo’s Sidewalks

L.A. LGBT Center Takes Its ‘F*ck W/Out Fear’ Campaign to WeHo’s Sidewalks

Fri, Mar 24, 2017 6 Comments

In West Hollywood, the L.A. LGBT Center is taking its “F*k W/Out Fear” campaign to the streets, literally.

The first of five chalk illustrations touting the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in preventing HIV infection has placed on the sidewalk on Santa Monica Boulevard yesterday. In coming weeks there will be additional images on Santa Monica at Palm Avenue, Santa Monica and Larrabee Street, Santa Monica and San Vicente and Santa Monica and Robertson.

The Center launched the campaign on Jan. 8 with digital and print advertising, outreach through Center programs that particularly serve transgender women and young men of color and at the Center’s Mi Centro facility in Boyle Heights.

On Jan. 8 it staged a “Paint the Town Blue” event in which staffers and volunteers handed out information about PrEP at…

WeHo Scores Top Bond Rating (Again), with New Hotels and Development Cited

WeHo Scores Top Bond Rating (Again), with New Hotels and Development Cited

Fri, Mar 24, 2017 2 Comments

The Fitch rating report praises the city’s financial management but also notes that WeHo’s economy is largely focused on tourism and that 10 entities own 15% of the city’s property value.

WeHo Solicits Nominations for Public Safety Awards

WeHo Solicits Nominations for Public Safety Awards

Thu, Mar 23, 2017 1 Comment

The City of West Hollywood is soliciting nominations for its annual Public Safety Awards. The Public Safety Awards are an opportunity to recognize individuals, group, and businesses that have made significant efforts towards enhancing public safety in West Hollywood.

The city’s Public Safety Department is currently seeking nominations in two awards categories:

— Outstanding Contribution to Public Safety — Individual; and

— Outstanding Contribution to Public Safety — Business or Organization.

Eligible awards nominees include people who have made extraordinary efforts to volunteer for public safety programs or events or have organized community-watch group. Also eligible are people who have made efforts at strengthening law enforcement and community partnerships or have dedicated many hours of service to the Sheriff’s…

WeHo Offers Free Motion Detector Lights to Residents, Businesses

WeHo Offers Free Motion Detector Lights to Residents, Businesses

Thu, Mar 23, 2017

West Hollywood is promoting its “Lights On West Hollywood” program, which provides free motion detector lights to qualifying properties in the city. All West Hollywood addresses are eligible for participation in the Lights On program.

“The Lights On program is a simple, yet highly effective, way in which the city is responding to community concerns about safety on the city’s Eastside,” said City Councilmember John Heilman. “We all have a part to play in keeping our neighborhoods safe and some things, such as safety lighting, are just good common-sense fundamentals. I hope this program is widely used across the city.”

The Lights On program is part of a series of community safety initiatives approved by the West Hollywood City Council in December. The city’s Public Safety Department is working to implement these…

Nearly $11,000 in Thefts from Cars Reported in WeHo Last Week

Nearly $11,000 in Thefts from Cars Reported in WeHo Last Week

Thu, Mar 23, 2017 3 Comments

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from March 13 to March 19. The list also includes each case number.

March 13

Grand Theft. 8900 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 5 and 5:25 p.m. An unknown suspect removed $1,500 in cash from a wallet that was left unattended in a shopping cart. #01327

March 14

Nothing significant to report.

March 15

Vehicle Burglary. 7900 block Norton Avenue between 11:15 p.m. and 7:45 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing two checkbooks from the front floorboard area. Loss $930. #01369

March 16

Other Burglary. 7300 block Santa Monica Boulevard between noon and 5:30 am. An unknown suspect removed a hedge trimmer and weed eater from a storage shed. No sign…

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Wyclef Jean, Alleging Racial Profiling in WeHo Handcuffing, Demands Investigation

Wyclef Jean, Alleging Racial Profiling in WeHo Handcuffing, Demands Investigation

Wed, Mar 22, 2017 8 Comments

Rapper Wyclef Jean is asking for an investigation into being briefly handcuffed by Sheriff’s deputies in West Hollywood on Tuesday, alleging that it was an incident of racial profiling. Jean also is calling on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Black Lives Matter (BLM) to get involved.

“Mr. Jean is requesting a formal investigation into racial profiling by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD chief Charlie Beck and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department, while calling upon the ACLU and Black Lives Matter to join him in defense of civil liberties and racial bias,” Jean’s spokesperson, Melanie Bonvicino, said in a statement to CNN.

Jean, who became famous as the frontman for the Fugees and has won three Grammy awards, was stopped on West Knoll Drive at shortly after midnight by deputies investigating an armed…

On the Run: WeHo Sheriff’s Officers Do the Baker to Vegas Relay This Weekend

On the Run: WeHo Sheriff’s Officers Do the Baker to Vegas Relay This Weekend

Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Twenty runners, 120 miles. It’s about the comradery say the runners, who include long time veterans and newcomers.

Developers Seek U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on Suit Against WeHo

Developers Seek U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on Suit Against WeHo

Wed, Mar 22, 2017 3 Comments

Lawyers representing a couple who allege they were charged a $540,000 fee as the price for pursuing a modest condominium project in West Hollywood are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their clients’ case.

The attorneys, members of the Pacific Legal Foundation, seek reimbursement for developers Shelah and Jonathan Lehrer-Graiwer and are taking aim at the law under which the city acted, known as the inclusionary housing ordinance. The law requires developers to build and set aside a certain number of units, or pay a fee set by a formula as a condition for receiving a permit.

The law’s stated purpose is to address the region’s affordable housing shortage, but the size of the fee is not linked to any measurement of affordable housing needs that the proposed development might create, the developers’ attorneys state. City officials…

A Big Voter Turnout for the March 7 WeHo Council Election

A Big Voter Turnout for the March 7 WeHo Council Election

Tue, Mar 21, 2017 5 Comments

Twenty-seven percent of registered voters cast their ballots in the precincts above, the largest turnout for a city election in at least 17 years.

WeHo City Council Rejects Appeal of Plan for Food and Drinks on Palihouse Rooftop

WeHo City Council Rejects Appeal of Plan for Food and Drinks on Palihouse Rooftop

Tue, Mar 21, 2017 12 Comments

The West Hollywood City Council last night rejected an appeal of a Planning Commission decision last September to grant the Palihouse hotel the right to serve food and alcohol on the rooftop of its building, which is located at 8465 Hollywood Drive between Hacienda Place and La Cienega.

The appeal was brought by neighbors of the hotel, over 100 of whom have signed a petition opposing the decision by the Planning Commission last September. That decision also lets Palihouse play amplified music on the rooftop.

In its approval, the Planning Commission had rejected suggestions by the city’s Community Development Department staff that Palihouse not be allowed to play amplified music on the roof and that its rooftop furniture be limited to the standard height of restaurant tables and chairs rather than those used in bars. The Planning…

Rapper Wyclef Jean Briefly Cuffed by WeHo Sheriff’s Deputies

Rapper Wyclef Jean Briefly Cuffed by WeHo Sheriff’s Deputies

Tue, Mar 21, 2017 7 Comments

Rapper Wyclef Jean was briefly handcuffed early this morning after being stopped on West Knoll Drive by West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies investigating an armed robbery.

After a brief questioning, Jean was released when deputies determined he wasn’t one of the suspects in the robbery. The handcuffing was captured on video and posted by Wyclef Jean on his Twitter page @WyclefJean, along with his complaints about the incident, erroneously citing the Los Angeles Police Department.

“LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?

“I was asked by the police to put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself.

Sheriff McDonnell Says He Can’t Reveal Details on WeHo Deputy-Involved Shootings

Sheriff McDonnell Says He Can’t Reveal Details on WeHo Deputy-Involved Shootings

Tue, Mar 21, 2017

In his response to WeHo City Manager Paul Arevalo’s request for information on the status of investigations into two deputy-involved deaths of innocent men in West Hollywood, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell essentially says no information can be released.

The first incident was the shooting of two young men fleeing a knife attack on April 7, 2014, at 939 Palm Ave. Several deputies fired their guns as the two men raced out the door, killing John Winkler and seriously wounding Liam Mulligan.

The second incident involved a patrol car swerving off Santa Monica Boulevard and onto the sidewalk on Oct. 12, 2015. The patrol car killed one young man and severely wounded another.

In his letter to Arevalo, McDonnell assured him that deputies in the West

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