WEHOville

WEST HOLLYWOOD NEWS & POLITICS

WeHo Celebrates Transgender Remembrance Day with Event on Monday

WeHo Celebrates Transgender Remembrance Day with Event on Monday

Sat, Nov 18, 2017

The City of West Hollywood and its Transgender Advisory Board will Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday with an event at the Center for Early Education.

The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will include a ceremonial blessing, a performance piece, poetry and a musical selection. It will conclude with the reading of the names of transgender people who have died as a result of hate crimes. A march will immediately follow the program.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed throughout the world on November 20. The day serves to honor and memorialize people who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. It also helps to raise public awareness about ongoing hate crimes against the transgender community. November is Transgender Awareness Month and, in addition to a series of special programming, West…

Porn, Needles, Drugs and a Dead Body — What the Coroner Found in Ed Buck’s Apartment

Porn, Needles, Drugs and a Dead Body — What the Coroner Found in Ed Buck’s Apartment

Sat, Nov 18, 2017 5 Comments

The Los Angeles Times this morning reported the finding of the L.A. County Coroner’s investigation of the July 27 death of Gemmel Moore

The Arts Club Announces $1 Million WeHo Grant Program at Mural Unveiling

The Arts Club Announces $1 Million WeHo Grant Program at Mural Unveiling

Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The mural, by British pop artist Sir Peter Blake, was commissioned by the Arts Club and is on the San Vicente Boulevard retaining wall of West Hollywood Elementary School.


Victim of West Knoll Apartment Fire Says It Took 8 Years to Get Her Deposit Back

Victim of West Knoll Apartment Fire Says It Took 8 Years to Get Her Deposit Back

Fri, Nov 17, 2017 1 Comment

An actress who said she lost most of her belongings in a 2009 fire at a West Hollywood apartment building owned by billionaire Donald Sterling told a jury Friday that she had to wait eight years to get her security deposit back.

Testifying in her lawsuit against the former Los Angeles Clippers owner, Robyn Cohen said she was denied her deposit after the Sept. 28, 2009, blaze. She said a check wasn’t sent to her lawyer’s office until this year.

“I think it was gross,” Cohen said. “I think it was mocking.”

This is the second Los Angeles Superior Court trial of Cohen’s case against Sterling. The first ended in December 2012 with a $17.3 million judgment in favor of Cohen, but Judge William MacLaughlin ordered a new trial on all issues in 2013.

The fire occurred in a 54-unit apartment building owned by Sterling at 888 W. Knoll…

Planning Commission Approves Two Condo Projects, Endorses Speeding Up Approval Process

Planning Commission Approves Two Condo Projects, Endorses Speeding Up Approval Process

Fri, Nov 17, 2017

West Hollywood’s Planning Commission approved an apartment building on Norton Avenue, a condominium building on Formosa Avenue and also took initial steps to make it quicker and easier for developers to get approval for projects during its Thursday night meeting.

The commission unanimously approved a three-story, eight-unit apartment building with underground parking at 8116 Norton Ave., just west of Crescent Heights Boulevard. It will replace a large, two-story house and back building that make up a total of four units on the lot currently.

Architect Brion Moran of the Inglewood-based Aero Collective told the commission that even though the lot is deep and narrow (50 feet wide by 150 feet deep), his contemporary design will have all eight units opening off of a center courtyard.

The commissioners liked the design and felt it…

The Arts Club Unveils Mural Designed by Sir Peter Black at WeHo Elementary School

The Arts Club Unveils Mural Designed by Sir Peter Black at WeHo Elementary School

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The Arts Club, London, and West Hollywood Elementary School tomorrow will unveil a large-scale mural envisioned by British pop artist Sir Peter Blake.

The Blake-designed mural is a collage of more than 80 works submitted by first through fifth grade students following an invitation to illustrate themes such as diversity, creativity and innovation, and then interpreted by Blake. It was painted on-site by local artist Debi Cable, known for her hand-painted fluorescent murals and immersive, architectural environments. Students who participated in the program will be joined by parents, community leaders, and local artists for the unveiling of the public artwork they helped inspire.

The mural is part of the Arts Club’s ongoing community engagement and outreach program. The Arts Club, which provides a meeting place for people…

Lord Jones Announces a Cannabis Shop in the Standard Hollywood Before WeHo Has Launched Its License Process

Lord Jones Announces a Cannabis Shop in the Standard Hollywood Before WeHo Has Launched Its License Process

Thu, Nov 16, 2017 3 Comments

The West Hollywood City Council won’t take a final vote until Monday on an ordinance that would allow the sale of recreational marijuana in WeHo. However that hasn’t stopped the Standard Hollywood hotel (which, despite the name, is in West Hollywood) and Lord Jones, a maker of cannabis products, from announcing the opening of a retail cannabis shop in the hotel’s lobby early next year.

The announcement, first reported in the Los Angeles Times, quotes Robert Rosenheck, founder of Lord Jones, as saying the 300-square-foot will be just to the right of the hotel’s main entrance at 8300 Sunset Blvd. near Sweetzer.

Rosenbeck said the shop will carry Lord Jones-branded candies with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol — the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for a euphoric high), skin products with THC and “smokable products” by…

No Proper Fire Alarms in His West Knoll Building? ‘So What?’ Donald Sterling Says

No Proper Fire Alarms in His West Knoll Building? ‘So What?’ Donald Sterling Says

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

One of two actresses who sued Donald Sterling after their West Hollywood apartments were ravaged in a 2009 fire was preparing for a key career role and at the same time coping with her brother’s battle against a brain tumor, her attorney told a jury Thursday.

“She thought she was going to die (in the fire),” lawyer Brian Henri said of his client, Robyn Cohen, perhaps best known for her role in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

But attorney Robert Platt, in his opening statement on behalf of Sterling, said Cohen was never in any danger and actually “dilly-dallied” in the lobby before getting out of the structure.

“She didn’t leave the building, she stood there,” Platt said.

This is the second Los Angeles Superior Court trial of Cohen’s case against Sterling. The first ended in December 2012 with a $17.3…

West Hollywood Scores Award from American Institute of Architects for Belltower Project

West Hollywood Scores Award from American Institute of Architects for Belltower Project

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

While it has drawn criticism from nearby residents, the proposed West Hollywood Belltower on Sunset Boulevard has won the praise of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

AIA | LA presented its top-level “Next LA Award of Honor “ to the City of West Hollywood at its 2017 Design Awards on Oct. 30. The project is a collaboration of West Hollywood; Orange Barrel Media; Tom Wiscombe Architecture; MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles), and Walter P. Moore.

The Belltower will be installed at 8775 Sunset Blvd. as a limited-term pilot project. It will feature a new creative structure designed by Wiscombe Architects, a small public plaza with new landscaping elements, two digitally programmable billboard faces that will include arts programming and a new, open-air arts location for established and…

Volunteers Sought for L.A. County’s Annual Homeless Count in January

Volunteers Sought for L.A. County’s Annual Homeless Count in January

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Wonder how many homeless people there are in West Hollywood? In Los Angeles County?

You can help figure that out by signing up for the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeles Count, which is scheduled for Jan. 23 through 25 of next year.

“The most recent Homeless Count estimated there are almost 58,000 people homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night,” said Mark Ridley-Thomas, chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. “In a county as prosperous as ours, it is a moral outrage and a humanitarian crisis that even one person has to sleep on the streets at night.”

“Every Angeleno counts, whether they have an address or not,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The annual Point-In-Time count is the best tool we have to measure the scope of our homelessness crisis, and get L.A.’s fair share of federal funding….

SPONSORED CONTENT

California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

Fri, Nov 18, 2016 5 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, […]

Deputies Arrest Two Women for Alleged Car Theft

Deputies Arrest Two Women for Alleged Car Theft

Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Just after 8 p.m. yesterday, West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to a report of a stolen car on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop, and the car stopped at the Arco gas station at 7564 Santa Monica Blvd. Sheriff’s deputies ordered two women out of the car at gun point. The two women were taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was reported stolen out of Irvine.

Santa Monica Boulevards Signalized Crosswalks Go Live Today and Tomorrow

Santa Monica Boulevards Signalized Crosswalks Go Live Today and Tomorrow

Wed, Nov 15, 2017 10 Comments

UPDATE: Well, not quite. While the city announced yesterday that the crosswalk synchronized stop lights would go live then and today, it turns out that they are not. Hany Demitri, the city’s principal engineer, said “the contractor realized yesterday that some of the signs that must be posted before the signal can be turned on are missing. He ordered the missing signs, they should be delivered today, and all signals should be turned on before Close of Business.”

Four signalized pedestrian crosswalks on Santa Monica Boulevard will go live today and tomorrow, a little more than three years after the death of Clinton Bounds sparked protests that City Hall wasn’t responding quickly enough to pedestrian safety issues.

The traffic signals at crosswalks at Santa Monica Boulevard and Westmount Drive and Santa Monica and Palm Avenue…

WeHo Sheriff’s Station Makes Major Vehicle Burglary Arrest

WeHo Sheriff’s Station Makes Major Vehicle Burglary Arrest

Tue, Nov 14, 2017 1 Comment

The arrest last week of two men from the Oakland area suggest the rash of local break-ins may by gang-related.

The Hollywood Reporter Takes Renee Goldberg (aka Angelyne) to a New Level

The Hollywood Reporter Takes Renee Goldberg (aka Angelyne) to a New Level

Tue, Nov 14, 2017 7 Comments

Kim Kardashian? Lisa Vanderpump? Bryan Hawn? What about Renee Goldberg?

Renee Goldberg, aka Angelyne, is the woman who originated the concept of becoming famous by promoting oneself as famous. Now her fame is headed to a new level (higher than those 1980s Sunset Strip billboards) with the announcement that the Hollywood Reporter is collaborating with Emmy Rossum, star of “Shameless,” and Sam Esmail, creator of “Mr. Robot,” on a cable/online series about Angelyne’s life.

According to the Reporter, the series will be based on a book written by THR writer Gary Baum, the man who dived into Angelyne’s past and discovered that Ms. Goldberg was the daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors. She grew up in L.A.’s Fairfax District and Panorama City.

Angelyne’s fame blossomed after billboards popped up on Sunset Boulevard and…

Sterling’s Racist Remarks Surface in Search for Jurors in WeHo Apartment Fire Trial

Sterling’s Racist Remarks Surface in Search for Jurors in WeHo Apartment Fire Trial

Mon, Nov 13, 2017 2 Comments

Prospective jurors in the retrial of a lawsuit filed by a tenant who was forced to flee from a 2009 fire at a West Hollywood apartment building owned by Donald Sterling recalled with vivid memories Monday the billionaire’s racially charged comments that surfaced in secret recordings in 2014.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell and attorneys for both the real estate mogul and actress Robyn Cohen questioned a diverse section of men and women who answered a jury questionnaire saying they had reservations about serving on a panel in a case involving the former Clippers owner. Each of those persons was questioned individually.

Sterling’s remarks about blacks surfaced in secret recordings made of him when he was in the company of a former female companion, V. Stiviano. Sterling is heard criticizing Stiviano for associating…

WeHo Concert Promoter Pleads Guilty to Conning Investors

WeHo Concert Promoter Pleads Guilty to Conning Investors

Mon, Nov 13, 2017

A concert promoter who operated in West Hollywood pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge for conning investors with false claims that well-known musical acts had agreed to participate in his events.

Gabriel “Gabe” Reed, a 46-year-old former Malibu resident, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, who scheduled a March 19 sentencing hearing. As a result of his plea to one count of wire fraud, Reed faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Reed, who does business under the name Gabe Reed Productions, was charged in May with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft stemming from what prosecutors described as an eight-year scheme in which he represented himself as a promoter and organizer of hard rock music events, as well as wrestling matches for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Reed solicited investors by…

Net-Zero WeHo — A Look at West Hollywood’s Climate Action Plan

Net-Zero WeHo — A Look at West Hollywood’s Climate Action Plan

Mon, Nov 13, 2017 1 Comment

Currently, one of the more significant environmental initiatives for forward-thinking, energy-conscious cities across the U.S. is achieving net-zero emissions. A zero-carbon city runs entirely on renewable energy. The two-fold process involves reducing GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions while installing renewable solar- and wind-powered energy sources. While no U.S. cities have reached net-zero status, one California city is close to becoming the first. Almost every public building in Lancaster is solar powered. In 2013, the city also became the first to require every new-construction single-family home to be solar-powered.

The process for West Hollywood however is more complex. Unlike Lancaster, West Hollywood is mostly built-out and nearly fully developed. So, is net-zero possible for WeHo? In 2010, the city debuted its “General…

View More News & Politics

Let WEHOville Email the News to You