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Sheriff’s Deputies Investigate Death of Woman Found at West Knoll at Sherwood

Sheriff’s Deputies Investigate Death of Woman Found at West Knoll at Sherwood

Fri, Jul 21, 2017 4 Comments

L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responded around 3:20 p.m. today to a report of a woman found unconscious at 802 West Knoll Drive at Sherwood. According to the watch commander at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, deputies have declared the area a crime scene and are investigating what happened.

A man was observed arriving at the scene in a black Maserati and became visibly upset after speaking with deputies. Rescue workers arrived and initially left the scene without a body. Several hours later, deputies and employees of the L.A. County Coroner’s office removed the body of a woman from the building, which is in the Tri-West area of West Hollywood steps away from Le Parc Suites hotel. A video of the investigation can be viewed here.

Fairfax Neighborhood Residents Alarmed at Sexual Assault and Peeping Toms

Fairfax Neighborhood Residents Alarmed at Sexual Assault and Peeping Toms

Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Residents of the Fairfax neighborhood on the southeastern fringe of West Hollywood are rallying to push for more response to crimes in their neighborhood that have included the sexual assault of two women on July 3.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division today released a sketch of that alleged attacker. The man was described as white, 30 to 40 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing 160-180 pounds. He had a short gray beard.

Just before midnight on July 3, the assailant, armed with a handgun, entered an apartment on the 400 block of North Ogden Drive. “The suspect tied both of females’ hands and sexually assaulted them,” a police statement said. “Once one of the victims began to scream the suspect fled the location.”

Residents of the area, which is just south of Melrose Avenue and east…

Fellow Commissioners and Local Political Figures Honor Donald DeLuccio

Fellow Commissioners and Local Political Figures Honor Donald DeLuccio

Fri, Jul 21, 2017 7 Comments

Fellow members of the West Hollywood Planning Commission and other political figures, including County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, showed up at last night’s commission meeting to celebrate Donald DeLuccio’s 20 years on what arguably is the city’s most important board or commission.

DeLuccio was not reappointed to the commission at the expiration of his latest two-year term. He was replaced by Adam Bass, who is the communications director for L.A. City Councilmember Nury Martinez. WeHo City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath’s decision not to support DeLuccio’s reappointment has become an issue among some political insiders, who claim that Horvath had told DeLuccio he had her vote. DeLuccio is an at-large member of the commission. The City Council chose Bass over DeLuccio in a three-to-two vote, with Councilmember John Duran and Mayor…


WeHo Vehicle Burglaries Were Up 130% in June

WeHo Vehicle Burglaries Were Up 130% in June

Thu, Jul 20, 2017 1 Comment

Vehicle burglaries in West Hollywood shot up by 130% in June 2017 as compared to the same month in 2016, but overall serious crimes were down 4%.

The data is part of a monthly report by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that chronicles “Part I” or serious crimes.

There were 53 vehicle burglaries in June compared to 23 the same month last year. The largest number of those — 28 — took place in the city’s West Side, where the number was up by 115%. The largest percentage increase was on the East Side, where the 15 vehicle burglaries represented a 200% increase from the five in June 2016. The Center City area experienced 10 such burglaries, up 100% over the five in June of last year.

Vehicle burglaries were the leading type of serious crime, followed by petty theft

In Jake Weinraub, WeHo’s Homeless Have a Friend

In Jake Weinraub, WeHo’s Homeless Have a Friend

Wed, Jul 19, 2017 2 Comments

Weinraub, a mental health clinician, walks through West Hollywood, engaging with homeless people who might need help from the L.A. LGBT Center.

Resist March’s Brian Pendleton Said to Be Considering Run for  California Treasurer

Resist March’s Brian Pendleton Said to Be Considering Run for California Treasurer

Wed, Jul 19, 2017 4 Comments

Brian Pendleton, a local gay philanthropist who perhaps is best known as the man behind last month’s Resist March, apparently is considering a run for California State Treasurer.

Chad Goldman, Pendleton’s friend and former partner, has reached out to people asking if they would be willing to fund Goldman’s election campaign. Several of those people have informed WEHOville of Goldman’s request, however, they have asked that they not be identified so as not to offend Goldman. Neither Pendleton nor Goldman has responded to several requests from WEHOville for comment.

The seat Pendleton would be seeking currently is occupied by John Chiang, who has announced he will run for governor. The election is Nov. 6, 2018, and two other candidates already have announced that they are running for the Democratic nomination for the…

Alternative Fact: WeHo Is Home to this Brat Pack Leader

Alternative Fact: WeHo Is Home to this Brat Pack Leader

Wed, Jul 19, 2017 5 Comments

Despite what you may see on TV and read on gossip sites, Jake Paul throws his raucous parties and burns furniture in his swimming pool in Beverly Grove, on our border

Detectives Seek Help I.D.’ing Suspect in Burglary of Jewelry Store

Detectives Seek Help I.D.’ing Suspect in Burglary of Jewelry Store

Wed, Jul 19, 2017 1 Comment

Detectives at the West Hollywood Sheriff”s Station are seeking the public’s help in finding suspects in a burglary that occurred at the Gina Amir Atelier jewelry store at 509 North Robertson Blvd. on the morning of June 23.

Detectives have learned that someone forced the store’s door open using a spark plug at about 5 a.m. Once inside, he took diamonds and other precious jewels. A surveillance video shows the suspect committing the burglary then running to an awaiting vehicle and fleeing the scene.

The suspect is described as an African-American or Hispanic man, six feet tall and weighing 210 pounds. He appears to be between 25 and 35 years old. The suspects’ vehicle was a four-door silver or dark colored sedan.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Omar Luevano at (310) 358-4055. …

WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners Another Break in Prepping for Earthquake Safety

WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners Another Break in Prepping for Earthquake Safety

Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The West Hollywood City Council voted last night to extend its protection of condo owners from the cost of earthquake retrofitting. The council had voted on June 19 to exempt condominiums from having to protect their buildings against earthquakes. Its decision last night also would exempt condo associations from having to conduct studies to determine whether their buildings were at risk from an earthquake. That decision ensures that information that a building is at risk of earthquake damage can’t be used by insurers to raise the condo building’s rates or by prospective buyers who might be dissuaded from making an offer.

The City Council agreed in April to require so-called “seismic-retrofitting” for wood-frame buildings with soft or open front walls such as those with first floor “tucked in” parking areas. It asked city…

Scott Svonkin, Contentious Former WeHo Council Deputy, Accused of Verbally Abusing Fellow College Board Member

Scott Svonkin, Contentious Former WeHo Council Deputy, Accused of Verbally Abusing Fellow College Board Member

Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Scott Svonkin, a former West Hollywood City Council deputy who is said to have gotten into altercations with coworkers while in that job, has been accused of intimidating and physically threatening a member of the L.A. Community College Board of Trustees, which he chairs.

At a meeting last Wednesday, the LACC board formed an ad hoc committee consisting of three board members to look into allegations by board member Andra Hoffman that Svonkin verbally abused her.

In a complaint filed with the board, Hoffman cited a number of incidents. “… Svonkin on March 8, 2017, at a closed session meeting at West Los Angeles College yelled at me in a threatening manner claiming I was staring at him and if I did not stop I would be dismissed from the room….,” is one example. Another is Hoffman’s claim that Svonkin “engaged in such…

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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 City Council Largely Supports Hosted Short-Term Rentals

WeHo City Council Largely Supports Hosted Short-Term Rentals

Tue, Jul 18, 2017 7 Comments

But members questioned whether short-term apartments rentals should be permitted without a landlord’s written approval and whether there should be a limit on days per year.

WeHo’s Competitive Boystown Merchants Come Together to Raise Money for L.A. LGBT Center

WeHo’s Competitive Boystown Merchants Come Together to Raise Money for L.A. LGBT Center

Mon, Jul 17, 2017 9 Comments

The money-raising campaign is a rare example of cooperation among merchants in that competitive area and includes formation of a local business association.

Thursday’s NextGen Event Aims to Engage Young Residents in WeHo Civic Life

Thursday’s NextGen Event Aims to Engage Young Residents in WeHo Civic Life

Mon, Jul 17, 2017

The City of West Hollywood is taking steps to engage younger residents in civic life with a conference on Thursday.

NextGen: Civic Impact for West Hollywood’s Next Generation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Andaz hotel at 8401 Sunset Blvd.

NextGent is “an effort to engage and empower a new generation of people in local decision-making,” according to a city press release. “The evening will highlight opportunities to get involved in city advisory boards and commissions, to get connected through the city’s social media @wehocity, and to work or do business with and within the city. The event is aimed at NextGen community members, but is open to everyone.”

“Nearly half of the residents in the City of West Hollywood are under the age of 40,” said Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath, an initiator of the NextGen…

City Council Will Consider Allowing Short-Term Rentals Where Owner or Tenant Is Present

City Council Will Consider Allowing Short-Term Rentals Where Owner or Tenant Is Present

Sat, Jul 15, 2017 18 Comments

The West Hollywood City Council will consider on Monday whether to amend the city’s strict ban on short-term rentals to allow them in homes where the owner is present and to impose the city’s hotel room tax on those rentals.

Allowing that practice, called “hosted home sharing,” would address the concerns of some residents who have testified before the council that they depend on the revenue they get from renting out spare rooms to visitors. It also would address the concerns of other residents who complain that travelers staying in homes where the owner or tenant is away make too much noise or otherwise disturb their neighbors.

The city’s Department of Public Works, whose Code Compliance Division enforces the ban on short-term rentals, recommends the change for a two-year period, after which its impact would be analyzed…

In Memory: Danny Munoz, Ed’s Coffee’s Charming Waiter with a Passion for L.A. County History

In Memory: Danny Munoz, Ed’s Coffee’s Charming Waiter with a Passion for L.A. County History

Thu, Jul 13, 2017 11 Comments

The customers at Ed’s Coffee Shop knew Danny Munoz for his smile and engaging conversation. Ada Blumstein, the owner of the classic diner on Robertson Boulevard, knew Munoz for the 30 years he worked there as a waiter and came to see him as family. And those with a passion for the history of Los Angeles knew him as a man with a similar passion who served as president of the Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County and was a co-founder of the Echo Park Historical Society.

Munoz, 68, died on Wednesday after a struggle Sunday with what appears to have been an undiagnosed case of liver cancer. His death was announced to residents of the nearby West Hollywood West neighborhood in an email today from Manny Rodriguez of the local residents association.

Munoz leaves behind his husband, David Hiovich, who he met decades ago…

State Geologic Survey Releases Latest Map of Hollywood Earthquake Fault

State Geologic Survey Releases Latest Map of Hollywood Earthquake Fault

Thu, Jul 13, 2017 6 Comments

The California Geologic Survey today released the latest iteration of maps of earthquake fault zones in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Napa, Santa Monica and Vallejo and in areas of L.A. and Napa counties. Within the borders of West Hollywood, the Hollywood fault runs along Sunset Boulevard from North La Cienega Boulevard on the west to Sunset’s intersection with Havenhurst and North Kilkea drives on the east. The fault moves north of Hollywood Boulevard after its intersection with La Cienega. The CGS map in an area it labels the Beverly Hills Quadrangle is posted below.

Earthquake fault zones are areas that include surface traces of active faults that have a potential for rupture. The zones are mapped under a state law known as the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault that was enacted in 1972. That law requires the CGS…

A Study Ranks WeHo No. 3 in the Nation When It Comes to Vaping

A Study Ranks WeHo No. 3 in the Nation When It Comes to Vaping

Wed, Jul 12, 2017 1 Comment

Could it be that West Hollywood residents have an exceptional aversion to tobacco smoke? Or are we trying to imbibe cannabis in public, without getting busted? Or are we just unable to stop tweeting?

The answers to those questions aren’t clear. But a ranking by VaporFi lists West Hollywood as third in the nation when it comes to tweeting about vaping, which is inhaling an aerosol that may contain nicotine or cannabis from a handheld electronic device that often looks like a cigarette. VaporFi is an online vendor of vaping equipment and supplies whose products also are sold in stores.

VaporFi tracked tweets in 2015, 2016 and through March of this year that mentioned vaping or words related to it, reasoning that there was no other easy way to calculate vape users. “Twitter is unique among social media platforms in that it has a…

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