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WeHo’s Violent Crime Rate Down 8%, Property Crimes Up 5% in 2017

WeHo’s Violent Crime Rate Down 8%, Property Crimes Up 5% in 2017

Fri, Jan 12, 2018 1 Comment

In 2017, the number of West Hollywood violent crimes declined 8% to the second-lowest level in the city’s 33-year history. At the same time, the number of property crimes rose 5%, eking out a 19-year high. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on city and state data. The report focuses on eight crimes: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, grand theft auto, theft and arson. They are called “Part 1” crimes in the FBI’s crime reporting system.

The number of Part 1 violent and property crimes increased 3% in 2017, after rising 11% in 2016. There were about 1,950 Part 1 crimes in 2017.
The 2017 total was 60% below the level during the early years after the city’s incorporation. Crime started falling sharply in 1996, reaching a new normal at the turn of the century. The total number has stayed…

Traffic Citations in WeHo Have Fallen by Half Over Five Years

Traffic Citations in WeHo Have Fallen by Half Over Five Years

Fri, Dec 29, 2017 2 Comments

Half as many traffic citations were given out in West Hollywood in fiscal year 2017 as were five years earlier. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on city data. The figures exclude red light camera tickets. The report does not explore possible reasons for the decline, such as safer driving or changes in enforcement.

In West Hollywood, traffic enforcement is handled by the traffic division at the Sheriff’s station. The division has two traffic motor deputies, seven traffic enforcement cars, one traffic detective and a deputy who handles red light photo enforcement. They are supervised by a sergeant.

In fiscal year 2017 — July 2016 to June 2017 — deputies patrolling city streets wrote about 5,000 citations. That is 14 tickets a day. It excludes tickets from red light cameras.

Deputies wrote twice…

How Long Does It Take to Drive Down Santa Monica Boulevard?

How Long Does It Take to Drive Down Santa Monica Boulevard?

Fri, Dec 15, 2017

WeHo By the Numbers calculates the time as between 7 and 24 minutes for the three-mile drive, depending on the day and time of day.

Beverly Hills Analyzes Where the Money from Its WeHo Water Customers Goes

Beverly Hills Analyzes Where the Money from Its WeHo Water Customers Goes

Fri, Dec 01, 2017

West Hollywood water customers of the City of Beverly Hills pay 25% higher rates than Beverly Hills customers. A new study commissioned by Beverly Hills offers two main reasons for the differential and quantifies them. The study does not say whether the combined effect equals the current 25% differential. The study is analyzed in a new report by WeHo by the Numbers.

The first reason for the rate differential is that the rates for Beverly Hills customers are subsidized by contributions from the Beverly Hills general fund, while West Hollywood rates are not.

The biggest contribution from the general fund is $3 million in lease revenue. That is less than 10% of ratepayer revenue, but potentially a big part of the rate differential. The lease revenue comes from two properties the water enterprise owns but no longer uses. One was the…

Over 5,500 People Move to WeHo Each Year, with More Than Half in Their 20s

Over 5,500 People Move to WeHo Each Year, with More Than Half in Their 20s

Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Over 5,500 new residents move to West Hollywood each year, half of them in their twenties. That is one in six residents or 16%. The numbers come from a new report by WeHo by the Numbers. The report uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to assemble a profile of those new residents. The profile is an approximation due to data limitations.

According to the report, 49% of the new residents moving to West Hollywood are female. That is higher than their 43% share of the city’s total population. They also make up about half of the residents moving away from the city.
Half of the new residents are in their 20s. Almost a quarter are in their 30s. Together, they make up about 75% of new residents. That is quite different from the age distribution for residents as a whole. Twenty- and thirty-somethings are only…

WeHo Is One of the Most Liberal Cities in the U.S., But 8 Other California Cities Have Us Beat

WeHo Is One of the Most Liberal Cities in the U.S., But 8 Other California Cities Have Us Beat

Thu, Nov 02, 2017

West Hollywood is one of the 100 most liberal cities in the US, but not as liberal as cities like Berkeley or San Francisco. That is according to a report by WeHo by the Numbers.

The report relies on estimates developed by two professors, Chris Tausanovitch of UCLA and Chris Warshaw of MIT. They used survey and demographic data to estimate the policy preferences of residents in 1,638 cities and towns with at least 20,000 residents. Each city got a score representing the average “policy conservatism” of its residents.

The report uses those scores as a left-right political spectrum. The left end is anchored by Berkeley as the most liberal city. It has the lowest score, around -1.0. Cedar City, Utah is at the right end. Its high score — close to 0.7 — makes it the most conservative city on the spectrum.

The chart accompanying…

Where is Peak-Hour Traffic Slowest on  WeHo’s Westside?

Where is Peak-Hour Traffic Slowest on WeHo’s Westside?

Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Sunset & La Cienega and Santa Monica & Doheny have the biggest estimated peak-hour traffic delays among intersections on West Hollywood’s Westside. That is according to a report by WeHo by the Numbers based on three recent traffic studies.

Consultants prepared the traffic studies as part of the city’s review of three proposed developments: the Robertson Lane Hotel, the 8555 Santa Monica mixed-use project and the Arts Club on Sunset. One of the primary goals of the studies was to determine whether the projects would have a significant long-term impact on traffic at nearby intersections.

The city gets to define what “significant” means. West Hollywood has chosen specific thresholds based on traffic delays caused by a project. In most cases, it is the extra delay for the average driver in one of the peak hours. It has to be at least…

Do Crimes Committed in West Hollywood Get Solved?

Do Crimes Committed in West Hollywood Get Solved?

Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The share of West Hollywood crimes that are solved has reached new highs in recent years. That is according to a report by WeHo by the Numbers based on crime clearance data from the California Department of Justice.

A crime is “cleared” when a suspect is arrested, charged and turned over for prosecution. A crime also can be cleared without an arrest if, for example, the suspect has died. The “clearance rate” is calculated by taking the number of crimes cleared in a given period — regardless of when they occurred — and dividing by the number of reported crimes in that period. For crimes that take time to solve, the crime and the clearance may not happen in the same period. In fact, if a lot of past crimes are solved all at once, the clearance rate can temporarily exceed 100%.

In 2016, West Hollywood’s clearance rate for…

A Look at Santa Monica Shows Possible Impact on WeHo of Change in Short-Term Rental Ordinance

A Look at Santa Monica Shows Possible Impact on WeHo of Change in Short-Term Rental Ordinance

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Santa Monica’s experience with short-term rentals suggests partial legalization and increased enforcement can change the mix and growth of rentals, but it may be harder to cut the number dramatically. That is according to a report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from an independent website called Inside Airbnb and other sources.

West Hollywood currently prohibits short-term rentals of residential units for 30 days or less. The city is planning to legalize at least some hosted home-sharing, in which the resident stays with the guests. At the same time, the city is going to strengthen enforcement with the help of a specialized contractor, Host Compliance.

Two years ago, Santa Monica headed down a similar path. It legalized hosted home-sharing, started issuing licenses (over 160 currently) and dedicated three staff members to…

Analysis Shows Average Life Expectancy Among WeHo Residents Is 83 Years

Analysis Shows Average Life Expectancy Among WeHo Residents Is 83 Years

Fri, Sep 08, 2017

West Hollywood’s life expectancy at birth is at least 83 years and residents die from the usual things like cancer and heart disease. That is according to a report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the county, state and others.

The report starts with the life expectancy at birth in Los Angeles County: 81 years, according to a new analysis by the University of Washington. That puts Los Angeles toward the high end of the 67-to-87-year range for U.S. counties. The same analysis shows a three-year increase in the county’s life expectancy since 2000 and an eight-year jump since 1980.

The report uses a separate, older set of life expectancy estimates to get down to the city level. As of 2006, West Hollywood’s average life expectancy was 83 years. At the time, the city was toward the high (good) end of the range in the county,…

WeHo by the Numbers: Noise from the Street, Noise from the Air

WeHo by the Numbers: Noise from the Street, Noise from the Air

Fri, Aug 25, 2017

A U.S. Department of Transportation estimate of road and aviation noise shows West Hollywood is not a quiet little town.

Study Shows Crime in Decline in WeHo Except for Vehicle Burglary and Rape

Study Shows Crime in Decline in WeHo Except for Vehicle Burglary and Rape

Fri, Aug 11, 2017

A look at data from the last six months by WeHo by the Numbers shows a reversal of an upward trend in recent years.

WeHo by the Numbers: Data Shows 60% of Short-Term Rentals Are in Rent Stabilized Housing

WeHo by the Numbers: Data Shows 60% of Short-Term Rentals Are in Rent Stabilized Housing

Fri, Jul 28, 2017

An estimated 60% percent of short-term rentals are in rent-stabilized housing. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based in part on an analysis by Host Compliance, a new city contractor. A short-term rental is renting out all or part of a residential unit for 30 days or less.

Host Compliance gathers short-term rental listings from Airbnb and competing platforms. It counted 1,010 West Hollywood listings in March 2017. However, the actual number of properties being rented was lower, because some were listed on more than one platform. Host Compliance identified 839 unique short-term rental properties in West Hollywood.

WeHo by the Numbers also analyzed Airbnb-specific data from a website called Inside Airbnb. The number of West Hollywood listings increased after March and grew almost 40% over two years. That…

Taxi Rides, and Drivers, Are on the Decline in West Hollywood

Taxi Rides, and Drivers, Are on the Decline in West Hollywood

Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Taxi use in West Hollywood has dropped an estimated 40% to 60% since 2012, and nearby cities have seen declines at least as large. That is according to two new reports by WeHo by the Numbers, based on city data. One report focuses on West Hollywood, the other on nearby cities. They look at the impact of Uber (which arrived in 2012) and Lyft (2013).

Seven taxi companies currently serve West Hollywood under city-granted franchises. They provided an estimated 500 taxi trips per day in the city in 2016.

Since earlier trip numbers are not available, the report estimates the drop in trips based on the declining number of taxis and taxi drivers. Each individual taxi and driver working in West Hollywood needs a permit, so the city knows how many there are. That does not necessarily mean they are in West Hollywood full-time. Some or all of…

WeHo Ranks High in Statewide Pollution Score

WeHo Ranks High in Statewide Pollution Score

Fri, Jun 30, 2017

West Hollywood’s pollution burden is in the 85th percentile statewide and in the middle among nearby cities, according to one measure. That is the conclusion of a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on data from the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).

CalEPA created CalEnviroScreen to “identify California communities that are most affected by many sources of pollution, and where people are often especially vulnerable to pollution’s effects.” The tool combines 12 different pollution indicators into a single “pollution burden” score from zero to 10 for each census tract. The WeHo by the Numbers report focuses on that score. The tool also calculates a broader CalEnviroScreen score that takes into account residents’ vulnerability.

West Hollywood’s average pollution burden score is 6.5 on a 10-point scale. The…

WeHo Adults Are Healthier Than the County Average, but Not When It Comes to Mental Health

WeHo Adults Are Healthier Than the County Average, but Not When It Comes to Mental Health

Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Adults in West Hollywood are healthier than the county average by one measure, but probably not as healthy as those in at least one nearby city. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on data from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

UCLA surveys over 20,000 people annually for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). They use the results, Census data, and statistical techniques to predict the answers for smaller areas like West Hollywood.

In West Hollywood, an estimated 15% of adults aged 18 to 64 — one in seven — were in poor or fair health as of 2014. That is lower than the 22% in Los Angeles, 21% in the county as a whole, and 19% in the state.

By the same measure, West Hollywood’s adult health isn’t as good as Santa Monica’s. Santa Monica had only 10% in poor or fair health in 2014…

WeHo’s Would Spend $3,500 Per Resident Under the Proposed 2018 Fiscal Year Budget

WeHo’s Would Spend $3,500 Per Resident Under the Proposed 2018 Fiscal Year Budget

Fri, Jun 02, 2017

The City of West Hollywood has proposed a $128 million dollar budget — over $3,500 per resident — for the fiscal year that starts in July and runs through June 2018. Compared to the current budget, more money would go to day-to-day operations (over $121 million) and less to longer-term capital projects (over $6 million). That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on city data.

Taxes and other revenues are expected to cover $125 million of the $128 million in spending. The remaining $3 million will come from reserves (money the city saved up in prior years).

The city’s biggest source of revenue is the transient occupancy (hotel) tax. It provides over 20% of total revenues. The city expects to collect about $26 million in hotel taxes in the coming fiscal year. Other big sources of revenue include property taxes…

WeHo by the Numbers: 25 Facts about Three Key West Hollywood Issues

WeHo by the Numbers: 25 Facts about Three Key West Hollywood Issues

Thu, May 18, 2017

This is a list of 25 highlights from WeHo by the Numbers’ first 100 reports about West Hollywood. The numbers were taken from the original analyses, so more recent data may be available in some cases.

HOUSING

• The city has 25,000 housing units for roughly 36,000 residents.

• Since 2006, 1,876 units have been built — almost three times the state-mandated goal through 2021 — and another 374 units are approved and awaiting construction.

• About 80% of residents are renters, more than in Manhattan, and almost two-thirds of households that rent are one-person households.

• Market-rate rents have increased an average of 6% per year over the last few years.

• Rent stabilization covers close to 17,000 units and without it, the tenants’ rents might be 5% to 80% higher (or

Looking Good: WeHo Ranks High in Dry Cleaners, Gyms, Salons

Looking Good: WeHo Ranks High in Dry Cleaners, Gyms, Salons

Fri, May 05, 2017

West Hollywood has an unusually high number of dry cleaners, gyms, and salons. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers. It is based on the most recent counts by the US Census Bureau, which were done in 2012.

West Hollywood had 15 dry cleaners and laundries (excluding laundromats), 20 fitness and recreational sports centers, and 60 hair, nail, and skin care salons.

That works out to one dry cleaner for every 2,300 residents, one gym/fitness center for every 1,700 residents, and one salon for every 600 residents. Put another way, there were four dry cleaners, six gyms/fitness centers and 17 salons for every 10,000 residents. Of course, not every customer was a resident and not every resident was a customer of one of these businesses.

While Affordable Housing Is an Issue, WeHo Exceeds State-Set Standards

While Affordable Housing Is an Issue, WeHo Exceeds State-Set Standards

Tue, Apr 25, 2017

West Hollywood has produced about 400 units of affordable housing for very low, low, and moderate-income households since 2006. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on city data through 2016.

The State of California requires each region to do a Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). It includes estimates of the number of new housing units needed over the next few years in four income categories: very low, low, moderate, and above moderate.

The needed housing gets divvied up among the region’s cities. The cities do not have to force anyone to build the housing. They just have to ensure that their own rules would allow that much housing (or more) to be built.

For the current RHNA cycle from 2013 to 2021, West Hollywood was assigned only 77 units

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