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Do Crimes Committed in West Hollywood Get Solved?

Do Crimes Committed in West Hollywood Get Solved?

Thu, Oct 05, 2017 1 Comment

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 1 Comment

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 1 Comment

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 12 Comments

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 7 Comments

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 22 Comments

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 6 Comments

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 4 Comments

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 3 Comments

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 1 Comment

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 8 Comments

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 2 Comments

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

While LA Hate Crime Rate Grows, WeHo’s Is Stable

While LA Hate Crime Rate Grows, WeHo’s Is Stable

Fri, Apr 14, 2017

A recent study by CSU San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism found an overall 15% increase in reported hate crimes in Los Angeles in 2016. Hate crimes against LGBTQ people rose almost 25%. The study showed even bigger increases in the overall number of incidents in 2014 and 2015. The trend is different in West Hollywood, according to a new analysis by WeHo by the Numbers, based on data from the FBI.

The number of reported hate crime incidents varied widely over the last 20 years in West Hollywood. The lowest count was four, which happened in 2000 and in 2006. The highest was 21 in 2002. The recent high was 13 in 2012. The average over the whole period was 10 incidents per year.

In the most recent three years with available data, the number of hate crimes in West Hollywood was stable and below the historical…

Have Arrests ‘Plummeted’ in West Hollywood?

Have Arrests ‘Plummeted’ in West Hollywood?

Thu, Apr 06, 2017 2 Comments

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that arrests are “plummeting across California,” including a 25% drop in Los Angeles over two years. The trend in West Hollywood arrests is more complicated. That is according to a new analysis by WeHo by the Numbers based on state and city data.

The newspaper article noted that arrests by the Los Angeles Police Department dropped 25% between 2013 and 2015. There were also significant declines in arrests by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego Police Department. Statewide, the number of arrests hit a 50-year low in 2015. The decline in arrests has not been accompanied by a drop in crime, so it raises questions and concerns.

The WeHo by the Numbers analysis shows that the number of arrests in West Hollywood has gone down, up, down and perhaps up again since 2000. The…

Filming in WeHo Is Reality TV Focused

Filming in WeHo Is Reality TV Focused

Thu, Mar 30, 2017 1 Comment

About 100 different television and feature productions filmed one or more days in West Hollywood in 2016. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on city data.

The chart above shows how many film permits West Hollywood issued in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. The data source did not include 2014. The permits were for television, features, commercials and the web, as well as some still photography and student projects.

For comparison, the chart also shows film days reported by FilmL.A. That organization handles film permits for the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Santa Monica and a number of other jurisdictions. Their count is only for those jurisdictions, and it excludes filming on sound stages.
West Hollywood issued over 300 film permits in 2016, a 20% increase over the last four years. The number of…

7th Graders More Likely to Be Vaccinated in WeHo than Kindergarteners

7th Graders More Likely to Be Vaccinated in WeHo than Kindergarteners

Thu, Mar 23, 2017 1 Comment

West Hollywood and Los Angeles have similar childhood immunization rates, despite big variations among schools and age groups. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on data from the California Department of Public Health. The report looks at the immunization status of children at schools and child-care facilities in West Hollywood, plus nearby public schools that serve the city.

California requires children to provide proof of immunization when they start child care, kindergarten and seventh grade. Not every child is up-to-date on his or her immunizations. Some are catching up on their immunizations and need more time, or have been temporarily exempted for medical reasons. Their status is called “conditional.” A small number of children have permanent medical exemptions.

The remaining children either…

Car-Free Households in Decline in West Hollywood

Car-Free Households in Decline in West Hollywood

Thu, Mar 16, 2017 2 Comments

An estimated 12% of West Hollywood households are car-free, but the number has changed in recent years, and there are big differences among the city’s sub-populations. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on Census Bureau estimates.

Among nearby cities, West Hollywood (12%) is second only to Los Angeles (13%) in the share of car-free households. Santa Monica is next at 10%. Burbank and Beverly Hills follow with 8%, while only 7% of households are car-free in Culver City.

In West Hollywood, the number of car-free households has declined in recent years, both as a percentage and as an absolute number. The estimated percentage dropped from 17% in 2000 to 12% in the 2011-2015 period.

Only 5% of households under the age of 35 are car-free. Senior households, on the other hand, are much more likely to be…

Law Enforcement Gets a Domestic Violence Call Every Three Days in WeHo

Law Enforcement Gets a Domestic Violence Call Every Three Days in WeHo

Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Law enforcement in West Hollywood gets one domestic violence call every three days on average. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on numbers from the city and state.

According to state data, West Hollywood had 133 domestic-violence-related calls for law-enforcement assistance in 2015. The chart above shows the number of calls over a 10-year period. The lowest year was 2007, with 112. The number peaked at 226 in 2010. By 2015, it was almost back to the 2006 level.

The report compares the number of calls in West Hollywood to nearby cities, adjusted for population. In 2015, West Hollywood was second only to Los Angeles among nearby cities, with 37 calls per 10,000 residents. Los Angeles had 55. Beverly Hills came in third with 31. Santa Monica (25) and Burbank (23) had similar rates. Culver City may report…

WeHo DUI Arrests in Decline, But Still High Among Nearby Cities

WeHo DUI Arrests in Decline, But Still High Among Nearby Cities

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

Drivers are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) three times a week on average in West Hollywood. That is according to the second part of a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on numbers from the California Department of Justice and others. The first part looked at DUI collisions. This part compares West Hollywood’s DUI arrests to nearby cities and examines the age and gender of DUI drivers.

The chart above shows the number of DUI arrests in West Hollywood, along with the collision numbers for context. Arrests rose sharply in the last decade, peaking at 259 in 2011. The number fell to 154 — three a week — in 2014.

The report compares the number of arrests to Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The first comparison is based on the number of arrests per 1,000 residents licensed to…

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