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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

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

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…

WeHo Has a High Rate of DUI Collisions

WeHo Has a High Rate of DUI Collisions

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 4 Comments

Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs cause collisions once a week on average in West Hollywood. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on numbers from the California Highway Patrol and others. The report also points out a big difference between West Hollywood and nearby cities.

The report focuses on DUI collisions in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Los Angeles and Santa Monica. “DUI collisions” is the author’s shorthand for collisions on city streets reported to law enforcement, for which the primary collision factor has been determined to be driving or bicycling under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The chart above shows the number of DUI collisions in West Hollywood. The number started rising 10 years ago. It peaked at 98 — about two a week — in 2012. It dropped…

Where WeHo Lies on the Political Spectrum

Where WeHo Lies on the Political Spectrum

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 2 Comments

West Hollywood voters are the most liberal in the county, but they voted with political conservatives on one issue in the last election. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, following up on an earlier analysis.

WeHo’s Mix of Immigrants Is Unique

WeHo’s Mix of Immigrants Is Unique

Fri, Feb 10, 2017

West Hollywood’s mix of immigrant origins is unique compared to nearby cities, the state overall and the U.S. as a whole. That is according to a follow-up report by WeHo by the Numbers based on the estimates from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

To simplify comparisons, the report squeezed the countries of the world into nine regions. Given the size and population of Asia, it was split into four regions: East Asia (e.g., China, Korea); Southeast Asia (e.g., the Philippines, Indonesia); South and Central Asia (e.g., India, Pakistan), and the Middle East and the Caucasus (e.g., Iran, Armenia). The other regions were Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, Australia/New Zealand and Africa.

Over half of West Hollywood’s immigrants came from Europe. Within that group, the majority were from Eastern Europe…

WeHo Social Services Helped 9% More People in 2016

WeHo Social Services Helped 9% More People in 2016

Fri, Feb 03, 2017 1 Comment

West Hollywood-funded social-service agencies helped 9% more clients in 2016 than in the prior year. The mix of services and clients also shifted. That is according to a new analysis WeHo by the Numbers based on city reports.

The city spends roughly $4.5 million a year on social services through contracts with nonprofit agencies. A total of 10,125 clients used those services in the year ending September 2016. (People who received different services may be counted more than once.)

One-third of clients used HIV/AIDS services. Another 18% of clients got services for seniors and the disabled, 15% used city-funded health and mental health services, and 11% got help with food. The remaining 20% of clients used homeless, youth, legal, employment and substance abuse services.

The mix of services delivered to clients changed between…

WeHo Motor Vehicle Thefts Up 60% in 2016

WeHo Motor Vehicle Thefts Up 60% in 2016

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Motor vehicle thefts increased more in 2016 than other types of crime in West Hollywood (on a percentage basis). Aggravated assaults declined the most. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on city data.

West Hollywood had about 1,870 reported violent and property crimes in 2016. In the last decade, the total averaged around 1,800. It was a bit lower from 2013 to 2015, but rose in 2016. (It was down again at the end of 2016, but one month of data is not enough to draw conclusions.) The total increased by 175 crimes or 10% between 2015 and 2016.

Violent crime and property crime went in different directions in 2016. Property crime grew 13%. Violent crime as a whole declined 3% in 2016 and almost 20% over the last five years. Over longer time horizons, both violent and property crime dropped dramatically. For…

Increase in WeHo’s Market-Rate Rents Fell Sharply Last Year

Increase in WeHo’s Market-Rate Rents Fell Sharply Last Year

Thu, Jan 19, 2017 2 Comments

Market-rate rents for newer West Hollywood units grew an estimated 6% in 2016, down from 12% in 2015. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the city and Zillow.

The report uses two rent indices to measure changes in market-rate rents. One is the Zillow Rent Index, which may be more attuned to the city’s newer, market-rate housing. The other is an index created for the purposes of the report: the Rent Stabilized New Tenant (RSNT) rent index. It focuses on the city’s older housing units. It is based on the average rents paid by new tenants in rent-stabilized units. New tenants start at the market rate, even in rent-stabilized units.

The Zillow data suggests that increases in market-rate rents peaked at 12% in 2015 and then dropped to 5% in 2016. They averaged 6% or so in recent years. The…

WeHo Stood Out in  Voter Support for County Ballot Issues

WeHo Stood Out in Voter Support for County Ballot Issues

Thu, Jan 12, 2017 2 Comments

In the last election, West Hollywood voters stood out for their support of criminal justice changes, increased government funding and educational and environmental measures. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on Los Angeles County voting data.

Among Los Angeles County communities, West Hollywood was number one in voting to require background checks for ammunition buyers, give parole more often/let judges decide whether juveniles are tried in adult court, legalize marijuana and end the death penalty.

Some communities were just as opposed to the measures as West Hollywood was supportive. For example, less than 20% of the voters said yes to background checks in Citrus, an unincorporated area in the San Gabriel Valley.

West Hollywood voters supported the tax questions in even greater numbers than the…

Countries of Origin for WeHo’s Immigrant Residents

Countries of Origin for WeHo’s Immigrant Residents

Thu, Jan 05, 2017

About a third of West Hollywood’s immigrants come from countries that were part of the Soviet Union. The remaining two-thirds come from many different countries, including Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, covering the years 2011 through 2015. One in four West Hollywood residents is an immigrant.

The number of residents who come from former Soviet republics has been shrinking over time. An estimated 3,200 of the city’s 9,200 immigrants come from these nine countries: Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Latvia, Lithuania, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. The biggest group comes from Ukraine — estimated at almost 1,600 — followed by Russia, with close to 1,100.

There may be West Hollywood…

Majority of Students at Public Schools Serving WeHo Are ‘Disadvantaged’

Majority of Students at Public Schools Serving WeHo Are ‘Disadvantaged’

Fri, Dec 30, 2016 1 Comment

Disadvantaged students make up a majority of the students at local public schools serving West Hollywood. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the California Department of Education.

In 2013, the State of California changed its school funding formula to focus more resources on disadvantaged students. The formula provides 20% more money for each disadvantaged student. Then it gives extra money to districts with a concentration of disadvantaged students (more than 55% of the student body).

“Disadvantaged” means that the students come from low-income households, are in foster care, or are learning English. They have, on average, lower educational outcomes because of these challenges. The new funding aims to help schools change that. As Gov. Jerry Brown has explained, “Our disadvantaged students…

WeHo’s Birth Rate Is Lower Than That of Los Angeles and California

WeHo’s Birth Rate Is Lower Than That of Los Angeles and California

Fri, Dec 23, 2016 9 Comments

West Hollywood’s birth rate is lower than that in nearby cities, the county and the state. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that California’s birth rate has fallen to its lowest level ever. There were 12.42 births for every 1,000 residents from mid-2015 to mid-2016.

The report looked at the equivalent birth rates in West Hollywood and nearby cities. It estimated that a little over 200 West Hollywood residents gave birth annually. That was six births per 1,000 residents per year, or 22 births for every 1,000 women aged 15 to 50.

The estimate was based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau surveyed residents from 2011 through 2015 and estimated the number of women who had given birth in the prior 12 months.
West Hollywood’s estimated birth rate…

A Quarter of WeHo Residents Have Immigrated to the U.S.

A Quarter of WeHo Residents Have Immigrated to the U.S.

Fri, Dec 16, 2016

One in four West Hollywood residents immigrated to the United States, double the national average. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. For smaller cities like West Hollywood, the Census Bureau combines several years of surveys to get a good estimate. The report uses numbers from 2010 through 2014.

Among nearby cities, Los Angeles had the highest percentage of residents who were immigrants, 39%. The share was almost as high in Beverly Hills (36%) and Burbank (35%). West Hollywood was about 10 percentage points lower at 26%. Culver City and Santa Monica were a bit below that at 23%.

California as a whole had virtually the same percentage of residents who immigrated to the US (27%) as West Hollywood. However, the numbers for other California…

How Much Water Do Residents of Local Cities Use?

How Much Water Do Residents of Local Cities Use?

Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Average water use varies from 75 to 135 gallons per resident per day in nearby cities. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the State Water Resources Control Board.

West Hollywood does not have its own water department. The cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills provide the water here. The report compares their residential usage to other cities. The calculation excludes water used by businesses, farmers, and other non-residential users.

Compared to nearby cities, Beverly Hills has the highest residential water use: 135 gallons per person per day. Burbank’s residents use 111 gallons a day.

Los Angeles (78 gallons) uses about 40% less per person than Beverly Hills. Santa Monica (77 gallons) and Culver City (75 gallons) consume a bit less than Los Angeles. Glendale’s residents use more, 89…

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