Will we be wearing WeHo t-shirts soon? That depends on whether the City Council decides Monday to authorize commercial use of the city’s logo.
The decision follows a request by Larry Block, owner of the Block Party store in WeHo’s Boystown, to use the logo on various items that his store would sell during next month’s Gay Pride festivities. Block launched a sometimes heated debate with city officials over the city’s decision to remove the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBT rights, from City Hall last year. The debate about whether to fly that flag on City Hall was resolved when the city decided to use a version of its logo that incorporates the gay flag colors. That is the logo Block wants to license.
One option that will be presented to the Council is to enter an agreement with Blanks2go Inc. to produce miniature flags, refrigerator magnets and postcards with the city logo. Under a proposal to be presented to the Council, there would only be 5,000 copies of each item. Blanks2go would pay the city ten cents for each item produced. Another option would be to reach out to multiple manufacturers and ask them to bid on using the city logo on products. The Council may also reject allowing commercial use of the logo.
The Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday (a half hour later than usual) at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. south of Santa Monica.