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2021 Black Pride Event will Take Place July 1st at Rocco’s West Hollywood

The City of West Hollywood is proud to support our Black LGBTQ+ family and community members as well as the celebration of Black Pride 2021

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood is a co-sponsor of an event for Black Pride 2021. The event, “Live Out Loud Black Pride Edition Kick-Off Party,” produced by Ivan Daniel, will include a red carpet, fashion show, trap hip hop 90s by DJ Ben, “I Am Legend” Awards recognizing actress and humanitarian Keke Palmer, live performances, and more throughout the night, and is in addition to official LA Black Pride events produced by Brandon Anthony:

  • Thursday, July 1, 2021, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Rocco’s WeHo, located at 8900 Santa Monica Boulevard.

“The City of West Hollywood is proud to support our Black LGBTQ+ family and community members as well as the celebration taking place at Rocco’s WeHo as part of Black Pride 2021,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath. “This year’s Black Pride events and experiences are rooted in the ethos of Celebrating the Past, While Building the Future and we’re thrilled that Black Pride is coming out stronger than ever!”

In addition to the West Hollywood event, LA Black Pride will take place from Thursday, July 1, 2021 to Monday, July 5, 2021 with various events throughout the Los Angeles region, produced by Brandon Anthony, including:

·             Thursday, July 1, 2021, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. – LA Black Pride Weekend “Kick Off Celebration” at Redline DTLA, located at 161 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles;

·             Friday, July 2, 2021, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. – The Return of “CLSQ” Location: Chapel at The Abbey, located at 696 N. Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood;

·             Saturday, July 3, 2021, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. – “ONE” Mega Party: The Return of Catch One Location: Catch One, located at 4067 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles;

·             Sunday, July 4, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. – The Grand Opening of “ERA” Location: Rocco’s WeHo, located at 8900 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood; and

·             Monday, July 5, 2021, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. – LABP Day Party, The Parlor, located at 7250 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles.

The 7th annual LA Black Pride weekend is organized by the BASH LA and BBE Groups. For more information, please visit www.blackpridela.com. For tickets and additional information on Eventbrite, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/la-black-pride-weekend-tickets-157567864725.

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LA Blade Monkeypox Town Hall (Video)

This Town hall was a much-needed opportunity to create new urgency about the need to be vaccinated & more direct discussions about prevention

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Blade & East Los Angeles Community College hosted a Spanish language Monkeypox Town Hall Thursday evening on the campus located at1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, in Monterey Park.  About 120 people attended the event in person with another 750+ people who livestreamed the broadcast.

In addition around 30 people were inoculated.

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Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative virtual listening sessions

Homelessness is a result of decades of failed policies, economic factors, and racism, making it more complex than any one entity can solve

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative is holding a series of community listening sessions to strengthen strategies for addressing and preventing homelessness. We value your leadership on this issue and would like to hear from you.

We will conduct listening sessions in each of the Service Planning Areas (SPA) of the County. Additional sessions will be held for people with lived experience, and for representatives of cities and Councils of Government. 

During these listening sessions, we will present a New Framework to End Homelessness in Los Angeles County and solicit feedback from diverse stakeholders to ensure our accelerated implementation of this framework is responsive to the unique needs and priorities of communities countywide.

We’d like to hear from as many voices as possible; therefore, we ask that you participate in one SPA listening session that best meets your interests. All meetings will take place virtually on Zoom.

Please register now using one of the registration links below to ensure your voice is heard.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Service Planning Area (SPA)Date and TimeZoom Links
1 Antelope ValleyWed, October 19th, 3:00-4:30pmClick to register
2 San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys Wed, September 28th, 3:00-4:30pmClick to register 
3 San Gabriel ValleyWed, October 12th, 9:00-10:30amClick to register
4 Metro LAThurs, October 13th, 12:00-1:30pmClick to register 
5 West LAThurs, October 20th, 1:00-2:30pmClick to register 
6 South LAFri, October 14th, 10:00-11:30amClick to register 
7 East LAThurs, October 6th, 1:00-2:30pmClick to register 
8 South Bay/HarborWed, September 28th, 10:00-11:30amClick to register 

If you are unable to attend your SPA listening session, you may participate in another SPA session. Please stay up-to-date on developments by visiting our website and signing up for our newsletter.

Homelessness is a result of decades of failed policies, economic factors, and racism, making it more complex than any one entity can solve alone. Your input is vital to expanding and enhancing urgently needed solutions. With your support, we hope to ensure that everyone who lives in Los Angeles County can have a place to call home.

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September 20 is National Voter Registration Day

Voter Registration Deadline is Monday, October 24; All Registered Voters will Receive Vote-by-Mail Ballots

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood reminds community members that each vote counts and your voice matters in the upcoming General Municipal Election in November.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 24, 2022. This year, September 20 is recognized as National Voter Registration Day and organizations across the nation will be participating in a coordinated effort to get eligible citizens registered to vote.

National Voter Registration Day is recognized across the United States and uses the strength of volunteers, organizations, and businesses to spread the word about the importance of preparing for Election Day by registering to vote.

West Hollywood residents ages 16 or 17 may pre-register to vote on the California Secretary of State website at https://registertovote.ca.gov/. The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to check voter registration status at https://www.lavote.gov/vrstatus or at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/.

While Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022, there are many ways to vote early. Postal mail-in and ballot-drop-off voting will begin on Monday, October 10, 2022. Many LA County Vote Centers will begin operating on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

Important Dates:

  • September 29, 2022: Official Voter Information Guides begin arriving in mailboxes.
  • October 10, 2022: County elections officials begin mailing each registered voter a Vote-by-Mail ballot.
  • October 10, 2022: Early voting sites and ballot drop-off locations are open. The Norwalk headquarters for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is available for early voting 29 days prior to every election. Voters can vote in-person or drop off a completed ballot at the Ballot Drop Box on the north side of the building facing Imperial Highway.
  • October 24, 2022: Last day to register to vote. To check your voter registration status visit MyVoterStatus
  • October 29, 2022: Conditional Voter Registration becomes available. Voters can “conditionally” register and vote a provisional ballot starting on this date up through Election Day, November 8, 2022.
  • November 8, 2022: Election Day – Vote Center hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Ballots must be in Ballot Drop Boxes by 8 p.m.; Vote-by-Mail ballots must be postmarked before midnight. Election results returns begin at 8 p.m.
  • November 15, 2022: Vote-by-Mail delivery deadline if postmarked on or before Election Day (November 8, 2022) and received within seven days (November 15, 2022).
  • December 8, 2022: Last day for County elections officials to certify results.

In California, you are eligible to register and vote if you are:

  • A United States citizen;
  • At least 18-years-old;
  • Registered where you currently reside;
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.

The City of West Hollywood encourages every eligible voter to have a vote plan with the following tips:

  • Check your voter registration status or register to vote at https://www.lavote.gov/vrstatus or call (800) 815-2666;
  • Decide how you would like to vote: Vote by Mail; Drop off a ballot at a Ballot Drop Box or a Vote Center; Vote in-person at a Vote Center;
  • Educate yourself about the issues and then vote as soon as you receive your ballot;
  • Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to vote or register to vote;
  • Assist those who need help with their mail-in ballot or offer to take a homebound senior to a Vote Center; and
  • Track your ballot. You can sign-up to receive personalized text messages, emails, and/or automated voice messages on your Vote-by-Mail ballot (whether sent by mail or dropped off at a Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center) by subscribing to Where’s My Ballot. This is a free service available to all registered voters that provides updated information about where your ballot is and when you can expect to receive it. Sign up to be notified of the status of your ballot at california.ballottrax.net/voter.

City of West Hollywood voters will receive complete ballot information by mail.

In addition to County items, City of West Hollywood voters will vote to fill three (3) West Hollywood City Council seats for four-year terms; a list of qualified candidates is available at www.weho.org/elections.

Below is more specific information about the various options available for voting:

Dropping a Ballot Off at a Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center

The City of West Hollywood has worked with LA County to establish three Ballot Drop Box locations in West Hollywood. These Ballot Drop Boxes are bright yellow and clearly marked. They feature safety and security features, such as 24-hour electronic monitoring. Locations are:

  • West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard

(Ballot Drop Box located behind City Hall, off of N. Sweetzer Avenue)

  • West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard

(Ballot Drop Box located on the west side of the street, in front of the library)

  • Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard

(Ballot Drop Box located in front of the Plummer Park Community Center)

Voting In-Person at a Vote Center

Traditional neighborhood “polling places” have been replaced in Los Angeles County by Vote Centers, which allow LA County residents (which includes West Hollywood residents) to vote at any Vote Center location beginning Saturday, October 29, 2022. All Los Angeles County voters will have 10 consecutive days as well as Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, to vote in-person at a Vote Center.

In the City of West Hollywood, there will be:

  1. A Vote Center at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. This Vote Center will be open from Saturday, October 29, 2022 through Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
  2. A Vote Center at the West Hollywood Aquatic and Recreation Center, located at 8750 El Tovar Place. This Vote Center will open from Saturday, November 5, 2022 through Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

During the early voting period, through Monday, November 7, 2022, Vote Centers will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Vote Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional Vote Center locations and details, visit https://locator.lavote.gov/locations/vc

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s City Clerk’s Office at (323) 848-6800, visit the City’s Elections page at www.weho.org/elections.

Call the California Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline toll-free at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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