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Annual Rainbow Key Award, LGBTQ Arts Festival Continues Till End of Pride, Screening of film Patient No More, June is HIV Prevention Month

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood and its Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board will host a ceremony of the annual Rainbow Key Awards to recognize people and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community.  

This year’s Rainbow Key Awards will be held in-person on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, adjacent to West Hollywood Park. Details about registering to attend the event are available by visiting the City’s website at www.weho.org/rainbowkey. The ceremony will also be available for viewing on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv.  

Each year, the West Hollywood City Council selects award recipients following recommendations made through a nomination process overseen by the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (LGAB). 

This year’s Rainbow Key Awards honorees are: Jazzmun Crayton; Greg Hernandez; Damian Pelliccione, LaShawn McGhee, Alia Daniels, and Chris Rodriguez; Monica Trasandes; and, Amita Swadhin.

Celebration will Honor Those Who Have Made Outstanding Contributions to the LGBTQ+ Community

The City of West Hollywood has, since 1993, presented Rainbow Key Awards to people and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community. Previous honorees have included activists, artists, civic leaders, educators, community organizations, and many others. Contributions, whether by an individual or a group, may be in many forms, including the arts, community action, humanitarian action, sports, medicine, armed services, leadership potential, benefit to the global gay and lesbian community, or in other ways. More than 155 Rainbow Key Awards have been presented since the award’s inception.

Since incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the nation for its outspoken advocacy on LGBTQ issues. No other city of its size has had a greater impact on the national public policy discourse on fairness and inclusiveness for LGBTQ people.

More than 40 percent of residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBTQ and three of the five members of the current West Hollywood City Council are openly gay or lesbian. The City has advocated for nearly four decades for measures to support LGBTQ individuals and has been in the vanguard on efforts to gain and protect equality for all people on a state, national, and international level.

For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/rainbowkey.For more information about the Rainbow Key Awards, please contact Moya Márquez, City of West Hollywood Community Programs Coordinator, at (323) 848-6574 or at [email protected].

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

WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival Continues Through the End of Pride Month, June 30

Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates the artistic contributions of the LGBTQ community with its WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (formerly known as the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival). The festival runs for 40 days, from Harvey Milk Day on Sunday, May 22, 2022 through Thursday, June 30, 2022, which marks the end of Pride month.

This year, some events will be presented in-person and others will be available online. All programming details are posted at pride.weho.org and there is a link to this site from www.weho.org/pride

Some highlights of the remainder of the 40-day festival include:

  • WeHo Reads: Pride & Joy in the Matrix – June 7, 2022 at 6 p.m. Free. Online, RSVP: www.weho.org/wehoreads. LGBTQ+ authors are taking a hard look at society IRL and virtually, pinpointing the ways we come up short in connecting with and loving each other.
  • Pride Poets “Pledge” Poetry Hotline June 11, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from June 11, 2022 at 11 p.m. to June 12, 2022 at 2 a.m. Free. Call (202) 998-3510. LGBTQ poets are standing by ready to tackle all your poetic needs! Call in and have an original poem created for you or a loved one. This year’s theme is “Pledge: come share your allegiances with us!”
  • Vox Femina: A WeHo Tribute to Sondheim – June 12, 2022 at 3 p.m. at Congregation Kol Ami, located at 1200 N. La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood. Featuring songs from much-loved shows such as West Side Story, Into the Woods, Company, and many more, this lively concert celebrates one of Broadway’s most beloved and influential lyricists and composers, Stephen Sondheim! With performances from the full VOX ensemble, as well as dynamic solos, this joyful evening is not to be missed! This concert is supported in part by an arts grant from the City of West Hollywood. Free, Suggested Donation $10, RSVP required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-weho-salute-to-sondheim-tickets-343385995757 
  • Q Con: A One Day Comic Convention Celebrating LGBTQ Comics – June 18, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Free. Find an exciting, diverse selection of LGBTQ comics and graphic novels all in one place! Talk to creators, get autographs! Q Con is family friendly, and admission is free. Cosplay is encouraged. Join in the costume contest for fun and prizes! For the latest updates on Q Con, visit https://www.prismcomics.org/q-con
  • Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’ Tribute to QUEEN! – June 18, 2022 at 4 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Free outdoor community concert. Members of the Chorus will sing a selection of iconic songs from Queen and Freddie Mercury, inspired by their recent hit concert QUEEN of the nightWe Are the ChampionsSomebody to Love and We Will Rock You are among the best pop/rock anthems ever written, and the Gay Men’s Chorus will bring them to life as you’ve never heard before in this special one-hour concert. Space is limited. For reservations visit https://gmcla.org. 
  • Trans Pride LA 2022: The VarieTy Show – June 18, 2022 at 7 p.m. RSVP required. Free. For more information and to RSVP: https://transpride.lalgbtcenter.org/. The VarieTy Show serves as the grand finale of the annual Trans Pride LA Festival.
  • QUEER DIASPORAS: Lavender City of Dreams presented by Rubén Esparza and Queer Biennial – through August 19, 2022. Free. Online exhibition with some in-person events at ONE Gallery. Touching on issues of identity, activism, futurity, and beauty where queerness is the thread that weaves through all these personal – yet universal -perspectives. View the exhibition at www.lavendercity.art 
  • Season 2: Walking Amongst the Rubble: Undocuqueer Pride LA’s free monthly queer poetry reading series, Influx Collectiv: Queer Reading Series, welcomes season two of the Walking Amongst the Rubble: Undocuqueer Pride podcast. Season two includes poetry performances and interviews by LA-based award-winning undocuqueer poets Sonia Guinansaca, Lupe Limon Corrales, Jennifer Tamayo, and Jesus L. Valles. Episodes will be released weekly on Saturdays in June. Links available here: https://www.influxcollectiv.org/podcast.  

More detailed information and a full list of the City of West Hollywood’s LGBTQ Arts Festival 2022 programming is posted at pride.weho.org and there is a link to this site from www.weho.org/pride.

2022 Festival Theme is: With Liberty, Diversity, Inclusion, and Progress For All

In addition, archived online programs from 2020 and 2021 are available to view. Among these is a collection of short films which tell the fabulous, fun, and deep LGBTQ history of the City of West Hollywood called the Stuart Timmons West Hollywood LGBTQ History Tour.

Acclaimed author/historian Stuart Timmons (author The Trouble With Harry Hay, co-author of GAY L.A., former executive director of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives) was in the process of writing his West Hollywood LGBTQ History Tour as the final in a trio of walking tours (Downtown Los Angeles and Silverlake are the other two) when he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2008. The tour remained incomplete until the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division funded its completion as part of the City’s 2015 LGBTQ Arts Festival, allowing Timmons and a small team to help finish his research, bringing it to completion as both a self-guided walking tour and a special in-person event featuring performance artists as tour guides. This fun and informative tour returned for two more years, and in 2021, was recorded as a collection of short films that can be viewed on the City’s WeHo Arts YouTube channel.

The WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival theme for 2022 is “With Liberty, Diversity, Inclusion and Progress for All” and this year’s festival poster was designed by Kaija Sydlowski through an open call poster competition which received submissions from around the world. 

The City of West Hollywood’s #WeHoPride LGBTQ Arts Festival is organized by the City’s Arts Division. The City of West Hollywood is committed to providing accessible arts programming for residents and visitors.

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division delivers a broad array of arts programs including: Art on the Outside (temporary public art), Urban Art Program (permanent public art), Summer Sounds, Winter Sounds, the WeHo Reads literary series, Free Theatre in the Parks, Arts Grants for Nonprofit Arts Organizations, Library Exhibits and Programming, the City Poet Laureate Program, Human Rights Speakers Series and the #WeHoPride LGBTQ Arts Festival.

For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/arts. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, please contact Mike Che, the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Coordinator, at (323) 848-6377 or at [email protected].

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

City of West Hollywood to Co-Host Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion of Documentary Patient No More, Focused on Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women’s Health

The City of West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women’s Health Collaborative, and the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Education & Research Center will host a free virtual screening via Zoom of the documentary film, Patient No More, followed by a panel discussion with special guest speakers on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

The film will screen at 4 p.m. and the panel discussion will follow at 5 p.m. The panel discussion will stream on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel. Register for the Zoom event at https://bit.ly/Pride2022-PatientNoMore.

This program is presented as part of the City’s WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival

The Patient No More documentary explores the barriers that LGBTQ women navigate across healthcare systems and how the never-ending hunt for affirming care affects their lives. Focused on centering the experiences of queer and female-identified people, the film features the voices of 17 LGBTQ women who are health experts and patients. 

The panel discussion will be moderated by Janet Pregler, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research, Director, Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center, and Iris Cantor Endowed Chair in Women’s Health, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Pregler is one of the founding members of the LA County LBQ Women’s Health Collaborative.

Film Screening will Take Place on Wednesday, June 15; Film Screens at 4 p.m., Followed by a Panel Discussion at 5 p.m.; Panel Discussion will Stream on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube Channel

The panel will feature Filmmaker Diana Fraser and panelists will include Angela Boger, Program Director, LA County Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health; Allison Cerezo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology, UC Santa Barbara; Kaiyti Duffy, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Los Angeles LGBT Center; and B.J. Rimel, M.D., Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai.

The panel participants will reflect on what actions need to be taken to make the healthcare system work for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women; the importance of intersectionality in considering health care; and how allies and supporters can work with lesbian, bisexual, and queer women to advocate for reducing health inequities and improving overall care.  

Women’s health advocates, healthcare providers, health administrators, researchers, academics, policy experts, LGBTQ health supporters, and thought-leaders in this space – as well as leaders from community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, social service agencies, government agencies, and civic organizations – are all encouraged to register and attend.

The LA County Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Collaborative grew out of the 2007 Women’s Health Summit, sponsored by the LA County Office of Women’s Health. At that time, lesbian and bisexual women’s (queer was added later) health was identified as a priority issue, specifically the health disparities faced by this population.

In 2008, the West Hollywood City Council adopted the Lesbian Health Bill of Rights, crafted by the City’s Lesbian Visibility Committee. Soon thereafter, the City of West Hollywood and the Office of Women’s Health convened a meeting of local stakeholders in lesbian and bisexual women’s health. Recognizing the need for sustained focus in addressing these health disparities, the LA County Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Collaborative was established in 2009.

In 2019, the Collaborative changed its name to the Los Angeles County Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women’s Health Collaborative. In addition to the development of educational materials, trainings and conferences, the Collaborative has compiled a Research Guide, a compilation of academic research on LBQ women’s health and continues to be updated with synopsis and support from the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Education and Research Center.

The guide provides easy and credible references for researchers, academics and other interested parties. The Collaborative also previously conducted focus groups with under-represented lesbians and bisexual women – including women of color, veterans, seniors, and youth – to solicit their healthcare opinions and experiences.

The data from these focus groups has served as an important part of the foundation for improving cultural competency training opportunities for health care providers and administrators. For additional information about the Collaborative, please visit LA County Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Women’s Health Collaborative.

For registration information, a full schedule, and details about event, please visit www.weho.org/calendar.For more information, please contact Jenny Ivanova, City of West Hollywood Strategic Initiatives Specialist, at (323) 848-6302 or at [email protected].

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

June is HIV Prevention Month

The City of West Hollywood has declared June 2022 as HIV Prevention Month and, in May 2022, approved a Resolution to join the Global Fast-Track Cities Initiative. Each year, the City of West Hollywood declares the month of June as HIV Prevention Month, which provides an opportunity to increase awareness of community programs and the City’s HIV Zero Initiative.

With its Resolution, the City joins the Global Fast-Track Cities Initiative, a global partnership between cities and municipalities around the world and four core partners: the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC); the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat); and the City of Paris.

Mayors and other city officials designate their cities as Fast-Track Cities by signing the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending the HIV Epidemic, which outlines a set of commitments to achieve the initiative’s objectives towards getting to zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS-related deaths. More than 350 cities across the world have signed the declaration to galvanize action among cities and municipalities, to share best practices, and to promote efforts to end HIV-related stigma.  

The City of West Hollywood joins a consortium of other LGBTQ+ friendly cities and municipalities in the United States and globally to share best practices and engage in bidirectional exchanges that seek to promote the rights of all LGBTQ+ communities, including LGBTQ+ people living with and affected by HIV, irrespective of age, ethnicity and race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background.

HIV has affected West Hollywood’s community and the nation in a myriad of ways since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) described five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported more than four decades ago on June 5, 1981. The City recognizes that some of the challenges in responding to HIV then are still challenges today.  

The City of West Hollywood has historically supported efforts to facilitate equitable access to and utilization of HIV prevention, testing, care, treatment, and ancillary support services that respect the dignity and human rights of its citizens living with and affected by HIV. The City, in collaboration with community-based organizations, deliver critical services to its community members, including testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, biomedical interventions, reproductive health services, health education, transgender advocacy and economic empowerment, and support programs for people living with HIV aged 50 and older.

Resolution Affirms West Hollywood’s Commitment to Ending the HIV Epidemic

The onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic had a significant impact in West Hollywood. The disease’s elevated infection rate among gay men caused a devastatingly high number of deaths in the City. The City of West Hollywood was one of the first government entities to provide social services grants to local AIDS and HIV organizations. The City sponsored one of the first AIDS awareness campaigns in the country in October 1985 and the City’s response to the AIDS crisis has been recognized as a model for other cities, nationally and globally. The City actively participates in the development of programs that can bring awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and services to people living with HIV/AIDS and the City has announced its vision to become an ‘HIV Zero’ city.

The City is currently implementing its HIV Zero Initiative Strategic Plan. For additional information about the City’s HIV Zero Strategic Plan, please visit www.weho.org/hivzero. Watch “Getting to Zero” on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel to learn more about the City of West Hollywood’s HIV Zero vision: https://youtu.be/LAR-pqY6CyY. For more information, please contact Derek Murray, Social Services Program Administrator, at [email protected] at (323) 848-6478.

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

West Hollywood Secures Conditional Homekey Grant from the State to Establish an Interim Housing Program

The State of California has awarded the City of West Hollywood a conditional Homekey grant in the amount of $6,007,661 to address the capital and operating expenses for a proposed plan to convert the Holloway Motel site into an interim housing and supportive services location for people experiencing homelessness.

At its regular meeting on Monday, June 6, 2022, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood unanimously approved a Resolution approving the purchase of the Holloway Motel property, located at 8465 Santa Monica Boulevard, with $4,200,000 (plus closing costs) in unallocated reserves set aside in West Hollywood’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The Resolution initiates a purchase and escrow process.

Closure on the sale is subject to negotiation and preparation of a development agreement with the property owner, which will require Planning Commission review and approval by the City Council at a future public hearing. This follows prior approval, in December 2021, of $2,800,000 in unallocated reserves set aside in West Hollywood’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund dedicated as a local match to operating expenses at the proposed interim housing site.

The City of West Hollywood is committed to engaging with the community and to providing opportunities to share detailed information about the proposed project and to collect feedback from residents and businesses. Staff members from the City’s Strategic Initiatives Division will host several meetings about the proposed project. Two upcoming meetings about the proposed Holloway Motel/Homekey Housing Program will take place virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. One meeting will take place at 12 p.m.; the other meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Community members are encouraged to attend either session; information presented by the City will be the same content at each meeting. Details about Zoom sign-up are provided on the City’s website calendar at www.weho.org/calendar.

The City’s Homeless Initiative addresses homelessness with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response and works in close partnership with the City’s contracted and collaborative nonprofit social services providers, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, and Los Angeles County agencies.

The work of the Homeless Initiative is guided by the City’s Five-Year Plan to Address Homelessness in Our Community, which was approved by the West Hollywood City Council in 2018. The plan was developed based on extensive engagement with the community, and with funding support from LA County Measure H. The plan remains critically important in directing the local response to homelessness.

At its December 20, 2021 meeting, the West Hollywood City Council gave authorization to City staff to apply for a Project Homekey grant from the State of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development.

The proposed Holloway Motel/Homekey Housing Program envisions the purchase of the Holloway Motel to be updated, rehabilitated, and operated as an interim housing program, that will provide a comprehensive program for people who are experiencing homelessness to move off the streets with case management and supportive services, with the goal of identifying and securing permanent housing. Interim housing would typically provide a stay of up to 90 days to stabilize community members and assist them with getting the necessary care and resources to find permanent housing.

The project plans would call for considerable physical improvements to the site and operations would include appropriate security measures and 24/7 onsite staff.

The City of West Hollywood is committed to providing comprehensive assistance to people who are experiencing homelessness in the City.

A survey conducted of West Hollywood residents in November 2021 by FM3 Research, found that 90 percent of respondents ranked homelessness as a very or somewhat serious issue (72 percent “very serious” and 18 percent “somewhat serious”) making this one of the most significant issues of concern for the community. The survey also found strong support among residents for interventions to address homelessness.

Of those surveyed, 79 percent of respondents supported increasing the prioritization of “Supportive Housing, including homeless services, within City limits” (52 percent “much more of a priority” and 27 percent “somewhat more of a priority”). 76 percent of respondents supported increasing prioritization of “City-funded temporary shelter beds and homeless services provided within City limits,” (50 percent “much more of a priority” and 26 percent “somewhat more of a priority”).

To report concerns about a community member who is homeless, call the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative Concern Line at (323) 848-6590. If the concern requires time-sensitive assistance during nights or weekends, please call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850.

For more information about the Homeless Initiative, please contact Corri Planck, City of West Hollywood Strategic Initiatives Manager, at (323) 848-6430 or [email protected]. For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/homeless

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

City of West Hollywood Historic Resources Survey June 2022

The City of West Hollywood’s Current and Historic Planning Division has moved to Phase 2 of updating the 2008 historic context statement and historic resources survey for multi-family residential properties. Staff has completed a draft of the historic context statement as Phase 1. The 2008 statement and survey included 2,100 properties constructed before 1961. Phase 2 of the current project includes a reconnaissance survey of approximately 2,400 residential properties constructed before 1982 within the R2, R3, and R4 multi-family zoning districts.

Members of the community are invited to learn how to participate in the survey by attending the virtual Multi-Family Residential Historic Resources Survey kickoff community outreach meeting Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 6 p.m. via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81517648718; Meeting ID: 815 1764 8718. 

Reconnaissance surveys, commonly known as windshield surveys, document the physical qualities of the property, but make no formal evaluation as to a building’s significance, integrity, or eligibility to local, state, or national registers. In general, surveys usually begin at the reconnaissance level. After additional research and identification of property types, a smaller number of properties are selected for time-and-research-heavy Intensive surveys. An intensive survey requires more research and documentation of a property, and most significantly, results in the evaluation of a property’s eligibility for local, California, or National listing. Evaluation can apply either to individual properties or to properties within the context of a historic district. 

2,400 Multi-Family Residential Properties Within R2, R3, R4 Districts Constructed Prior to 1982 will be Part of the Survey

Regularly updating historic resources surveys helps to ensure that properties that may have achieved significance since the time of the prior survey are not overlooked and also documents changes to the built environment that occur over time to better inform local planning and preservation efforts. Survey updates also provide an opportunity to identify and recognize properties associated with a broader, more complete history of a community.

The survey will be taking place in the R2, R3, and R4 multi-family zoning districts, as shown on the City’s zoning map. Members of the community are invited to share their knowledge of residential properties in these areas that are: important to the local community; associated with important events, individuals, organizations, and places related to the history of multi-family development; and, constructed after 1982 but may now be of exceptional historic significance. Community input will help the City of West Hollywood identify significant properties that embody the City’s heritage. 

For a list of properties that are already designated for their historic significance, please see the City of West Hollywood’s Register of Cultural Resources at www.wehopreservation.org/designated-cultural-resources/.

For more information contact Antonio Castillo, City of West Hollywood Senior Planner, at [email protected] or at (323) 848-6854.

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

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Community meeting regarding FY2022-23 & FY2023-24 Budget, In-Person Social Justice Task Force Community Listening Sessions & more

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (WHCC) annually partner on a State of The City event to engage the City’s business leaders and the community at-large in a conversation about new initiatives, economic trends, and innovations in West Hollywood.

State of The City 2022 will examine the theme Resourceful. Resilient. Ready for the Future! and will take place at The London West Hollywood on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $95; for more information and to purchase tickets for State of The City 2022, visit https://www.wehochamber.com/state-of-the-city

City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister and West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Chair, Nick Rimedio, will provide welcoming remarks. West Hollywood City Manager David A. Wilson will present the State of The City keynote address. More than 300 local business leaders are expected to attend.

Aimed at Local Business Leaders, the Event Embraces the Theme: ‘Resourceful. Resilient. Ready for the Future!’ and will feature a ‘Building Business Resiliency’ Panel Discussion

Mayor Meister will also moderate a “Building Business Resiliency” panel discussion focusing on the foundation of business resilience, which allows for quick adaption to risks and disruptions, while maintaining key business workflows and safeguarding employees. Experts will discuss best practices and strategies for businesses, changing trends in economic development, and resources to prepare for the next extreme challenge to the business community. 

The City of West Hollywood has been taking extensive steps to support local businesses and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has also produced a Toolkit For West Hollywood Businesses affected by the pandemic. A PDF of the kit can be downloaded, along with links to guidance for businesses and workplaces, from the City’s website at www.weho.org/business

The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce supports and promotes a community environment where commerce can flourish. The Chamber fosters prosperity and champions local business by providing resources and leadership to advance activity through economic development. For more information, please visit www.wehochamber.com.  For additional information about the State of The City 2022 event, please contact the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at (323) 650-2688. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

City of West Hollywood Encourages Residents and Stakeholders to Attend One of Two Virtual Metro Meetings about the Northern Extension of the Crenshaw/LAX Rail Line

The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that Metro will be updating the community on the formal Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process underway for the Northern Extension of the Crenshaw/LAX line (Crenshaw North), the project that will bring Metro rail service to West Hollywood.

Metro is hosting two virtual community meetings to share updates about some of its work to date. Metro will collect additional public input, which will ultimately help to determine the final route for the project. Depending on the route selected, West Hollywood could be served by just one station on the eastern municipal boundary of the City, or there could be as many as four underground rail stations throughout the City. Residents, businesses, community members, and stakeholders are encouraged to attend one of the meetings to share thoughts about what destinations and route alternatives should be served by future rail service. Upcoming meetings will take place, as follows:

For community members who cannot attend a virtual meeting, feedback may be submitted to Metro directly at [email protected] or call Metro’s project hotline at (213) 418-3093. For more information about the project, to sign up for project updates, or to send Metro a comment, visit www.weho.org/metro.

For approximately six years, the City of West Hollywood has been working with West Hollywood Advocates for Metro Rail (WHAM), the All on Board Coalition, and the City of Los Angeles to build support for Metro’s Crenshaw North project and connecting the Crenshaw/LAX rail line with Mid City, West Hollywood, the Metro Red Line station at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Metro is in the middle of a legally required environmental study to analyze the potential impacts of the rail project and to inform its decision as it prepares to select the final route that the rail project will take between Mid City Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Hollywood. During the upcoming meetings, Metro will report back on public input it received during the environmental scoping period in 2021, present refinements to the design for the project, and solicit additional public feedback on the project and route alternatives one final time before launching into the next phase of their environmental study and project engineering work. Once the current environmental process is complete, the Metro Board will decide on a final project definition and route known as Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).

Of the three routes under consideration (La Brea, Fairfax, and the Fairfax-San Vicente Hybrid), the City of West Hollywood supports the Fairfax-San Vicente Hybrid alignment that would serve more West Hollywood residents and businesses as well as more of the key regional destinations, healthcare and cultural resources, and job centers in nearby areas of Los Angeles compared to the other routes being considered. The outcome of this Metro decision will have a huge impact on mobility, accessibility, and economic development in West Hollywood, and the City encourages all West Hollywood residents and stakeholders to make their voices heard in Metro’s process.

The regional impact of Crenshaw North cannot be underestimated. It will have a strong impact on many communities that are currently underserved by access to high quality transit service and will more conveniently connect the Los Angeles International Airport to the San Fernando Valley. It will also mean more mobility options to and from the City of West Hollywood and more convenient access to key healthcare and employment centers such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Pacific Design Center, as well as cultural and entertainment destinations such as the Grove and the Hollywood Bowl. With the highest ridership estimates of any light rail project in the country Crenshaw North will provide more equitable and convenient regional access and improve the overall efficiency of the transit system, which will benefit transit-dependent residents throughout the metropolitan area.

For a summary about routes under consideration, and why the City supports the San Vicente (Hybrid) route, watch this one-minute video on the City of West Hollywood’s WeHoTV YouTube channel: Finish The Line: A Route to Connect More People to More Places.

To learn about the numerous benefits of the proposed project, watch Let’s Finish The Line: Bringing Metro Rail to WeHo. More detailed information about the City’s efforts to accelerate the project is available at www.weho.org/rail.

For additional information about West Hollywood Advocates for Metro Rail (WHAM), please visit www.whamrail.com. For additional information about the All on Board Coalition, please visit www.allonboardcoalition.com.For more information about the City’s Metro efforts, please contact David Fenn, City of West Hollywood Associate Planner, at (323) 848-6336 or at [email protected].

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

City of West Hollywood to Host Community Meeting
Regarding FY2022-23 & FY2023-24 Budget

Community members are invited to learn about the City’s budget priorities and key initiatives and provide input for Fiscal Years 2022-23 and 2023-24 at an upcoming virtual community meeting. City staff will present the City Manager Recommended Budget for the two upcoming fiscal years.

The City Budget Discussion will take place on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. West Hollywood community members are urged to join; there will be time for questions from participants as well as discussion regarding priorities and key initiatives. The virtual meeting will be hosted on the City’s Zoom platform. To Join: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87179250847 (Meeting ID: 871 7925 0847). The meeting is free and open to the public; public comment is welcome. For more information, please visit the City’s calendar: www.weho.org/calendar.

The preliminary City Manager Recommended Budget for Fiscal Years 2022-23 and 2023-24 is available for review on the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/budget. The City Council of the City of West Hollywood will consider this budget as a scheduled agenda item at its next regular meeting on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 6 p.m. The agenda to this meeting will be made posted at www.weho.org/councilagendas in advance of the meeting.

In addition, the City of West Hollywood’s current year annual operating Budget and Capital Work Plan is available online in an interactive format at www.weho.org/budget (click the “Approved FY2021-2022 Budget” link at the center of the page). The online budget provides easily accessible information about budgeted City revenues and expenditures in a user-friendly format.For more information about the City Budget Discussion, please call (323) 848-6467 or email [email protected].

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

City to Host Virtual and In-Person Social Justice Task Force Community Listening Sessions in June and July

The City of West Hollywood invites the community to attend the Social Justice Task Force Community Listening Sessions in June and July. 

The first listening session will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 6 p.m., via the Zoom platform, and will be livestreamed on the City’s YouTube channel. The second listening session will be held in-person on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 6 p.m., at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The purpose of Social Justice Task Force Community Listening Sessions is to give residents and community members the opportunity to provide feedback and input on the Task Force’s recommendations before they are finalized and presented to the City Council for review.  

To view and participate in the virtual community listening session via Zoom please go to the Social Justice Task Force Meeting Zoom Link. Upon entering the meeting, please make sure to turn off video and mute audio. If you wish to make a public comment, please email Jasmine Duckworth at [email protected] no later than Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 2 p.m. to be added to the Public Speaker List for the meeting. Please include your name, the phone number from which you will be calling if applicable, and which item you would like to speak on. To provide public comment offline via telephone, please call in and remember to place your phone on mute: Dial-in phone number: 1 (669) 900- 6833, Meeting ID: 859 4164 1823, enter the Passcode: 436827, and press the pound sign (#). Dial-in 10 minutes before the meeting starts. If special assistance to participate in this meeting is required, (e.g., an American Sign Language interpreter for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing), you must call or submit your request in writing to the Office of the City Clerk at (323) 848-6409 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. The City TTY line is (323) 848-6496.

To participate in the in-person community listening session at Plummer Park, please email Jasmine Duckworth at [email protected] no later than Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 2 p.m. to be added to the Public Speaker List for the meeting. 

 In an effort to increase community engagement and amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the West Hollywood community, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood approved the creation of a Social Justice Task Force to identify social and racial inequities and issues, and provide policy recommendations to the City Council. The Social Justice Task Force convened its first meeting in May 2021, and has held 13 regular meetings to-date. The Task Force has received presentations from numerous City Departments and Divisions on City programming, resources, and services, and has established three subcommittees based on identified priority areas. The Economic/Community Development, Public Safety, and Housing & Homelessness and Social Services subcommittees have met regularly in working towards the goal of creating policy recommendations that address systemic racism and social equity in West Hollywood.

More information about the Social Justice Task Force can be accessed at www.weho.org/city-government/boards-commissions/committees-and-task-forces/social-justice-task-force.  

The City of West Hollywood has an unwavering commitment to responding proactively to the unique needs of its diverse community, creatively finding solutions to managing its urban environment, and is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the well-being of the community. The City strives for quality in all actions in setting the highest goals and standards. Two of the Core Values of the City are: Respect and Support for People and Responsiveness to the Public. The City recognizes and celebrates the diversity of its community by treating all individuals with respect for their personal dignity and by providing a wide array of specialized services. The City promotes mutual respect, courtesy, and thoughtfulness in all interactions. The City holds itself accountable to members of its community and is committed to actively seeking public participation. The City promotes a public process whereby it can respond to the community’s needs while balancing competing interests and diverse opinions. For additional information about the Social Justice Task Force, please contact Jasmine Duckworth, the City of West Hollywood’s Community Programs Coordinator, at (323) 848-6559 or at [email protected].

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

City of West Hollywood Welcomes New Sheriff’s Station Captain

William (Bill) Moulder, Captain of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station

The City of West Hollywood welcomes William (Bill) Moulder as Captain of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Captain Moulder began his appointment as Captain in late May 2022, following the promotion of former Captain Edward C. Ramirez, who was promoted to Commander within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department earlier this year.

“I want to congratulate Bill Moulder on his appointment to lead the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station as its new Captain,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister. “For nearly four years, he has served our community skillfully as the Station Lieutenant and his promotion to Captain is great news. Public safety is our single-most important concern in West Hollywood and Captain Moulder is a law enforcement veteran who is highly respected by our community. He knows West Hollywood and its unique challenges, and I look forward to continuing our work with him in his new leadership role at the Station.”

Captain Moulder has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, having joined the ranks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1991. After the Sheriff’s Academy, he worked at Court Services and then in Custody Division at North County Correctional Facility (NCCF). He has worked at Palmdale, Lancaster, and West Hollywood Sheriff’s Stations at a Patrol Deputy. He was a Field Training Officer and Detective at West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

Captain Moulder has worked the Sheriff’s Legislative Unit where he ran legislation in Sacramento, and he has worked at Medical Services Bureau, Risk Management Bureau, and Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station all through several ranks. He was the project manager for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s implementation of Assembly Bill 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act. His Team created the Sheriff’s Automated Contact Reporting (SACR) system. Captain Moulder has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Southern California.

The City of West Hollywood contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station is located at 780 N. San Vicente Boulevard. For more information about the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, please call (310) 855-8850 or visit www.wehosheriff.com.

For information about the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety programs and initiatives, download “Public Safety in the City of West Hollywood” at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=42465 or visit the City’s Public Safety Department website area at www.weho.org/publicsafety.For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6414 or contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station Captain William (Bill) Moulder at (310) 855-8850 or [email protected].

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

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West Hollywood calls-on community members to reduce water use

Residents & businesses should reduce water use to help preserve the region’s water storage reserves in response to extreme drought conditions

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – Southern California is experiencing severe drought conditions. Across the western U.S., scientists have found that the extreme dryness since 2000 has become the driest 22-year period in at least 1,200 years, a megadrought that research shows is being intensified by climate change.

Earlier this week Adel Hagekhalil, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issued a statement on the State Water Resources Control Board’s release today of the latest statewide conservation numbers indicating an increase in water use:

“These are not the numbers we wanted to see, and they are not the numbers we need to see. We are in an unprecedented situation, where our water supplies from the State Water Project are so limited by drought and climate change that they do not meet demands. Southern Californians must decrease their water use. I know we can do it.
“Our board’s action in late April to mandate dramatic cuts in water use in one-third of Southern California, and to urge 20 percent conservation in the rest of the region, generated widespread public attention to the drought’s severity. That new public understanding of our alarming water supply crisis, combined with the mandatory emergency conservation restrictions that went into effect June 1, must prompt strong action, or we won’t have enough water to get us through the year.
“Our communities have for decades responded to our calls to increase their water efficiency and we are grateful for that. We would be in a far worse situation were it not for those efforts. But now we need to work together to immediately cut our water use to get through this crisis together.”

The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) water conservation rules now in effect. All LADWP customers — residential and commercial — are now limited to two-days-a-week outdoor watering as well as other water use restrictions. LADWP customers with street addresses ending in odd-numbers may water on Mondays and Fridays and customers with even-numbered street addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays, before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. LADWP’s new rules call for no watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., regardless of the day.

New LADWP restrictions also include two recommended practices: the use of pool covers to prevent evaporation, and the washing of vehicles at commercial car wash facilities. Hand watering is allowed every day before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. if the hose is equipped with a self-closing water shut-off device. 

Existing water conservation practices continue to be in place:

  • Limiting outdoor watering with sprinklers to eight minutes per station on permitted watering days
  • Watering with sprinklers using water-conserving nozzles for up to 15 minutes, twice a day, on the permitted watering day
  • No water should flow off of property
  • No water should leak from any pipe or fixture
  • No watering within 48 hours after a measurable rain event
  • No hosing of driveway or sidewalk 
  • No washing of vehicles using a hose without a self-closing nozzle

More information on the new watering days is available at www.ladwp.com/wateringdays.

LADWP is also urging customers to act to take advantage of the many water- and money-saving rebates and programs available to both residential and commercial customers. Residential customers can find a comprehensive list of rebates and programs, including rebates for efficient clothes washers, toilets, and turf replacement, at www.ladwp.com/save. Commercial customers can visit www.ladwp.com/cwr for rebates and programs.

West Hollywood residents and businesses are served by two water utility companies: Beverly Hills Public Works and LADWP. Both utilities encourage their customers to continue to use water efficiently. Residents and businesses should voluntarily reduce water use to help preserve the region’s water storage reserves in response to extreme drought conditions. In May 2022, Governor Newsom warned that he may need to enact mandatory water restrictions throughout the State. More than half of the water used in Southern California is imported from the Northern Sierra and the Colorado River. Both of those sources are facing severe drought conditions; crucial storage reservoirs have never been lower.

The Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors has declared a Water Shortage Emergency calling for consumers and businesses to reduce water use and help preserve the region’s storage reserves. The West Basin Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors has moved to activate its Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WCSP) and declare a Water Shortage Emergency for the service area representing nearly one million people in 17 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County, including West Hollywood.

The City of West Hollywood offers tips for saving water on its website at www.weho.org/waterconservation. Visit the State of California’s “Save Our Water” drought action website at https://drought.ca.gov to learn about being drought-aware and using water wisely.

Water conservation tips are also available at:

www.bewaterwise.com 

www.ladwp.com/waterconservation 

www.beverlyhills.org/living/recyclingandconservation/waterconservation 

www.westbasin.org

As part of efforts to encourage water conservation, the City of West Hollywood produced an Emmy Award-winning 60-second public service announcement (PSA) video called “Winter is Coming! But the Drought is Far From Over.” Designed as a mock TV-series preview trailer, the PSA is based on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones: https://youtu.be/ybKFa2X6RB8.

The City of West Hollywood holds a deep commitment to sustainability and preserving the environment. Sustainability means thinking about behavior in a global and long-term context, recognizing that choices made today have a profound effect on the future. For links to helpful “Go Green” information and resources, visit www.weho.org/gogreen.

For more information from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, please contact the LADWP Customer Contact Center at 1-800-DIAL DWP (1-800-342-5397). For more information from Beverly Hills Water, please contact Beverly Hills Public Works Customer Service at (310) 285-2467. For additional information, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Department of Public Works at (323) 848-6375.

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

Water restrictions go into effect, limit residents watering schedules to two-days per week:

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West Hollywood in brief- City government in action this week

WeHo Pride Parade & Pride Weekend, Draft Housing Element Report, West Hollywood Park Update, & Cedars-Sinai LGBTQ+ Cancer Symposium

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood has announced that it will recognize Janelle Monáe as Grand Marshall Icon and JoJo Siwa as Next Gen Icon during the upcoming #WeHoPride Weekend Pride Parade on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

The free WeHo Pride Parade will step off at noon on Santa Monica Boulevard starting at N. Crescent Heights Boulevard and will head west into the heart of the City’s Rainbow District to N. Robertson Boulevard.

“The City of West Hollywood is thrilled to be producing #WeHoPride for our community this year,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister, “and our amazing icons – Janelle Monáe and JoJo Siwa – truly reflect the core values of our city. Pride celebrations have always been more than festivals or parades. Pride events give the diverse LGBTQ community a place to advocate for equality as well as a place to celebrate exactly who they are – exactly who they were meant to be. As our icons join parade contingents rolling down Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday, June 5, West Hollywood will give #WeHoPride Parade participants and spectators from around the world a safe space and a loving, accepting home. At this moment in history, with women’s rights and LGBTQ rights under attack, our icons stand as proud, outspoken beacons of light and hope for a better tomorrow. West Hollywood has been the home of the largest Pride celebration in Southern California for nearly four decades. We’re looking forward to continuing that tradition this year for WeHo Pride. I can’t wait for our city to be filled with all the colors of Pride as we welcome the global community to our historic Rainbow District, filled with LGBTQ bars, clubs, restaurants, and retail shops. Come celebrate Pride with us in West Hollywood! Pride starts here!”

 This year, Janelle Monáe will be honored as the Grand Marshal Icon for the inaugural WeHo Pride Parade for continuing to inspire the world with her incredible artistry and advocacy. Monáe is a renowned American singer, songwriter, producer, rapper, author and actor. She has become an icon for queer people of color by illuminating the community’s most important conversations about identity and being true to who you are.

She has received numerous award nominations and has won multiple awards for her music, including eight Grammy nominations. Monáe made her theatrical film debut in two high-profile productions: Hidden Figures and Moonlight. In 2019, Monáe won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist. In April 2022, Monáe published her book, The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories from Dirty Computer, which became a New York Times bestseller. She will soon star as icon Josephine Baker in De La Resistance, which is also produced under her Wondaland banner.

In addition, Monáe recently wrapped production for Netflix’s Knives Out 2, headlined the dramatic thriller Antebellum, and starred in the second season of Amazon’s critically acclaimed series Homecoming.

Along with her film and television work, Monáe officially launched her non-profit, Fem the Future, which provides young women and girls the resources and support they need to overcome the challenges associated with upbringings in under-resourced communities of color. Fem the Future aims to expand their world of opportunities by supporting and creating after-school and summer enrichment activities that increase exposure and access to a variety of careers. 

JoJo Siwa will also be joining the parade as WeHo Pride’s Next Gen Icon. Siwa is a global superstar, entrepreneur, singer, television and film star, New York Times bestselling author and social media sensation. In 2021, Siwa came out as gay to her millions of fans on social media and inspired a generation of young LGBTQ+ community members and their allies.

Siwa has more than 66 million followers on social media and more than 3.7 billion views on YouTube. In 2020, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. She has bridged a fan following across a broad demographic by promising and delivering on her messaging of “positivity, self love, inclusivity and acceptance.”

Siwa’s newest TV venture finds her on the judges panel for Season 17 of So You Think You Can Dance. ​​Facebook Watch will be following alongside JoJo at WeHo Pride as part of its docuseries-format JoJo Goes which will premiere on Facebook Watch this summer and will be available on Watch Together via Messenger and Instagram video calls.

On June 14, 2022, Siwa will be hosting P&G and iHeartMedia’s Can’t Cancel Pride, a fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ community celebrating visibility and inclusivity for all.

The City is reminding community members about events surrounding the upcoming #WeHoPride season and is providing regularly updated information about WeHo Pride 2022 programming as it becomes available:

  • WeHo Pride Weekend will take place on Friday, June 3, 2022, Saturday, June 4, 2022, and Sunday, June 5, 2022 in and around West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard and will include will include a free WeHo Pride Street Fair representing a diverse array of LGBTQ+ community groups as part of visibility, expression, and celebration.
  • The annual Dyke March and the Women’s Freedom Festival will take place beginning on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 5 p.m. The Dyke March will feature the presentation of the Melissa Etheridge and Community Activist awards, a poetry reading, sign-making and supplies, speakers, a DJ, and the Dykes on Bikes contingent. The Dyke March will step off and return to the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica Boulevards. The Women’s Freedom Festival will take place immediately following the Dyke March at the #WeHoPride Street Fair stage on Robertson Boulevard and will feature emerging LGBTQ and BIPOC women and non-binary musicians, comedians, poets, and activists.
  • WeHo Pride Weekend will feature OUTLOUD: Raising Voices, the award-winning three-day LGBTQ concert series produced by JJLA at West Hollywood Park. Headliners, artist lineup, and ticket information are available by visiting https://weareoutloud.com
  • The City of West Hollywood’s Pride Parade will step-off at noon at N. Crescent Heights Boulevard on Sunday, June 5, 2022 and will make its way west along Santa Monica Boulevard to the City’s Rainbow District.
  • WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival began on Sunday, May 22, 2022 (Harvey Milk Day) and continues for 40 days, closing out the Festival on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Events will be live at various locations throughout the City of West Hollywood and will also feature selected online programming. The theme for 2022 is With Liberty, Diversity, Inclusion, and Progress For All. The WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division with input from the City’s Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board, Transgender Advisory Board, Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, and community partners. A full calendar of events is available online.

Updated details about WeHo Pride Weekend are posted as they become available at www.weho.org/pride.

For nearly four decades, the City of West Hollywood has been home to the largest Pride celebration in Southern California, as hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people and allies from around the world make West Hollywood their destination for the Pride season. Home to the “Rainbow District” along Santa Monica Boulevard, which features a concentration of historic LGBTQ clubs, restaurants, and retail shops, the City consistently tops lists of “most LGBTQ friendly cities” in the nation.

Since incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the nation for its outspoken advocacy on LGBTQ issues. No other city of its size has had a greater impact on the national public policy discourse on fairness and inclusiveness for LGBTQ people.

More than 40 percent of residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBTQ and three of the five members of the West Hollywood City Council are openly gay. The City has advocated for nearly four decades for measures that support LGBTQ individuals and the City is in the vanguard on efforts to gain and protect equality for all people on a state, national, and international level.

The City of West Hollywood is one of the first municipalities to form a Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board and a Transgender Advisory Board, which each address matters of advocacy. As part of its support of the transgender community, the City has a Transgender Resource Guide available on the City’s website, which provides information about a variety of resources including legal, health, and social services, available in the Greater Los Angeles area to enhance and improve the well-being of transgender people.

For more information about WeHo Pride, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Events Services Division at [email protected]. For more information about the WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Coordinator Mike Che at (323) 848-6377 or [email protected].

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

City of West Hollywood Draft Housing Element Report is now available for public review and community input

After extensive community engagement and public hearings to gather information about community needs, values, and priorities, the City of West Hollywood’s draft Housing Element Report for 2021 to 2029 is available for public review until June 6, 2022, as required by state law.

The Housing Element serves as a policy guide that provides an indication of housing needs in the community – in particular, the availability, affordability, and adequacy of housing.

The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to take part in the process of reviewing the draft Housing Element Report and providing comments and input. The forthcoming Housing Element is for the period of 2021 to 2029 and it will assist the City in completing its housing policy framework for the future to address vital housing needs in the community. 

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will review the draft after the public review period is complete and will provide comments to ensure that the Housing Element meets all State requirements. Should HCD have additional comments, staff will amend the Plan as necessary.

Additional changes will be made to future drafts based on City Council requests for policies that create additional affordable housing in the City, and changes to the site inventory, which provides a conceptual plan for where housing could be built over the next eight (8) years.

The community will be able to weigh in as future drafts are published for public review. Once HCD approves the plan, the West Hollywood City Council will then adopt the plan as a part of the City’s General Plan. Additionally, the City will continue to study the environmental impacts of the Plan and will certify an Environmental Impact Report upon adoption of the Plan. 

The Housing Element is required by the State of California to be included in the City of West Hollywood’s General Plan and it must be updated every eight years to demonstrate that the housing needs of all community members can be met regardless of income. The purpose of the Housing Element is to achieve an adequate supply of safe and affordable housing. It assesses housing needs for a variety of income groups and lays out a program to meet those needs as part of a strategy for addressing housing needs across the economic and social spectrum.

The draft Housing Element Report for 2021 to 2029 is available for viewing at www.weho.org/housingelement

For more information or to submit written feedback, please contact Rachel Dimond, City of West Hollywood Senior Planner, at [email protected] or by postal mail to West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

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

City of West Hollywood May 2022 West Hollywood Park Update

The City of West Hollywood is working to open the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) at West Hollywood Park in the coming weeks. Public access to the ARC will be accomplished in a phased approach to protect the safety and welfare of the public and users of the facility.

Despite the finished appearance of the building, final items are being completed and City staff has just begun to occupy the ARC at West Hollywood Park under a temporary occupancy permit. Currently, staff are training and certifying fire-life-safety systems for the pools and equipment in the building, and staff are beginning to move into office space and test and familiarize themselves with operations of the site.

The City anticipates receiving approval to allow limited public access soon and will begin a phased roll-out approach in June 2022. All maintenance, operations, and recreation staff, including lifeguards, must be fully trained in site operations and pools prior to public access.

The children’s playground remains closed at West Hollywood Park. Deficiencies in installation were identified after a state-mandated Playground Safety Audit and site inspections were conducted. The City has commenced repair work under guidance of the playground manufacturer and its installation contractor. The City anticipates this work to take a few weeks for completion. The playground repair work is being expedited to the best of the City’s ability. The City is aware this is especially frustrating and is working to open the playground for community use as soon as possible. In the interim, the City operates two (2) playgrounds at other locations: Kings Road Park (1000 N. Kings Road) and Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard). The playground at Plummer Park is the largest playground operated by the City of West Hollywood.

The City recently reopened a large portion of the park-site at West Hollywood Park. This area was previously closed for completion of the West Hollywood Park Phase II Master Plan Implementation Project, which includes the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) building and park construction work. 

West Hollywood Park open areas currently include:

  • Adult Fitness Equipment: Open to the public. 
  • El Tovar Place: Open to the public. El Tovar Place provides east to west access through West Hollywood Park between N. San Vicente Boulevard and N. Robertson Boulevard including access to the parking structures.
  • Expanded Turf Areas: Open to the public. There is access from N. San Vicente Boulevard, N. Robertson Boulevard, El Tovar Place, and from the third level of the West Hollywood Park Five-Story Parking Structure located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
  • New Public Art: Open to the public. Parallel Perpendicular by artist Phillip K. Smith III is located in the Robertson Gardens area. 
  • Robertson Gardens: Open to the public. There are picnic tables and an expanded turf area for passive recreation activities.
  • West Hollywood Library Parking Structure: Open to the public. Open hours align with the West Hollywood Library’s operating hours.
  • West Hollywood Park restrooms adjacent to the City’s Small Dog Park: Open to the public.

For park updates, subscribe to the City’s West Hollywood Park Master Plan Phase II e-notifications list to receive updates.

For more information, please contact Erin Hamant, City of West Hollywood Senior Administrative Analyst, at [email protected] or (323) 848-6859.

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

City of West Hollywood Co-Presents Two-Day Cedars-Sinai LGBTQ+ Cancer Symposium 

The City of West Hollywood co-presents an upcoming two-day Cedars-Sinai LGBTQ+ Cancer Symposium. This symposium is the first of its kind to center the science and voices of LGBTQ+ people on cancer care, community engagement, and policies that influence health disparities. Cedars-Sinai Cancer recognizes that by examining the intersection of sexual orientation, gender, and cancer, it can better prevent, detect, and cure cancer.

The LGBTQ+ Cancer Symposium will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2022, and Friday, June 3, 2022, at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, located at 8555 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. Oncologists, oncologic surgeons, epidemiologists, health equity researchers, health outcomes researchers, policy makers, community organizers, and thought leaders in this space are encouraged to register and attend.

The Symposium will feature, as Keynote Speaker, Karen L. Parker, Ph.D., MSW, Director of the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office at the National Institutes of Health. Symposium Co-Chairs are B.J. Rimel, M.D., Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai, and Zul Surani Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at Cedars-Sinai Cancer.

For registration information, a full schedule, and details about conference faculty and more, please visit the Cedars-Sinai website.For more information about this event, please contact Andi Lovano, the City of West Hollywood’s Community & Legislative Affairs Manager, at (323) 848-6333 or at [email protected].

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

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