Goodbye summer - hello fall! Time sure does fly by in busy Weho!
What's been happening? Some highlights...
- Meet Me at the Formosa – 2019 West Hollywood Historic Preservation Celebration
- Lights for Liberty Rally
- National Night Out
- Ciclivia: Meet the Hollywoods
- Pizza and Preparedness (Public Safety)
- NextGen Strategy Meeting
- Annual Congress of Commissions and Advisory Boards
- 1st Census 'Complete Count' Committee meeting
- 2nd Annual WeHo BiPride Community Festival
- Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board (LGAB) 30th Anniversary Celebration
West Basin Dir. Scott Houston, Councilmembers Heilman and Meister at NNO
Photo Credit Jon Viscott, Courtesy of City of West Hollywood
In this third quarter, we adopted new green building requirements, amended parkway standards, approved the new location for the Historic Rocky & Bullwinkle sculpture, and adopted recommendations for Social Services contracts and supplemental funding for the provision of enhanced services related to intensification of social service needs, poverty reduction initiatives and related costs. We also discussed smoke-free, multi-family dwelling programs (stay tuned) and improvements to the West Hollywood Park north alley.
I also worked on a number of initiatives that were adopted by Council such as...
PUBLIC SAFETY - An item directing staff to develop a plan to install emergency call boxes at public locations throughout the City and to organize an emergency preparedness active shooter training for members of the public.
TENANT PROTECTIONS - Directs staff to develop a proactive residential code compliance program, which would include regular inspections of common areas of rent stabilized buildings, including, but not limited to, building exterior, garages, hallways, lobbies, rooftops, etc. (Thank you MPT Horvath for co-sponsoring.)
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY - An item directing staff to develop “Sustainability Sundays,” a public engagement effort through the City’s website and social media channels with the goal of promoting simple actions to increase sustainability and reduce waste in everyday life.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION - An item directing the Current and Historic Preservation Planning Division to include as part of its work plan a ten year cycle for completing historic resource surveys, beginning with a multifamily historic resource survey in 2020 and the commercial historic resource survey in 2025. (Thank you MPT Horvath for co-sponsoring.)
PRESERVATION OF WEHO LEGACY BUSINESSES AND NON-PROFITS - Directs staff to research policies in other jurisdictions aimed at preserving local legacy businesses and nonprofit agencies, including the program adopted by the City and County of San Francisco, and to develop a similar program for the City of West Hollywood. (Thank you CM Duran for co-sponsoring.)
WOMEN'S ISSUES - An item directing the Facilities & Field Services Division to develop a program to provide menstrual products free of charge in City facilities, including City Hall and parks. Special thanks to Women's Advisory Board members Jenner Deal and Amanda Bleich for their advocacy and support.
On a personal note, it was a tough September with the loss of Spike, my faithful companion for the last 14-1/2 years. However, two very sweet rescue pups have joined the Meister family: meet new Weho residents, Sammy and Suki!
Looking for some fall fun?
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts division presents Library Exhibition: Journey of the Bearded Tarot. Connect with the City's Arts Division (@WeHoArts) to stay up-to-date on arts events all year round! Visit Weho Arts here!
For City News and Top Stories, check out the City's website. For upcoming City meetings and events, check out the City Calendar. For the latest City Council meeting agenda, visit the WeHoTV page on the City's website.
Have a great Thanksgiving holiday! See you at our next City Council meeting on December 2!