There is a Season

Weho is going through some changes...

Weho's long-time City Manager, Paul Arevalo, is set to retire in early July and Assistant City Manager, David Wilson, will be taking over the helm (congrats, David!). If you'd like to find out more about Weho's new City Manager, David Wilson, click here. We wish Paul much happiness (and fun) in his post-Weho life!

What else is new?

The City of West Hollywood will host a community conversation about equity and public safety featuring Constance “Connie” Rice, who is a lawyer, author, and public intellectual renowned for fighting systemic injustice and advancing multiracial democracy. The free virtual event will take place on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 6 pm on Zoom Webinar. For more information, click here.

Governor Newsom has signed AB 832, which extends statewide protections and rent relief programs enacted by SB 91 in January 2021. Most significantly, the Act extends the state’s residential eviction moratorium for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 related reasons to September 30, 2021 and expands the State Rent Relief Program. In addition to protection from eviction due to COVID-19-related financial hardship, after June 30, West Hollywood residential tenants will be covered by the County of Los Angeles eviction moratorium through September 30, 2021. For more information, click here.

On June 21, West Hollywood City Council approved Urgency Ordinance No. 21-1156U, which extends the City’s temporary moratorium on commercial evictions through September 30, 2021. For more information, click here.

The City of West Hollywood launched its “Dockless Mobility” pilot program on Thursday, July 1, 2021 with e-scooters and e-bikes from Bird, Lime, and Wheels. For more information, click here. Please note, complaints and concerns may be registered through the City of West Hollywood Official App, by emailing [email protected], or by calling the ABM bike program mobile number at 213-247-7720. We encourage all concerns be sent through these methods, so that our partners can respond quickly and we can keep abreast of persistent issues and/or any problem areas that may arise.

New Initiatives:

This last quarter I worked with my colleagues on a number of initiatives that were adopted by Council. Here are some highlights...

Read more
1 reaction Share

2021: Things Are Looking Up!

Things are looking up!  

We're getting vaccinated. Businesses are coming back. Zoom meetings are keeping us connected. Recovery plans are in the works. 

What else?

Saturday, April 24, from 9 am - 1 pm. The city will be hosting a Virtual Symposium on Urban Forestry and Biodiversity. This virtual symposium will bring the West Hollywood community together with experts on the natural and built environment to discuss this topic through four lenses: urban flora (tree canopies, biodiverse green spaces), urban fauna (native wildlife), biomimicry (learning lessons from nature), and biophilic and regenerative inspired design (elevating new development). Please mark your calendar -- this is going to be a special event!

New Initiatives:

This last quarter I worked on a number of initiatives that were adopted by Council. Here are some highlights...

Read more
1 reaction Share

Good riddance, 2020, and hello 2021

As we say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and I am hopeful that 2021 will be a better year. At least starting on January 20th!

What's been happening lately?

Since my last update, we had an election and two new council members were elected to West Hollywood City Council: Sepi Shyne and John Erickson. In addition, I was elected by my colleagues to the Mayor Pro Tempore position. My councilmember comments can be found here.

Is there more?

Read more
2 reactions Share

3rd down 2020

Election Day is right around the corner -- Tuesday, November 3rd. But remember, early voting is happening now! Please try to vote EARLY! The City is encouraging residents to vote safely at home and to either mail or drop off their Vote-By-Mail ballot. There are three Vote-By-Mail Drop Boxes in the City. The boxes are located at City Hall, Plummer Park, and the West Hollywood Library. Voters will also have the option of going to any Vote Center in Los Angeles County to cast their vote or to drop off their Vote-By-Mail Ballot as well. Plummer Park-Fiesta Hall will be a Vote Center for this upcoming election beginning October 30th through Election Day, November 3rd. You can also vote in-person on Election Day at the Kimpton La Peer Hotel and the Iranian American Jewish Federation Sapper Hall. Besides this being an important Presidential election, there are also two West Hollywood City Council seats on the line. Please do your homework - candidates have different views about the direction of the city.

As you all know, COVID is still with us, and we need to continue to follow LA County and city guidelines. According to public health officials, the best protection against COVID-19 continues to be:

  • Wash your hands frequently, 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, 
  • Self-isolate if you are sick, 
  • Practice physical distancing, and 
  • Wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household. 

For more information and county updates, visit LA County's Public Health website: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

To access information on resources for residents, tenants and businesses in the City of West Hollywood, visit the City's website here

Even though it's October, the summer heat is still with us as well. For tips on Coping with High-Heat Days during Safer At Home Orders, click here. If you have immediate concerns about the impact of hot weather on yourself or a loved one in the City of West Hollywood, the City’s Social Services Division may be able to coordinate assistance for community members who are older adults or are vulnerable to high-heat conditions. Please call (323) 848-6510 for information.

How about some good news?

What follows are some initiatives I sponsored or co-sponsored third quarter of 2020 that were adopted by Council...

Read more
1 reaction Share

And in other news: Quarterly update #2

These are certainly unprecedented times. While we all had hoped that, by now, we would be over the hump with regard to the COVID-19 health crisis, unfortunately, LA County and 29 other counties in the state are experiencing spikes in cases and hospitalizations.

California governor Gavin Newsom issued revised shutdown orders on July 13, 2020. In response, LA County Public Health issued the following for LA County:

"As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise here and across California, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directives to prevent more cases, more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations and more deaths.

The Order requires the closure of additional indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult:

  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Places of Worship
  • Indoor Protests
  • Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov
  • Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors)
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Malls

Bars, indoor dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities remain closed in Los Angeles County, and all events and gatherings are prohibited unless specifically allowed by the Order."

In addition:

"School re-openings will be guided by the state and by each school district’s decision on how to best configure learning opportunities during the pandemic, considering the levels of community transmission and what the science tells us about the risks. For those schools that re-open their campuses, they will need to adhere to the public health and safety requirements detailed in the protocol released today."

To date, LA County Public Health has identified 136,129 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County and a total of 3,822 deaths. The City of West Hollywood has had 341 positive cases.

According to public health officials, the best protection against COVID-19 continues to be:

  • Wash your hands frequently,
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands,
  • Self-isolate if you are sick,
  • Practice physical distancing, and
  • Wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household. 

For more information and county updates, visit LA County's Public Health website: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

To access information on resources for residents, tenants and businesses in the City of West Hollywood, visit the City's website here

For tips on Coping with High-Heat Days during Safer At Home Orders, click hereIf you have immediate concerns about the impact of hot weather on yourself or a loved one in the City of West Hollywood, the City’s Social Services Division may be able to coordinate assistance for community members who are older adults or are vulnerable to high-heat conditions. Please call (323) 848-6510 for information.

To wrap up, below are some initiatives I brought forward second quarter of 2020 that were adopted by Council...

Read more
1 reaction Share

COVID-19 Weho Response Update 4/18/20

The most important thing you can do right now is "shelter in place," and keep yourself and your family healthy. If you need assistance, please call Council offices at 323-848-6460, or email me at [email protected]. For information and resources related to Coronavirus, please click here.

LA County "Safer At Home" Order

The Los Angeles County Department of Health has issued a revised  “Safer at Home” emergency order, which is effective through May 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

What do I need to know?

Read more
1 reaction Share

COVID-19 Weho City Response Update

Wehoans - in an effort to flatten the curve... here's the latest on the City of West Hollywood's response to COVID-19.

The Latest:

Today, April 9, 2020, our City Manager, Paul Arevalo, issued an Executive Order implementing the following:

  • All City Parks and Dogs Parks are closed to the public.
  • Construction Sites shall abide by the following requirements or may be issued a stop work order:
    1. Handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer shall be installed at entrances to construction projects (unless the work is being conducted in an occupied building with operable restrooms in which case sinks are available for handwashing).
    2. Shared tools and equipment shall be regularly sanitized.
    3. Signage shall be posted at entrances to construction projects or common areas where work is occurring in an occupied building to instruct workers of social distancing and sanitation requirements, and  workers who are sick or exhibit symptoms of being ill or those in recent close contact with someone exposed to COVID-19 shall not be present on the work site. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health standards for social distancing shall apply.
    4. Face coverings shall be worn by all persons present at the construction site, and when necessary, OSHA regulations for personal protective equipment for the activity being performed shall be followed.
    5. Workers shall not gather in groups larger than three during breaks and shall maintain a six-foot social distance during such breaks. 
    6. “Choke points” and “high-risk areas” shall be identified where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, and buses, and they shall be controlled so social distancing is maintained, to the extent practicable.
    7. Interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials shall be minimized to allow social distancing. 
    8. The trades shall be staggered as necessary to reduce density and maintain social distancing.
  • Non-essential retail businesses that have supply of goods that are needed to slow the spread of the virus (e.g. face coverings, hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes) may conduct limited retail sidewalk sales of those goods through a revocable (no fee) encroachment permit.
  • Window coverings to board up windows to secure a business during the closure are permitted, provided that the coverings are painted and secured either on the inside or outside of the window.

---

What else?

Read more
Add your reaction Share

COVID-19 Response Update

These are difficult times, and we are all feeling the strain. But we will get through this!

Safer At Home

As you may know, the Los Angeles County Department of Health, to combat the spread of COVID-19, has issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of Los Angeles County to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. 

Residents of Los Angeles County (that includes West Hollywood!) are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” 

The best way to reduce the risk of getting sick, or spreading the virus to others, is to stay at home! In addition...

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Recap: 1st quarter 2020

As you may know, at our last City Council meeting (March 16, 2020), the City of West Hollywood proclaimed a local emergency due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The proclamation enhances the City of West Hollywood’s ability to access emergency resources at the state and federal level to assist with its novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response. You can read more about this here. In addition, Council also approved two related Urgency Items:

  • The first item approves a temporary moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent resulting from financial impact due to the current state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A Memorandum to the City Council with this Urgency Item and related draft Urgency Ordinance are available online here.
  • The second item approves emergency supportive services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and gives the City Manager authorization to direct a variety of services. A Memorandum to the City Council with this Urgency Item is available online here.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health has issued a “Safer at Home” Emergency Order to further combat the spread of COVID-19, ordering all residents of Los Angeles County to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. 

Residents of Los Angeles County are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.

YOU CAN… 

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community. 
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies

YOU SHOULD NOT… 

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility

Please note, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serve as the lead agencies during this health crisis. Based on public health recommendations from lead agencies, and in an effort to safeguard public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that Los Angeles County has ordered all bars, clubs, gyms, theatres, bowling alleys, arcades, and entertainment venues closed and restaurants are required to end dine-in service and provide take out or delivery service only. This includes the City of West Hollywood. For more information, click here.

Essential vs. Non-Essential Businesses:

The following are considered essential activities and may remain open during this state of emergency:

  • City/County government services.
  • Gas service stations, auto supply, auto repair, bicycle repair shops and related facilities.
  • Health care operations, such as hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, labs, healthcare suppliers, veterinary care providers, mental health providers, cannabis dispensaries, etc. Healthcare operations does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.
  • Food providers, such as supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, food banks, pet supply stores, restaurants offering take-out, delivery or drive-thru. No dine-in service.
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
  • Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence and homeless services agencies).
  • Gas service stations, auto supply, mobile auto repair operations, auto repair shops, bicycle repair shops and related facilities.
  • Hardware and building supply stores and nurseries.
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities.
  • Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies.
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes.
  • Laundromats/laundry service.
  • Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts and other media services.
  • Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities -- for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible.
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home.
  • Utility companies and other businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained.
  • Individuals or businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages or goods directly to residences or businesses, including rail and trucking.
  • Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order.
  • Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children.
  • Residential facilities and shelters for disabled persons, seniors, adults, and children.
  • Professional services, such as legal, payroll or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities.
  • Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
  • Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers)
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted, under restrictions contained in the Order.

While there is no "dine-in service" allowed for restaurants at this time, many of our West Hollywood restaurants remain open and committed to serving our community through take-out and delivery.  Click here for an updated list of WeHo businesses that are working to keep everyone fed. 

WEHO'S RESPONSE:

The City of West Hollywood continues to respond to COVID-19 and has implemented the following actions (some through June 30, 2020) in regards to city facilities, city sponsored and co-sponsored events, all public meetings and all parks and rec programming. Here's the latest:

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Latest on COVID-19: Steps to Protect Your and Your Family's Health

We are all very concerned about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our community -- our families, our friends and neighbors, our businesses.  We need to focus on staying healthy -- that means staying home for now and practicing social distancing.

People with no symptoms can spread novel coronavirus. The best way to stop the spread is to stay home. Please don't leave home except for essentials (groceries, medical attention, etc.).

Steps to protect your and your family’s health (taken from the CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website):

You can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak...

Read more
Add your reaction Share