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...

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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?

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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...

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