West Hollywood May Curb Its Free Street Parking

LA TIMES – In West Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard has long been the odd street out. It is the only one where parking meters tick until 2 a.m. Not so on other streets in this 1.9-square-mile city, not even along Santa Monica Boulevard, where metering ends at 6 p.m. So as clubs and restaurants fill up along the storied Sunset Strip that begins in Hollywood, it’s a sure bet many of those folks parked for free — even all night — in WeHo. That could soon change. A plan being drafted by the city’s Transportation Commission would extend the hours of more than 2,000 parking meters. City officials say the proposal is in response to the notoriously bad traffic and scarce curbside parking, thanks to being part of one of Los Angeles County’s night-life hubs.

The Abbey’s ‘Chick-for-Gay’ Sandwich Supports Marriage Fight

The Abbey Food & Bar, known as the best Gay Bar in the World, having won the title two year’s in a row from MTV’s Logo, announced today they would be adding The Chick-for-Gay Sandwich to their menu with 100% of net proceeds from the sale of the sandwich going to support the American Foundation for Equal Rights and their federal court challenge in support of marriage equality. “With the upcoming election, even our lunch choices are a political statement.  If corporations have the right to spend unlimited amounts of money on an agenda of hate, we as an LGBT business community have to spend money supporting Marriage Equality,” said David Cooley, Founder of The Abbey.  “If corporations have the same free speech rights as people, the people have to exercise their First Amendment right at the cash register by patronizing businesses that support our agenda and stop giving money to those that oppose equality.”

The Abbey’s Chick-for-Gay Sandwich is a seasoned breaded boneless chicken breast served on a toasted buttered bun with pickles.  The sandwich will be available through the November elections.  They Abbey will happily share the recipe with other pro-LGBT businesses that want to support marriage equality through the sale of the sandwich.

City of WeHo Offers Bike Racks to Area Businesses

The City of West Hollywood has been looking at additional ways to improve mobility for bike riders recently and has announced a program to install bike racks in commercial areas. Do you or your customers frequently bike to your place of business? If so, you can now take advantage of the new program that offers free inverted-U bike racks to area businesses. In an effort to become a more bike-friendly community, the City of West Hollywood is one of the first in the nation to offer free bike racks and installation on public right-of-way and easily accessible private right of ways for businesses

The bike rack program is being funded through a grant by Metro’s Bicycle Transportation Account. The grant is focused on providing safe and convenient parking to bicycle riders throughout the city.

City of Weho Parking Meters Now Take Credit Cards

The City of West Hollywood has announced that all on-street parking meters throughout the WeHo have been converted to now accept credit cards (Visa and MasterCard), as well as coins. West Hollywood’s cashless alternative offers users the same type of encryption technology that banks use to keep information safe. In addition, if meters get jammed, a wireless message is instantly sent to city staff members so the meters are repaired more quickly. The credit card meters are also eco-friendly in that they use solar panels to collect energy to power the equipment in addition to the conventional battery that is used at night and when there is not enough sunshine.

Gay & Lesbian Center Expands HIV Testing in WeHo During Construction

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center—a leading provider of medical services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community—is remodeling the third floor of its McDonald/Wright headquarters building in Hollywood, including the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic, to meet the increased demand for its leading-edge medical services. While construction is taking place, the reception area for the Goodman Clinic and medical services, including HIV/STD testing, will be temporarily relocated from the third to the first floor. HIV/STD testing capacity will also be reduced, so the Center encourages people to schedule a free appointment or make a walk-in visit to The Spot in West Hollywood, near the public library, which has extended its hours and has additional staff to meet the demand. Free, rapid testing at the McDonald/Wright building is available Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; call 323-860-5855 to schedule an appointment or to learn the approximate wait time for walk-in visits at both facilities. Testing hours at The Spot are Monday – Friday, noon – 8 p.m. (except the first Friday of the month when it closes at 3 p.m.) Both facilities offer free, validated parking.

Charities Say that WeHo Pavilions Customers are Most Giving

The Pavilions at 8969 Santa Monica Blvd. has been named a top fundraising store by Easter Seals and Special Olympics during their month-long charity campaign to benefit people with disabilities in April. The West Hollywood store raised $18,454.93 during the campaign, which was the highest fundraising total in Southern California. “The West Hollywood Pavilions consistently ranks as a top fundraising store in the April fundraiser for people with disabilities,” says Mark Whitley, president and CEO of Easter Seals Southern California. “We are very grateful to all employees and customers who participate, especially with the continuing challenges in our economy.

City Gives Crosswalks Rainbow Treatment for Pride Month

Throughout the month of June, the City of West Hollywood will emblazon two crosswalks along Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard with the colors of the LGBT rainbow flag in celebration of PRIDE Month. The decorated crosswalks run along Santa Monica Boulevard between U.S. Bank and American Apparel; and Citibank and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department

As a symbol of PRIDE and as a symbol of LGBT rights, the brick pattern area within the crosswalks has been painted with the colors of the rainbow flag. “In a world when we are continually reminded, through heart-wrenching teen suicides and public hangings in the Middle East, that being gay is wrong. It gladdens my soul and lifts my spirits to know that the City of West Hollywood embraces its LGBT community so publically, so boldly,” said West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang. “By painting the crosswalks in rainbow colors on one of the most famous thoroughfares in the country, Route 66, the City of West Hollywood is declaring to the world that we are a City of tolerance and acceptance for all, no matter how you define yourself.

LA Welcomes 2,225 Bicyclists Riding from SF to Fight AIDS

On Saturday, more than 2,225 riders and 550 volunteer “roadies” will complete a seven-day journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles with AIDS/Lifecycle, a 545-mile bike ride and the world’s most successful HIV/AIDS fundraiser. The ride will end at the VA Medical Center in West LA with a ceremony at the Wadsworth Theatre at 3:30 PM.The participants of AIDS/LifeCycle 11 have raised $12.6 million for the HIV/AIDS-related services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “AIDS/LifeCycle embodies the true spirit of our community—people coming together and giving their entire heart, mind, and body to such an important cause,” said Neil Giuliano, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “Right now in the history of the AIDS epidemic, we are truly at a place where we can envision the end of this disease. But with vital programs facing budget cuts at all levels of government, AIDS/LifeCycle plays a critical role in ensuring we can continue to provide services that are reducing new HIV infections and ensuring everyone living the disease has access to proper care.”

Each AIDS/LifeCycle rider commits to raising at least $3,000, but most go beyond that commitment.

Meet Congressman Adam Schiff at LA Pride 2012

U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff (U.S. Representative for California’s 29th congressional district) will participate in the annual Christopher Street West 2012 PRIDE celebration this weekend. On Saturday, June 9th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Congressman Schiff will be on hand to meet and greet festival attendees at the City of West Hollywood booth. The City of West Hollywood booth will be located in the main entrance area of LA PRIDE along San Vicente Boulevard. On Sunday, June 10th, Congressman Schiff will ride in the PRIDE Parade with West Hollywood Mayor Jeff Prang and members of the West Hollywood City Council. “I am delighted to participate in this year’s PRIDE festivities.

One City, One Pride: 2012 Pride Events Guide

Throughout June, the City of West Hollywood will celebrate its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) culture, diversity and artistic community through One City/One Pride, a series of festivals, parades, films, art installations, concerts, plays and lectures. The expansive array of events will appeal to many different ages and cultural identities, making West Hollywood an exciting and vibrant destination for residents and non-residents alike. June is recognized worldwide by the LGBT community as Pride Month, commemorated on the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which most historians consider to be the birth of the modern LGBT civil rights movement. “The City of West Hollywood is known for embracing and celebrating diversity. As Mayor of West Hollywood I am proud of our City,” said West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang.