City to Install Flashing Crosswalk Lights at Westmount Drive

 

The City West Hollywood City Council has approved the installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) at the pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Westmount Drive. Although the current crosswalk and signage meet State and Federal standards, the crosswalk is located in an area with both high vehicular and pedestrian traffic. “I want to thank my colleagues on the City Council for unanimously approving the installation of flashing beacons on the pedestrian crosswalk of Santa Monica Boulevard and Westmount Drive,” said West Hollywood Councilmember John Duran.  “This highly used crosswalk has been the subject of numerous incidents in which distracted and aggressive drivers have failed to yield to pedestrians, putting their lives at risk.” “We hope these beacons will increase driver alertness and contribute to pedestrian safety,” continued Councilmember Duran. Santa Monica Boulevard west of La Cienega Boulevard is one of the most heavily trafficked thoroughfares in West Hollywood, traveled by an estimated 60,000 vehicles per day.

2012 Amgen Tour de California Bike Race Coming to WeHo

The 2012 Amgen Tour de California bicycle race will roll through West Hollywood on the morning of Sunday, May 20, 2012 at approximately 10 a.m.

The race features seven of the world’s top 10 cycling teams, many of which will compete in the Tour de France in July. The cyclists will move through West Hollywood, and there will be rolling traffic closures throughout the City that may impact residents. The race will commence at Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard at 10:10 a.m. The race will proceed north up Doheny Drive and then to Sunset Boulevard then travel east on Sunset Boulevard and out of West Hollywood by approximately 10:18 a.m. The race will conclude at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Approximately 128 riders and 90 team support and media vehicles will move through the area and there will be rolling street closures during this time. The race on Sunday is the final leg of the eight-day, 750-mile race, which kicked off on Sunday, May 13, 2012 in Santa Rosa, California.

Amanda Bynes Arrested for DUI after Clipping Sheriff Car

Amanda Bynes was booked for driving under the influence early this morning in West Hollywood after she clipped a Sheriff’s patrol vehicle and then failed a DUI test. The incident happened at around 3AM at Robertson and Santa Monica Blvd. A West Hollywood Sheriff’s Deputy in a marked black and white patrol car was stopped at the intersection of northbound Robertson Boulevard at Santa Monica Boulevard preparing to turn right when a black BMW driven by Bynes attempted to pass to the right of the patrol car, colliding with the right rear quarter panel vehicle. There was minor paint transfer damage to both vehicles. Bynes was detained for an investigation and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence and booked at West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

Sweetzer Arson Suspect Arrested at the Body Shop

Weho Daily broke the news yesterday to our readers on Twitter that the suspect wanted for the March 4th apartment fire on Sweetzer was apprehended after Sheriff’s deputies received word she was in the area. West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies located the suspect, now identified as 25 year-old Samantha Scarano, at the Body Shop on Sunset. The location is right around the corner from the fire location. An anonymous tip had reported that she was at the location performing. Deputies immediately responded and surrounded the location to ensure all exits were covered.

LAPD Patrol Car Crashes in Response to Aid Sheriff

An LAPD patrol car, possibly en route to backup a Sheriff’s deputy, was involved in a traffic collision during rush hour this morning. The traffic collision occurred at about 8:10AM at Fountain Ave and Genesee.   A deputy from the Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau was involved in a fight at Holloway and La Cienega and an LAPD helicopter overhead spotted the trouble.  The helicopter called for LAPD units to respond while WeHo deputies also raced to the scene. Several LAPD units were racing west down Fountain, according to Weho Daily reader Stuart O’Keeffe. So many units were responding that he believed it was the start of a pursuit. Another reader, Ryan Traylor, also witnessed the response, telling us that “cops are screaming westbound on Santa Monica Blvd and on Fountain.”

Ex-Roommate Sought after Setting Fire to Apartment

Arson Investigators responded to the 1400 block of North Sweetzer Avenue, West Hollywood, to investigate the circumstances surrounding an apartment fire early this morning at about 1:40AM. Investigators learned that the fire was deliberately set by the victim’s ex-roommate as a result of a prior argument. After breaking a front window, the suspect threw an open container of charcoal lighter fluid along with a burning object, possibly paper into the victim’s living room. The victim was able to exit the location and positively identify the suspect as her ex-room mate. The victim did not suffer any injuries.

Where are Torie Osborn’s Ethics?

Opinion by Darin Weeks

On January 25, Torie Osborn was awarded the endorsement of the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic club in the race for California’s 50th Assembly District. The problem is, the regular, active members of that club didn’t give it to her. How can this possibly be? The club president told West Hollywood Patch that 45 Torie Osborn supporters became members of the club on December 29th with their memberships paid for by a single check amounting to $1,125. Media reports estimate that about 40 of those new members took control of the endorsement away from the normal club members and awarded it to their candidate.

Emergency at Television City: White Powder in Mailroom

(TMZ) – Police and emergency vehicles arrived to CBS Television City in Hollywood just after 2PM today after someone reported that white powder spilled out of a letter in the CBS mailroom. Law enforcement sources confirmed to TMZ that cops are investigating the scene. The suspicious, white-powder-containing letter was intended for “Dancing with the Stars” … law enforcement tells TMZ. Officials later determined the substance was not anthrax — or any other harmful substance.

Planning Ahead for Traffic During Obama’s Visit

President Obama will be in West Hollywood on Monday for a fundraising event at the House of Blues, followed by a dinner at Fig & Olive on Melrose near La  Cienega.   Few details are being divulged about the visit for security reasons. “Expect street closures and major traffic delays throughout the afternoon and evening in the City of West Hollywood and surrounding areas,” says a statement from the City of West Hollywood. “Please plan ahead to avoid any inconvenience.” The City elaborated a bit in a new statement on Friday, saying “local access will be restricted in some areas of West Hollywood during the afternoon and evening.” UPDATE: The City of Weho announced that permit parking restrictions have been lifted in zones 1 through 7 and in zone 11 (these are the areas shown in green on our map at the top of this post).

Weho Deputies Help Nab Pacquiao Burglary Suspects

We reported Friday in real-time on Twitter about an incident where West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies assisted in the arrest of four burglary suspects at Melrose and Highland.  Later on, we heard from our friends at TMZ that the suspects were said to have just burglarized and ransacked the Hancock Park home of boxer Manny Pacquiao. The incident occurred at about 1PM on Friday and the details are a bit sketchy.  It seems that undercover Sheriff’s detectives were in the area and observed the suspects in the act.  The detectives apparently attempted to detain the individuals in a vehicle several blocks away but the suspects bailed out and a foot pursuit ensued. Sheriff’s and LAPD helicopters were on the scene and coordinated between agencies as LAPD units from the Hollywood and Wilshire areas and deputies from West Hollywood responded to surround and contain the area.  The suspects had scattered and went into hiding in backyards, garages and sheds.  They were quickly located and taken into custody. Both Highland and Melrose were closed to traffic for a short time as the incident was underway. Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker told the L.A. Times that the deputies were in the area, located in the City of Los Angeles, on an investigation of a crime that had occurred in an area patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department.  He did not elaborate on what that investigation was about.