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Beverly Hills to Negotiate Future of the Log Cabin with City of WeHo

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The recovery community was in shock yesterday after Councilmember John Duran announced that the beloved Log Cabin building on Robertson is at risk of being torn down. It was apparently at risk after Beverly Hills made an inspection of the property and found it in need of repairs, and also after it was found that some business affairs related to the building, such as a legally binding lease, have been neglected.

The property has, for many years, served as a gathering location for recovery meetings and there was an immediate outcry about the prospect of losing the facility.

Today, the City of Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood jointly announced that the two cities are in discussions to determine a shared approach to the current uses of the building.

Located in the City of West Hollywood, the property is owned by the City of Beverly Hills. Through a recent audit of its property inventory, the City of Beverly Hills discovered there is no lease in place with the building’s current tenant, the Lions Club. In addition, a contractor walked the property and found portions of the building in poor condition.

“Tens of thousands of people have been helped by the 12-step meetings at the Log Cabin on N. Robertson Boulevard over the past four decades; these meetings are a vital resource for the West Hollywood and greater Los Angeles sober community,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “The City of West Hollywood is committed to preserving the availability of addiction recovery support group space and will work with our neighbors in the City of Beverly Hills to explore all available options.”

“We are committed to continued availability of services. This space serves a significant and valuable role for the recovery community and we will examine all potential options,” said West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo.

“Both cities recognize the important work that has occurred at the site and the countless lives that have been changed for the better,” said Beverly Hills City Manager George Chavez. “Our concern is the safety of those within the building.”

The City of West Hollywood is anticipated to conduct its own audit of the building’s conditions in the coming days. In the meantime, the City of Beverly Hills has offered to provide alternative meeting locations for the Lions Club and other organizations that utilize the facility and the City of West Hollywood is exploring options that support the ongoing use and the availability of community and recovery meetings.

The City of Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood will provide updates as discussions progress.

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Mega-fan Campaigns For Princess Leia star on Hollywood Blvd

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HOLLYWOOD (Japan Today)– Star Wars fan Kristin Grady wants the Carrie Fisher to take her place alongside 2,600 stars bearing the names of celebrities along Hollywood’s sidewalks.

Dressed in white robes and sporting Princess Leia’s distinctive spiral bun hairstyle, Kristin Grady walks up and down Hollywood collecting signatures on behalf of her idol.

She believes the late actress Carrie Fisher deserves her own star on the Walk of Fame — and hopes this week’s new “Star Wars” film will boost her campaign.

The conclusion to nine films spanning four decades, “The Rise of Skywalker” will be the last to feature Fisher, who appears posthumously in unused footage from […]

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Whisky a Go Go to Stay Stay on Sunset Strip as Cultural Resource

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Whisky to stay stay on Sunset Strip

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Beverly Press) –On Dec. 16, Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip was officially designated a local cultural resource in West Hollywood. The City Council unanimously gave the final approval for the building as part of its consent calendar.

The Whisky, located at 8901 Sunset Blvd., was built in 1923 in the Art Deco style, but the building is best known as a popular music venue in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

Many popular rock ‘n’ roll bands performed on the Whisky’s stage, including […]

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Harridge Sued a Second Time Over $1B Crossroads of the World Project

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Harridge sued a second time over $1B Crossroads of the World project

LOS ANGELES — Harridge Development Group is going to court a second time over its massive Crossroads of the World development in Hollywood, this time with a local tenant group that alleges the developer illegally coerced renters out of their apartments.

The L.A. Tenants Union and three individual tenants filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, with claims that the Beverly Grove-based developer has violated a condition of the city approving its mixed-use project, which is that tenants have a right to return to the new development without an accompanying rent hike.

The project, which was approved by the city in January , includes 905 new apartments and condos in three high-rise buildings, 308 hotel rooms, […]

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