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City Clerk Issues Update on Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

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U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker is expected today, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. to rule whether or not he will lift the stay on same-sex marriages.

If the stay is lifted by Judge Walker, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office, the City of West Hollywood will begin performing civil ceremonies immediately on a first-come first-served basis between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Check the city website for updates as they plan to eventually only perform ceremonies by appointment.

To obtain a civil ceremony you must first visit one of the County’s branch offices (see the listing below) and obtain a marriage license. While obtaining your license you must let the County know that you are planning to have a civil ceremony at the City of West Hollywood and ask to pre-pay for your ceremony. Please read the information below for more details on obtaining a marriage license.

Once you have obtained your license, you can go to Kings Road Park – 1000 N. Kings Road – to have your civil ceremony. (Remember – Please bring all paperwork and receipts provided to you by County when coming to City Hall for your civil Ceremony.)

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office branch offices are listed below and at their website: www.lamarriage.lacounty.gov Their marriage information line is 562/462-2137. The closest branch to West Hollywood is the Beverly Hills Branch, highlighted below.

COUNTY BRANCH OFFICES

BEVERLY HILLS – 9355 Burton Way, 1st Floor – (310) 288-1261 – Hrs: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., M-F
Closed the 3rd Wednesday of each month due to court closure.

AVALON – Catalina Branch Court – (310) 510-0026 (Call for appointment)
LANCASTER – 1028 W. Avenue J2 – (661) 945-6446 – Hrs: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., M-F
LAX COURTHOUSE – 11701 S. La Cienega Blvd, 6th Floor – (310) 727-6142 – Hrs: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., M-F
LOS ANGELES – 4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue – (323) 260-2991 – Hrs: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., M-F
LOS ANGELES – 7807 S. Compton Avenue – (323) 586-6192 – Hrs. 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., M-F
NORWALK – 12400 Imperial Highway – (562) 462-2137 – Hrs: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., M-F
VAN NUYS – 14340 West Sylvan Street – (818) 376-3700 – Hrs: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., M-F

If you wish to obtain a marriage license, couples are encouraged to complete the application for a marriage license online at www.lamarriage.lacounty.gov It’s easy and saves time. Click on “Marriage Licenses and Ceremonies.” Once the online application is completed, you must pay for and pick up your marriage license at any location listed on the County’s website. Both couples must be present to pick up the license. Please see the requirements for obtaining a marriage license below.

Please note that once you obtain your license, you must have a ceremony to solemnize your marriage within 90 days. You are not married until you have the ceremony. The ceremony can either be a civil ceremony or a private ceremony performed by someone with the authority to solemnize a marriage. For more information about who can perform a ceremony, please visit the County’s website at www.lamarriage.lacounty.gov

In order to obtain a marriage license:

  • Both parties must provide valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, state ID card, resident alien card). If a person’s ID does not contain their full legal name they must provide a certified copy of their birth record or a social security card.
  • Both parties must appear to apply for and pick up their marriage license. There is a fee of $90 for a public marriage license and $85 for a confidential license. The fee for a civil marriage ceremony is $25. And the fee to have a certified copy of you marriage license mailed to you is $13. (Cash, check or money orders will be accepted. If paying by check, valid identification i.e. driver’s license of the signer is required and must be presented at time of request.)
  • If a person has been divorced within the last two years they must bring in a certified copy of their divorce decree.
  • Parties who have entered into a State Register Domestic Partnership must provide proof of termination, if the termination occurred within the last two years or less. If the termination was more than two years, written proof may not be required, but the date of the termination must be provided at the same time the license is requested.
  • Parties marrying the same partner, who each entered into a State Register Domestic Partnership must present a copy of the Declaration of Domestic Partnership.

Changing your name when you get married
The Name Equality Act of 2007 (AB 102, Chapter 567, Statutes of 2007) gives specific rights to parties at the time they are applying for a California marriage license to choose and list on the marriage license the name that each party will go by after marriage.

Parties are not required to have the same name, nor are they required to change their name. For specific rules and information regarding name changes please visit the County’s website at www.lamarriage.lacounty.gov

For more information, please call our marriage hotline at 323-848-6332 and leave a message. Messages will be returned promptly.

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Mental Health and Coping with Stress During the Coronavirus Emergency

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for everyone. Community members may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely, or frustrated in these circumstances. These signs of stress are normal. It is important for everyone to take care of mental health and well being, especially during LA County Safer At Home orders.

“If you feel lonely or scared, remember: at the moment we may be distanced, but we are not disconnected,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “You’re not alone. West Hollywood is a community and we are all here for one another. Please reach out and connect with friends and loved ones or check into the City’s online recreation options or join a group online. And if you need additional support, seek professional assistance through one of our social service providers or the LA County Department of Mental Health.”

The City of West Hollywood has launched a website area with tips and resources for mental health and well being, which will be updated regularly at www.weho.org/services/coronavirus-covid-19/mental-health-resources

  • The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Line can be reached at (800) 854-7771 or TDD/TTY: (562) 651-2549 and is available to provide mental health support, resources, and referrals.
  • If you’re having thoughts of suicide or you are in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255 or send a text message to 838-255.
  • Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.

California Gov. Newson has released resource guides with information for emotional support and well being:

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health offers strategies for coping during a disease outbreak in EnglishRussian, and Spanish.

West Hollywood is a tech-savvy community and there are a number of apps that can help improve well-being. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has assembled a Guide to Well-Being Apps.

The City of West Hollywood continues to provide social services and is connecting community members to information and resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please call (323) 848-6510 for more information.

The City of West Hollywood is also getting the word out about the LA County Department of Mental Health resources for coping with stress during the coronavirus emergency. Recommendations are available in a document from the LA County Department of Public Health. The Department of Mental Health Access Center Helpline can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 854-7771 or TDD/TTY: (562) 651-2549.

Mental Health and Coping with Stress During the Coronavirus Emergency

The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is advising community members to adhere to Los Angeles County Safer at Home and California State Stay at Home orders, which remain in effect until May 15, 2020. The City urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply, are prioritized for health professionals.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.

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WeHo Reaches Deal on Log Cabin With City of Beverly Hills

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood have reached an agreement regarding the property located at 621 N. Robertson Boulevard – also known as the ‘Log Cabin’ site – which is owned by the City of Beverly Hills but is located in the City of West Hollywood.

With an agreement signed this week, the City of West Hollywood will lease the site from Beverly Hills for a period of twelve months and intends to sublease the premises to the West Hollywood Recovery Center, which will continue to provide the same level of addiction recovery services currently offered at the site.

“We are thrilled to be able to secure this space to safeguard vital recovery services. Tens of thousands of people have been helped by the 12-Step meetings offered at the ‘Log Cabin’ and with the addition of the West Hollywood Recovery Center as the lead nonprofit we can count on another four decades of meetings and community recovery,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “These meetings will remain a vital resource for the West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and greater Los Angeles sober community. The City of West Hollywood has been committed to preserving access to services at this addiction recovery space and this lease agreement with our neighbors in the City of Beverly Hills is a testament to working together to address community needs.”

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our neighbors in West Hollywood to allow the crucial services at the Log Cabin to continue,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman.

The Lions Club of West Hollywood formerly leased the site, but that agreement is now expired. The City of Beverly Hills provided notice to the Lions Club to vacate the premises by March 31, 2020.

“We sincerely appreciate the work of the Lions Club over many years to support community organizations and provide valuable meeting space,” added Mayor Friedman.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency and Los Angeles County Safer at Home Orders, all meetings have been temporarily suspended at the site due to the need to accommodate social distancing requirements. Community members may check for updates at http://thewhrc.org.

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WeHo Orders Parks Closed, Construction Sites to Follow Health Directives

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. Paul Arevalo, the City of West Hollywood City Manager and Director of Emergency Services issued an Emergency Executive Order on April 9, 2020 Implementing Emergency Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19.

Such measures include that all City parks and dog parks are closed to the public and construction sites in the City of West Hollywood shall follow additional requirements for hygiene, sanitization, signage, face covering, and more. The Emergency Executive Order was issued in response to numerous public complaints and City staff-witnessed failures to socially distance at parks and construction sites in direct contradiction to Federal, State, County, and City directives to physically distance, not gather in groups, and stay home except for essential needs in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Failure to abide by public health directives is unsafe and dangerous in this unprecedented time of a worldwide health pandemic,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Health authorities warn that this week and the following week are expected to be critical weeks in terms of controlling spread of the virus.  While construction is identified as an essential activity, the work must be done in a safe manner that is consistent with public health directives and guidance. Face coverings are deemed an appropriate method to protect others from the spread of the virus, as carriers of the virus may show no symptoms and should be worn at construction sites where people may be in close proximity to one another. We are all in this together and must do our part to protect ourselves and others during this time.”

All parks in the City of West Hollywood will be closed to the public.

Full text of the new Emergency Executive Order is available (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44233.

The following is a list of required emergency measures for construction sites in the City of West Hollywood. Failure to abide by these requirements may result in issuance of a stop work order by the Building Official for unsafe and dangerous practices, or any other legal remedy available by law:

  • 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).
  • Shared tools and equipment shall be regularly sanitized.
  • Signage shall be posted 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.
  • 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.
  • Workers shall not gather in groups larger than three during breaks and shall maintain a six-foot social distance during such breaks.  
  • “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.
  • Interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials shall be minimized to allow social distancing. 
  • The trades shall be staggered as necessary to reduce density and maintain social distancing.

Additionally, the Order allows businesses that would normally be considered non-essential retail businesses but have supply of goods that are needed to slow the spread of the virus (e.g. face coverings, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes), to conduct limited retail sidewalk sales of those goods through a revocable (no fee) encroachment permit, provided that the sales are conducted in a manner that is consistent with Los Angeles County Public Health Safer at Home Order.

The Order also allows window coverings to board up windows to secure a business during this period of closure, provided that the coverings are painted and secured to either the inside or outside of the window.

The Emergency Executive Order will remain in effect for the duration of the declaration of Local Emergency, which is currently June 30, 2020 but may change dependent on the evolution of the pandemic.

Full text of the Resolution proclaiming a Local Emergency is available (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44141.

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