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Census 2020 Launches Campaign: ‘Be Counted West Hollywood’

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood, at its regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 21 officially launched its “Be Counted West Hollywood” countdown campaign to Census 2020, which will take place on April 1.

The City’s efforts aim to mobilize community members to take part in the upcoming census and to educate residents and stakeholders about the importance of participating in the census and returning the questionnaire. The United States Constitution mandates that a complete national population count be conducted every 10 years.

“The census provides critical information,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “A complete count will help to ensure that West Hollywood receives a fair share of federal funding and investments and, on a state level, the count will determine California’s apportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s so important that people in our community take part and be counted.”

To ensure that every resident of the City of West Hollywood is counted during the Census 2020, the City is inviting community members to become part of the City-Census initiative as Ambassadors. Ambassadors are an essential part of the City-Census 2020 engagement campaign to ensure a complete count.

Ambassadors will volunteer their time by disseminating a wealth of information across the community to ensure everyone is engaged and knowledgeable about the Census 2020.

Ambassadors are encouraged to engage and inform their respective constituents and social media audiences in a way they feel most comfortable. Ambassadors must either live, do business, or have strong affiliation with the City of West Hollywood; be willing to receive information from the Census or the City and share this information with the public.

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to send an email to Hernan Molina at census@weho.org with your name, address, phone number, and preferred email address to be used by the City-Census initiative.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) in California has estimated that during the 1990 Census, California’s population was undercounted by 2.7 percent; this undercount likely resulted in California receiving at least $2 billion less in federal funds.

There are, however, other impacts beyond reduced financial resources: according to the LAO, the 1990 Census undercount was severe enough that the State of California was shortchanged one Congressional seat. Census staff has projected, based on data from the 2010 Census and from regular surveys, that certain West Hollywood census tracts may have a moderately low response rate.

As a community of just 1.9 square miles, the City of West Hollywood will work diligently to achieve a complete census count in Census 2020.

Here is a brief operational timeline of Census 2020:

  • January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially begins in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
  • January 28 at 5:30 p.m. City of West Hollywood Census Ambassador Orientation online via GoToMeeting. Contact Hernan Molina at census@weho.org for more information.
  • March 12 to 20: Households will begin receivingofficial Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.  
  • March 30 to April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
  • May through July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
  • March 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

The City of West Hollywood has consistently supported legislation that requires the Census Bureau to count every person living in the United States, independent of their immigration or citizenship status and the City has strongly advocated for the importance of including questions about sexual orientation in order to help identify LGBTQ people and families and safeguard their rights and responsibilities.

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WeHo Women’s History: Pole Banners Recognize Leadership & Activism – Mar 2

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Michelle Obama will be one of the pole banner honorees

WEST HOLLYWOOD — National Women’s History Month will officially kick-off with City Council unveiling two new women’s history month street pole banners, one honoring feminist leader Zoe Nicholson and the other commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The presentation will be held at the regular meeting of the West Hollywood
City Council on Monday, March 2.

Throughout the month, street pole banners commemorating famous American women – civil rights leaders, and women’s rights activists – will be on display along Santa Monica Boulevard.

Existing street pole banners include: Jane Addams; Susan B. Anthony;
Elizabeth Blackwell; Ivy Bottini; Rachel Carson; Hillary Rodham Clinton; Bessie
Coleman; Midge Costanza; Dolores Huerta; Mother Jones; Coretta Scott King; Mary
Lyon; Wilma Mankiller; Mary McLeod Bethune; Patsy Mink; Inez Milholland; Connie
Norman; Michelle Obama; Alice Paul; Rosa Parks; Eleanor Roosevelt; Margaret
Sanger; Sonia Sotomayor; Elizabeth Stanton; Gloria Steinem; Elizabeth Taylor;
Sojourner Truth; Harriet Tubman; U.S. Congressmember Maxine Waters; Oprah
Winfrey; and Ida B. Wells.

A reception is scheduled at 5:30 p.m.; the unveiling at 6:30 p.m. on March 2nd. 

City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The unveiling will be hosted by the City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board. Admission is free; no RSVP is required.

Free parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure with
validation at the meeting.

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Significant Funding Announced for LA River Restoration Project

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Adam Schiff, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Jimmy Gomez have applauded the first significant federal funding for the LA River Restoration Project, which will revitalize more than 700 acres of open space along a broad stretch of the Los Angeles River from Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles.

“The funding announced by the Army Corps of Engineers this week marks an important milestone in the decades-long effort to restore the Los Angeles River to its original natural beauty,” said Rep. Schiff. “I will continue working with the City of Los Angeles and the Corps to build further momentum on this project to revitalize the river’s aquatic ecosystem and provide much-needed green space for all Angelenos.”

“I am delighted that the Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan provides critical funding to revitalize the LA River,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I have fought hard to ensure the Army Corps has the funding it needs to move forward with this project, and I will keep up that fight in the years to come as we keep working to restore the river in our Southeast communities.  Restoring the LA River in the Southeast will improve the health and quality of life for families near the river, and provide these neighborhoods with much-needed new green space for recreation.”

“Strong federal investments toward revitalizing the Los Angeles River represent a major victory for our constituents, our city’s diverse communities, and the wildlife whose lives depend on the river’s ecosystem,” said Rep. Gomez. “The Los Angeles River provides us with a unique opportunity to prioritize green spaces for all Angelinos while also strengthening the river’s habitat connectivity. I deeply appreciate the efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers to transform this historic waterway.”

“The L.A. River is an iconic treasure — a place that holds a special place in the history of our city and limitless potential for the future of our communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we will have the funding to help our river reach its full potential, restore an incredible natural habitat in the heart of Los Angeles, and connect more Angelenos to this remarkable resource in our own backyard.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2020, which includes $1.857 million for preconstruction engineering and design (PED) activities for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Project, the first federal funding since FY17 and FY16, when the project received $400,000 and $100,000, respectively, for PED activities.

In April 2019, Schiff, Roybal-Allard, Gomez, and 12 colleagues from the Los Angeles area urged the House Appropriations Committee to provide strong funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In the appropriations legislation that passed in December, Congress increased funding for the Corps by nearly 10% for Fiscal Year 2020—a 50% increase from the President’s budget request. This funding supports the Corps’ important ongoing civil works projects across the nation, including the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Project.

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West Hollywood Sheriff Crime Incident Report Feb 10 – 16

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West Hollywood Sheriff's Station Sign (Michael Dorausch/Flickr)


WEST HOLLYWOOD — The following incidents were reported in the City February 10-16.

February 10th
Aggravated Assault – Hands, Fist, Feet
8600 block Beverly Blvd
02/10/2020 @ 1350. A man pushed an elderly woman to the ground without provocation. The victim suffered cuts to her face and a broken bone in her back. #00840

Other Burglary
8500 block Melrose Avenue
02/10/2020 @ 0145. Two men smashed a glass side door to gain access and removed handbags and shoes from a display area and fled the area on foot.

Vehicle Burglary
9100 block Sunset Blvd
02/10/2020 @ 2030-2300. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a laptop computer and clothing from the rear floorboard.

Vehicle Burglary
Doheny Drive / Sunset Blvd
02/10/2020 @ 2130-2300. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing earphones and a vaping pen from the rear floorboard.

February 11th
Grand Theft
1300 block N Hayworth Avenue
02/11/2020 @ 2000-0745. An unknown suspect removed a pair of sunglasses from the glove box and a pair of shoes from the trunk of the unlocked vehicle.

Vehicle Burglary
1300 block Harper Avenue
02/11/2020 @ 2359. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed property from the back seat.

Vehicle Burglary
8400 block Melrose Avenue
02/11/2020 @ 2000-2200. An unknown suspect smashed the front and back passenger’s side windows and the trunk window and removed a Louis Vuitton handbag, perfume, clothing, shoes, leather jacket, and laptop computer from the trunk. Loss $6800.

February 12th
Aggravated Assault – Knife
8600 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/12/2020 @ 1050-1105. A man pulled a knife and threatened to hurt an employee after he was asked to leave the business for causing a disturbance. The suspect fled the area on foot.

Grand Theft
7100 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/12/2020 @ 0840-0845. An unknown suspect removed a laptop computer that was left unattended on the ground.

February 13th
Grand Theft
8600 block Sunset Blvd
02/13/2020 @ 1600. A women removed seven cosmetic packages from a display area and left the store without payment. #00924

Grand Theft
8600 block Sunset Blvd
02/13/2020 @ 1645. A woman removed six jars of facial crème from a display area and left the store without payment.

Vehicle Burglary
1200 block La Brea Avenue
02/13/2020 @ 0530-0700. An unknown suspect smashed the rear driver’s side window and removed a jacket and a purse containing $150 cash and a CDL from the rear floorboard.

Vehicle Burglary
700 block Westbourne Drive
02/13/2020 @ 1916-0710. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed 16 Apple Air Pods from the back seat.

February 14th
Aggravated Assault – Knife
8400 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/14/2020 @ 1625. A man pulled a knife and threw it at the victim during an argument about collecting recyclables. The knife hit the victim in the lower back area and caused a small scratch.

February 15th
Aggravated Assault – Gun (Suspect Arrested)
800 block Westbourne Drive
02/15/2020 @ 2100. A man pointed a handgun at his neighbor and threatened to kill him during a dispute in the hallway of their apartment complex. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies.

Other Burglary
8400 block Melrose Avenue
02/15/2020 @ 0300-0800. An unknown suspect smashed the front glass door to gain entry and broke the lock to a wine refrigerator. The suspect removed several bottles wine.

February 16th
Aggravated Assault – Knife (Suspect Arrested)
8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/16/2020 @ 0120. A woman was stabbed one time in the stomach without provocation by a man while standing inside the club. The victim suffered a small scratch to her abdomen and was treated on scene. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies.

Armed Robbery (Suspects Arrested)
900 block Palm Avenue
02/16/2020 @ 0145. A man and woman were walking WB on Cynthia Street near Palm Avenue when a vehicle pulled to a stop near their location. Three men exited the vehicle, approached the victims and demanded their property. The male victim was punched and knocked to the ground and hit with a handgun. The suspects took a purse from the victim and fled the area in the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped by responding deputies and four men were arrested.

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