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City Launches ‘Open My Business’ Online Portal for Small Businesses

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood announces the launch of its Open My Business portal, a user-friendly online tool powered by OpenCounter, developed to guide small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs through the process of site selection and to help them understand the costs and requirements of opening or expanding a business in West Hollywood.

“Small businesses are the engines of our local economy,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “I’m thrilled to see our City develop innovative online tools that can assist people wishing to open or expand a business. The Open My Business portal helps streamline service delivery to residents by guiding applicants through permitting workflows so they can understand the full scope of their projects before they get started. This cuts down on trips to City Hall — saving applicants both time and money, and getting businesses open sooner.”

Open My Business is built around the City of West Hollywood’s zoning and land use regulations and provides users with a customized “roadmap” of requirements, which is helpful when assessing how to open or expand a business. Intuitive zoning maps reveal where a project is permitted, conditionally permitted, and prohibited in the City.

Automatic permit scoping quickly reveals permit requirements based on site selection. Estimated fees are calculated in real-time as applicants enter project details. On summary pages, required permits are listed by department, with links to relevant permit application material. The project summary can also be downloaded as a PDF and shared with other members of the business team.

There are two specific tools in the Open My Business portal. The first, a Zoning Check tool, will allow users to explore where different business types are permitted throughout the City.

The second, a Permit + Fees Check tool, is designed to help citizens understand the specific fees and permit requirements. Open My Business is powered by OpenCounter, a software firm that combines tech talent with public sector expertise.

This project is consistent with the City of West Hollywood’s Smart City Initiative, which works to holistically weave technology into the fabric of the city to improve the quality of life, health, safety, and economic prosperity of residents.

The Open My Business portal is accessible on the City’s website at www.weho.org/openmybusiness. For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/business.

For more information, please contact Tara Worden, the City of West Hollywood’s Business Development Analyst, at (323) 848-6429 or tworden@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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TikTok Moves into New Gensler-Designed Culver City Offices

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CULVER CITY — TikTok today announced the company is moving into a brand new home… a 120,000-square foot office in Culver City. The move further deepens TikTok’s connection and commitment to the greater Los Angeles area as it continues to grow its U.S. team, including key leaders. 

The new TikTok office spans five floors, which were designed from the ground up to embody TikTok’s fun and joyful personality. Creativity is synonymous with TikTok, so having a space that inspires everyone who walks through the door was a driving force behind the move. The heart of the space is a bright pink staircase that runs through each floor and follows a bespoke mural designed by TikTok’s internal design team.

“Located between the innovative tech companies in Silicon Beach and the streaming content companies at Hayden tract, TikTok truly sits at the intersection of technology and entertainment, physically and figuratively,” said Vanessa Pappas, general manager, TikTok U.S. “While we are a global company, having a permanent office in LA speaks to our commitment to the U.S. market and deepens our bonds with the city, and the talent and companies, that call it home.” 

The new office features a fully open floor plan interspersed with conference rooms, private phone booths, a stadium-style presentation and gathering space, and terraces to support indoor-outdoor work. A TikTok content-creation studio will be completed by the summer of 2020, providing even more opportunities for immersive and entertaining videos from TikTok creators and partners. The office is also dog-friendly, allowing TikTok’s beloved canine creators to visit as well. 

The office was designed in collaboration with global architecture and design firm, Gensler. “The new TikTok LA office is the result of two creative companies out to build a space that was inclusive, collaborative, and fun,” said Chris Mitchell, Design Director, Gensler. “We hope the space gives TikTok’s employees a home to be proud of and a place to inspire more of the entertaining content the app is known for.”

As part of TikTok’s commitment to inspire and encourage a new generation to have a positive impact on the planet, the company selected a LEED Gold-certified building that exceeds California standards. The new office features design and building strategies aimed at energy and water conservation, reducing C02 emissions, and improving indoor environmental quality. 

TikTok continues to be committed to building and growing the app experience for its diverse and growing mix of users, creators, and brands. Last year, the company built out its U.S.-based leadership team with key hires across functions including product, safety, content, music, sales, and operations. TikTok now employs over 400 employees in offices across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and New York. TikTok will also continue to invest in supporting both local and national initiatives relevant to its community.

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A Slightly Unhinged Investigation Into Lisa Vanderpump Conspiracy Theories

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A Slightly Unhinged Investigation Into Lisa Vanderpump Conspiracy Theories

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Vice) — Something is going on over at Lisa Vanderpump’s famed LA restaurants.

In the last week, the star of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, matriarch of the unswervingly-glossy-skinned narcissists on Vanderpump Rules, and business mogul has dealt with a series of unfortunate events befalling her establishments.

The rule of threes suggests that when weird things strike thrice, let alone all in the same place, it probably means something shady is happening—at least if you buy into conspiracy theories. And in the case of anything Vanderpump-related, it’s much more fun if you do. Let’s dive in!

On January 5, a Ferrari crashed into PUMP, her West Hollywood restaurant/bar known for its kind of gross food and ridiculous cocktail names […]

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MedMen Presents ‘New Year, New You’ 2020

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LOS ANGELES (Yahoo Finance) — MedMen Enterprises Inc. has partnered with Los Angeles wellness studios Sweat Yoga, LIT Method, Cycle House, Box Union Robertson and Oraya Movement as part of an enhancement of 2020 community programming.

The goal of the partnership is to discover benefits of wellness and cannabis. MedMen collaborated with Papa and Barkley and Kikoko to provide each studio with samples of their leading cannabis products, as well as including incentives to visit MedMen.

Sweat Yoga, a hot yoga studio with locations in Santa Monica, Playa Vista Westlake Village and Little Tokyo, will partner with MedMen for their Sunday night Yin class at all four of their locations during January and February. Following class, attendees will have the opportunity to sample Positivi-Tea […]

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