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Voting Demonstration at Plummer Park through October

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — As part of the City of West Hollywood’s continuous efforts to increase voter participation, the City is partnering with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to encourage community members to stop by Plummer Park in October to explore the new “voting experience” at a pop-up Demonstration Center.

Participants will be among the first to see and interact with LA County’s new voting system, Voting Solutions for All People. In late September 2019, approximately 200 people attended a Mock Election event at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall to learn about the new voting system.

The Demonstration Center will be set-up throughout October at Plummer Park’s Great Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard and will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from Monday, October 7 to Tuesday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Saturdays from Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beginning with 2020 elections, traditional polling places will be replaced by 1,000 polling centers, which will allow Los Angeles County residents to vote at any one of the polling center locations over an 11-day voting period.

Los Angeles County will roll-out a custom-designed Voting Solutions for All People voting system, which combines the benefits of technology for an easy and accessible voting experience with the security a paper ballot. In the Demonstration Center participants will experience the new process by casting votes on non-political issues such as favorite songs, parks, or animals for an entirely non-partisan election.

The new voting system will feature a Ballot Marking Device, which makes it easier for voters to customize the voting experience to fit needs. Voters can access 13 languages, adjust the touchscreen to a comfortable angle, change the display settings such as text size and contrast, or go through the ballot using the audio headset and control pad.

A paper ballot is required to use the Ballot Marking Device. Security remains a top priority for LA County, so devices are not connected to a network or to the internet. Easy-to-follow instructions can guide any voter through the voting process without the need for assistance. Staff members from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office will be on-hand to answer questions at the Demonstration Center.

Voter registration forms may be obtained at West Hollywood City Hall during regular hours and at the Demonstration Center. The City’s elections page, www.weho.org/elections, provides detailed election information and links to the California Secretary of State’s Voter Registration page, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website, and links to find specific information about how to apply to vote by mail, a polling place locator, and sample ballots.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s City Clerk’s Office at (323) 848-6409, visit the City’s Elections page at www.weho.org/elections, or call the California Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline toll-free at (800) 345-VOTE (8683). For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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LA traffic Deaths Stay High: Officials Plead ‘Stop Texting’

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As L.A. traffic deaths stay high, officials plead with drivers to stop texting

LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Advocates staging a “die-in” on the steps of L.A. City Hall in December to protest a lack of progress on the city’s goal of eliminating traffic deaths on city streets by 2025.

In the fourth full year of a program designed to eliminate traffic fatalities on Los Angeles streets, the number of people killed in car crashes stayed stubbornly high, early data show.

Last year, 244 people were killed in traffic collisions on city streets, a decrease of 0.8% compared to 2018, according to preliminary figures from the city. The victims included 134 people who were walking and `19 people biking.

The data may change slightly with additional analysis, officials said. But the early figures suggest another year […]

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City Hall Came to WeHo Park for Pop-Up Community Meetup

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (WeHo Times) — The City of West Hollywood brought City Hall to West Hollywood Park this weekend with the launch of “City Hall to You”, a quarterly series of City Hall community meetups in an effort to increase engagement and accessibility to City Staff.

The community pop-up invited WeHo residents who don’t always have the opportunity to attend council meeting, to speak to City employees who run specific departments in their division.

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon at West Hollywood park on Saturday and the City of West Hollywood provided a festival of information, via tables and interactive booths lined on the walkway alongside the WeHo dog park.

Attendees enjoyed free breakfast burritos and other free giveaways like doggie treats, back scratchers, herb plants and a plethora of reading materials. Photo by […]

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Thousands Turned Out for Women’s March in Downtown LA

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Thousands Turned Out for Women’s March in Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (LA Times) — Thousands of people, some in costume, turned out for the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday morning.

Diminished in number but not in spirit, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to advocate for reproductive rights, immigration reform, environmental justice and other issues as part of the fourth Women’s March.

The crowd congregated at Pershing Square and then marched to City Hall for a two-hour program featuring speakers that included Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass of Los Angeles and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Similar marches and rallies were being held in Washington, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and other cities and towns across the country. By 9:30 a.m., the crowd gathered at Pershing […]

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