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Friends Raising Funds for Cowboy Arrested at Gold Coast

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Friends of Don Leach, who is perhaps better known as Cowboy, are holding a fundraising drive to try to raise $1,000 to hire an immigration attorney to assist him in his fight to become a U.S. citizen. Friends will have a $5 pot-luck lunch and raffle for a 32 inch television at the Gold Coast on Saturday, November 6 from 12 to 4PM.

Leach was taken into custody by the West Hollywood Sheriff at the Gold Coast bar on September 18th. No charges have been filed against him, according to friends, and he is now only being held because he is not a legal U.S. resident.

Here are the facts surrounding the case, as set out in the event announcement:

  • Cowboy Don Leach was arrested at the Gold Coast on September 18th because of an anonymous informant called the police to say he was wanted for a crime.
  • NO CHARGES have been filed against Don.
  • Don was transferred to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) because he is not a legal U.S. resident.
  • Don has been in contact with the Canadian Consulate. He is NOT wanted for anything in Canada. (He hasn’t been there since he was 18 years old.)
  • Don is being held at the Santa Ana City Jail. His address is “Donald Leach,” #1000004349, Santa Ana City Jail VH2, P.O. Box 2203, Santa Ana, CA 92702.” Letters are welcome.
  • His hearing is scheduled before Judge Anderson at the Immigration Court on Friday, November 19th at 8 a.m. (Immigration Court is located at 606 Olive Street, Los Angeles, Fifth Floor, Room 3.) All are welcome to attend to show support.
  • Don has been living continuously in the U.S. since 1964 (46 years). He has worked in the U.S. all his adult life. His Social Security statement indicates that he qualifies for monthly benefits and Medicare.
  • Don has a good chance of becoming a legal resident. He is petitioning the court to grant him legal “residency” based on section INA §249 of the Immigration Code (continuous residency since January 1, 1972).

To make a cash donation, donate a prize for the raffle, make a food dish for the pot luck, or for more information, contact Paul Hamel at (310) 991-2374. Checks should be made out to the “Gold Coast” with a note stating the donation is for Cowboy Don. Mail the check to the attention of Bob Hasting, Gold Coast Bar, 8228 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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Aid for Renters, Seniors, and Community During Emergency

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has updated its website with information and links to resources for a range of programs to assist residents and businesses, and they say they are implementing additional programs to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.

For the latest City of West Hollywood information, visit weho.org/coronavirus .

The City’s website features information about rental assistance and eviction protections for renters facing economic hardship due to coronavirus; links to resources for workers and businesses; and information for seniors to connect to services from community organizations and find out about basics such as current neighborhood grocery store hours.

There are also details about the Safer at Home LA County Order, which urges all community members to stay at home to reduce transmission of coronavirus. 

As a reminder, West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and is suspending all in-person transactions. All public City buildings 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

The City encourages community members to continue to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information.

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LA County Workers Cut Down Beach Volleyball Nets Due to Coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — The coronavirus pandemic is giving new meaning to the March tradition of cutting down nets … beaches across Los Angeles County are making sure no one plays volleyball.

L.A. County workers are busy cutting down volleyball nets across the Santa Monica, this only hours after California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered residents to stay home to help slow down the spread of the novel virus.

The decision to take volleyball off the table makes sense when you think about it … everyone in a volleyball match touches the ball, and they’re usually sweating and perspiring, which is not a good combination when it comes to COVID-19.

Despite the “Safer at Home” order for California residents, people can still go outside to walk and get exercise … officials urged folks not to congregate at the beach, and now there’s no way to get a volleyball game going.

We’re used to seeing basketball players cut down the nets during March Madness … but that’s just another annual tradition suspended due to the pandemic.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)


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WeHo JFS Service Changes For Seniors and Others Due to Virus

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is taking every precaution to prioritize community health and well being to respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The City is getting the word out about updates regarding services for seniors at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park and services available from Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS)

  • JFS has immediately cancelled all activities at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park until April 10, 2020 as a precaution to safeguard health and safety and JFS will make assessments as the situation evolves;
  • The JFS meal site will provide a frozen meal for each client coming to its meal sites on Monday, March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and the organization anticipates providing additional meals for clients in order to minimize client contact and support recommendations for social distancing;
  • Additionally, SOVA, the JFS food pantry, located on Pico and Robertson Boulevards, continues to remain open for community members.

The JFS West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center remains a vital resource for seniors and people with disabilities and it will continue to be operational at this time. Operated by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS), funded in large part by the City of West Hollywood, and located in the community center at Plummer Park, the Center is a one-stop source of support and assistance.

In response to concerns about coronavirus, JFS requests that community members contact the Center by phone instead of in person. Currently, case managers are reaching out to connect with clients and assess needs. For more information, please call (323) 851-8202.

For additional information about social services in the City of West Hollywood, please call (323) 848-6510.

The City of West Hollywood will post updates on its website at weho.org/coronavirus. The City is updating its calendar and information will be available at weho.org/calendar.

For updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health about Coronavirus, please visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.

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