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Join the Public Facilities Commission’s Annual Tour on Sept 21

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Get an inside peak at the City of West Hollywood’s public facilities.

Join the Public Facilities Commission Annual Tour on Saturday, September 21 at 9 a.m. A bus will be available at the West Hollywood Community Center Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd.

Everyone is invited to jump on the shuttle bus for an exciting tour of selected City of West Hollywood Public Facilities.

Werle Building

The Tour route will include Plummer Park, Formosa Park, and the Werle Building where participants will view the progress of the West Hollywood Park Phase II Project.

The bus will depart from City Hall at approximately 9 a.m. and drop-off will be at approximately 12 p.m.

This will be an excellent chance to check in on construction of the new four-level, 75,000-square-foot Aquatic and Recreation Center which will feature two rooftop swimming pools (one for fitness/competition and the other for recreation), and a multi-sport court with bleacher seating and scoreboards that will accommodate a variety of sports. The building will also feature five community meeting rooms and one conference room, staff offices, a Tiny Tot program classroom, a public access television studio, lockers, and additional parking. 

The event is sponsored by the Public Facilities Commission, which is charged with reviewing the proposed development of all public facilities other than parking and transportation-related facilities including parks, City-owned buildings, the library, cable facilities, landscaping, streetscapes and the Santa Monica Boulevard median.

For more information, please contact Debbie Gonzalez at (323) 848-6511 or degonzalez@weho.org.

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Five-Story Hospital Planned at the Notorious Fairfax Asterisk

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LOS ANGELES (Urbanize Los Angeles) –A surgery center located at the notorious Fairfax Asterisk could be redeveloped with a larger hospital building, according to plans recently filed with the City of Los Angeles.

The project – slated for a nearly 26,000-square-foot site at the southeast corner of San Vicente Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue – calls for the construction of a five-story building featuring a roof deck.

The new building would accommodate medical services including spine-related emergency cases, administrative offices, and X-Ray and MRI machines. The proposed building would be capped by a roof deck, according to a project description.

City records list the project applicant as Dr. Khawar Siddique, a physician at the surgical center that currently occupies the development […]

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WeHo Invites Community Input on 2020 Hart Park Improvements

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood invites community members to take part in shaping the future of site improvements coming to the William S. Hart Park. Community members are encouraged to share ideas about improving pedestrian and vehicular accessibility into the park as well as discuss possible upgrades to existing park amenities.

Beginning in early 2020, a variety of community outreach events will be held at various locations in West Hollywood including Hart Park, West Hollywood Park, and Plummer Park.

A landscape architect will be present at the first community pop-up which will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hart Park, located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue.

A full list of outreach events and more information about Hart Park can be found on the City’s website at weho.org/hartpark

There will also be a series of facilitated community meetings where the City’s selected landscape architect will present renderings that represent how the park may look based on feedback and consideration of the community’s comments and ideas.

The final concepts will be presented for approval to the West Hollywood City Council at a regular scheduled meeting in mid-2020.  These pop-ups and community engagement events will provide opportunities for everyone to learn more about Hart Park, share ideas and comments to improve the park, and meet City staff and other community members who are interested in shaping the future of Hart Park.

The primary focus of the improvements is to provide access to the park for all park patrons by updating existing parking and ramps, improving the dog park surface and amenities, and enhancing security features such as lighting. 

The park currently has amenities available to the public including a fenced-in off-leash dog area, AIDS Memorial, and a water fountain.

The park is surrounded by trees and landscaping. There is also an historic house and a theater used and operated by The Actors Studio. Improvements and upgrades to the existing buildings will be performed in a separate phase of work.

The City of Los Angeles owns the property, but its grounds and structures are long-term leased and maintained by the City of West Hollywood.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Project Manager, Christina Sarkees, at (323) 848-6571, or csarkees@weho.org.

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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WeHo Hits Energy Commission Milestone for Local Efficiency Standards

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for local energy ordinances that exceed statewide requirements of the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

The City was one of six jurisdictions recognized for ordinances that focus on building decarbonization — the strategic lowering of climate-changing emissions from buildings.

The City of West Hollywood’s Sustainable Roof Measures ordinance was added to the City’s Green Building Program effective January 1, 2020. New buildings and major modifications over 10,000 square feet are required to include either solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, or a vegetative roof, and certain large-scale buildings must install at least one of three high-achieving green building measures.

The City of West Hollywood joins the cities of Menlo Park, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Monica, and the County of Marin in being recognized by the CEC. Since 1978, California has repeatedly updated statewide minimum building energy efficiency standards as required by state law. After each update, many local jurisdictions have taken advantage of unique authority that allows for the adoption of standards exceeding the state minimum.

Historically, such local ordinances have served as a bellwether for statewide standards, providing a place to test market readiness, drive innovation, and bring down the cost of efficient building technologies. 

Adoption of local standards has gained momentum. The introduction of CalGREEN — the state’s standards for green buildings — sparked the adoption and approval of two dozen local ordinances between 2010 and 2011.

This new wave of local standards with a focus on decarbonization is unprecedented in the state’s history, highlighting the ability and willingness of Californians to innovate and tackle global problems at a local level. 

The standards took effect January 1, 2020. Statewide standards focus on four key areas: smart residential photovoltaic systems, updated and cost-effective insulation standards, residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements to ensure healthy indoor air quality, and nonresidential lighting updates to take advantage of the rapid improvement in LED lighting technology.

In 2015, California lawmakers set a goal to achieve a statewide cumulative doubling of energy efficiency savings and demand reductions in electricity and natural gas end uses by January 1, 2030. The action plan findings show that improved financing options and availability, increased program participation, improved code compliance, and increased equipment turnover is necessary for California to meet its energy efficiency goals. 

The California Energy Commission is leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future. It has seven core responsibilities: developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, increasing energy efficiency, investing in energy innovation, advancing state energy policy, certifying thermal power plants, and preparing for energy emergencies.

For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Green Building Program, please visit weho.org/city.

For more information, please contact Robyn Eason, the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Sustainability Planner, at (323) 848-6558 or reason@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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