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Murder in Sneakerland: Man Dead in Unexplained Fairfax Shooting

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FAIRFAX DISTRICT — Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Division are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of a man.

On January 20, 2020 around 2:13 a.m., Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Station responded to numerous calls of “Shots Fired” near the area of Melrose and Fairfax.

When officers arrived they found a blood trail leading Northbound on Fairfax. A crime scene was established and shooting evidence was located in an alley parallel to Fairfax.

CBS LA reported two “men have been detained, including one who drove the victim to the hospital” and that “police are investigating whether the shooting may have possibly stemmed from a drug deal gone bad or a robbery.”

Witnesses reported seeing a male Black wearing a red hoodie sweatshirt running Northbound and attempting to stop Southbound cars.  This male (a shooting victim) was picked up by additional male Blacks in a black sedan that left Southbound.  Officers contacted local hospitals and learned of a shooting victim at a local hospital.  This victim was transported by a private vehicle and had succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Los Angeles Police Department, West Bureau Homicide, at (213) 382-9470.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.  Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Early Voting Begins In LA County Ahead Of March 3 Primary

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Early Voting Begins In LA County 11 Days Ahead Of March 3 Primary

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Rather than a mad dash to the polls on the first day of voting, it was more like a trickle. Los Angeles County revamped its voting system this year in hopes of getting more people to the polls. Instead of opening polling locations for just one day, the count began opening voting centers Saturday that will operate every day leading up to the March 3 primary election day.

“The last time we were lined up out the door this is much better,” said George Gonzalez, who was one of the first to cast his ballot at a West Hollywood location. “It all went very smoothly! I was a little nervous about it because I’m not that good with computers.”

In addition to adding 10 more days for […]

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WeHo ‘Homeless Services Connect Day’ Enables Program Access – March 4

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative will host a “Homeless Services Connect Day” March 4 to provide opportunities for people who are experiencing homelessness to access programs and services offered by an array of local and regional organizations.

While the event is free and drop-in, it is aimed at providing connections to service for people who are experiencing homeless; it is not intended for the community at large. The City is working with local homeless services agencies and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to provide information about the event that can be distributed to community members experiencing homelessness.

The City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative seeks to effectively address homelessness with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response. Homeless Services Connect Day will include programs and services offered by local and regional organizations including: shelter; health and mental health services; job readiness assistance; substance abuse treatment; connection to public benefits; non-profit agencies offering food, showers, clothing, and more.

In addition, there will be no-charge health and wellness services available, such as: flu vaccines; HIV testing; and haircuts.

During the past three years, the City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative, in collaboration with grant-funded community partners, has achieved positive measurable results in addressing homelessness. These results include:

  • Placing more than 80 people into permanent housing;
  • Providing more than 16,700 emergency shelter bed nights to youth and adults;
  • Serving more than 300 formerly homeless individuals with substance abuse recovery programs; and
  • Preventing homelessness for hundreds of West Hollywood residents through a combination of rental assistance programs and intensive case management services for those at risk of homelessness, including formerly homeless individuals and older adults.

A brief video highlighting the efforts of the City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative coordinated outreach teams is available on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/JTa4e9R8-SI

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative please visit weho.org/homeless.

If you are concerned about a community member who is homeless, call the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative Concern Line at (323) 848-6590. If your concern requires time-sensitive assistance during nights or weekends, please call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850. For life-threatening emergencies or criminal activity, call 911.

For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood’s Strategic Initiatives Division Manager Corri Planck at (323) 848-6430 or cplanck@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.


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‘West Hollywood Responds’ to Support Australia Wildfire Recovery

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Drones help track wildfires, count wildlife and map plants

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is encouraging community members to take part in donating to organizations that are organizing recovery efforts in response to the devastating wildfires in Australia.

The City is activating its West Hollywood Responds program to help facilitate contributions from community organizations that are working on aid and recovery. The City has assembled a list of organizations on its website at weho.org.

“Australia was devastated by some of the worst wildfires the world has ever witnessed, with large swaths of the country overwhelmed with damage and destruction.

In addition to the two-dozen people who died, many millions of animals were killed and fire-affected regions are just beginning to recover,” said Councilmember Lauren Meister. “West Hollywood is a community that unites with compassion to respond disasters wherever they may strike. I’m hoping, through the City of West Hollywood’s ‘WeHo Responds’ effort, our community members will support organizations in Australia that are on the frontlines of the massive recovery effort.”

Since September 2019, the wildfires in Australia have killed more than one billion animals, destroyed more than 2,000 homes, and claimed the lives of at least thirty-three people – including 11 firefighters.

Although Australia typically experiences a periodic “fire season” that runs from December to March, this year’s season has been particularly catastrophic and has been fueled by record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought. More than 40-million acres of green landscape have been burned.

This is an unprecedented international crisis in which air quality standards have dangerously deteriorated, and many environmental specialists worry that some of the damage could be irreparable.

West Hollywood’s Core Values include Responsiveness to the Public and Public Safety. The City has a deeply held commitment to actively seeking public participation and to protect the personal safety of the City’s constituents and safeguard the community from the threats of natural, technological, and other hazards.

As such, the City is mindful about the role that local governments and organizations play as they seek to assist communities worldwide affected by recent natural disasters.

In 2005, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood first established West Hollywood Responds as a local disaster relief program developed to provide assistance to the Gulf Coast region following Hurricane Katrina. It has been reactivated multiple times in the ensuing years.

The success of the West Hollywood Responds program illustrated that the City of West Hollywood cares deeply about its citizens and is known for extending this support and respect to communities around the globe.

Some organizations collecting donations to support recovery efforts in Australia include:

  • The Australian Red Cross (redcross.org) is accepting donations to its Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, which has helped to send 1,285 staff members and volunteers to communities affected by the fires and to provide support to displaced people sheltering in more than 69 evacuation and recovery centers. Volunteering roles are also possible.
  • GIVIT (givit.org) is an Australian organization that matches donated goods with items that are specifically requested by victims of the fires. People have asked for things like car batteries, fence posts and gas pumps.
  • Salvation Army Australia (salvationarmy) advises donors to send money instead of goods because of the logistical difficulties of storing and distributing goods in areas affected by disasters. Donations are funneled to various forms of assistance, including mental health support and housing.
  • NSW Rural Fire Service (volunteer/support) includes firefighters and community workers in rural fire brigades that are in the thick of it.  Donations are directed to emergency efforts and nonemergency community work.
  • RSPCA New South Wales (rspcansw.org) has veterinarians, inspectors, and staff currently helping to evacuate animals and livestock from affected areas in New South Wales, and will begin to return to areas where the fires have already burned to assess the damage.
  • The World Wildlife Fund (gifts.worldwildlife.koala) has a virtual adopt a koala program and the Port Macquerie Koala Hospital (koalahospital) is helping rehabilitate koalas and build drinking stations for koalas still in their habitats.

For more information, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or slunn@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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