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New ‘Smart Node’ Street Light Re-Imagines WeHo’s Infrastructure

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City Debuts Smart.Node™ Street Light Infrastructure at Two Locations on Santa Monica Boulevard

WEST HOLLYWOOD — With the goal of exploring the future use of street light infrastructure from both a policy and design perspective, the City of West Hollywood has installed two Smart.Node™ street light structures on Santa Monica Boulevard.

The Smart Nodes have been provided by the City’s partner, ENE.HUB, a fully integrated smart city infrastructure provider committed to working with local governments to solve critical infrastructure challenges.

“Cities are never finished and the City of West Hollywood Smart Node Project explores the future use of street light infrastructure ensuring it is efficient, adaptable to future technologies, and an attractive alternative to pole-mounted sensor attachments,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico.

“The Smart Nodes bring a number of benefits to the community, including furthering our sustainability goals with on-street electric vehicle charging and access to real-time environmental data previously unavailable to the City. West Hollywood is committed to being a leader in Smart City innovations.”

Street lights are increasingly becoming a place to test new technological innovations, however as technology proliferates, there will be a point when there is not enough physical space or structural support for more pole attachments.

The City of West Hollywood places strong value on how public space is experienced and believes it is important to consider how new technology, like small cell wireless facilities, can be deployed in a way that is sensitive to the City’s urban design. The modular, integrated design of the Smart Nodes allow for site-specific installation of multiple technology components.

This project is part of the City’s WeHo 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 WeHo Smart City Strategic Plan addresses local and regional urban challenges with a focus on five core subject areas: Sustainability, Mobility, Accessibility, Resiliency, and Transparency (SMART).

The City of West Hollywood’s Smart Nodes project integrates infrastructure and technology to reimagine the digital urban experience. The Smart Nodes provide West Hollywood residents and visitors with smart, innovative and interactive technologies, such as:

  • WiFi to expand free public WiFi coverage 
  • Emergency Help Buttons for those in need of assistance will auto-dial 911 for two-way communication with 911 call centers
  • Environmental sensors capable of measuring temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, ambient noise levels, light level, dust levels, as well as wind speed and direction, and rain fall measurements 
  • Street and pedestrian LED lights to enhance area lighting 
  • Camera sensors measure vehicle and pedestrian counts to help the City analyze traffic and pedestrian flows
  • A multi-colored beacon can be programmed to specific colors for special events
  • Sound system to play public address announcements or music for events 
  • USB and wireless smart phone charging (Smart Node at City Hall) 
  • On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging unit allows two vehicles to charge while parked in EV designated parking spaces. (Smart Node at the Veterans’ Memorial)
  • Co-location space for wireless carrier small cells that will enhance both 4G and 5G service for the community

The Smart Nodes project follows the City’s Smart Bus Shelter and Smart Bus Stop prototypes installed in early 2019. Both of those prototypes also feature interactive innovations, such as:

  • Visual real-time bus arrival information on a digital text screen
  • Audio real-time bus arrival information operated by push button aimed at assisting people with vision impairment
  • Bus stop street name with six-inch letter height
  • USB charging ports
  • Wi-Fi
  • Energy-efficient LED edge lighting

With rapid advances in technology bus shelters/stops and street lights are increasingly recognized in cities large and small as essential ingredients for successful mobility and place-making — a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces, which builds upon a community’s assets, inspiration, and potential to create public spaces that promote people’s well-being.

Smart bus shelters/stops offer enhanced features for pedestrians and transit users alike.

For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Smart City Initiative, visit www.weho.org/smartcity or www.wehosmartcity.org.

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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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