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Public Hearing Tonight on Adoption of Weho’s General Plan

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A public hearing with the City Council regarding the City of West Hollywood’s Draft General Plan, Draft Climate Action Plan and Environmental Impact Report is scheduled for 6:30PM tonight. The hearing will be held at West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The General Plan serves as a policy guide for determining the appropriate physical development and character of the city over the next 25 years.

Building height and density are some of the areas that are most controversial in the plan, with some fearful that the plan is too friendly to developers while not doing enough to preserve the existing “urban village” feel of the city.  Proponents, however, feel that increased density and building height is an essential component to maintaining affordability in housing and for making our streets more walkable and pedestrian friendly.

“The Mobility Chapter has some very forward-thinking language,” writes the BikesideLA blog. “[Weho] aims to create a more walkable, bikeable city.  This small, yet centrally-located city can do a lot to change the urban landscape of Los Angeles by setting an example of what’s possible when you promote non-motorized modes of transport for both residents and those that are passing through.”

The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce posted on their Facebook page in support of the plan, saying “The General Plan drafted is ‘business friendly’ and helps to further develop our business community and plan for its future, infrastructure and economic growth. The West Hollywood Chamber supports the adoption of the General Plan and is encouraging all member businesses to come to City Council meeting on Monday, October 25 at 6:30 pm to speak in support of adopting the draft General Plan.”

The process to update the City’s General Plan has been underway since fall of 2007. The process as included community workshops and neighborhood meetings, a General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), which provided input throughout the process, and joint study sessions between various City commissions. The General Plan defines how the City will use and manage its physical, social, and economic resources over the next 25 years.

The proposed Draft General Plan illustrates the city’s goals, policies and implementation measures for a broad range of issues covering almost all aspects of the city. The proposed General Plan includes goals and policies that promote the enhancement of a multi-modal transportation network, prioritize environmental sustainability, and seek to maintain the high level of services to residents.

The Draft General Plan, Draft Climate Action Plan and Environmental Impact Reports are available on line at www.weho.org/generalplan and at the City Clerk’s Office or the Planning Counter at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.

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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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