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Free Emergency Preparedness Fair at Plummer Park

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — An Emergency Preparedness Fair: Pizza & Preparedness is scheduled for Monday, September 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend and the event is free and no RSVP is required.

The City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department is conducting the fair at Plummer Park Community Center, Rooms 5 and 6, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Representatives from the City’s Public Safety Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s West Hollywood station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department will discuss emergency preparedness.

The program will feature: emergency kit and home evacuation plan training; basic first aid and CPR training; earthquake and West Hollywood fault line education; emergency plans for pets.;information on how to be CERT trained; and, a vendor will be on hand with emergency supplies for purchase.

Did we mention pizza?!

More information about the City’s Public Safety Department can be found at www.weho.org/services/public-safety.For more information, please contact Lily Campbell at (323) 848-6831 or at lcampbell@weho.org.

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Inspector General Oversight Panel Focuses on LASD Policies & Discipline

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission recently hosted its monthly meeting. The Commission listened to presentations from L.A. County Office of the Inspector General and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department as well as public comments.

L.A. County Inspector General Max Huntsman presented examples of information his office has requested from the Sheriff’s Department but has not received. Huntsman expressed concerns with the department’s compliance with internal discipline, secret societies, transparency, hiring and harassment.

“The relationship between the Office of the Inspector General and the Sheriff’s Department is absolutely critical to the work that the Office of the Inspector General is mandated to do, and to the work that the Civilian Oversight Commission has to do in terms of our oversight,” said Patti Giggans, L.A. County Civilian Oversight Commission Chair and Executive Director of Peace Over Violence.
 
Huntsman provided a verbal report on the inquiry into harassment allegations of families impacted by officer-involved shootings. He discussed his office’s lack of access to information and addressed protecting people’s right to grieve around incidents in which their loved ones have been shot.

Huntsman also connected the harassment allegations to the issue of secret societies because a portion of them come out of the East L.A. station.

“This problem has to be resolved,” Inspector General Huntsman spoke of the secret societies. “I hope that the Sheriff’s policy goes into effect soon, I hope that it is enthusiastically enforced, and I hope it is embraced by the deputies’ union.”

“As I’ve said in the past, no deputy had a choice about whether or not to be a part of this structure,” he continued. “These societies have existed for fifty years, and all the deputies who are employed today joined an organization that already had them. It’s a management problem that needs to be addressed.”

Following these topics, Commander Chris Marks, from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Detective Division, presented an overview of the proposed Body Worn Camera policy. He provided a status on the request for proposal, the hiring of additional personnel, the policy development process, and key areas of the policy. View the presentation.
 
The Civilian Oversight Commission’s Executive Director Brian K. Williams announced that the next Commission Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Bienvenidos, affiliate of Hillsides (TELACU building), 5400 E Olympic Blvd., 1st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90022. RSVP.

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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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Join WeHo Elementary MLK Jr. Day of Service Event – Jan 20

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — To commemorate his life and work, the 2020 City of West Hollywood Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event will take place on Monday, January 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Hollywood Elementary School, at 970 N. Hammond Street.

Volunteers are needed to help perform various landscaping, clean-up, painting, and other beautifying tasks at the school. All tasks involve physical labor and volunteers are expected to be available to work a six-hour shift.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to take part and participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch. Space is limited and advanced registration is required to volunteer.

As part of this year’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service, local volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Jewish Family Service’s SOVA Food and Community Resource Program, as well as collecting donations of new and used clothing and shoes for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center on Highland.

Donations will be collected curbside at West Hollywood Elementary School. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day federal holiday as a National Day of Service. Each year, the City of West Hollywood participates in this call to action.

Community partners for this year’s event include Friends of West Hollywood Elementary, West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Anawalt Lumber.

For more information about the 2020 City of West Hollywood Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event, or to register as a volunteer, please call (323) 848-6885 or email lfooks@weho.org.

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