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Honors for Gay Hero on First Harvey Milk Day

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Celebrations will take place honoring slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk starting today across the country. Saturday is Harvey Milk’s birthday.

On October 12, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the highly controversial bill (S.B. 572) establishing “Harvey Milk Day” to take place each May 22nd, Milk’s birthday. This makes the slain gay civil rights activist only the second person in state history – in addition to conservationist John Muir – to gain such a designation. The signing came on the heals of President Obama awarding Harvey Milk posthumously, the Presidential Medal of Freedom last August.

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Though Harvey Milk Day is not a state holiday, the measure encourages schools to conduct lessons “remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to the state.”

With the overarching theme of community service, the City of West Hollywood and Equality California will host a Harvey Milk Day event on Saturday, May 22, 2010 starting at 12 p.m. at West Hollywood Park, 647 North San Vicente Boulevard. Inspiring speakers and special guests will honor the legacy of Harvey Milk on what would have been his 80th birthday.

“Harvey Milk was committed to building community to advance equality,” said Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, who partnered with Mayor Pro Tempore John Duran and Equality California on this event. “With all he represents to our LGBT community, I knew it was vital that West Hollywood do something very special. What better way to honor Milk’s legacy than speaking to the merits of community service and calling upon all of us to give back,” continued Councilmember Horvath.

Events scheduled to honor Milk through the weekend include:

Friday, May 21

  • Los Angeles: Villaraigosa speaks at City of LA ceremony on steps of Los Angeles City Hall at 2pm.
  • Los Angeles: L.A. Ladies Ring in Harvey Milk Day – $20, Club Booby Trap, 8 PM-2 AM.
  • San Diego: Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, LGBT Comm Ctr, 7:30-9 AM.

Saturday, May 22

  • West Hollywood: Community Service Day of Action, W. Hollywood Park, 12-1 PM.
  • Los Angeles: Harvey Milk Day Rally, Olvera Plaza, TBD.
  • Los Angeles: Harvey Milk Day Door-to-Door Outreach/EQCA, East LA Service Ctr, 10 AM-3 PM.
  • Los Angeles: Harvey Milk Schools Project Premiere, Fairfax HS, 7 PM.
  • Santa Ana: OC Celebrates Harvey Milk, Yost Theater, 7:30-10 PM.
  • Santa Barbara: Harvey Milk Day Community Picnic, Alameda Park, 3-7 PM.
  • Hidden Hills: Harvey Milk Day Celebration, Osbourne House, 3-6 PM.
  • Irvine:  Irvine AIDS Walk Outreach, The Great Park, 8 AM-1 PM.
  • Palm Springs:  Equality Happy Hour, Hamburger Mary’s, 4-7 PM.
  • Palm Springs: Harvey Milk Day Phonebank, EQCA Office, 1-4 PM.
  • Palm Springs: Desert Stonewall Democrats Harvey Milk Celebration, Look Restaurant, 5-7 PM.
  • Riverside: Harvey Milk Day Door-to-Door Outreach/EQCA, EQCA Office, 11 AM-3 PM.
  • San Diego: Harvey Milk Day Door-to-Door Outreach/EQCA, EQCA Office, 12-5 PM.
  • San Diego: Harvey Milk Legacy Concert, LGBT Comm Ctr, 7 PM.
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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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