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WeHo’s Inaugural Eat + Drink Week Kicks Off for 10 Days

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — A special event held Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Sunset Marquis kicked off the first-ever Eat + Drink Week with a taste of what’s in store for the 10-day event happening October 18-27.

West Hollywood Travel +Tourism Board worked with Project Angel Food on the launch. WHTTB’s CEO and president, Tom Kiely, welcomed special guests to share the spirit and motivation behind launching West Hollywood’s original spin on the traditional restaurant week format.

Attendees enjoyed sample menus from Sunset Marquis Hotel’s Cavatina Restaurant and Bar 1200, as well as Lowell Café, the country’s first cannabis café.

As West Hollywood’s version of restaurant week, Eat + Drink Week not only features a variety of dining options from elegant fine dining to late-night comfort food, but also a nod to the craft cocktail culture of the city.

“While we’ve always known that the culinary landscape of West Hollywood is a highlight of a visit here, recent research shows that the restaurants and bars are among the top motivating factors for travelers who choose to stay in our town,” said Kiely.

“With this in mind, as well as the incredible palette of creativity and diversity found in the culinary scene, we felt it was time to celebrate the foodie culture of West Hollywood, with our own twist.”

He added, “The special menus and pricing that participating restaurants and bars will offer are an added bonus to encourage visitors and our neighbors to venture beyond their favorite places and explore the great breadth of options in West Hollywood. There’s no better way to find new favorite places.”

Throughout the event, the WHTTB donated $1 for every Open Table reservation at participating eateries made via the Eat + Drink Week website to Project Angel Food, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers healthy meals to L.A. residents with serious illnesses, who are unable to shop and/or prepare food for themselves. The charity relies on donors and more than 4,700 volunteers to offer this service free of charge.

Participating restaurants include those by acclaimed chefs like Viale dei Romani by Chef Casey Lane (located in La Peer Hotel) and 1 Kitchen by Chris Crary (Located in 1 Hotel), as well as the Lowell Café, serving farm-fresh food and cannabis on the patio.

Cozy neighborhood spots like Gracias Madre, WeHo Bistro and Taste on Melrose welcome with farm-to-table menus of comfort food and an atmosphere that instantly makes diners feel at home, while upscale restaurants along the Sunset Strip showcase the finer side of West Hollywood cuisine – ROKU serving authentic omakase dinners and teppanyaki, Katana specializing in robata Japanese tapas, and BOA with its rich steakhouse vibe.

For throwback Hollywood style, Ivory on Sunset and the Tower Bar and Restaurant – both set in iconic Sunset Strip hotels – bring the glam of eras past.

The renowned Sunset Marquis Hotel’s Bar 1200 serves up premium spirits and corner-table buzz for the “drink” side of Eat + Drink Week’s roster, while Employees Only LA brings a taste of fine cocktail culture to the laidback WeHo scene and LP Rooftop Bar is the spot for post-dinner drinks with city views and Hollywood Hills lights (conveniently located directly above EP Asian Eating House). For those craving poolside cocktails by candlelight, Skybar at Mondrian LA is the perfect setting.

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LA Metro Invites Community to Workshops on NextGen Bus Plan Service

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will hold 12 community workshop meetings in February to gather public input on the agency’s NextGen Bus Plan that will redesign the bus system to meet the needs of riders.

Additional meetings are planned for March and April.

The draft bus service plan emphasizes more frequent bus service on heavily traveled corridors. Under the plan, buses would arrive every five to 10 minutes for 83 percent of current riders compared to 48 percent today.

The number of bus lines running every five to 10 minutes on weekdays would jump from 16 to 29 and from two to 14 on weekends. Other less traveled corridors would include bus service running every 10, 15 or 30 minutes.

The number of Los Angeles County residents who could walk to a particular bus line running every five to 10 minutes would more than double from 900,000 currently to almost 2.2 million.

The draft plan aims to realign current bus service to meet the demands of most Metro riders by consolidating some routes on streets with the highest demand and combining Metro local and Rapid lines with the overall number of stops reduced to improve bus speeds. The end result is a faster door-to-door trip for all riders, whether they currently take Metro local or Rapid lines.

Metro’s bus network carries about 70 percent of the agency’s riders. Surveys, focus groups, online engagement and community events showed that current and non-riders agreed that Metro should focus on providing fast, frequent and reliable bus service.

The draft NextGen Bus Plan also includes capital improvements that the agency is proposing to make — such as traffic signal priority and changing the location of bus layovers — that would help speed up buses.

Meetings will be held in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, Gateway Cities, South Bay and the Westside/Central areas of the region. The public is encouraged to attend any of the following upcoming community meetings during February to share their thoughts on bus service proposals to improve the Metro bus system.

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Los Angeles Trade Technical College Aspen Hall TE-101, 2215 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Accessible via Metro Lines 14, 35, 37, 40, 45, 38, 55, 81, 460, 603; Metro Silver Line, Metro A (Blue) Line Grand Station and Metro E (Expo) Line LATTC/Ortho Station; DASH King-East; DASH ‘D’; DASH Pico Union/Echo Park; Torrance Transit 4X

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th Street San Pedro, CA 90731. Accessible via Metro Lines 205, 246, 950; Commuter Express 142, San Pedro DASH;
Palos Verdes 225

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Marvin Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401. Accessible via Metro Lines 154, 164, 233, 237 744, and Metro Orange Line Van Nuys Station; DASH Van Nuys/Studio City, DASH Panorama City/Van Nuys

Monday, February 10, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. El Monte Station, 3501 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731. Accessible via Metro Lines 70, 76, 176, 267, 268, 487, 577, and Silver Line; Foothill Transit 178, 190, 194, 269, 270, 282, 486, 488, 492, and Silver Streak; El Monte Green Route, Red Route.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Plummer Park 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046. Accessible via Metro Lines 4/704; Weho Cityline.

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Clearwater Building 16401 Paramount Blvd. Paramount, CA 90723. Accessible via Metro Lines 128, 258, 265; Long Beach Transit 21A, 21B.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. East Los Angeles College Ingalls Auditorium, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Accessible via Metro 68, 770, 106, 260, 762; Monterey Park Spirit Bus Routes 1,2, and 5; El Sol Shuttle City Terrace/ELAC

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pasadena Senior Center 85 E Holly Street Pasadena, CA 91103. Accessible viaMetro Lines 177, 260, 501, 762 and Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station; Foothill Transit 187; Pasadena Transit 20, 40, 51, 52

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Los Angeles Metro Headquarters Board Room One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012. Accessible via Metro Lines 40, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 487, 489; 704, 733, 745, 770; Metro Silver Line, and Metro Rail Red, Purple and Gold Lines; also served by LADOT DASH ‘D’, Foothill Transit, Torrance Transit 4x

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Bell Community Center 6250 Pine Avenue Bell, CA 90201. Accessible via Metro Lines 110, 260, 760 La Campana

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Foundation Center, 11633 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90047. Accessible via Metro Lines 120, 207, 757 (stops at corner of Western/Imperial or Western/120th); GTrans2, The Link Athens

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Rose Goldwater Community Center, 21710 Vanowen Street, Canoga Park, CA 91303. Accessible via Metro Local Lines 165, 150, 245/244, 601, and Metro Orange Line Canoga Station

All Metro meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities with special accommodations available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please call 323.486.3876 or the California Relay Service at 711.

Those unable to attend in person can access information on the NextGen Bus Plan by visiting metro.net/nextgen.

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City to Commemorate Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Roe

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board will join with the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (NCJW|LA) for Roe at 47: Brave Past, Endangered Future, a free event to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States, and to reaffirm support for women, the right to choose, and accessibility to healthcare.

#RoeAt47 will take place on Thursday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at the NCJW|LA Council House, located at 543 N. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. #RoeAt47 is an interactive event focused on activism, reflection and movement building. The evening will feature a special “sneak peek” screening of the new short film Jane by award-winning director Natalija Vekic, which was inspired by the Jane Collective, a group of women in Chicago who provided abortions when the procedure was still illegal.

The event will also feature a panel discussion with the filmmaker and cast members Mekenna Melvin, Leah Monnette, Tyra Colar, and Jonetta Kaiser moderated by City of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lindsey P. Horvath.  

The panel discussion will be followed by a briefing about the status of Roe v. Wade with special guest speaker Celinda Vázquez, Chief External Affairs Officer of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. The program will also include interactive opportunities for attendees to take action.

To RSVP please visit tiny.cc//Roe47 or email advocacy@ncjwla.org.

For more information, please contact Larissa Fooks, the City of West Hollywood’s Community Events Coordinator at (323) 848-6413 or at lfooks@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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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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