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WeHo City Certified as ‘3-STAR’ Sustainable Community

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has been recognized as a 3-STAR Certified Community by the STAR Communities Rating System (STAR). STAR is the nation’s leading framework and certification program for evaluating sustainability at the local level.

This independent, third-party verification program has recognized the City’s commitment to providing a sustainable, resilient, and livable community. Certification places West Hollywood among the first ranks of sustainable communities nationwide; only three other California cities have earned STAR certification status.

STAR stands for “Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating” and assesses not only environmental programs, policies, and conditions; it also appraises social and economic areas. Eight categories are evaluated: Built Environment; Climate & Energy; Education, Arts, & Community; Economy & Jobs; Health & Safety; Equity & Empowerment; Natural Systems; and Innovation & Process.

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The STAR Certification process provided the opportunity to evaluate past and current City of West Hollywood initiatives, compare the City’s progress alongside other STAR communities, identify areas for improvement, and align the City with proven best management practices inherent in the STAR framework.

Results from this certification process placed the City of West Hollywood well above the median score range needed to qualify for 3-STAR certified status. This strong outcome reflects the City’s robust leadership in sustainability efforts.

West Hollywood’s STAR scores were highest in the category of Education, Arts & Community, and were followed closely by Climate & Energy; Built Environment; and Innovation & Process. Success in these areas stems from the City’s progressive policies, such as its Climate Action Plan, released in 2011, which quantifies greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), identifies action items to reduce impact, and has resulted in a more than 16.5% reduction in GHG emissions since adoption.

As part of its commitment to protecting the environment and building resiliency, the City in 2019 announced Clean Power Alliance as its new electricity provider and opted-in to 100% Green Power, which provides 100% renewable energy as the default option for the community. Other efforts that contributed to certification include programming and policies such as the City’s Arts programs, Green Building Program, Housing policies, Aging in Place / Aging in Community plan, Smart City Initiative, and innovative approaches to community engagement.

The City will use results from STAR certification to strengthen ongoing sustainability efforts, determine the focus for future initiatives, integrate best practices into ongoing operations, and track progress over time.

For additional information regarding the City of West Hollywood’s STAR Certification, please visit www.weho.org/city-government/city-departments/planning-and-development-services/star-communities-certification.

Detailed information and helpful resources about sustainability are available on the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/gogreen. For more information, please contact Robyn Eason, the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Sustainability Planner, at (323) 848-6558 or at reason@weho.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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