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WeHo City Wins Two Awards From Public Relations Society of America

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood was honored with two top awards recognizing distinction in communications by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Los Angeles Chapter.

The awards were presented at PRSA’s PRism Awards gala on Tuesday, October 15 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. The City took home these honors while facing steep competition from several major public relations agencies, companies, and corporations.

“The City of West Hollywood continues to lead the way among municipal governments in its imaginative efforts to inform our community members in captivating ways,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “These PRSA Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the public relations industry and I’m really proud of our Communications Department, which is so much like Meryl Streep.”

PRSA-LA conferred its highest honor, the PRism Award, to the City of West Hollywood in two categories:

The first PRism Award for Government Marketing recognizes the City of West Hollywood’s free Cityline shuttle service for its innovative branding initiative: New Transit Brand with Public Art. In 2018, the City debuted a brand-new fleet of environmentally friendly Cityline vehicles featuring a sharp new logo and a fresh look featuring the works of incredible artists.

The branding initiative was a coordinated effort led by the City’s Social Services Division, Arts Division, and Communications Department. The resulting brand defines the leading-edge design of Cityline vehicles, which feature refreshed exterior surfaces with artwork from five nationally recognized artists: Ellierex, Kristin Farr, Casey Gray, Jim Houser, and Angie Wang.

The second PRism Award for Owned Media, Public Service Announcements recognizes the City of West Hollywood’s WeHoTV video public service announcement, Recreational Reefer Madness, which strikes a parody tone and uses a campy and over-the-top old-timey newsreel style to inform and educate community members about laws regarding cannabis use.

In 2018, the City of West Hollywood became one of the first cities in the state to permit Adult-Use Retail cannabis sales. With an emerging culture shift related to cannabis, Recreational Reefer Madness and the City’s related Weed Like You To Know effort remind community members that adult-use cannabis is legal in the City of West Hollywood, but that it can’t be consumed everywhere.

Information highlights the City’s support of legal cannabis consumption while also serving to clarify laws regarding consumption in public.

PRSA is the largest public relations organization in the world, with more than 21,000 members nationwide. The Los Angeles chapter (PRSA-LA) is the fifth largest in the country, with nearly 600 agency, in-house, and independent PR professionals across the Greater Los Angeles region.

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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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