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WeHo Hits Energy Commission Milestone for Local Efficiency Standards

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for local energy ordinances that exceed statewide requirements of the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

The City was one of six jurisdictions recognized for ordinances that focus on building decarbonization — the strategic lowering of climate-changing emissions from buildings.

The City of West Hollywood’s Sustainable Roof Measures ordinance was added to the City’s Green Building Program effective January 1, 2020. New buildings and major modifications over 10,000 square feet are required to include either solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, or a vegetative roof, and certain large-scale buildings must install at least one of three high-achieving green building measures.

The City of West Hollywood joins the cities of Menlo Park, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Monica, and the County of Marin in being recognized by the CEC. Since 1978, California has repeatedly updated statewide minimum building energy efficiency standards as required by state law. After each update, many local jurisdictions have taken advantage of unique authority that allows for the adoption of standards exceeding the state minimum.

Historically, such local ordinances have served as a bellwether for statewide standards, providing a place to test market readiness, drive innovation, and bring down the cost of efficient building technologies. 

Adoption of local standards has gained momentum. The introduction of CalGREEN — the state’s standards for green buildings — sparked the adoption and approval of two dozen local ordinances between 2010 and 2011.

This new wave of local standards with a focus on decarbonization is unprecedented in the state’s history, highlighting the ability and willingness of Californians to innovate and tackle global problems at a local level. 

The standards took effect January 1, 2020. Statewide standards focus on four key areas: smart residential photovoltaic systems, updated and cost-effective insulation standards, residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements to ensure healthy indoor air quality, and nonresidential lighting updates to take advantage of the rapid improvement in LED lighting technology.

In 2015, California lawmakers set a goal to achieve a statewide cumulative doubling of energy efficiency savings and demand reductions in electricity and natural gas end uses by January 1, 2030. The action plan findings show that improved financing options and availability, increased program participation, improved code compliance, and increased equipment turnover is necessary for California to meet its energy efficiency goals. 

The California Energy Commission is leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future. It has seven core responsibilities: developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, increasing energy efficiency, investing in energy innovation, advancing state energy policy, certifying thermal power plants, and preparing for energy emergencies.

For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Green Building Program, please visit weho.org/city.

For more information, please contact Robyn Eason, the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Sustainability Planner, at (323) 848-6558 or reason@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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WeHo Chemsex Town Hall Panel Focused on Meth Crisis in the LGBTQ Community

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (WeHo Times) — “What makes your dick hard?” That was one of the questions that panelist Tom Pardoe, explored at West Hollywood’s Chemsex Town Hall panel this past Wednesday, February 12.

The town hall discussion centered around sex and drugs and why too many in the LGBT community, mainly gay men, turn to dangerous party drugs like meth, GHB, ecstasy and cocaine to reduce inhibitions that allows them to engage in sexual activity that turns them on and is often times stigmatized and deemed shameful.

The Chemsex Town Hall , moderated by West Hollywood council member John Duran and Alexis Sanches, Assistant Program Manager with the Institute for Public Strategies (IPS), attracted a decent crowd of community members.

The panelist were diverse in the politically correct sense, with a mixture of gay, lesbian, […]

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City Council Member Introduces Push for LA to Develop Social Housing

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LOS ANGELES (Urbanize LA) — The City of Los Angeles could be getting into the housing development game, according to a motion recently introduced by Councilmember Mike Bonin.

SVA Architects Citing a study from the California Housing Partnership and Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing, Bonin notes that Los Angeles County needs to add more than 500,000 units of affordable housing simply to meet existing demand from low-income renters.

Given the scale of the current shortfall of low-income and mid-range workforce housing, Bonin contends that the region will never address its needs by relying solely on private sector builders to developer affordable housing through tax credits, subsidies, and zoning incentives.

Instead, Bonin proposes the development of social housing – housing that is both built and owned by the government. But rather than the housing projects […]

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WeHo Opens Nominations for 2020 Rainbow Key Awards – Due Feb 27

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is gathering nominations for its 2020 Rainbow Key Awards. The City’s Rainbow Key Awards recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to the lesbian and gay community.

Nominations may be submitted electronically at: weho.org. Nomination forms are due by Thursday, February 27 at 5 p.m. The awards presentations are scheduled to take place in May.

Since 1993, the City of West Hollywood has presented Rainbow Key Awards to individuals and groups that have gone above and beyond in their service to the LGBT community.

Contributions have come in many forms, including the arts, community service, humanitarian action, sports, medicine, armed services, leadership potential, benefit to the global gay and lesbian community, and more. Past honorees have included activists, artists, civic leaders, educators, community organizations, and many others.

Nominations will be reviewed by the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and recommendations for honorees will be referred to the West Hollywood City Council for final approval.

For those who prefer a hard copy of the form please contact Jeff Book, Staff Liaison to the City’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, at (323) 848-6471.

Forms should be returned to:
Jeff Book, Staff Liaison, Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board
West Hollywood City Hall
8300 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

For more information, please contact Jeff Book, Staff Liaison to the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, at (323) 848-6471 or at jbook@weho.org.

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