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WeHo Invites Community Input With New ‘Vision 2050’ Survey

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is inviting community members to participate in its ‘West Hollywood Vision 2050’ survey.

Vision 2050 is the City of West Hollywood’s planning process for its forthcoming 30-year strategic plan, which will be developed by community members and City staff.

The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and is available at www.weho.org/vision2050; it will be posted until December 6, 2019.

Strategic planning is a collaborative process that empowers a community to address issues, examine trends, assess capabilities, re-examine purpose, and define a new direction.

In order to adhere to as many voices as possible, the Vision 2050 process will include public outreach and engagement efforts, including data fellows interacting with West Hollywood stakeholders and a variety of community visioning workshops for residents, businesses, community members, social service providers, and more.

The process by which Vision 2050 will take form includes three unique components:

  1. Fact-Finding to examine existing conditions and what these conditions suggest about strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats that the Vision 2050 plan must address;
  2. Idea Generation to establish goals that are in present-day conditions but driven by long-term priorities; and
  3. Consensus Building to prioritize themes and identify a set of strategies, and actions in order to achieve the desired outcomes.

The objective of the West Hollywood Vision 2050 strategic plan is to take stock of the City’s current position and, building upon the successes of the City’s past strategic plans, plan effectively for the future. The West Hollywood Vision 2050 planning process will be facilitated by HR&A Advisors and Here LA.

For more than 30 years, the City of West Hollywood has been engaging in the collaborative development of strategic plans in order to shape forward-thinking policies and priorities. The City developed its first strategic plan in 1990.

In 2003, the City launched its second strategic plan: Vision 2020. The development of Vision 2020 included the participation of more than 250 community members and helped shape the City’s Mission Statement, Core Values, and Goals and Objectives.

For additional information about the West Hollywood 2050 strategic plan, please visit here or contact Janet Jimenez, Assistant to the City Manager, City of West Hollywood, at (323) 848-6460 or at jjimenez@weho.org.

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Census 2020 Launches Campaign: ‘Be Counted West Hollywood’

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood, at its regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 21 officially launched its “Be Counted West Hollywood” countdown campaign to Census 2020, which will take place on April 1.

The City’s efforts aim to mobilize community members to take part in the upcoming census and to educate residents and stakeholders about the importance of participating in the census and returning the questionnaire. The United States Constitution mandates that a complete national population count be conducted every 10 years.

“The census provides critical information,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “A complete count will help to ensure that West Hollywood receives a fair share of federal funding and investments and, on a state level, the count will determine California’s apportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s so important that people in our community take part and be counted.”

To ensure that every resident of the City of West Hollywood is counted during the Census 2020, the City is inviting community members to become part of the City-Census initiative as Ambassadors. Ambassadors are an essential part of the City-Census 2020 engagement campaign to ensure a complete count.

Ambassadors will volunteer their time by disseminating a wealth of information across the community to ensure everyone is engaged and knowledgeable about the Census 2020.

Ambassadors are encouraged to engage and inform their respective constituents and social media audiences in a way they feel most comfortable. Ambassadors must either live, do business, or have strong affiliation with the City of West Hollywood; be willing to receive information from the Census or the City and share this information with the public.

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to send an email to Hernan Molina at census@weho.org with your name, address, phone number, and preferred email address to be used by the City-Census initiative.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) in California has estimated that during the 1990 Census, California’s population was undercounted by 2.7 percent; this undercount likely resulted in California receiving at least $2 billion less in federal funds.

There are, however, other impacts beyond reduced financial resources: according to the LAO, the 1990 Census undercount was severe enough that the State of California was shortchanged one Congressional seat. Census staff has projected, based on data from the 2010 Census and from regular surveys, that certain West Hollywood census tracts may have a moderately low response rate.

As a community of just 1.9 square miles, the City of West Hollywood will work diligently to achieve a complete census count in Census 2020.

Here is a brief operational timeline of Census 2020:

  • January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially begins in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
  • January 28 at 5:30 p.m. City of West Hollywood Census Ambassador Orientation online via GoToMeeting. Contact Hernan Molina at census@weho.org for more information.
  • March 12 to 20: Households will begin receivingofficial Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.  
  • March 30 to April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
  • May through July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
  • March 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

The City of West Hollywood has consistently supported legislation that requires the Census Bureau to count every person living in the United States, independent of their immigration or citizenship status and the City has strongly advocated for the importance of including questions about sexual orientation in order to help identify LGBTQ people and families and safeguard their rights and responsibilities.

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Netflix’s EPIC Hollywood Building to Open Soon on Sunset

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HOLLYWOOD (Urbanize LA) — With construction now complete, Hudson Pacific Properties is preparing to open their latest office building in Hollywood. EPIC, which has been fully leased by Netflix, is located at 5901 Sunset Boulevard.

The 13-story building features roughly 300,000 square feet of office space, structured parking, as well as 18,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Gensler designed the vertically stacked tower, which features multiple terraces that provide 27,000 square feet of usable outdoor space.

Original plans called for an 18-story tower, however after the threat of a lawsuit from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, HPP agreed to scale back the project. EPIC is one of many recent office developments to be […]

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Five-Story Hospital Planned at the Notorious Fairfax Asterisk

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LOS ANGELES (Urbanize Los Angeles) –A surgery center located at the notorious Fairfax Asterisk could be redeveloped with a larger hospital building, according to plans recently filed with the City of Los Angeles.

The project – slated for a nearly 26,000-square-foot site at the southeast corner of San Vicente Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue – calls for the construction of a five-story building featuring a roof deck.

The new building would accommodate medical services including spine-related emergency cases, administrative offices, and X-Ray and MRI machines. The proposed building would be capped by a roof deck, according to a project description.

City records list the project applicant as Dr. Khawar Siddique, a physician at the surgical center that currently occupies the development […]

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