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WeHo & LGBT Center’s Annual Youth Clothing Drive, City Hall Jan 13–21



City to Host Annual Clothing Drive for LGBT Youth in Need

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood will host its eighth annual clothing drive for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Services program this January.

The New Year is the perfect time to clean out your closets and many local young LGBT people do not have warm winter clothing, nor do they have professional clothing for job interviews or to wear as they start their careers.

The Center is requesting :

  • new packages of socks and underwear
  • Jackets, coats, ponchos, hoodies
  • sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Dress pants, shirts, suits, belts, ties, and blazers
  • new travel-size hygiene items- ie. toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, shaving items
  • new feminine menstrual hygiene products
  • boxes of snack bars (ie. granola)

The City of West Hollywood will be accepting items in collection bins in the courtyard at West Hollywood City Hall, at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, from Monday, January 13, 2020 through Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Gift cards, preferably in $5 denomination, can be left with staff members in the City’s Strategic Initiatives Division at City Hall. Please write the dollar value on the gift card.

If you want to help, but don’t have time to shop or get to the collection location, you can always contribute directly to

Validated parking for West Hollywood City Hall is available in the automated parking garage behind City Hall, south of Santa Monica Boulevard on Sweetzer Avenue. There is also a loading area available for quick drop-offs.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center supports the essential needs of LGBT young people by connecting them with health, mental health and housing services as well as educational, and employment opportunities. The Center is a supportive community and a welcoming safe space for youth to connect.

The City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative organizes the community’s response to homelessness. An important strategy of the initiative is to empower community members to engage and support solutions to address homelessness; this clothing drive is an easy way for the community to participate.

The Homeless Initiative is one part of City of West Hollywood’s social services to improve the quality of life for community members in-need. During its 35-year history, the City has provided millions of dollars in grants to fund programs and services for seniors, people with HIV/AIDS, the LGBT community, people with disabilities, Russian-speaking immigrants, people who are homeless, food programs, alcohol and drug use recovery programs, and health care services for people who are uninsured.

Learn more about the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative at

For additional information, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Strategic Initiatives Division at (323) 848-6302. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

For more information about the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center, please visit

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



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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LA County DA Lacey Honors Four Heroes for Courageous Acts



LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey presented Courageous Citizen Awards to four individuals who intervened to stop violent crimes against others. They assisted prosecutors by agreeing to provide crucial eyewitness testimony in court. The awards were granted on February 12.

The honorees included a West Hollywood woman who came to the aid of a man who was stabbed outside her home. There were two motorists who helped a bicyclist knocked to the ground and threatened by a man wielding two long sticks in South Los Angeles, and a limousine driver who stopped a man from kidnapping a 19-year-old in Pasadena. 

The four individuals being honored had cast aside fear and risked their own personal safety to help victims of violent crime,” said District Attorney Lacey. “Justice prevailed because they stood up for victims who were vulnerable and then agreed to provide essential eyewitness testimony in court.” 

The honorees were recognized at a Courageous Citizen Awards ceremony in Los Angeles hosted by the Rotary Club of Westchester. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office presents these awards several times a year to people who have performed extraordinary acts of valor and selflessness in assisting in criminal prosecutions, aiding victims, preventing crimes or even capturing suspects. 

An award was presented to Sabrina O’Hara of West Hollywood. Ms. Sabrina O’Hara heard a man screaming outside her West Hollywood home on Nov. 7, 2018, and went to help him. She was aiding the man, who had a large gash on his palm and blood on his arm, when she saw the assailant across the street threatening to stab the man again.

Ms. O’Hara told the man to go away and called 911. While she was on the phone, the man threatened to kill her and then fled. Despite the threat, Ms. O’Hara continued to help the man. Authorities located the assailant nearby, and Ms. O’Hara identified him.

She later testified in court, and the defendant was convicted. On June 17, 2019, the defendant was convicted of one felony count each of criminal threats and carrying a dirk or dagger. He was sentenced on June 24, 2019, to six years in state prison.

Maria Nunez, 27, of Los Angeles, and Selestino Penaloza, 38, of Huntington Park also received awards. Ms. Maria Nunez and Mr. Selestino Penaloza came to the aid of a bicyclist knocked to the ground and threatened by a man wielding two long sticks. The duo saw the November 1, 2018, attack from separate vehicles in South Los Angeles.

Mr. Penaloza checked on the bicyclist and followed the assailant, stopping two police officers along the way, who arrested the man. Meanwhile, Ms. Nunez assisted the bicyclist until first responders arrived. Ms. Nunez and Mr. Penaloza identified the defendant for police.

Through their testimony at trial, they helped deputy district attorneys secure a conviction. On May 20, 2019, the defendant was convicted by a jury on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced on Nov. 4, 2019, to 18 years in state prison.

Brandy Mayes, 50, of Riverside was also among the honorees. On July 29, 2017, Ms. Mayes was driving a limousine in Pasadena, when she saw a man dragging a woman by the hair toward his vehicle. She parked her limousine in order to intervene, causing the man to release the 19-year-old woman and flee.

She walked with the victim to a nearby market, called police and stayed at the scene until authorities arrived. Police later located the man and arrested him. Ms. Mayes cooperated with prosecutors and was willing to testify in court, prompting the man to plead no contest to the charges. On Sept. 20, 2018, the defendant, plead no contest to one felony count of kidnapping. He was sentenced on Oct. 24, 2018, to five years in state prison.

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LA Neighborhood Council to Host Primary Election Candidate Forum – Feb 16



LOS ANGELES — On Sunday, February 16th, the Neighborhood Councils of LA City Council District 4 will host a candidate forum in advance of the upcoming March 3 primary election. KPCC Senior Political Correspondent Libby Denkmann will moderate.

Sunday, February 16, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
John Marshall High School
3939 Tracy Street, Los Angeles 90027

Make your voice heard by asking “20 Questions for 2020”: Submit your questions here

This event is from the Los Feliz, Hollywood United, Bel Air – Beverly Crest, Central Hollywood, Greater Toluca Lake, Greater Wilshire, and Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Councils.

Additional support provided by John Marshall High School, the League of Women Voters Los Angeles, and the Los Feliz Improvement Association.

The event is free to attend, but registration is recommended. To register for the event, go to Eventbrite.

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