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WeHo Marks World AIDS Day with Multiple Events

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City Marks World AIDS Day with Multiple Events

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Today is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have passed away due to HIV/AIDS. The international theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Communities Make the Difference.”

World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 United Nations World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention and is held each year on December 1. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments, nonprofit organizations, and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to AIDS.

“Our community plays a vital role in bringing life-saving HIV prevention services to the people who need them most,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “The heart driven response to the AIDS epidemic right from the very beginning remains a driving factor in shaping the mission and core values of the City of West Hollywood every day.”

“Each year we gather to acknowledge World AIDS Day to grieve those loved ones we’ve lost, to support people living with HIV, reduce stigma, and help educate those around us,” continued D’Amico. “Join us and together we can continue the fight and plan to help end the epidemic in our lifetimes.”

Each year, the City of West Hollywood recognizes World AIDS Day with special events and programming:

  • AIDSWatch, the electronic memorial to those lost to HIV, will be viewable on WeHoTV and projected on the exterior wall of the West Hollywood Library beginning on the evening of Friday, November 29, 2019 through the morning of Monday, December 2, 2019;
  • On Monday, December 2, 2019, the annual Candlelight Vigil which follows the City of West Hollywood’s AIDS Memorial Walk on Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and Doheny Drive, will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the northwest corner of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Boulevards and ending at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers on N. San Vicente Boulevard. The Candlelight Vigil is hosted by the Alliance for Housing and Healing;
  • Following the Candlelight Vigil, the annual Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Awards presentation and reception will take place on Monday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The event will feature the Warrior Awards (given to outstanding employees or volunteers of local agencies that offer HIV/AIDS and/or substance abuse prevention and care services); and will also include two presentations: one from the Foundation for the AIDS Monument in West Hollywood; and the other will be regarding the City of West Hollywood’s HIV Zero Strategic Plan

The onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic had a significant impact in West Hollywood. The disease’s elevated infection rate among gay men caused a devastatingly high number of deaths in the City.

The City of West Hollywood was one of the first government entities to provide social services grants to local HIV/AIDS organizations. It sponsored one of the first AIDS awareness campaigns in the country in October 1985 and the City’s response to the AIDS crisis has been recognized as a model for other cities, nationally and globally.

WeHo actively participates in the development of programs that can bring awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and services to people living with HIV/AIDS and in January of 2015, the City announced its vision to become an ‘HIV Zero’ city, implementing a HIV Zero Initiative Strategic Plan.

Support for World AIDS Day programming is consistent with the City’s core values and consistent with ongoing programs meant to commemorate the lives of those who were lost, such as the AIDS Memorial Walk, and the AIDS Monument currently in development.

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WeHo Invites Community Input on 2020 Hart Park Improvements

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood invites community members to take part in shaping the future of site improvements coming to the William S. Hart Park. Community members are encouraged to share ideas about improving pedestrian and vehicular accessibility into the park as well as discuss possible upgrades to existing park amenities.

Beginning in early 2020, a variety of community outreach events will be held at various locations in West Hollywood including Hart Park, West Hollywood Park, and Plummer Park.

A landscape architect will be present at the first community pop-up which will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hart Park, located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue.

A full list of outreach events and more information about Hart Park can be found on the City’s website at weho.org/hartpark

There will also be a series of facilitated community meetings where the City’s selected landscape architect will present renderings that represent how the park may look based on feedback and consideration of the community’s comments and ideas.

The final concepts will be presented for approval to the West Hollywood City Council at a regular scheduled meeting in mid-2020.  These pop-ups and community engagement events will provide opportunities for everyone to learn more about Hart Park, share ideas and comments to improve the park, and meet City staff and other community members who are interested in shaping the future of Hart Park.

The primary focus of the improvements is to provide access to the park for all park patrons by updating existing parking and ramps, improving the dog park surface and amenities, and enhancing security features such as lighting. 

The park currently has amenities available to the public including a fenced-in off-leash dog area, AIDS Memorial, and a water fountain.

The park is surrounded by trees and landscaping. There is also an historic house and a theater used and operated by The Actors Studio. Improvements and upgrades to the existing buildings will be performed in a separate phase of work.

The City of Los Angeles owns the property, but its grounds and structures are long-term leased and maintained by the City of West Hollywood.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Project Manager, Christina Sarkees, at (323) 848-6571, or csarkees@weho.org.

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

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WeHo Green Building Program Orientation Set for Jan 28

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Did you know the City of West Hollywood has updated its Green Building Program? The City staff has been presenting the recent changes and latest updates associated with the West Hollywood Green Building Program (effective January 1).

In 2001, the City of West Hollywood proudly established “Responsibility for the Environment” as one of its core values. The adoption of the West Hollywood Green Building Program in 2007–the first-in-the-state green building code—was one of several ways the City demonstrated its commitment to the environment.

The program required new buildings and remodels to strive towards energy efficiency, improve the health of the environment and community, and help the City shape a sustainable future.

The City led the way then and we’re continuing to lead now. The West Hollywood Green Building Program was updated in 2019 to keep pace with progressive national sustainable building design standards, the State’s Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), and ever-evolving local and regional industry trends.

With input from City staff and community stakeholders, including residents, local business owners, and local industry professionals, the West Hollywood Green Building Program includes flexible development standards, opportunities to innovate, high-achieving measures, and a clear path towards continuing the City’s tradition of leadership in climate action.

There are two opportunities to participate – the first meeting took place on Tuesday, January 14 at West Hollywood City Hall and the second meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Plummer Park.

Please RSVP today at reason@weho.org (walk-ins welcome). For more information, please contact Robyn Eason at (323) 848-6558.

For more information can be found at www.weho.org/greenbuilding.

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WeHo Wellness: Free Food & Nutrition Assistance Plummer Park Jan 30

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A Project Angel Food Thanksgiving

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood offers an on-going variety of free entertaining and educational community events. The Wellness program on January 30 features food and nutrition programs serving the community.

The event will include food demonstrations, nutrition information, free fresh produce, Cal Fresh enrollment assistance, aromatic sachet making, recipes and more.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

For more information, please contact Corey Roskin at (323) 848-6510 or croskin@weho.org or contact Social Services at (323) 848-6510.

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