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WeHo Received More Than a Dozen Excellence Awards in 2019

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is honored to have been the recipient of more than one dozen awards from local, regional, and national organizations in 2019.

Officially incorporated as an independent city on November 29, 1984, West Hollywood has earned a reputation for its progressive and innovative approach to local government.

The honors received in 2019 confirm that the City remains committed to its founding principles and that it continues to excel in its innovative approach while keeping the interests of the community at the forefront in its planning and implementation of policies.

“West Hollywood continues to be a laboratory for vanguard city design. Once again, City efforts have been recognized by so many outstanding organizations,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “City staff are committed to producing excellent work that responds to our changing world and improves the daily lives of our community members who live, work and play in West Hollywood.”

The National Civic League honored the City with the All-America City Award. The Award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities, recognizes the work of communities in inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses, and nonprofit and government leaders.

In its application and presentation, the City highlighted three project histories demonstrating how it leverages collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation to successfully address local issues: Russian-speaking population outreach,  theOne City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival and the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative.

West Hollywood received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), a nationwide evaluation of municipal laws affecting the LGBT community.

The City received recognition of specific services such as those to LGBT youth, seniors, and homeless people; services to people with HIV/AIDS; and services to transgender people. The City also received bonus calculations for its single-occupancy all-gender restrooms, for its employee domestic partner benefits, and for its openly LGBT elected municipal leaders.

This year’s score once again places the City of West Hollywood at the top of rated municipalities in the nation. HRC rated a total of 506 cities. The City of West Hollywood has received a score of 100 on the MEI for multiple consecutive years.

WeHo’s Communications Department was honored with four awards recognizing excellence in communications by the national City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA).

The awards recognize the communications and outreach efforts of local governments throughout the United States. 3CMA conferred its digital interactive Savvy Award for Overall Website to the City of West Hollywood for weho.org, the City’s official website.

The One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival marketing materials took home the nation’s top city/county award for Graphic Design Marketing Tools.

The City was also awarded two 3CMA Award of Excellence honors. The first recognition was for the promotional video I Sing the Body West Hollywood, and the second was for the City’s video public service announcement, Recreational Reefer Madness.

The City’s Communications Department also earned two top awards recognizing distinction in communications by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Los Angeles Chapter. The City took home these honors while facing steep competition from several major public relations agencies, companies, and corporations. PRSA-LA conferred its highest honor, the PRism Award, to the City of West Hollywood in two categories.
 
The first award was for Government Marketing and recognized the City of West Hollywood’s free Cityline shuttle service for its innovative branding initiative: NewWEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is honored to have been the recipient of more than one dozen awards from local, regional, and national organizations in 2019.

The Innovation Division of the City of West Hollywood’s Economic Development Department received the American Planning Association (APA) Technology Division’s Smart Cities Award for the “WeHo Smart City” Strategic Plan. The Smart Cities Award recognizes and celebrates communities that are using technology to be intelligent about growth, quality of life, inclusivity, sustainability, and resiliency.

The WeHo Smart City Strategic Plan is an initiative to holistically weave technology into the fabric of the city to improve the quality of life, health, safety, and economic prosperity of residents. It focuses on optimizing urban systems by using technology and data to improve service delivery and customer satisfaction while creating new opportunities for engagement and problem-solving.

The City of West Hollywood’s Finance and Technology Services Department was honored by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018.

This is the twenty-fifth consecutive year that the City has achieved this recognition, it is awarded to governments that publish easily readable and efficiently organized financial reports which must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

The Finance and IT Department was also honored by the Municipal Information Systems Association of California with the Quality in Information Technology Practices Award which recognizes outstanding governance and information technology practices.

The City’s Planning and Development Services Department received the Gold Star Energy Leader Award for the City’s advancements in municipal energy efficiency from the Westside Energy Partnership for achieving more than 10% energy savings in the City’s municipal buildings. This award recognizes the energy audits and resulting improvements the City has undertaken to monitor and improve energy
use.

The department was also recognized by the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development with a ZEVe Award recognizing City staff who have gone above and beyond to streamline the electric vehicle charging station permit process in their communities.

The City was also recognized as a 3-STAR Certified Community by the STAR Communities Rating System (STAR). STAR is the nation’s leading framework and certification program for evaluating sustainability at the local level. This independent, third-party verification program has recognized the City’s commitment to providing a sustainable, resilient, and livable community.

Certification places West Hollywood among the first ranks of sustainable communities nationwide; only three other California cities have earned STAR certification status. Eight categories are evaluated: Built Environment; Climate & Energy; Education, Arts, & Community; Economy & Jobs; Health & Safety; Equity & Empowerment; Natural Systems; and Innovation & Process.

The City of West Hollywood’s Public Works Department was recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for Best Transportation Project in the Southern California Region for the implementation of interval crosswalks at the intersection of Santa Monica and Robertson Boulevards.

For additional information, check out weho.org

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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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