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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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LA County DA Lacey Honors Four Heroes for Courageous Acts

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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

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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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City of WeHo Hosts Community Conversation on Housing – Feb 19

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood cares deeply about the housing needs of its residents.

Since 2012, the City has been hosting “Community Conversations on Housing” to engage with residents, renters, property owners, and others about the City’s housing policies and programs.

The last event was on Wednesday, February 5 at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard

The next will be Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

There will be an opportunity to attend this conversation to learn about the City’s housing policies and programs.

A summary of market trends and review of activities and special studies undertaken in the last year will be presented. Participants have an opportunity to provide input, which will inform activities in the coming year.

The City of West Hollywood’s Rent Stabilization and Housing Division is dedicated to programs that promote “the quality of residential life” — a core value of the City. The City provides a breadth of information and services to tenants, owners, and property managers of residential rental properties, which includes information services and written materials.

For additional information, please visit weho.org/rsh.For more information and to RSVP, please contact Tom Trevor, Administrative Specialist at (323) 848-6472 or at ttrevor@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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