WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has proclaimed the existence of a local emergency in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency. A Resolution with this proclamation was added to the City Council agenda as an Urgency Item and was approved by the City Council of the City of West Hollywood at its regular meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020.
The proclamation enhances the City of West Hollywood’s ability to access emergency resources at the state and federal level to assist with its novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response. A Memorandum to the City Council with this Urgency Item and related draft Resolution are available online.
“The declaration of a local emergency is an essential step at this time in helping the City of West Hollywood respond to novel coronavirus,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “This declaration allows our City to access state and federal resources as we continue to coordinate our response with direction from health officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.”
“As a City, we’ve taken extraordinary steps to cancel or postpone non-essential events and meetings and we’re doing everything we can to safeguard the health of people in our community,” continued Mayor D’Amico. “As I mentioned a few days ago, we’ve seen our community navigate the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and we will get through this if we follow guidelines. Let’s keep doing this the WeHo way, with kindness and empathy.”
The West Hollywood City Council also approved two related Urgency Items:
The first item approves a temporary moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent resulting from financial impact due to the current state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A Memorandum to the City Council with this Urgency Item and related draft Urgency Ordinance are available online: https://weho.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=16&event_id=1184&meta_id=185597.
The second item approves emergency supportive services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and gives the City Manager authorization to direct a variety of services. A Memorandum to the City Council with this Urgency Item is available online: https://weho.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=16&event_id=1184&meta_id=185595
The City of West Hollywood is taking every precaution to prioritize community health and well-being. Based on public health recommendations from lead agencies, and in an effort to safeguard public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that Los Angeles County has ordered all bars, clubs, gyms, theatres, bowling alleys, arcades, and entertainment venues closed and restaurants are required to end dine-in service and provide take out or delivery service only. This includes the City of West Hollywood.
The City has implemented an emergency management plan that ensures continuity of business operations while providing flexibility to many City employees to work remotely in order to ensure employee safety and respond to the family obligations of staff in balancing City business. Effective immediately, West Hollywood City Hall will be closed to the public and is suspending all in-person transactions.
All public City buildings and facilities will be closed. City parks will remain open, but members of the public should follow social distancing guidelines of at least six feet of separation, staying home if not feeling well, washing hands often, and covering all coughs or sneezes. 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 of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs while ensuring the highest degree of regard for public health safety.
On March 12, 2020, the City of West Hollywood implemented a number of actions through June 30, 2020, including postponing or cancelling all non-essential events and meetings, including City-sponsored events, City co-sponsored events, and City-funded events — as well as any events or filming that require a permit. The City of West Hollywood’s decision to cancel and postpone events and meetings is a precautionary measure in response to public health recommendations for social distancing. Details: www.weho.org/Home/Components/News/News/9184/23
The City of West Hollywood will post updates on its website at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
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The City has suspended the following parking regulations until March 31, 2020:
- Permit parking on all residential streets
- Street sweeping enforcement
- All AM/PM rush hour enforcement (including Holloway, La Brea, Fountain, Robertson south of Beverly)
- Blocked Driveways – Per complaint only – Call Parking Enforcement (323) 650-6757
- Loading Zones (commercial and passenger) – Per complaint only – Call Parking Enforcement (323) 650-6757
All citations issued that are not currently delinquent will be extended an additional 30 days from their issue date. Please contact the Parking Violations Bureau at (800) 687-2458 with all citation-related questions. Metered parking is continuing in West Hollywood to ensure business access to curb space. For details, visit www.weho.org/parking
The City’s free shuttle services the PickUp and The Sunset Trip will cease operation until further notice. Cityline Local and Cityline Commuter will continue regular service at this time. For details, visit www.weho.org/cityline.
Dial-A-Ride, the free shared-ride transportation service for residents 62 and older and people with disabilities of all ages, will continue regular service. Trips are scheduled by appointment and advance registration is required. For information call (800) 447-2189 or visit https://www.weho.org/services/public-transportation-transit-options/dial-a-ride
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. JFS requests that community members contact the Center by phone instead of in person. For more information, please call (323) 851-8202.
The City has implemented an immediate moratorium on eviction for to failure to pay rent because of financial loss due to the current state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and housing resources are available for West Hollywood residents in hardship related to this health crisis. For details, please visit www.weho.org/rent.
The City of West Hollywood will post local emergency response updates on its website at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
- Follow @wehocity on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information.
- Subscribe to the City’s E-Notifications at www.weho.org/email.
- For regular updates, visit www.weho.org/coronavirus.
To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:
- Spectrum Channel 10 (in West Hollywood)
- AT&T U-verse Channel 99 (in Southern California)
- SmartTV Apps: AndroidTV; AppleTV; FireTV; and Roku
Mental Health and Coping with Stress During the Coronavirus Emergency
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for everyone. Community members may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely, or frustrated in these circumstances. These signs of stress are normal. It is important for everyone to take care of mental health and well being, especially during LA County Safer At Home orders.
“If you feel lonely or scared, remember: at the moment we may be distanced, but we are not disconnected,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “You’re not alone. West Hollywood is a community and we are all here for one another. Please reach out and connect with friends and loved ones or check into the City’s online recreation options or join a group online. And if you need additional support, seek professional assistance through one of our social service providers or the LA County Department of Mental Health.”
The City of West Hollywood has launched a website area with tips and resources for mental health and well being, which will be updated regularly at www.weho.org/services/coronavirus-covid-19/mental-health-resources
- The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Line can be reached at (800) 854-7771 or TDD/TTY: (562) 651-2549 and is available to provide mental health support, resources, and referrals.
- If you’re having thoughts of suicide or you are in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255 or send a text message to 838-255.
- Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.
California Gov. Newson has released resource guides with information for emotional support and well being:
West Hollywood is a tech-savvy community and there are a number of apps that can help improve well-being. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has assembled a Guide to Well-Being Apps.
The City of West Hollywood continues to provide social services and is connecting community members to information and resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please call (323) 848-6510 for more information.
The City of West Hollywood is also getting the word out about the LA County Department of Mental Health resources for coping with stress during the coronavirus emergency. Recommendations are available in a document from the LA County Department of Public Health. The Department of Mental Health Access Center Helpline can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 854-7771 or TDD/TTY: (562) 651-2549.
The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is advising community members to adhere to Los Angeles County Safer at Home and California State Stay at Home orders, which remain in effect until May 15, 2020. The City urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply, are prioritized for health professionals.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, 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.
WeHo Reaches Deal on Log Cabin With City of Beverly Hills
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood have reached an agreement regarding the property located at 621 N. Robertson Boulevard – also known as the ‘Log Cabin’ site – which is owned by the City of Beverly Hills but is located in the City of West Hollywood.
With an agreement signed this week, the City of West Hollywood will lease the site from Beverly Hills for a period of twelve months and intends to sublease the premises to the West Hollywood Recovery Center, which will continue to provide the same level of addiction recovery services currently offered at the site.
“We are thrilled to be able to secure this space to safeguard vital recovery services. Tens of thousands of people have been helped by the 12-Step meetings offered at the ‘Log Cabin’ and with the addition of the West Hollywood Recovery Center as the lead nonprofit we can count on another four decades of meetings and community recovery,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “These meetings will remain a vital resource for the West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and greater Los Angeles sober community. The City of West Hollywood has been committed to preserving access to services at this addiction recovery space and this lease agreement with our neighbors in the City of Beverly Hills is a testament to working together to address community needs.”
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our neighbors in West Hollywood to allow the crucial services at the Log Cabin to continue,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman.
The Lions Club of West Hollywood formerly leased the site, but that agreement is now expired. The City of Beverly Hills provided notice to the Lions Club to vacate the premises by March 31, 2020.
“We sincerely appreciate the work of the Lions Club over many years to support community organizations and provide valuable meeting space,” added Mayor Friedman.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency and Los Angeles County Safer at Home Orders, all meetings have been temporarily suspended at the site due to the need to accommodate social distancing requirements. Community members may check for updates at http://thewhrc.org.
WeHo Orders Parks Closed, Construction Sites to Follow Health Directives
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. Paul Arevalo, the City of West Hollywood City Manager and Director of Emergency Services issued an Emergency Executive Order on April 9, 2020 Implementing Emergency Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19.
Such measures include that all City parks and dog parks are closed to the public and construction sites in the City of West Hollywood shall follow additional requirements for hygiene, sanitization, signage, face covering, and more. The Emergency Executive Order was issued in response to numerous public complaints and City staff-witnessed failures to socially distance at parks and construction sites in direct contradiction to Federal, State, County, and City directives to physically distance, not gather in groups, and stay home except for essential needs in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“Failure to abide by public health directives is unsafe and dangerous in this unprecedented time of a worldwide health pandemic,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Health authorities warn that this week and the following week are expected to be critical weeks in terms of controlling spread of the virus. While construction is identified as an essential activity, the work must be done in a safe manner that is consistent with public health directives and guidance. Face coverings are deemed an appropriate method to protect others from the spread of the virus, as carriers of the virus may show no symptoms and should be worn at construction sites where people may be in close proximity to one another. We are all in this together and must do our part to protect ourselves and others during this time.”
All parks in the City of West Hollywood will be closed to the public.
Full text of the new Emergency Executive Order is available (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44233.
The following is a list of required emergency measures for construction sites in the City of West Hollywood. Failure to abide by these requirements may result in issuance of a stop work order by the Building Official for unsafe and dangerous practices, or any other legal remedy available by law:
- Handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer shall be installed at entrances to construction projects (unless the work is being conducted in an occupied building with operable restrooms in which case sinks are available for handwashing).
- Shared tools and equipment shall be regularly sanitized.
- Signage shall be posted to instruct workers of social distancing and sanitation requirements, and workers who are sick or exhibit symptoms of being ill or those in recent close contact with someone exposed to COVID-19 shall not be present on the work site. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health standards for social distancing shall apply.
- Face coverings shall be worn by all persons present at the construction site, and when necessary, OSHA regulations for personal protective equipment for the activity being performed shall be followed.
- Workers shall not gather in groups larger than three during breaks and shall maintain a six-foot social distance during such breaks.
- “Choke points” and “high-risk areas” shall be identified where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, and buses, and they shall be controlled so social distancing is maintained, to the extent practicable.
- Interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials shall be minimized to allow social distancing.
- The trades shall be staggered as necessary to reduce density and maintain social distancing.
Additionally, the Order allows businesses that would normally be considered non-essential retail businesses but have supply of goods that are needed to slow the spread of the virus (e.g. face coverings, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes), to conduct limited retail sidewalk sales of those goods through a revocable (no fee) encroachment permit, provided that the sales are conducted in a manner that is consistent with Los Angeles County Public Health Safer at Home Order.
The Order also allows window coverings to board up windows to secure a business during this period of closure, provided that the coverings are painted and secured to either the inside or outside of the window.
The Emergency Executive Order will remain in effect for the duration of the declaration of Local Emergency, which is currently June 30, 2020 but may change dependent on the evolution of the pandemic.
Full text of the Resolution proclaiming a Local Emergency is available (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44141.
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