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West Hollywood Recognized as a Better Cities For Pets™ Certified City

WEST HOLLYWOOD The City of West Hollywood has been recognized by Mars Petcare as a Better Cities For Pets™ Certified City for being pet-friendly and for helping to keep people and pets together. The assessment report outlines eight City of West Hollywood strengths, including:

  1. Partners across the City of West Hollywood are working together to reduce pet homelessness and get more pets in loving homes;
  2. A local community cat program is humanely reducing overpopulation and keeping cat colonies vaccinated;
  3. The City of West Hollywood doesn’t have breed bans or other significant restrictions for pet ownership;
  4. People in the City of West Hollywood have pet-friendly housing options with minimal restrictions or unreasonable fees;
  5. Local food banks or animal welfare organizations distribute pet food for families in need;
  6. The City of West Hollywood’s local emergency preparedness plans include accommodations for and communication about pets;
  7. The City of West Hollywood has pet-friendly green spaces for people and pets to get healthy exercise and connect with each other;
  8. There are transportation options in the City of West Hollywood for people who need to get around with their pets.

The Better Cities For Pets™ Certified City report also provides inspiration to help make the City of West Hollywood even more pet-friendly in the future including suggestions such as continuing efforts to lead the way on animal welfare and shine a spotlight on pets; continuing its Pet Mayor program; adding signage that makes it easy for pet owners to find pet amenities; making City buildings and facilities pet-friendly to support and demonstrate the benefits of pets at work; and more.

The City of West Hollywood has been on the forefront of the animal rights movement for decades and the City’s commitment to animal rights is one of its legacies. The City has consistently worked to enact leading-edge animal welfare legislation.

In 1989, the West Hollywood City Council passed Resolution 558 making West Hollywood a “Cruelty-Free Zone” for animals. This action was then followed by West Hollywood’s move to secure animal care service policies that included a no-kill policy for stray and abandoned animals.

In 2004, the West Hollywood City Council passed an Ordinance to ban the practice of declawing cats, thereby making West Hollywood the first City in North America to ban this procedure.

In 2008, the City of West Hollywood adopted a Resolution supporting Proposition 2, which led to a statewide standard in the caging of chickens; in 2009, the West Hollywood City Council took a stand against puppy-mills and the sale of dogs in local stores that came from such mills.

The City of West Hollywood’s Ordinance prohibiting the sale of fur established that it is “unlawful to sell, offer for sale, display for sale, import, export, trade, or distribute any fur product by any means anywhere within the City of West Hollywood on or after September 21, 2013.” This Ordinance was approved by the West Hollywood City Council in November 2011 and, in August 2015, the Ordinance was amended.

The City of West Hollywood invites canine members of the community and their humans to sniff out a spot and romp around at the City’s two dog parks at West Hollywood Park. A small dog park and large dog park are located on each side of the park’s basketball courts and each area features expanses of open space with shade trees, small mounds and turf terraces, and water stations. In addition, the City operates the William S. Hart Park and Off-Leash Dog Park located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue.

For more information about Better Cities For Pets™ certification, contact Vyto Adomaitis, the City of West Hollywood’s Neighborhood and Business Safety Manager, at [email protected] or at (323) 848-6531. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

New Behavioral Health Crisis Response Program to Serve the Community

At its regular meeting on Monday, June 26, 2023, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood unanimously approved the creation of the West Hollywood Care Team, a new behavioral health crisis response program to serve the community. The Care Team is a first-of-its-kind city-county collaboration to enhance community access to crisis support and services. 

The City’s Care Team will provide crisis stabilization, safety planning, connection to community resources, and follow-up support. Services will be delivered using an approach based on harm-reduction, trauma-informed, and culturally competent practices. The Care Team will provide mobile response and will ride in unmarked passenger vehicles with no lights or sirens with the aim of providing respectful care to people in crisis. The City expects to launch the Care Team in Fall 2023 with initial operating hours from Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. By year two, the goal is to expand Care Team coverage to 24/7/365 service.

“The development and implementation of our new community-based behavioral health response team in West Hollywood is a huge step forward in meeting the needs of community members when they may be experiencing a mental health crisis,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Sepi Shyne. “The West Hollywood Care Team will bring a whole a new level of sensitivity and a trauma-informed approach that will make our City better poised to respond to needs in way that helps stabilize situations as they occur.”

The City will contract with Sycamores, a nonprofit social service organization with expertise in providing behavioral health programs and services. Sycamores is currently a mobile crisis response contractor for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Alternative Crisis Response (ACR) system. The City will operate the West Hollywood Care Team in collaboration with the regional system to enhance community access to intensive mental health services provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health when appropriate. 

Community members experiencing a behavioral health crisis will be able to call 988 to get support. 988 is the national number for the Suicide and Crisis Helpline. In the Los Angeles region, the 988 call center operator is Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Community members utilizing this service will be able to talk to a trained counselor who will assess the mental health crisis and will provide community resources when appropriate. When the counselors on the phone determine that the crisis needs in-person support, the West Hollywood Care Team will be dispatched to respond to the caller’s location to provide services. The West Hollywood community stands to benefit from the immediate availability of crisis counseling via the 988 call center combined with the City’s added capacity to provide in-person service and care when needed.

The investment in the Care Team advances collective priorities outlined in the City’s Community Safety and Well-Being Strategy (CSWB). The CSWB Strategy helps create a safer West Hollywood community by finding ways to better connect the City’s existing social service and law enforcement programs, making it easier for individuals to access vital support and services when needed. The Care Team will also be a secondary responder to West Hollywood Sheriff’s Deputies and LA County Fire personnel. When a community member needs behavioral health services, the Care Team will be requested for on-scene support. 

The Care Team program will be overseen by the City’s Human Services Division and will collaborate closely with City-funded social service agencies to support community members’ access to local and regional social services programs.

For more information about the West Hollywood Care Team, please contact Elizabeth Anderson, City of West Hollywood Strategic Initiatives Program Administrator, at (323) 848-6839 or [email protected].

For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/careteam. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

Installation of Bus Priority Lanes on N. La Brea Avenue to Begin on Wednesday, July 5

The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about Metro’s planned installation of new bus priority lanes along N. La Brea Avenue in the City of West Hollywood and the City of Los Angeles. The La Brea Avenue Bus Priority Lanes Project will add bus priority lanes in both directions along N. La Brea Avenue from Sunset Boulevard at the north to Coliseum Street at the south to improve transit travel times during weekday peak hours.

The first phase of the project will be installed between Sunset Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard; an extension south to Coliseum Street is anticipated in the future. Though most of the project is in the City of Los Angeles, the first phase includes three blocks of N. La Brea Avenue in the City of West Hollywood from Romaine Street to Fountain Avenue.

Construction is expected to start on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 and will occur on weekdays (Monday through Friday) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Construction activities are anticipated to last between four and six weeks. Metro’s contractor will remove existing roadway striping, restripe curbside lanes, replace existing signs with new bus lane signs, and install pavement markings for new bus priority lanes. When work begins, temporary lane closures will occur on N. La Brea Avenue, between Sunset Boulevard and S. Orange Drive (south of Olympic Boulevard), as necessary. Parking will be temporarily prohibited during work hours on only one side of the N. La Brea Avenue at a time for construction activity. Temporary signage will offer detour information for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

The City of West Hollywood is coordinating with Metro on the implementation of shared bus/bike lanes that were recommended for this segment of N. La Brea Avenue as part of the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan. Within the first phase of the project, including all portions within the City of West Hollywood, new bus lanes will operate on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., replacing the additional general-purpose travel lane that currently becomes available in each direction during peak hours when curbside parking is prohibited.

The goal of the project is to improve speed and reliability for existing transit service on N. La Brea Avenue including Metro’s Line 212 bus service and West Hollywood’s Cityline Commuter service, which provides free rush-hour and Saturday evening service to and from Hollywood & Highland and the Metro B line. Once installed, drivers will be prohibited from driving in the new bus priority lanes during weekday peak hours except when making right-hand turns. The lanes will be enforced by the City’s Parking Enforcement staff, just as existing peak hour no-parking restrictions are today.

Seventy-five percent of bus riders on this corridor do not own cars and use the bus system at least five times per week. Additionally, all routes under consideration for Metro’s future Northern Extension of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line also include a stop at Santa Monica Boulevard and N. La Brea Avenue, so bus lanes may also one day extend the reach of future rail service.For more details about the La Brea Avenue Bus Priority Lanes Project, please visit Metro’s project website at www.metro.net/labrea or review the Metro project fact sheet.

City of West Hollywood Official City Statement US Supreme Court | 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis

“The US Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled today that there is a constitutional right to free speech that allows businesses to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings. The City of West Hollywood expresses profound disappointment in this Supreme Court decision. Equal means equal. There should be no opportunity for our country’s highest court to sideline the dignity and rights of LGBTQ people. We must do better as a nation. In West Hollywood, we embrace a core value of respect and support for all people. Discrimination should never be tolerated. We will continue our tireless fight for full equality for LGBTQ people everywhere.”

City of West Hollywood to Celebrate National Night Out with Events throughout City on Tuesday, August 1

On Tuesday, August 1, 2023, community members throughout the City of West Hollywood will gather on neighborhood streets in a show of unity against crime as the City of West Hollywood once again celebrates the annual National Night Out.

Events such as block parties, barbecues, live entertainment, dancing, and more will take place throughout the City during the evening. Attendance is free. There will be limited street closures during National Night Out; these will occur on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. A list of events, times, and event locations is being regularly updated on the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/nno as the event approaches.

This year marks the 40th Annual National Night Out (NNO), which began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, law enforcement, community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie – and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized against crime.

Nationwide, more than 35 million people in neighborhoods across the country gather outdoors to celebrate their unity and their successes in the fight against crime. Celebrating National Night Out has been a tradition in West Hollywood since the City’s incorporation.

National Night Out 2023 participants include members of the West Hollywood City Council, Neighborhood Watch groups, the West Hollywood Gateway, and the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Commission and Russian-Speaking Advisory Board. Events will be held in coordination with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the City of West Hollywood.

For more information, please contact Jessica Anukam, City of West Hollywood Public Safety Specialist, at (323) 848-6436 or at [email protected]

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

City to Host Free Document Shredding and Electronic and Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The City of West Hollywood will host a free document shredding, electronic and hazardous household waste collection event for residents and businesses. Community members are invited to bring confidential files and unwanted electronics, including hard drives, and household hazardous waste for shredding and recycling. The hazardous household waste collection is for residents only.

E-waste will be handled by certified electronics recycler, Homeboy Recycling, in a way that protects the planet and keeps data safe while creating jobs for people in the region facing serious barriers to employment. All electronics are accepted, with the exception of large appliances, thermostats, light bulbs, and batteries. For more information call (323) 222-3322. Household hazardous waste collection will be handled by Veolia North America. For more information call Sandy Nunez at (626) 594-2146.

The free event will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center employee parking lot, located at 355 N. San Vicente Boulevard. This is a drive-through event. All e-waste, hazardous household waste and documents must be in the trunk prior to arrival.

For more information, please contact Matt Magener, Environmental Programs Coordinator, City of West Hollywood, at (323) 848-6894 or at [email protected].

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

City Accepting Nominations for Disability Service Award Honorees; Applications Due by August 4

The City of West Hollywood and its Disabilities Advisory Board have opened nominations for the annual Disability Service Awards. 

Members of the West Hollywood community are encouraged to nominate in the categories of individuals, businesses, the media, and nonprofit organizations for recognition of work with people living with disabilities, including accessibility issues, attention to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, or advocacy. Please note, current or previous City staff are not eligible to be nominated and no City Advisory Board member or Commissioner who is serving or has served within the prior year can be nominated. For the complete list of the Service Awards Rules and Procedures please click here

Please submit nominations by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2023 using this form:

Disability Service Award 2023 – Nomination Form [DOC]

Nominations may be sent via email to [email protected], or mailed to Joyce Britton – West Hollywood City Hall, Human Services Division, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Be sure to include a contact name and phone number or email address. Award recipients will be chosen at the City’s Disabilities Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 and will be notified shortly thereafter. The awards presentation will be broadcast live on WeHoTV on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 6 p.m. as part of the City’s observance of Disability Awareness Month in October.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on the on the City’s WeHoTV channels and streams. For details, visit www.weho.org/wehotv. Television broadcasts are available within the City of West Hollywood on Spectrum Cable Channel 10. In addition, programming may be viewed using streaming platforms by searching “WeHoTV” within the search functions of AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, AndroidTV, and Roku services. It will also be available live and for replay at the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv.

The City of West Hollywood’s Disabilities Advisory Board was created in 1995 and is comprised of nine members. The Disabilities Advisory Board addresses issues affecting people with disabilities, including ADA compliance, transportation, housing, access to City government, and services for people with disabilities, and makes recommendations to the West Hollywood City Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies, or ordinances of benefit to the constituency. Visit the City’s website for more information: www.weho.org/services/social-services/disability-services/disability-service-awards.For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Human Services Division at (323) 848-6510. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing please contact [email protected] for more information and to request accommodation.


For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Offices at (323) 848-6460. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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