west hollywood, california


  • [56] West Hollywood was the first city in the country to have a city council with a majority of gay members.

  • [57][58] On February 19, 2001, West Hollywood became the second city in the United States (after Boulder, Colorado) to change the term pet “owner” to pet “guardian” in their
    municipal codes.

  • [50] LGBT community[edit] See also: LGBT culture in Los Angeles In 1984, West Hollywood became one of the first pro-gay municipality regions in the country, with traditions
    and their recognition of acceptance recognized by locals and visitors.

  • [90] Notable people The issue of Paparazzi chasing celebrities is raised regularly and the city participates in meetings with other nearby municipalities such as Beverly Hills
    and Los Angeles to discuss the problem and possible actions to better control the activity.

  • Media West Hollywood News[73] WEHOville Blog:[74] Infrastructure Transportation[edit] Traffic congestion, public transport and parking are critical issues in the city due
    to its location between access to areas such as Greater Hollywood to the east and the San Fernando Valley to the north and the area of the Los Angeles West Side, with the Hollywood Hills creating a natural impediment to the north.

  • La Fontaine Building (apartments) in 1982 Due to the expiration of rent control protections in L.A., a coalition of gay men, Russian Jews, and the elderly successfully held
    a vote to officially incorporate the City of West Hollywood in 1984; by electing a city council with an openly gay majority and immediately passing a series of rent control measures to protect its longtime citizens.

  • [54] In 2018, America’s first city-wide Bi Pride event was held in West Hollywood.

  • [42][43] On August 20, 2020, the Original Cannabis Cafe (previously known as The Lowell Cafe in West Hollywood) became America’s first restaurant allowed to serve legal marijuana
    to open in California.

  • On September 6, 2011, the City of West Hollywood demolished that building, which aroused controversy among some community members, including the architect’s wife.

  • Students living in the Los Angeles area known as Beverly Hills Post Office, usually attend West Hollywood Elementary but then go to Emerson Middle School.

  • [14] In a controversial decision, in 1925 Sherman adopted “West Hollywood”, “…a moniker pioneered earlier in the decade by the West Hollywood Realty Board” as its informal
    name, though it remained under the governance of Los Angeles County.

  • [76] The Public Relations Society of America Los Angeles Chapter (PRSA-LA) has recognized the City of West Hollywood with a PRism Award of Excellence in the category of New
    Product/Service Launch for the city’s kick-off campaign for the PickUp.

  • [59] With West Hollywood being one of the most prominent gay-friendly cities in the United States, Proposition 8 had a higher rate of rejection than it did in any other city
    in Los Angeles County: 86% of the city voted against the amendment, which restricted marriage to heterosexual couples.

  • Despite several annexation attempts, the town elected not to become part of the City of Los Angeles.

  • One City One Pride is an LGBT Arts Festival held during the month of June in West Hollywood.

  • [17][18][19] The Gauntlet began in November 1975, with its original location in Ward’s West Hollywood home, but on the evening of Friday, November 17, 1978, it celebrated
    the grand opening of its first commercial location at 8720 Santa Monica Boulevard (also in West Hollywood).

  • [20]West Hollywood then immediately adopted one of the strongest rent control laws in the nation.

  • This land passed through the hands of various owners during the next one hundred years, and it was called names such as “La Brea” and “Plummer” that are listed in historical

  • It became one of eight establishments granted a cannabis consumption license in West Hollywood.

  • The Center for Early Education and Pacific Hills School are private schools in West Hollywood.

  • [38] West Hollywood’s first four dispensaries, Alternative Herbal Health Services, Los Angeles Patients and Caregivers Group, Zen Healing and MedMen WeHo, were granted temporary
    extensions in June 2019 to operate as retail businesses through the remainder of the year.

  • [45] The West Hollywood Book Fair has been held in the fall since 2001.

  • [103] The sign was put up and taken down several times over the next 14 years, but the practice ended in December 1984, days after the city voted itself into existence.

  • [14] For many decades, the area that is now the city of West Hollywood was an unincorporated area in the midst of Los Angeles.

  • Whisky a Go-Go on the Sunset Strip Notable business and attractions in West Hollywood include: The Sunset Strip Hotels such as Andaz West Hollywood, Chamberlain West Hollywood
    Hotel, The Charlie, Mondrian, Montrose West Hollywood and the Standard The Pacific Design Center Architecture such as The Schindler House by architect Rudolf Schindler Buildings such as 9200 Sunset by architect Charles Luckman and the old
    Coronet Building (Piazza del Sol) Music venues such as House of Blues (Closed), Whisky a Go Go, The Troubadour, The Roxy Theatre and Viper Room Westlake Recording Studios, where Michael Jackson recorded the albums Thriller and Bad in 1982
    and 1987, respectively Celebrity hangouts such as Soho House, Formosa Cafe (reopened 2019), Whisky Bar, Rainbow Bar and Grill, Palm Restaurant (now located in Beverly Hills): West Hollywood (not to be confused with the chain by the same name,)
    Dan Tana’s, The Abbey Food & Bar and Villa Nightclub Film, television and music production including Samuel Goldwyn Studio (now known as The Lot), home to Oprah Winfrey Network, Funny or Die, and Showtime[100] Several parks including historic
    Plummer Park[101] Comedy Store Sierra Towers, the tallest residential building in the greater Los Angeles area Saint Victor Catholic Church West Hollywood Gateway Project, the city’s largest shopping center that is home to Los Angeles’ largest
    public art piece using projection technology.

  • [15] Other than New York, West Hollywood’s Russian-speaking community is the most concentrated single Russian-speaking region in United States.

  • The largest Halloween street party in the United States (spanning over 1 mile (1.6 km) of Santa Monica Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard on the East to Doheny and the Beverly
    Hills border on the West), the 2007 Carnival was reported to have more than 350,000 people in attendance, with some traveling from other countries specifically for the event.

  • [16] The Gauntlet was a body piercing business founded by Jim Ward in West Hollywood that is considered the first business of its type in the United States[17] and was the
    beginning of the body piercing industry.

  • After incorporation, the event moved to West Hollywood and is typically held the second weekend in June.

  • West Hollywood also seeks to address the health needs of residents who do not have adequate insurance by subsidizing the LA Free Clinic and The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian

  • “Healthy Start West Hollywood” is a program of the city’s Social Services division that introduces pre-Kindergarten through High School age kids to the benefits of good nutrition
    through such activities as collective vegetable gardens and yoga.

  • [8] Country: United States; State: California; County: Los Angeles; Incorporated: November 29, 1984[1]; ; Government: Type, City Council/City Manager[2] ; Mayor: Lauren Meister;
    Mayor Pro Tem: Sepi Shyne; Councilmembers[4]: : Lindsey P. Horvath, John D’Amico, John M. Erickson; City manager: David Wilson[3] ; Area: City, 1.89 sq mi (4.89 km2); Land, 1.89 sq mi (4.89 km2); Water, 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2) 0%; Elevation:
    282 ft (86 m); Population: (2020)[7] ; City: 35,757; • Density, 19,000/sq mi (7,300/km2); Time zone: UTC−8 (Pacific); • Summer: UTC−7 (PDT); ZIP codes: 90038, 90046, 90048, 90069; Area codes: 310/424, 213/323; FIPS code: 06-84410; GNIS feature
    IDs: 1652810, 2412221 History Most historical writings about West Hollywood begin in the late-18th century with European colonization when the Portuguese explorer João Rodrigues Cabrilho arrived offshore and claimed the already inhabited region
    for Spain.

  • [26] The city’s irregular boundary is featured in its logo; it was largely formed from the unincorporated Los Angeles County area which had not become part of the surrounding

  • [48] An annual PowPow is presented by AIDS Project Los Angeles Red Circle Project and the City of West Hollywood.

  • Some people connected with movie-making were attracted to this less-restricted area of the County, and a number of architecturally distinctive apartment buildings and hotels
    were built.

  • [83] Public library[edit] The West Hollywood Library viewed from across the street in front of the Pacific Design Center.

  • The City of West Hollywood sponsors an animal walk and pet appreciation days throughout the year, which have in the past featured pet psychics and dog activities.

  • [53] According to an LA Times article, the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum is the first museum in Southern California exclusively dedicated to gay history.

  • [55] Government Local[edit] The city government is headed by a five-member city council, including a mayor and a mayor pro tem who serve one-year terms.

  • [7] It is considered one of the most prominent gay villages in the United States.

  • The west end of Melrose Avenue, near the Pacific Design Center, is especially known for its exclusive furniture.

  • [46] The Oscars is a major event in the city with a majority of the large Academy Award party venues being located in the city.

  • [51] West Hollywood has become one of the world’s top gay vacation spots for LGBT travelers and is at the center of gay California nightlife, including spas, shopping, and

  • Because gambling was illegal in the city of Los Angeles, but still legal in Los Angeles County, the 1920s saw the proliferation of many casinos, night clubs, etc., along Sunset
    Boulevard (which starts near downtown Los Angeles and runs westward).

  • According to Walkscore, a website that ranks cities based on walkability, West Hollywood is the most walkable city in California with a Walkscore of 89.

  • [47] West Hollywood has many ongoing programs to celebrate the vibrant arts and unique culture of the city.

  • [49] West Hollywood inaugurated the first City Poet, Steven Reigns, during the regular City Council meeting on October 6, 2014.

  • The literary community is acknowledged with the year-round author series WeHo Reads, featuring new and noteworthy authors at the West Hollywood Library with a full day literary
    event each fall.

  • Many working-class employees of the railroad settled in this town.

  • The epicenter of the Thirty Mile Zone lies just blocks to the south of the city, and is the basis for the name of TMZ on TV, a paparazzi footage-based program.

  • West Hollywood subsidizes programs for its growing population of children through a partnership with the USDA and local schools.

  • [10] During the final decade years of the nineteenth century, the first large land reconstruction of the town of “Sherman” significantly accelerated the development of the

  • [12] In what would later become West Hollywood—the town of “Sherman”—was established by Moses Sherman and his partners of the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad, an interurban railroad
    line which later became part of the Pacific Electric Railway system.

  • Some young people from all over the country flocked to West Hollywood.

  • [79][80] The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Hollywood-Wilshire Health Center in Hollywood, serving West Hollywood.

  • Nearly 600 employees and 260 buses in the District 7 fleet of the LACMTA are based in a large facility on prime real estate near San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard.

  • [81] Fire protection in West Hollywood is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

  • During Halloween the week prior to October 31, animals can participate in a costume contest in West Hollywood Park.

  • [63] Education Primary and secondary schools[edit] West Hollywood Elementary School West Hollywood is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

  • The goal of The PickUp is to provide an alternative to the automobile and bring an energetic and playful transit option to one of West Hollywood’s busiest nighttime districts.

  • [13] It was during this time that the city began to earn its reputation as a loosely regulated, liquor-friendly (during Prohibition) place for eccentric people wary of government

  • [104] It was held by Morris Kight for many years and now rests in the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

  • West Hollywood is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States.

  • The K Line extension to the Hollywood/Highland station is likely to pass through, or along, the edge of West Hollywood.

  • [27] West Hollywood benefits from a very dense, compact urban form with small lots, mixed land use, and a walkable street grid.

  • Public health and safety[edit] The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department operates the West Hollywood Station.

  • [citation needed] Residential neighborhoods in West Hollywood include the Norma Triangle, West Hollywood North, West Hollywood West, West Hollywood East, and West Hollywood
    Heights, all of which are only a few blocks long or wide.

  • Private Schools in West Hollywood: West Hollywood College Preparatory School (WHCP) K-12[72] The Center for Early Education Pacific Hills School All of West Hollywood is zoned
    to Fairfax High School; some areas are jointly zoned to Fairfax High School and Hollywood High School.


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