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Join the City of West Hollywood on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 6pm in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers (625 N. San Vicente Blvd.) for an inspiration event commemorating the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, featuring a screening of a short documentary film Inez Milholland- Forward into Light, a special performance, guest speakers, a silent auction, raffle prizes, a reception and a Voter Registration and Education Pop-Up. This is a historic year, come celebrate your right to vote!
RSVP - http://conta.cc/29xDX2k or call (323) 848-6413
The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about upcoming electrical utility upgrade work that will take place during the next several weeks on Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. The project has been contracted by Southern California Edison (SCE) and Time Warner/Charter Communications and will be completed by VCI Construction.
From Sunday, August 14, 2016 until the end of October 2016, crews will work to install an underground electric utility system so that the power pole-based systems can be removed. This will help to improve and modernize electrical utility systems and will serve to beautify the area in advance of upcoming improvements to West Hollywood Park.
Construction work is scheduled to minimize the impact to local businesses, residents, and traffic flow. Work will be conducted during nighttime hours each week from Sunday night through Friday morning, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Robertson Boulevard will remain open to traffic. No work will take place on Friday or Saturday nights.
During nighttime, there will be lane closures on Robertson Boulevard; most work will take place in the parking lane and southbound lane, so there may be slight traffic delays. Businesses that are normally open at night will be accessible during construction.
During daytime, construction areas will be covered and plated to allow for full use of Robertson Boulevard.
Each day, contractors will post temporary no-parking signs in the vicinity of the construction area. The City of West Hollywood asks that everyone observe the dates and times on posted signs so that construction can proceed in a timely manner and reduce the impact on the community.
The California Public Utilities Commission sets policies for the conversion of power lines from overhead to underground. Southern California Edison supports such projects because of the substantial resulting aesthetic benefits to local communities. The City of West Hollywood’s City Council designated this section of Robertson Boulevard for utility undergrounding work and the project is being done at no cost to the City of West Hollywood or property owners.
For more information about work to move electric utilities underground on Robertson Boulevard, please contact representatives of VCI Construction. During daytime hours, please call Chris Droge at (951) 830-7866; during nighttime hours, please call Paul Graham at (760) 983-9526.
For additional information, please contact Donn Uyeno, the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Civil Engineer, at (323) 848-6457 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
Nominations are underway for the 2016 Creative City Awards! The 33rd annual event is just around the corner, and we need you to nominate those exemplary businesses that contribute to the creativity of West Hollywood.
To view voting criteria, and to nominate businesses for their achievement and innovation in our business community, click here.
The cutoff for nominations is August 19th.
For a list of past winners, click here.
Get your ballot in and recognize the businesses that make West Hollywood great!
Please help Vanity Girl Hollywood win the Audience Choice Award!
Voting is allowed once a day and will be open until the night of the live Beauty Pitch™ 2016 event which will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
The Audience Choice Award winner will be announced from the stage.
To cast your vote, click here.
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT SEISMIC RETROFIT PROGRAM
Residents and Community Members are Encouraged to
Attend to Learn Information about Seismic Safety
Meeting will Take Place on Thu., Jul. 28 at
West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard
City is Developing Seismic Retrofit Ordinance, Following
Comprehensive Citywide Survey of Existing Buildings
WEST HOLLYWOOD, July 21, 2016 – The City of West Hollywood invites residents and community members to a meeting, which will provide an overview of the City’s Seismic Retrofit Program.
The community meeting will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, in the Community Conference Room on the first floor.
The presentation will provide information about the City’s Seismic Retrofit Program and the types of buildings that are included in the City’s forthcoming Seismic Retrofit Ordinance, which is currently in development.
“California is one of the most seismically active states in the nation, yet we still have vulnerable buildings that have still not been retrofitted,” said City of West Hollywood Council member John J. Duran. “In West Hollywood, we’re looking at all of our structures and we’re engaging the community so that we can work together to reduce our vulnerability to the potentially devastating dangers of a high-magnitude earthquake.”
In December 2015, the City’s Building and Safety Division launched a comprehensive seismic analysis and evaluation project with Degenkolb Engineers. During the course of three months, structural engineers surveyed the City’s existing building stock and cataloged every building in West Hollywood.
The City of West Hollywood is a densely populated city with many buildings that are not retrofitted to withstand larger earthquakes. The City’s goal is to take a proactive approach to increase life-safety and minimize damage in the event of a major earthquake. While no building is absolutely earthquake-proof, retrofitting existing buildings will protect the safety of the people who live and work in West Hollywood, and lessen the economic impact following a major earthquake.
For additional information, please contact Cynthia Zabala, the City’s Seismic Retrofit Program Project Manager, at (323) 848-6892 or at email@example.com. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
WEST HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUILDS SUCCESSFUL COALITION TO STOP ANTI-VALET PARKING LEGISLATION IN SACRAMENTO
Contact: Genevieve Morrill
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Hollywood, CA, July 12, 2016 – Prompted by the City of West Hollywood and its efforts to stop Assembly Bill 2586, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce joined with the city to lead a coalition of partner organizations to stop California legislation prohibiting valet use of parking meters in local communities.
Sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), AB 2586 originally passed the California State Assembly with prohibitions which would have had devastating ramifications to a local municipality’s ability to manage its parking needs. Ultimately, the bill as proposed would not have allowed use of meters in front of establishments as valet. As example in West Hollywood, one of the densest populated communities in the Los Angeles area, this restriction would have impacted not only the ability to park 100 or more vehicles per evening with a couple meter parking spaces, but also would have impacted the city’s parking credits programs for new businesses under 10,000 feet, along with newly adopted employee parking programs.
“Valet parking is a cornerstone of West Hollywood’s hospitality economy, and we are watching all levels of government to ensure our business community’s interests are protected,” said West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO Genevieve Morrill, who led organization and outreach efforts.
Through the work of many individual businesses and organizations writing to their legislators, the provisions were ultimately removed from the bill in the California Senate Transportation & Housing Committee after the coalition’s vocal opposition to these restrictions. “Our success in defeating these restrictions in Sacramento is a testament to the partnership between the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the City of West Hollywood to protect our common interests and build a strong community in West Hollywood,” said West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Chairman Keith Kaplan.
“The West Hollywood business community has truly come together to achieve incredible results in the last few months, showing West Hollywood truly has an influential voice in the region and beyond,” said West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Chair, Owen Ward.
The coalition included groups such as the California Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Business Federation, Valley Industry and Commerce Association, Westside Chambers of Commerce (WC3), LA Area Chamber of Commerce, Culver City Chamber of Commerce, City of West Hollywood and other local municipalities and regional agencies, with coordinated communication strategies from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Ted Green of Green Public Affairs and Campaigns provided legislative support to build the successful strategy.
Founded in 1921, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6, non-profit organization which supports and promotes a community environment where commerce can flourish. The Chamber fosters prosperity and champions local business by providing resources and leadership to advance activity through economic development. We advocate and represent business interests to government, while enhancing the quality of community life and promoting the uniqueness of West Hollywood.
Biography: BG Nathaniel s. reddicks
Commander, Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos
Brigadier General Nathaniel S. Reddicks assumed command of Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos on April 1, 2015. He is the first Air National Guard officer to command JFTB, where he is responsible for directing training, mobilization support and installation matters.
General Reddicks’ prior assignment was Assistant Adjutant General for the California Air National Guard, where he was responsible for administrative support and operational oversight of five major field-level organizations comprised of nearly 5,000 military and civilian personnel serving at ten locations within California. In this capacity, General Reddicks served as one of the senior Air National Guard officers responsible for providing trained, equipped and mission-ready forces to support national defense requirements world-wide and emergency response, relief, and recovery operations throughout California.
General Reddicks was commissioned in 1980 through the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. Prior to receiving his commission, General Reddicks served as an enlisted member of the California Air National Guard. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11 General Reddicks served as Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force (South), OPERATION AEROSAFE from October 2001 until June 2002 and was responsible for the security of 15 Southern California airports. In January of 2004, General Reddicks was named Commander of the 146th Mission Support Group. General Reddicks deployed to Iraq in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and was part of the first Garrison Commander Training Team charged with training Commanders and key Logistics/Staff officers of the newly forming Iraq Armed Forces. Upon his return stateside, he provided key leadership to the 146AW during their critical inspection cycle, after which, in January 2006, he was assigned as the Mission Support Group Commander with the 163d Air Refueling Wing - the first Air National Guard Wing transitioning to the Predator Mission. During OPERATION JUMP START, the 2-year deployment of the National Guard to the southwest border; General Reddicks served one year as Commander of the California contingent. In September 2009, General Reddicks was selected to be the Deputy Chief of Staff for the California Joint Staff, followed by a transitional stint as Chief of Staff, Air Division, with subsequent appointment to his prior position.
1977 University of Nevada, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Las Vegas, Nevada
1987 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1997 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2002 Air War College, by correspondence
2013 Ashford University, Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa
1. May 1978 - May 1980, Intelligence Specialist, 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands, California Air National Guard
2. May 1980 - Jul 1980, Officer Candidate, Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tennessee
3. August 1980 - January 1983, Executive Support Officer, 146th Tactical Airlift Wing, Van Nuys, California
4. February 1983 - April 1988, Transportation Officer, 146th Resource Management Squadron, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, California
5. May 1988 - December 1994, Supply Management Staff Officer, 146th Resource Management Squadron, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, California
6. February 1994 - January 1998, Chief of Supply, 146th Logistics Squadron, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, California
7. February 1998 - July 1999, Supply Operations Support Officer, 146th Logistics Squadron, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, California
8. August 1999 - December 2004, Commander, 146th Aerial Port Squadron, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, California
9. January 2004 - December 2006, Commander, 146th Mission Support Group, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, California
10. January 2006 - August 2009, Commander, 163rd Mission Support Group, Air Reserve Base, California
11. September 2009 - April 2011, Deputy Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, California Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Sacramento, California
12. May 2011 - August 2011, Chief of Staff, California Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Sacramento, California
13. September 2011 - Present, Assistant Adjutant General - Air, California Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Sacramento, California
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Meal (with 2 Silver Oak Leaf Clusters and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Star)
Iraqi Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass, "M" Device and Numeral 2)
Basic Military Training Honor Graduate
Air Force Training Ribbon with (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant, 5 June 1980
First Lieutenant, 15 November 1982
Captain, 1 June 1985
Major, 1 September 1989
Lieutenant Colonel, 18 October 1997
Colonel, 17 March 2008
Brigadier General, 1 January 2013
(Current as of March 2016)
The date of publication indicated on this biography reflects the most recent update. It does not necessarily reflect the date of printing.
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (WHCC) is seeking a dynamic, experienced individual to manage events and programs for the organization.
Who We Are: The Chamber is an active and highly respected organization with approximately 500 members which supports and promotes a community environment where commerce can flourish.
Available Job: The Manager of Events (MOE)is a full time, 40-hour per week position to manage and coordinate all aspects of special events and programs, including sales and fundraising necessary to achieve event financial goals. Individual should have great communication skills, be very organized, tech-savvy, computer- literate and be able to multitask. Candidate must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Publisher. Internet, website and social media experience is a plus.
Please send resumes no later than July 10th
Email preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHCC: 8272 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-650-2689 via fax
Learn more about us at: http://www.wehochamber.com
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and City of West Hollywood to host "State of The City 2016” Presented by Faring Capital
WEST HOLLYWOOD, June 21, 2016 – The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (WHCC) annually partner on a “State of The City” event to engage the City’s business leaders and the community at-large in a conversation about new initiatives, economic trends, and innovations in the City on Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The London Hotel, located at 1020 San Vicente Boulevard.
This year’s State of The City event, presented by Faring Capital, will focus on “A Vibrant West Hollywood.” A panel discussion moderated by award-winning Anchor and Reporter Robert Kovacik of NBC4 Southern California will explore the strategies to keep West Hollywood a vibrant and exciting city while addressing the concerns of long-time West Hollywood residents, who might worry that the City loses some of its character whenever a beloved business closes down and something new takes its place, and the expectations of newcomers, who are drawn to the City’s reputation of being progressive, modern and “cool.”
WHCC Chair, Keith Kaplan, Mayor Lauren Meister and City Manager Paul Arevalo will also address the attendees with comprehensive updates about the City.
“Our Chamber if focused on the needs of the small business community and today’s challenges for brick and mortar establishments which support our unique community,” stated WHCC Chair, Keith Kaplan. “Focusing on the current situation facing business owners and developing strategies for the future for small business is imperative to maintain our boutique village environment.”
For information about the State of the City 2016 event and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.wehochamber.com/state-of-the-city.html, or contact Sandra Barsoum at the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at (323) 650-2688 or at email@example.com.
For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s economic development efforts, please contact Maribel Louie at the City of West Hollywood at (323) 848-6303 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
Pride is just around the corner, and to help you celebrate, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce‘s Pride Guide offers a one-stop informational site on road closures, facility closures, transit options, parking, and Chamber volunteer opportunities that’ll help make the most of your Pride Weekend!
Schedule of events
Friday, June 10th (Festival Open 6:00PM – 1:00AM)
Saturday, June 11th (Festival Open 2:00PM – 1:00AM)
Sunday, June 12th (Festival Open 12:00PM – 11:00PM)
To purchase your tickets, click here.
volunteer OPPORTUNITIES with the chamber
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce would love for you to show off your Pride with local businesses!
We have two volunteer opportunities:
To inquire about volunteer shifts, please email Leslie Espinoza at Lespinoza@wehochamber.com
7PM Thursday, June 9th - 10AM Monday, June 13
The City of West Hollywood's PickUp and CityLine X are the free and easy way to get around WeHo City Limits during LA Pride. Both free lines will have modified schedules as noted by the map below:
Additionally, LA Metro bus lines 4, 10, 30/330, 105, 217, 218, 704 or 705 all provide access to the festival. Metro will also be rerouting several bus lines due to event street closures. Visit the LA Metro Service Advisory page for the latest information on closures.
All permit parking regulations will be lifted from 4 p.m. on Friday, June 10 through 11:59 a.m. on Monday, June 13. Please note that this only applies to permit regulations within West Hollywood City Limits.
All parking meters will be enforced. The use of public transportation is encouraged.
Sunday parade parking is available at the following locations for a fee:
ADA Parking for the Parade will be available for along Holloway and Croft between La Cienega and Romaine. You must have an approved LA PRIDE ADA parking pass. Please e-mail
ada@LAPRIDE.org for more information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2016
Contact: Genevieve Morrill
WEST HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THANKS WEST HOLLYWOOD LEADERSHIP FOR THOUGHTFUL CONSIDERATION FOR MINIMUM WAGE AFFECTING SMALL BUSINESS
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA: Now that the State Legislature has passed, and the Governor will sign, a statewide Minimum Wage increase, the West Hollywood City Council’s vote last Monday night might seem like old news. But it’s still fresh news for West Hollywood businesses grateful to the City Council for listening to their concerns and giving serious consideration to a minimum wage program that is right for West Hollywood’s unique community. “The city took a bold stand for our community, recognizing that the composition of our business and resident communities is quite different,” stated West Hollywood Chamber Chair, Keith Kaplan. “They elected not to simply follow the models of Los Angeles and LA County, but asked for further investigation of the potential impacts of increases within West Hollywood.”
Dear West Hollywood business,
Monday night a collective force of businesses and City Council members changed the conversation about minimum wage. This is an incredible accomplishment in the midst of a national movement mired in rhetoric so ingrained in our citizens about raising the wage in Los Angeles. Our small business community is not opposed to an increase but has concerns about the rate of escalation, the real-life challenges we face and having our voices heard. We did it! You gave voice to this issue loudly and articulately, making a difference in the future of your business and its survival. Collectively we fought for ensuring that West Hollywood remains a unique boutique community.
What was apparent by the research gathered by UCLA Labor Center was that the majority of our businesses already pay well above the State minimum. However, following the Los Angeles schedule is really not suitable for our unique business landscape. Therefore a compromise was reached and the Council passed a vote to draft a local ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $12 on July 1, 2017, for businesses with 26 or more employees. For businesses with 25 or fewer employees and for non-profit organizations, the increase will go into effect in 2018. After 2020, future increases would be tied to the Consumer Price Index. This also allows time to see what the State of California decides on the November 2016 ballot this upcoming election. In the next 60 days the City and Chamber will be reaching out to you to understand the impact this increase will have on each of your businesses.
Thanks to all of you who wrote letters and came out to speak. This is an important shift in the conversation and we are incredibly proud of the work all of us have done to get us to this important milestone. We have more work to do. But, for now, let’s enjoy our victory in Monday night’s decision to move towards an equitable solution to the minimum wage debate.
Thank you for your hard work and tireless commitment to West Hollywood!
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
There is an exponential escalation on all wages when minimum wage is increased. Employers will be pressured to increase wages of all workers up the ladder to maintain the differential "earned" seniority. Further, by law, the first base-salary exempt employee must be double the minimum wage.
If prices increase to accommodate for payroll increases we can expect businesses to increase the prices of their goods and services. What will this mean in terms of affordability for local residents, many of whom are on fixed incomes? Whether it is the price of a hamburger at the local café, the cost of their dry cleaning, the price of a car wash or a bag of pet food, local residents will have to make difficult choices.
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Weho
Throw on some green and get ready to party!