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    AAA Automobile Club of SoCal is Closing West Hollywood Branch

    The AAA Automobile Club of Southern California has announced the closure of its West Hollywood branch located at, 8761 Santa Monica Boulevard. A sign posted on their storefront earlier this week states that effective November 3, 2023, AAA will shutter its West Hollywood location leaving many residents and AAA members grappling with the loss of yet another local business.

    It’s not yet clear how long the branch has been in West Hollywood (one employee believes it’s been open for close to a decade), but the the AAA Automobile Club has been a familiar presence in West Hollywood, offering a wide range of services to its members, including emergency roadside assistance, travel planning, insurance services, and a wealth of resources related to automotive safety and maintenance. Its closure signifies the end of an era for local drivers who have relied on the club’s support and expertise that was walking distance.

    AAA Automobile Club West Hollywood.- Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

    Management at the West Hollywood branch were tight-lipped about the reasons for its closure. One source tells WEHO TIMES, that high rent is a factor, as well as the need for the company to downsize to a smaller location. A manager stated that they hoped to open another location in West Hollywood in the near future.

    The closure has left many AAA members in West Hollywood being forced to navigate future in-person automotive needs to neighboring communities for assistance. There is a Wilshire branch at 5126 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and a Santa Monica branch, 2730 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Santa Monica, CA, which could result in longer wait times during emergencies and inconvenience for those seeking in-person services.

    “Thank you for being a loyal AAA Member,” reads the sign posted on their front window. “Visit us at the Wilshire or Santa Monica branches or visit AAA.com for online transactions, or the Auto Club Mobile App.”

    The closure will likely continue discussions among local community members about the loss of yet another business in West Hollywood. Some have called for increased support for local businesses and organizations facing economic challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In the meantime, West Hollywood residents and AAA members must adjust to the reality of of their local AAA no longer being within their city limits, marking a farewell to a trusted local resource.

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    Mike Pingel has written six books, Channel Surfing: Charlie’s Angels & Angelic Heaven: A Fan’s Guide to Charlie’s Angels, Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, The Brady Bunch: Super Groovy after all these years; Works of Pingel and most recently, Betty White: Rules the World. Pingel owns and runs CharliesAngels.com website and was Farrah Fawcett personal assistant. He also works as an actor and as a freelance publicist. His official website is www.mikepingel.com

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    Cino
    Cino
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    2 months ago

    I will cancel my membership!!!

    Michael
    Michael
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    6 months ago

    This is very sad, it was a very good AAA office and perfectly located.

    Pat Dixon
    Pat Dixon
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    7 months ago

    oh how sad. i liked the “vibe” of that AAA. very nice and friendly staff

    Richard Maggio
    Richard Maggio
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    7 months ago

    What are we doing wrong to lose so many businesses, West Hollywood needs to form community committees throughout the city to help formulate comprehensive ideas and solutions. We need to be extremely proactive.

    Kiss it
    Kiss it
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    7 months ago

    Hell no i’m not going to the location at 5100 Wilshire! Too freekin far! Hopefully another bar opens here and takes over the Tender Greens place which is really tired. I don’t know why they remodeled a few years ago the customers never returned. I like the private booths that they had while I was eating I could sit and talk to someone privately and having my private parts hang out for them to enjoy…

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    7 months ago

    They are re-locating to a location outside of Weho where they don’t have to pay such a high minimum wage and high benefits. Just watch how businesses re-locate out of Weho into LA. It’s too expensive for them especially with that high rent.

    SIck of LaBoheme
    SIck of LaBoheme
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    Reply to  Natasha
    7 months ago

    conjecture

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    Reply to  SIck of LaBoheme
    7 months ago

    How do you know that?

    SIck of LaBoheme
    SIck of LaBoheme
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    Reply to  Natasha
    7 months ago

    because I own a dictionary. try looking up the definition of words

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    Reply to  SIck of LaBoheme
    7 months ago

    It’s 2023, who owns a dictionary?

    Sick of la boheme
    Sick of la boheme
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    Reply to  Natasha
    7 months ago

    if you’re proud of your ignorance; than there really is nothing more to say

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    Reply to  Sick of la boheme
    7 months ago

    Are you still sick of La Boheme? I guess it’s better than being sick from La Boheme.

    Thom
    Thom
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    Reply to  Natasha
    4 months ago

    Touche’
    You won that battle.
    Ha ha

    David
    David
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    Reply to  Natasha
    3 months ago

    Lmao AAA doenst pay minimum wage

    Weho artist
    Weho artist
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    Reply to  David
    3 months ago

    Yeah, but Natasha wanted to blame the poor people making a few extra bucks!

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    3 months ago

    Are you able to post some of your doodles? We would love to see your art. BTW, Natasha doesn’t blame poor people she blames politicians for causing people to unnecessarily lose their jobs. I guess you won’t be happy until these people are replaced by self-service kiosks and robots.

    Weho artist
    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    3 months ago

    these people are replaced by self-service kiosks and robots.”

    Ironically, those things are happening in states where the minimum wage is still $7.25. You aren’t going to prevent kiosks by keeping the minimum wage lower- and you’re a FOOL if you actually believe that.

    Btw referring to yourself in the 3rd person is so embarrassing and tacky. It fits your personality perfectly!

    Natasha
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    3 months ago

    First of all, $7.25 hour is disgraceful and it’s embarrassing that it even still exists. That being said, I doubt states with a $7.25/hour minimum wage are rushing to implement robots. These robots are very expensive and it doesn’t pay when you have cheap labor. It does make perfect sense when the wages are high like they are in West Hollywood and in California. California will be the only state where the minimum wage for someone working at McDonalds will be $20/hour. I assure you McDonald’s will be rolling out robots and self-service kiosks in California before they go anywhere… Read more »

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    3 months ago

    Here is a thought for you: No one thinks a counter at McDonald’s is a “career job”. But the thought behind a higher minimum wage results in a better standard of living. No one should be living out of their car because they can’t afford rent even with a roommate. $20/hour is still not that much in California FYI! Shot: “I assure you McDonald’s will be rolling out robots and self-service kiosks in California before they go anywhere else in the country” Chaser: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/us/mcdonalds-opens-first-automated-store-in-texas-check-facilities-here/articleshow/96480220.cms?from=mdr When the states with the lowest minimum wage have been on the path to automate jobs… Read more »

    Natasha
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    3 months ago

    Just so you understand that particular McDonald’s in Texas was opened in 2022 before California or West Hollywood increased the minimum wage to the highest in the country. McDonald’s also opened 10 automated drive thru’s in the Chicago area. It is going to sweep the country but California will be a major priority since people are not going to pay $18 for a Big Mac. With ai and automation most of these fast food jobs will disappear. Unfortunately the people who rely on these jobs will need to find other jobs. Most of them will be laid off. You are… Read more »

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    3 months ago

    Just so you understand that particular McDonald’s in Texas was opened in 2022 before California or West Hollywood increased the minimum wage to the highest in the country.”

    That was literally my point…are you okay? Can you read?

    The point was that McDonald’s was moving forward with automation for years now. No minimum wage is going to change that.

    Natasha, you just keep embarrassing yourself over and over in the comments. You’re like the Weho Times punching bag.

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    Reply to  David
    3 months ago

    Please learn to spell check David. The word is doesn’t.

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