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    City of West Hollywood is Exploring Establishing a Business Task Force

    At at Regular West Hollywood City Council Meeting on Monday, April 15, 2024, the West Hollywood City Council will receive and update and review Business Task Force Guidelines and Implementation Strategy.

    According to a City Staff report, the City Council is poised to deliberate on the framework and operational guidelines for the proposed Business Task Force in an effort to enhance community representation and foster economic development initiatives within West Hollywood.

    Key Recommendations include:

    • Formation of a non-Brown Act Body Business Task Force, composed of nine individuals from the community representing a broad spectrum of industries including, but not limited to, restaurants and bars, hotel and tourism, retail, design, arts, and personal care. Special emphasis will be placed on recruiting representatives from both large and small businesses, as well as LGBTQ+, BIPOC, women, and city resident-owned businesses.
    • Approval of the proposed framework and guidelines for the Business Task Force as outlined in the comprehensive staff report.
    • Directing staff to initiate the application process for the Business Task Force from May 1, 2024, to June 30, 2024, to ensure broad community participation.

    The idea for establishing a Business Task Force was first brought up by City Council on December 21, 2020, with the aim of creating a platform for stakeholders to provide input on business-related matters. Subsequently, a working group was formed to facilitate this process, in collaboration with a consultant team, to align with Council directives.

    In pursuit of best practices, the city conducted interviews with economic development personnel from eight California cities. The findings underscored the importance of flexibility in meeting formats, scheduling meetings during regular business hours, and the nuanced considerations surrounding the Brown Act status for effective Task Force operations.

    The Task Force will comprise nine members representing diverse business sectors, to be appointed by the City Manager. Outreach efforts will target relevant stakeholders, with applications accepted from May 1 to June 30, 2024. A structured work plan will guide the Task Force’s activities, with meetings scheduled every other month in a hybrid format.

    An alternative proposal suggests reaffirming the Council’s earlier direction to establish a Brown Act Body Business Task Force with specific membership criteria, potentially offering a different avenue for community engagement.

    The proposed framework for the Business Task Force underscores the city’s commitment to inclusive economic development. By providing a platform for diverse voices from the business community, the Task Force aims to drive initiatives that support local businesses and foster economic growth in West Hollywood. The Council’s deliberation on this matter highlights the importance of community engagement and collaboration in shaping the city’s economic future.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]


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    1 month ago

    Good luck with their task force. Most of these far left Unite loving progressives don’t have a clue about economics or running a business. They have never created a job in their life. Until someone gets serious about creating jobs and helping businesses succeed there will be nothing but “FOR RENT” signs all over WEHO. It’s just a fact. Too many people live in their little fantasy world where they think all businesses are Bank of America when in fact most businesses are small or family owned businesses. Many are barely surviving right now.

    1 month ago

    Another task force. All they have to do is listen to the people and listen to the business owners that show up to the council meetings. It’s so simple.

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    1 month ago

    because emotions makes a great on policies  Task force might not be the answer but listening to a largely uninformed public and business owners with their own interests- is idiotic

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