UPDATE: City Suspends Hybrid In-Person Council Meetings Following Mask Mandate

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The City of West Hollywood is suspending plans to transition to hybrid City Council meetings, which would have featured limited-capacity in-person attendance at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room as well as participation by virtual teleconference format.

The suspension of plans follows a July 16, 2021 revision to the Health Officer Order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, requiring that all people, regardless of vaccination status, use masks in indoor public locations. During the past few weeks, community transmission of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County has rapidly increased from Moderate to Substantial. To safeguard community health and safety, the City of West Hollywood will continue to conduct City Council meetings in a teleconference format at this time.

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The Monday, July 19 at 6 p.m., a Regular Teleconference City Council Meeting took place in a virtual format via Zoom.

On Wednesday, July 21 at 6 p.m., a Special City Council Meeting will also take place in a virtual format via Zoom. Details about this meeting, including a link to the Council Agenda, are posted on the City Calendar at www.weho.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/23889/15. The meeting agenda contains specific information about how to view the meeting, how to provide written correspondence or e-comments, and how to provide public comment by phone.

All community members may view City Council meetings via livestream by visiting the City’s website at www.weho.org/wehotv. City Council meetings are also livestreamed as a courtesy on the City’s YouTube channel; on streaming services such as AndroidTV, AppleTV, FireTV, and Roku; and through broadcast on Spectrum Channel 10 in the City of West Hollywood.

Members of the public wishing to provide public comment on City Council meeting agenda items are encouraged to do so in the following ways:

  • To participate by providing an e-Comment: Members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the City Council are strongly encouraged to submit an e-Comment using an online form at www.weho.org/councilagendas. e-Comments received by 2 p.m. of the day of each meeting will be forwarded to the City Council and posted on the City’s website as part of the official meeting record.
  • To participate by phone: Members of the public are encouraged to email Melissa Crowder, City of West Hollywood City Clerk, at mcrowder@weho.org in advance of the City Council meeting to which you wish to be added to the public speaker list. Please include your name, the phone number from which you will be calling, and which item you would like to speak on. Dial-in instructions for each meeting will be provided in the Council Agenda for that meeting, posted at www.weho.org/councilagendas. Comments from members of the public are limited to two minutes per speaker.

The City of West Hollywood remains in a declared local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. West Hollywood City Hall and many public City buildings and facilities have been shut to in-person transactions as services were transitioned to a virtual environment to safeguard community health and safety. The City of West Hollywood is implementing plans to reopen in-person services at City Hall in late July 2021; details will be forthcoming on the City’s website www.weho.org. City Hall remains fully accessible for services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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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 editor@wehotimes.com
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