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    WeHo Chamber Hosts Candlelight Vigil with Gravesite of ‘Dead’ Businesses

    The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce hosted a candlelight vigil in memory of “dead” businesses in West Hollywood. Roughly 15 people showed up at a gravesite on Monday evening with tombstones bearing the names of WeHo businesses that have closed over the years, some allegedly because of the West Hollywood’s high minimum wage.

    The vigil was part of the “MY WEHO: KEEP WEHO OPEN” campaign spearheaded by The Chamber, before a scheduled Regular City Council Meeting at the West Hollywood Council Chambers. The City Council was set to receive an update regarding the Minimum Wage Ordinance and provide related direction as needed.

    The tombstones included the names of Rage Nightclub, Starbucks, Kitchen 24, Marcos, Basix, Marix and more.

    Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

    “We’re here today to pay tribute to eighty five, if not more, cherished neighborhood businesses that we have lost over the last couple of years, due to a variety things, including a policy that we’re trying to amend to help support a creative and equitable playing field for both our employers and employees in West Hollywood,” said Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Genovive Morrill.

    Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

    “These stores were more than just businesses, they were the heart and soul of our community,” said graphic designer Marc Francoeur. “They brought character, charm and a personal touch that you can’t find anywhere else. With heavy hearts, we remember the memories made and the connections forged within their walls. Though they may be gone, their legacy lives on in the spirit of our city.”

    Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

    One of the primary focuses of the campaign is advocating for policy reforms surrounding Part Time Off (PTO) for part time employees in West Hollywood.

    The Chamber is asking for the following:

    • Suspension of CPI Increase in July: Recognizing the existing financial strain, they propose no CPI increase for the year 2024 (ideally until state law catches up). This is essential given the current market rates for minimum wages, which exceed the mandated amounts, particularly for entry-level positions.
    • Revision of PTO Policies: We propose aligning our sick pay policies with those of the City of Los Angeles and eliminating the Paid Time Off (PTO) requirement for part-time workers, allowing businesses to make their own decisions on how and when to provide benefits to incentivize employee growth within the company. The current PTO mandates hinder our ability to offer tailored incentive plans and manage work schedules effectively, placing us at a competitive disadvantage.
    • Adoption of a Total Compensation Model: Following successful legal precedents and the example set by Seattle, we request the introduction of a total compensation model, which is fully legal. This approach would consider tips and commissions as part of the overall compensation package, allowing businesses to better navigate financial commitments while fairly compensating all employees.

    The MY WEHO initiative, launched last November, has gained traction with posters plastered across the city. The campaign seeks to mobilize support for what The Chamber claims is essential policy changes to sustain West Hollywood’s vibrant business landscape.

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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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    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    In the tombstones for lost businesses, I noticed that The Halal Guys that used to be on Santa Monica Blvd didn’t have one. Their food is now brought to me by delivery app or bot, so when ordering this time I told the Manager the WeHo CC didn’t have a tombstone for them and, asked why they left. I was told there better NOT be a tombstone misrepresenting their business as opposing higher minimum wages or they are calling their legal department and, they left because of excessive rents caused by private equity landlords. HEROES❗ Currently The Halal Guys retains… Read more »

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    Reply to  Cy Husain
    1 month ago

    Literally laughing my ass off right now.

    RIP Halal Guys.

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    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Loling
    1 month ago

    Thanks for the picture and I’ll be emailing it to the Los Angeles Halal Guys manager❗

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Cy Husain
    1 month ago

    Their food is horrible. I ate there one time and never went back. High rent, high wages, high taxes… All of it is killing businesses in West Hollywood. You low IQ people don’t have a clue what it takes to run a business. You have never created a job in your life. Did you ever consider blaming the city or the state? How about the nearly $1.00 a gallon in taxes these workers pay to get to work? There is plenty of blame to go around don’t just blame the landlords. They are only part of the problem not the… Read more »

    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    I could explain the role of private equity landlords in this situation but, I doubt you would understand it❗

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    You haven’t created a job either, Natasha.

    You’re all talk without anything to back it up.

    Please leave our city/state and go live happily in a trailer in bumfuck Arkansas or wherever you can rejoice with your fellow bigoted horde. See ya!

    Richie T
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    1 month ago

    Suspension, Revision, and Adoption of policies that would further ensure that hard people at any of these establishments would not be able to afford to live anywhere in (or around) the city they work in? Ya’ll better come after these absurd landlords instead.

    And Starbucks? lol We all know that was Union busting.

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    1 month ago

    The Chamber is either out of touch of they are deliberately ignoring the number one killer of small businesses in West Hollywood. Greedy landlords and their ridiculously high rent. It’s what killed Kitchen 22. It’s what killed Marcos, it’s what killed Yogurt stop and Rage and Gold Coast and the list goes on and on. Ignoring this and blaming it on a living wage for W Hollywood workers reminds me that at the end of the day, The Chamber is a lobbyist for businesses who don’t really care about their employees.

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    Reply to  Veto
    1 month ago

    Auto Club also left because the landlord would not renew- NOT Min wage

    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    YES but, they don’t want FACTS to get in the way of their anti-minimum wage argument❗

    Neely O'Hara
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    1 month ago

    Normally, I love this level of hyperbolic D-R-A-M-A! But this is just too stupid even for me. Businesses fail all the time, all across the country. Capitalism’s whole schtick is a “survival of the fittest” model. Some fail because they are just a crappy business (Flower Burger, Justin Queso) while others toppled under their own greed (Starbucks – which claimed “dangerous neighborhood” when what they really meant was “we hate unions and really want a drive-thru”). So nice try, Chamber Kittens, but your core message is B.S.

    Jerome Cleary
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    1 month ago

    wow

    Voter
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    1 month ago

    Gen and Lauren Meister,

    What an inspiration and sense of reason.

    thank you for your dedication

    Veto
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    1 month ago

    Both women just ham it up for their base. If Sepi had lost her temper the same way Lauren lost it last night, she’d be on the cover of the right wing blog as deranged with a horrible picture to match.

    say what
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    Reply to  Veto
    1 month ago

    Meister was rude to staff last night and it was a bad look

    Natasha
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    1 month ago

    Who cares! Maybe they deserved it. Most of these employees are lazy and deserve to be fired for incompetence. Try getting someone at city hall to answer the telephone.

    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    We care, especially when Karens like you with no appreciation for the contributions working people make everyday to society, put them down. That’s an azov ukrainian neonazi mentality that has no place in a decent society.

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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    The halal guys food was disgusting it looked like diarrhea.

    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Kiss it
    1 month ago

    Really, if I were to treat you to dinner from The Halal Guys menu, would you seriously have that attitude❓

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    1 month ago

    Flower Burger? Wrap Star? They closed because they were horrible business models. Shame on the Chamber for being misleading.

    Weho artist
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    1 month ago

    “RIP King and Queen Cantina”

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! 

    Veto
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    I KNOW RIGHT!!! I see AAA on there as well.

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