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    West Hollywood Chamber is Hosting a Candlelight Vigil for ‘Dead’ Weho Businesses

    The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is planning to host a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of ‘dead’ business in WeHo as part of “MY WEHO: KEEP WEHO OPEN” campaign spearheaded by The Chamber. The event is set to take place on April 15, 2024 before a scheduled Regular City Council Meeting at the West Hollywood Council Chambers.

    According to The Chamber, 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.

    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 event, organized by WHCC, will kick off at 4:00 PM at West Hollywood Park, with participants gathering near the dog park restrooms. Attendees will then proceed to the City Council Chambers, where they will don MY WEHO t-shirts to address the Mayor and Council Members during the 6:00 PM meeting.

    The candlelight vigil, set to start at 5pm, will pay tribute to 80+ businesses that have closed their doors. Makeshift gravestones will be adorned with QR codes linking to “Love Letter” videos from residents will mark the businesses lost.

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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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    Kiss it
    Kiss it
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    1 month ago

    From La Cienega to Robertson, we should have only businesses that have liquor license and serving liquor. This is Party town. We need to keep it that way and nothing else. The pizza place can stay open but all those other stores shop selling junk be closed immediately.
    that convenience store that sells yogurt in the back should’ve closed 10 years ago. There was too much junk going on in that store that should’ve been a bar along time ago.

    Matthew Flanagan
    Matthew Flanagan
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    1 month ago

    These are the same liberal idiots that caused it Morons

    Mike
    Mike
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    1 month ago

    Any business that wants to slash employee sick pay should be boycotted.

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    1 month ago

    Maybe we should raise the minimum wage to $50 hour like Barbara Lee proposes so we can lose more businesses in California and pay $100 for a hamburger. Won’t that be great? Has anyone on the city council ever created any jobs or started a small business? Centrist rational democrats have had enough of failed progressive ideas. Keep it up and we’ll have Donald Trump as our president again. Politicians are making it impossible for people to live in California.

    Last edited 1 month ago by Natasha
    Kevin
    Kevin
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    1 month ago

    What a shambles and embarrassment the Weho chamber has become. I remember when they promoted new hiring policies, expansion of immigrant hiring, and worked with the county and state on benefits. Now this joke of a protest over a wage that pays $760 dollar for 40 hours before any taxes. Sad days.

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    NOT the least bit surprised that none of their “boo-hoo rich business owners aren’t making enough money” events have failed to attract any popular support. Anyone of the Palestinian support marches I’ve attended came close to the entire population of West Hollywood❗

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    Andrew Solomon
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    1 month ago

    thanks! didn’t know about this! I guess that’s because Genevieve still has me blocked on social media 

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Andrew Solomon
    1 month ago

    Happens to me too. I just wish them the best of luck getting over me considering that I never cared much about them in the first place.

    SMH
    SMH
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    1 month ago

    Gross

    TomSmart
    TomSmart
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    1 month ago

    Yet another useless stunt from the chamberpot

    Weho artist
    Weho artist
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    1 month ago

    These people are seriously disturbed. I’m sure most of these businesses they are mourning were NOT closed by the minimum wage hike or PTO policy. Most of them were closed before 2020 or soon after because of stay at home orders.

    But of course they won’t mention any of that- they will just list businesses and blame it on the city council because they are pushing their politics.

    SHAMEFUL.

    SMH
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    Exactly. Blaming the city for poor business models and for businesses that closed many years ago is manipulation.

    West
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    1 month ago

    The empty storefronts are a visceral reminder of the lingering damage from antiscientific lockdowns and the social unrest that followed. The campaign asks are reasonable. even if they ignore the elephant in the room. Agree or not, everyone can admire Genevieve for her grit and poise in the face of an indignant Council majority the last two years. I wish the Chamber good luck with this campaign.

    SMH
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    Reply to  West
    1 month ago

    Gen should focus on the new businesses that opened in WeHo, but she only cares about the ones that pay the Chamber fees. This publicity stunt is just a ploy to screw the part time workers in WeHo. And guess what’s going to happen to the full time workers when part time workers lose their benefits?

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  West
    1 month ago

    everyone can admire Genevieve for her grit”

    Typo? I think you meant grift instead of grit.

    say what
    say what
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    Reply to  West
    1 month ago

    Brick and Mortar locations are suffering everywhere.
    Ask every one of these protesters and members of the chamber if they themselves are supporting businesses or shopping on the net.

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  say what
    1 month ago

    Or better yet with considerably less effort, they could set up their own webpage.

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