City and Government

City Departments West Hollywood

City Manager

The City Manager implements the vision, broad policy goals and ongoing strategic programs of the City Council and ensures that City operations remain true to and consistent with the Mission Statement and Core Values of the City.

This mission is accomplished by providing leadership, executive direction and oversight of City operations, ensuring that City government responds in a timely and effective manner to constituent needs, and that City management and staff work collaboratively to address the issues and concerns of the community. The City Manager directly supervises all City Department Directors, and serves as Executive Director of the West Hollywood Redevelopment Agency and the Housing Authority.

In addition, the City Manager works directly with the Economic Development Division and the Public Safety Division. Our City Manager is Paul Arevalo .

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  • City Attorney
  • Assistant City Manager
  • Economic Development Division
  • Public Safety and Community Services
  • West Hollywood Sheriffs

Last updated: 3/16/2010 3:55:44 PM

Economic Development

The Divison creates and manages a range of programs that support and develop a vibrant local economy, including business attraction, retention and expansion; economic planning and forecasting; expanding the City's economic base in tourism and the urban art program.

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Administered by Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), the West Hollywood Employment Services Training program provides a full range of counseling and placement services to employees of West Hollywood businesses and to West Hollywood residents who wish to explore their career options and prepare for the job market.

    West Hollywood Fact and Figures

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    Demographic and economic indicator reports are availble for download.

    • Demographics
      Statistics gleaned from the 2000 Census. In addition, a comprehensive demographic profile is available for download.
    • Business Taxes & Fees
      Approximately 40% of the City's revenues come from various property and local tax sources such as transient occupancy taxes, sales and use taxes, property taxes and natural gas, electricity, cable television and solid waste franchises.
    • Annual Economic Development Updates
      Download annual reports highlighting significant economic development activity in the City.
    • Quarterly Sales Tax Updates
      Information on the City's sales tax, including sales tax information by Top 15 Business Types, the Top 25 Businesses, as well as sales per capita.
    • Business Improvement Districts
      Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are special assessment districts that are established by groups of local businesses and property owners. The revenue generated from the special assessment funds a variety of local improvements such as street cleaning, marketing, and other services within the district.
    • The Place to be Video: West Hollywood Business Profiles
      Hear directly from West Hollywood businesses about the factors that made them decide this is where they wanted to start a business.

    License and Regulations

    Learn about the types of licenses and regulations that may impact your operations. Fill out your business license application online, find out about parking requirements and programs, connect with key organizations to help your business succeed, and search listings of businesses for sale as well as properties for sale or lease.

    West Hollywood Business Organizations

    West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
    The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of businesses providing seminars, networking events, advocacy, monthly newsletter and centralized referral services for the business community.

    West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau
    The West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization created to promote the City of West Hollywood to leisure and business visitors. The MVB can provide extensive information on West Hollywood 's hotels, restaurants, shopping, and annual special events within the City.

    Sunset Strip Business Association
    The Sunset Strip Business Association is a business improvement district comprised of entertainment, restaurant, and retail businesses on the Sunset Strip. The Association provides additional private security and cleaning services along the Sunset Strip to help ensure that the area remains clean and safe for both visitors and residents of the area. Security services are coordinated closely with the Sheriff's Station.

    The Avenues - Art Fashion & Design District
    Since 1996, The Avenues of Art, Fashion & Design District is comprised of over 300 art and design, restaurants, fashion boutiques and specialty retail businesses. Businesses located in the district pay an annual assessment that provide funding for the district's work program which focuses on marketing and promotion of the area as a premier shopping destination for home furnishings, fashion and arts related industries.

    Business Improvement Districts
    Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are special assessment districts that are established by groups of local businesses and property owners. The revenue generated from the special assessment funds a variety of local improvements such as street cleaning, marketing, and other services within the district.

    Employment Service & Training (WHEST)

    Los Angeles County Agencies

    Los Angeles County Assessors Office
    Property tax information

    Los Angeles County Clerk's Office
    Fictitious business name information

    Los Angeles County Community Development Commission
    Commercial and industrial loan programs are designed to retain, attract, and expand businesses within Los Angeles County. The loans are for real estate acquisition, construction, equipment, and working capital.

    Los Angeles County Fire Prevention Bureau
    Fire inspection and permit information

    Los Angeles County Sheriff ( West Hollywood Division)
    Provides businesses with commercial crime prevention information

    State Regulatory Agencies

    California Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
    Alcoholic beverage permit and enforcement information.

    Department of Consumer Affairs
    Information relating to licensing requirements at the state level for specific business entities.

    California State Board of Equalization
    Information relating to sales or use tax liability, special taxes and fees, property tax administration, and franchise and income tax appeals.

    California Technology Trade & Commerce Agency
    Provides in-depth information on California industry, guides and programs

    Other Organizations

    Small Business Administration
    Information regarding starting and managing small businesses. Also find your local small business development center.

    Service Corp of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.)
    Source of freeand confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs

    CalGold
    Provides detailed information on the business permit, license and registration requirements from all levels of government.

    Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation - Regional Business Assistance Network
    The Regional Business Assistance Network (RBAN) is designed to make it easier for companies to do business in Los Angeles County. RBAN is committed to forging collaborative efforts with all FREE and LOW-COST business assistance providers located throughout the County. This includes cities, chambers of commerce, community-based organizations, workforce training providers and specialized business assistance organizations.

West Hollywood Travel Services

Airports | Transportation | Tour Companies | Travel Agencies | Communication Services | Currency, Travelers Cheques, Financial Services | Electrical Voltage | Weather | Shopping | Theme Parks/Attractions | TV Tickets and Film/Studio Tours | Other Local Visitor Centers | Local Business Info/City Hall

Hollywood Airports

Transportation is never a problem in West Hollywood! With four Hollywood airports , three shuttle services, a Los Angeles taxi service, several rental car companies, a Los Angeles limo service , rail service and public transportation to bout, a ride to the next hot spot is always just around the corner in this 1.9 square mile city!

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
310.646.5252
12 miles SW of West Hollywood

Burbank International Airport (BUR)
2627 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
818.840.8840
10 miles N of West Hollywood

Ontario International Airport (ONT)
1940 East Moore Way, Onatario, CA 91761
909.937.2700
47 miles SE of West Hollywood

John Wayne International Airport (SNA)
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707
(949) 252-5200
52 miles S of West Hollywood

Transportation

West Hollywood Shuttles

Super Shuttle – Provides transportation to and from area attractions, hotels, major airports, and hotels. 323.775.6600

Prime Time Shuttle – Provides transportation to and from area attractions, hotels, major airports, and hotels. 800.262.7433

West Hollywood Local CityLine Shuttle Service – 800.447.2189

Los Angeles Taxi Service

Beverly Hills Cab Co: 310.273.6611
Checker Cab Co: 800.696.4919
Independent Taxi Co: 800.521.8294
United Independent Taxi: 800.411.0303

  • All taxi trips originating within West Hollywood destined to LAX are approx $30, ask cab driver about a flat rate.

West Hollywood Rental Cars

Affordable West Hollywood: 1040 N. La Brea Blvd, 323.467.7182
Avon Rent-a-Car : 7080 Santa Monica Blvd, 323.850.0826
Budget on Sunset : 8401 Sunset Blvd, 323.822.0969
Enterprise Rent-a-Car : 8583 Santa Monica Blvd, 310.360.0104
Enterprise Rent-a-Car : 8367 Sunset Blvd, 323.354.4222

Los Angeles Limo Service / Town Car

The Luxe Limousine Service : 9060 Santa Monica Blvd, 800.557.4654DIVA Limousine : Los Angeles/West Hollywood, 800.427.DIVA 1-800-Book-A-Limo b: Los Angeles, 90012, (800) 266-5254

Los Angeles Public Transportation

Southern California MTA – Red, Blue, Gold, and Green Lines. Information on bus and rail routes and schedules at 800.266.6883

Los Angeles Rail Service

Amtrak – station/ticket offices in Glendale, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Pasadena, Pomona, Van Nuys, Torrance, Ventura, Long Beach, West LA, Santa Monica. 800.872.7245

Metrolink – Southern California Rail Authority. Travels between Orange County, San Diego County, San Bernardino/Riverside County, and Ventura County. 800.371.LINK

West Hollywood Parking

For information about parking in the City of West Hollywood, please visit the West Hollywood City Hall Parking Website.

Los Angeles Tour Companies

LA Tours
323.460.6490
LA Tours offers sightseeing services providing complete city tours, stars' home tours, and theme park packages. Bus charters are also available.

Starline Tours
800.959.3131
Starline Tours of Hollywood provides tours to all area attractions, star's homes and complete city tours. Tours are also available in foreign languages.

Tour Du Jour
310.659.2929
Tour Du Jour offers private and personalized tours of Los Angeles, visiting popular sights and hidden jewels. Ride in style and view the glamour of the city.

Red Line Tours
323.402.1074
Red Line is LA's only daily operating walking tour company, offering "edutainment" sightseeing tours of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles that take you inside the famous landmarks and let you discover hidden treasures of America's second largest city.

West Hollywood Travel Agencies

Corniche Group - 8721 Sunset Blvd. #200, 310.854.6000

Flight Centre - 8587 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.360.7840

Go Cruise Travel - 8581 Santa Monica Blvd. #402, 323-653-6001

Communication Services

In the United States, telephone area code prefixes depend on city and location. West Hollywood businesses have one of two area codes: 310 and 323. When dialing outside of our originating area code, you must dial 1+ (area code) and number. Pay phones are located throughout West Hollywood and average 50 cents per domestic call. International calling cards can be purchased at local convenience stores and supermarkets.

West Hollywood Emergency Phone Numbers

Police and Fire Emergency: 911
Police and Fire Non-Emergency/West Hollywood Sheriff: 310.855.8850
Local Hospital – Cedars Sinai Medical Center: 310.855.5000

West Hollywood Internet Services

Internet access is available at various West Hollywood hotels depending on availability. Internet cafés also provide access to the Internet on a per-use fee basis.

West Hollywood Internet Café: Hybrid – 8936 Santa Monica Blvd, 310.260.9248

West Hollywood is Wireless ! West Hollywood's Wireless Internet Pilot Project is now active. Currently the pilot project is available outdoors along Santa Monica Blvd., from La Brea to Fairfax. The signal is designed for outdoor use only, along Santa Monica, in Plummer Park, and the plaza of the Gateway Center. It is not designed for indoor residential use. For more information on West Hollywood's Wireless Connectivity, please visit the West Hollywood Wireless .

For other Wireless Hotspots in West Hollywood, please visit: Find Wireless in West Hollywood

Currency, Travelers Cheques, Financial Services

Travelex Currency Services, Inc
8901 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.6093

Commercial bank branches located on Santa Monica Boulevard can also assist travelers with financial needs.

Electrical Voltage

Electrical current in the United States is 110 volts A/C. Converters can be purchased at local drug stores, or can be requested at your hotel's concierge or guest services desk.

West Hollywood Weather

 
Plan your trip Local Radar Detailed Forecast  

West Hollywood's Mediterranean climate requires that visitors always be prepared for warmer days. Evenings can be cool, especially around late fall and winter seasons. Rainy season is typically November through February, though rainfall is not frequent. A mixture of casual clothing for days and dressier clothing for the evenings is recommended, depending on your plans. For specific weather information, please visit West Hollywood on Weather.com


Low Temperature High Temperature
Winter (December — March) Low 40's High 60's
Spring (April — June) Mid 50's High 70's
Summer (June — August) Low / Mid 60's High 80's
Autumn (September — December) Mid 50's Mid 70's

Los Angeles Shopping Centers

Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
310.854.0071

Located in Los Angeles at the edge of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood on Beverly Blvd. between La Cienega and San Vicente Blvds, Beverly Center is anchored by Macy's, Bloomingdale's, a mix of high end shops like Dolce & Gabbana and Just Cavalli and standards like Express and Banana Republic.

The Grove
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.900.8080

The Grove creates an open-air shopping and entertainment village with an internal pedestrian main street, meandering shopping walkways and plazas. Don't miss the Farmer's Market at the Grove, an outdoor dining and marketplace.

Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90067
(310) 277-3898

An outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment experience with a selection of over 180 stores including Bloomingdale's and Macy's to choose from, and a top-level dining deck and AMC cinema.

Theme Parks/Attractions

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
1.800.Universal

Universal Studios Hollywood, the world famous amusement park and movie studio lot, takes you behind the scenes of moviemaking through various television and movie tapings, studio tours and exciting rides and attractions.

Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
661.255.4100

Six Flags Magic Mountain offers the area's most thrilling rides and attractions, including Hurricane Harbor, one of the most exciting water parks around.

Disneyland
700 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92802
714.781.4000

Experience "The Happiest Place on Earth" – an enchanted kingdom of fantasy and imagination, classic family-friendly attractions and magical entertainment, dining and shopping.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
La Brea Avenue to Gower Street, Hollywood, CA

A project originated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 1960, the world's most famous sidewalk contains nearly 2,000 stars embedded along Hollywood Blvd.

TV Tickets and Film/Studio Tours

Many television shows are filmed in the Los Angles area! Free tickets can be purchased for your favorite television shows, including talk shows. When writing for free tickets, be sure to include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. If you have more questions about TV Tickets, contact the show directly via its web site.

TV Tickets

Audiences Unlimited
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 3153, Universal City, CA 91608
Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, Fox, NBC, UPN and WB

Studio Tours/TV Tickets

ABC Television , 4141 Prospect Avenue, Hollywood, 818.506.0067
CBS Television , 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, 818.753.3470
Fox Television , 5746 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 818.506.0043
NBC Television , 3000 W. Alameda Boulevard, Burbank, 818.840.3537
Paramount Pictures Studio , 5555 Melrose Avenue, L.A., 323.956.5575
Sunset-Gower Studios , 1438 N. Gower St., L.A., 323.467.1001
Universal Studios Hollywood , 3900 Lankershim Boulevard, Universal City, 818.508.9600
Warner Brothers Studio VIP Tour , 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, 818.954. 1744
Warner Brothers Television Studios , 4210 Olive Avenue, Burbank, 818.753.3470

Other Local Visitor Centers

Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau
239 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
310-248-1015

Long Beach Visitors Center
One World Trade Center, 3rd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90831
562-436-3645

Los Angeles Visitors Center - Downtown
685 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA90017
213-689-8822

Los Angeles Visitors Center - Hollywood
Hollywood & Highland Complex
6801 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 237
Hollywood CA 90028
323-467-6412

Marina del Rey Visitors Center
4701 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
310-305-9545

Pasadena Visitors Bureau
171 South Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA91101
626-795-9311

Santa Monica Visitors Center
1400 Ocean Avenue and 395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-393-7593

Local Business Info/City Hall

West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
8272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90046
323.650.2688

The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of over 550 businesses in the City of West Hollywood, cultivating new business through networking, referrals, exposure, mixers, luncheons, keeping businesses up to date on issues and events, including publishing a bi-monthly newsletter and online Weekly Wrap Sheet.

City of West Hollywood/West Hollywood City Hall
8300 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
323.848.6400

Find information on City Government, City Departments, Divisions, Commissions, Parking, Job Listings, Apartment Rentals, Social Services, Domestic Partnership Registration, Local Events Calendar, and more.

 

 

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